Understanding the Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

Watch out for these signs that Parkinson's Disease may have developed in a loved one.

A healthy brain produces just the right chemicals in the right amount with the right timing. When even a seemingly small role in this careful orchestra goes awry, things can get messy. This is the case with Parkinson's Disease. According to the National Parkinson Foundation, it occurs when the brain slows or stops its production of dopamine, a chemical that assists in movement and mood stabilization. Medication can relieve some symptoms, but you'll need a diagnosis first. Consult a physician if you begin to see any of the following warning signs.

  • Tremors – You may notice shaking, especially in the fingers, hands, forearms, feet, lips, or chin.
  • Difficulties moving – Chronic stiffness may cause Parkinson's patients to move less, such as keeping their arms unnaturally still while they walk. Sometimes the patient does not even realize this is happening.
  • Changes in volume – Parkinson's patients may suddenly begin talking very softly but insisting they are speaking in a normal volume.
  • A change in handwriting – Patients often begin writing in an unfamiliar, smaller style.
  • High activity while sleeping – A spouse may notice that a Parkinson's patient has begun trashing around while they sleep every night.
  • Lost ability to smell – If you notice that this sense has weakened or disappeared altogether, talk to your doctor.
  • Less facial expression – You may notice that a Parkinson's patient expresses fewer emotions by smiling or frowning.
  • Bathroom issues – These can range from urinary incontinence to constipation.

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