Monday, July 20, 2015
Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating and degenerative disease. That’s the truth of the matter. It is not curable and it sounds very scary. That’s why you are reading this article. You have reason to be concerned that someone that you love is displaying symptoms of the disease. However, early detection can help. Because Parkinson’s is typically progressed a great deal by the time it can be diagnosed, early detection can help doctors to create an effective course of care.
This is probably the most well-known symptom of the disease. You will often shaking in the hands of Parkinson’s patients.
2. Trouble walking
Poor coordination and difficulty walking or standing are signs of Parkinson’s. However, this is also a symptom of Alzheimer’s. (Link to Alzheimer’s article)
3. Slow movement
This may surface as a shuffling or walking in small steps and then progress into freezing spells. An example would be stopping in mid-step while walking.
4. Stiff muscles
The rigidity of the muscles in Parkinson’s patients can cause cramping, spasms and abnormal posture. In the early stages this symptom usually presents asymmetrical. This means that one side of the body may experience the symptoms more.
5. Poor balance
This may begin as trouble getting around corners or navigating stairs and progress to a hunched stance and unusual gait. Patients need to live in a home that has been modified for their safety. (Link to home mods. And safety) 40 % of Parkinson’s patients have experienced a moderate or major fall.
These symptoms are certainly concerning in and of themselves but if it becomes clear that the loved one is experiencing multiple symptoms of Parkinson’s, please talk to them and call a doctor. Parkinson’s can be a devastating disease but the sooner it is diagnosed, the course of the disease can be altered and patients do not have to lose all quality of life.
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