Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that is progressive. It creates brain issues that get worse over time. A person suffering from the disease of Parkinson doesn’t have enough of the chemical “dopamine” because some of the nerve cells that create it died. When these cells die in the brain, symptoms may begin to appear due to absence of dopamine to correctly regulate motion.
The disease is a progressive nervous system disease characterized by certain symptoms. There are six major early symptoms that could point to the disease manifestation.
These early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease includes:
Tremors were identified as a main sign of the disease. Tremors involves constant hand, leg or chin twitching or shaking. The tremors may begin gradually, beginning at times with a scarcely noticeable tremor that may be in one side. Tremors are prevalent and in the course of time may get worse.
Changes in handwriting
When an individual begins developing abnormally tiny or even tight handwriting, it may be a sign of Parkinson’s disease. The condition is known as micrography and it is associated with medical issues affecting the nervous system or neurodegenerative disorders such as the disease of Parkinson.
The walking pattern of a person with this disease may subtly begin to alter. An individual may start walking much slower or dragging his feet as he walks. This is often called a “shuffling gait.” When walking, there may also be a smaller swing in the arms.
Parkinson’ disease specifically operates deep within the brain nerve cells. Basal nerves of the ganglia regulate the equilibrium and flexibility, so any harm to these nerves can affect the equilibrium of a person. Your doctor will conduct a test known as the pull test to evaluate the equilibrium of a person and determine if it could be the disease of Parkinson.
Loss of smell
If an individual seems to have more difficulty smelling food or if the sense of smell has changed, Parkinson’s might be the culprit. It happens when someone loses their smelling capacity, known as hyposmia. Odour loss is one of Parkinson’s most visible symptoms.
Subtle, complicated muscle movements brings about facial expressions. If the facial expression of a person becomes more severe, it may be a symptom of parkinson’s disease especially if it seems depressed or crazy. The masking of faces is associated with bradykinesia. The facial muscles move slower or stiffer than normal, and individuals may experience slower blinking eyes as well.
Changes in speech
Before actually speaking, you might talk softly, rapidly, sluggishly or hesitate a little. Instead of the usual inflections, your speech may be more monotonous.
If you experience any of these symptoms connected with Parkinson’s disease, see your doctor immediately!
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