Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease
Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease: Introduction
The symptoms of Parkinson's disease begin subtly and advance slowly. As symptoms progress they eventually affect motor skills, speech, gait, digestion, movement, emotion, blood pressure, balance and posture.
The way that symptoms of Parkinson's disease develop varies between individuals. However, Parkinson's disease ultimately leads to disability. Symptoms usually begin in late middle age or later.
Early symptoms include tremors, or trembling in the hands, arms, legs and face. People may experience a sensation of feeling shaky and may exhibit depression and irritability. Eventually the arms, legs and trunk becomes rigid and the person develops bradykinesia, a slowness of movement that includes sudden freezing of muscle movement. Muscle also become rigid, called akinesia. Balance and coordination become impaired, increasing the risk of falls.
Other symptoms include a slowing of the digestive system, leading to constipation, fatigue and weakness. Hypotension can occur, leading to fainting and falls. People with Parkinson's can also experience leg cramps and leg burning.
Eventually people with Parkinson's disease develop a characteristic shuffling walk, stooped posture and blank stare. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease eventually progress to become severely disabling. Complications of Parkinson's disease can include falls, dementia, problems with memory and thinking, and depression....more about Parkinson's Disease »
Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease
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for Parkinson's Disease includes the 37
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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease:
Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology (Excerpt)
It is a neurodegenerative disease that manifests as a tremor, muscular stiffness and difficulty with balance and walking. A classic pathological feature of the disease is the presence of an inclusion body, called the Lewy body, in many regions of the brain.
(Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)
NINDS Parkinson's Disease Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)
primary symptoms of Parkinson's are tremor or trembling in hands, arms,
legs, jaw, and face; rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk;
bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and postural instability or
impaired balance and coordination. Patients may also have difficulty
walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks. The disease is both
chronic and progressive. Parkinson's is not usually inherited. Early
symptoms are subtle and occur gradually.
(Source: excerpt from NINDS Parkinson's Disease Information Page: NINDS)
Parkinson's Disease as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions
When considering symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, it is also important to consider Parkinson's Disease as a possible cause of other medical conditions.
The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Parkinson's Disease may cause:
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The symptom information on this page
attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.
This signs and symptoms information for Parkinson's Disease has been gathered from various sources,
may not be fully accurate,
and may not be the full list of Parkinson's Disease signs or Parkinson's Disease symptoms.
Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Parkinson's Disease may vary on an individual basis for each patient.
Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they
are indeed Parkinson's Disease symptoms.