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Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
in Neurology

Apr 19, 2022

Parkinson’s disease has been a progressive disorder of the nervous system which affects our movement. The symptoms begin gradually, sometimes beginning with a hardly noticeable tremor in a hand. Tremors may be common, however, disorder can also commonly lead to stiffness or restrict our movement.

Although Parkinson’s cannot be cured, the medicines can remarkably improve the symptoms. Occasionally, the doctors can recommend a surgery for regulating some regions of our brain & improve the symptoms.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

The signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease may differ from patient to patient. The early signs can be mild & can go unnoticed. Symptoms often start on 1 side of our body & generally get worse on that side, even post the symptoms start to affect both the sides.

The signs and symptoms can include:-

Tremor– Shaking or tremors generally start in 1 limb, often our hand or in fingers. We may rub our thumb & forefinger back and forth, called pill-rolling tremor. Our hand could tremor when it is at rest.

Rigid muscles– Stiffness of muscles could take place in any area of our body. Stiff muscles could be painful & restrict our range of motion.

Slowed movement– With time, Parkinson’s disease could slow our movement, thus making very simple tasks tough & time-consuming. Our steps could get shorter while we walk. It could be tough to leave a chair. We may drag our feet s we try walking.

Impaired posture & balance– Our posture could get stooped, or we could have balance disorders as a consequence of Parkinson’s disease

Speech problems– We may speak quickly, softly, hesitate or slur before speaking. Our speech could sound more like a monotone rather than with usual inflections.

Loss of automatic movements– We may have a lowered ability to perform the unconscious movements such as smiling, blinking or even swinging the arms while walking.

Writing changes– It could get tough to write & our writing could appear smaller.

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