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These Are The Early Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

This is how you can recognise the first symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a very complex disease that can have a lot of different symptoms. Two different types of symptoms can often be distinguished: symptoms related to the motor system and non-motor symptoms like depression. The symptoms can also differ strongly from person to person, so not everyone with Parkinson’s disease experiences the same ones.

This is how you can recognise Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s disease is a disease of the nervous system that causes small groups of cells in the brain to become damaged and then die. The disease causes the cells to be unable to produce dopamine. Our body needs dopamine to be able to move smoothly and keep body movements under control.

People who suffer from this disease often experience symptoms like shaking, having trouble speaking and stiff arms and legs. Nobody is immune to Parkinson’s. People who have passed 50 years of age have a higher chance of getting it and around one in 500 people are affected by it. The disease is a long-term degenerative disorder, meaning it slowly gets worse. Unfortunately, there is no cure as of yet.

As we said before, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can differ per person. However, there is a list of symptoms that are often related to this disease. The most common symptoms are:
  • Shaking
  • Stiffness
  • Slow (and less) movement
  • Fatigue
  • Walking in a shuffling manner
  • Losing the ability to move an arm or leg (properly)
  • Balance problems
  • Speaking problems (soft and monotone)
  • Cramping up while writing
  • Blank facial expression
Other symptoms that are regularly connected with Parkinson’s disease:
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Constipation
  • Vertigo/dizziness and falling down
  • Eye problems
  • Painful limbs
  • Depression
  • Emotional instability
  • Memory problems
  • Sleeping problems
  • Low blood pressure
  • Cognitive degeneration
  • Hallucination
  • Dementia
  • Freezing while walking
  • Restless legs
  • Skin problems
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Communication and speech problems
  • Having trouble swallowing
Do you recognise multiple of these symptoms, especially ones like shaking, stiffness and having trouble moving? Then you should immediately make an appointment with your doctor or neurologist.
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