Do you know the signs of Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a condition known for causing tremors, but there are other symptoms that could indicate its presence. It’s important to familiarize yourself with these symptoms and understand what to look out for.
If you or someone you know has Parkinson’s disease, there may be noticeable symptoms. The four main symptoms of the disease are: tremors, difficulty with movement, stiffness, and instability. However, there are other signs as well. It can be helpful to recognize some of these signs to know when it’s time to seek help.
The different signs can be grouped into various categories:
Head Or Face
People with Parkinson’s disease often have trouble with facial expressions, resulting in a “masked face.” Other symptoms include reduced blinking, difficulty speaking loudly, problems with chewing, drooling, and difficulty using muscles for speaking and breathing.
Blurry vision, trouble focusing, inability to open the eyes, and issues with contrast sensitivity (difficulty seeing details) can indicate Parkinson’s disease.
Bones And Muscles
Symptoms in this category include difficulties with writing and speaking, involuntary muscle movements or twitching, posture problems such as bending forward or sideways while walking.
The way people with Parkinson’s disease walk is distinct, often referred to as a “Parkinson’s gait.” It involves shuffling and sudden stops. Another sign is festination, which is speeding up or shortening certain movements, leading to difficult-to-understand speech.
While some symptoms may be obvious, there are also subtler signs to watch out for. If you experience trouble concentrating or remembering, difficulties with eating, or issues with bathroom functions, it’s important to talk to your doctor.
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