Early Warning Signs of Parkinson's • Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition that belongs to the movement disorders. It is often difficult to diagnose, as there is not one test that gives a doctor all the answer. Like so many diseases, Parkinson's requires ruling out other conditions to come up with a final diagnosis. Typically, the person suffering from this condition may feel some changes and new limitations, but they don't always know or see what is really going on. Oftentimes, it is the family who truly sees the symptoms and can be most helpful in telling a doctor what's happening.
Shaking or Tremors • The tremors associated with Parkinson's are undeniable. It usually begins as a finger that won't start shaking and then progress to the full hand. The tremors making doing any type of steady work difficult. In the later stages, the tongue and head will shake making it difficult to do many tasks.
Walking Issues • Walking will eventually be a shuffle as they person can no longer pick up their legs to walk adequately across the floor. Because the areas that cause this condition are also affecting movement, walking becomes increasingly difficult. The arms will cease to swing as a person walks, and they may find that they have trouble stopping or turning to go in another direction.
Tension in the Muscles • The muscles will become stiff and rigid when the disease is present. Some explain the feeling as that of arthritis but worse. These tense muscles will make moving difficult. Tasks like getting up off the couch will be hard, as are the other daily tasks.
Depression and Anxiety • Due to all the changes in the body, it is not uncommon for there to be some depression and anxiety. The depression can be quite severe as this is a brain issue. There are medications that will help to control these symptoms, but even the medications for Parkinson's Disease increase dopamine levels that can also help.
Dizziness/Balance Issues • With so many changes going on inside the brain, dizziness just seems to be something that is expected. The dizziness may be constant and debilitating, or it may be intermittent. Some medications can help with this problem, but it is likely a problem that will plague the one suffering throughout the course of the disease.If you recognize any of these symptoms in you or a loved one, it's best to get help. The sooner treatment can be started, the more manageable the condition can be.
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