10 Early Signs of Parkinson’s Symptoms
Windowofworld.com – Parkinson’s disease is a disease that attacks the nervous system and gradually gets worse. There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s symptoms are usually not very visible because it is a disease that appears gradually.
Although it is difficult to see, there are some symptoms of Parkinson’s in the early stages that can be experienced by sufferers. Early detection can help sufferers to get treatment for the Parkinson’s symptoms they are experiencing.
Early signs of Parkinson’s symptoms
The most well-known symptom of Parkinson’s is tremor in the hands or fingers, but actually there are several other symptoms of Parkinson’s in the early stages that can be detected besides the symptoms of tremors in the hands or fingers, namely:
1. Body movement and balance
Parkinson’s disease causes disorders of the nerves that control movement. This causes Parkinson’s symptoms in the form of stiffness and inertia on movement (bradykinesia) that occurs continuously.
Sufferers may experience jerks when walking or move in an uncoordinated pattern. Apart from the aspect of body movement, Parkinson’s disease also affects the balance of the body.
Parkinson’s sufferers may need more therapy and treatment to be able to restore balance.
2. The masking phenomenon
The masking phenomenon is one of the most visible symptoms of Parkinson’s. Sufferers will have difficulty controlling and moving the facial muscles. This phenomenon makes sufferers look emotionless and flat.
In addition, another symptom of Parkinson’s associated with the masking phenomenon is the sufferer’s slowness in blinking.
Tremor is the most visible symptom of Parkinson’s. The tremor may only start as a tremor in one finger or hand and eventually get worse and more visible to others. Tremors can also be experienced when the sufferer is resting.
The posture of a person with Parkinson’s will change gradually. Slowly the patient will become bent over. A hunched posture results from reduced coordination and balance.
Nerve disorders resulting from Parkinson’s disease make it difficult for sufferers to write. Parkinson’s symptoms can make a sufferer’s handwriting small and difficult to read.
6. Sleep disturbances
Other symptoms of Parkinson’s are sleep disorders in the form of insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and so on.
7. Change in voice
The voice issued by the patient when speaking gets smaller over time or the resulting tone becomes monotonous. In severe cases, sufferers will have difficulty speaking.
8. Impaired sense of smell
Apart from tremors, decreased olfactory function or hyposmia is one of the most visible symptoms of Parkinson’s. Sufferers may have difficulty detecting, identifying and distinguishing odors.
Constipation can also be experienced by people with Parkinson’s and usually constipation is one of the symptoms of Parkinson’s that appears before Parkinson’s symptoms that affect motor function appear.
10. Psychological disorders
Parkinson’s disease can lower dopamine levels in the body and have an effect on mood and behavior. Psychological disorders that may be experienced by sufferers are depression, psychosis, anxiety, and so on.
Causes of Parkinson’s symptoms
Parkinson’s disease is not known with certainty, but the nerve cells of people with Parkinson’s will slowly get damaged and die. Parkinson’s symptoms appear due to impaired brain activity due to low dopamine levels. Dopamine levels decrease due to damage to nerve cells that produce dopamine compounds.
Some of the factors that may play a role as a cause of Parkinson’s disease are genetic and environmental. There are several cases that show that Parkinson’s disease can affect other family members.
Certain genetic variations are known to increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, but it is something that is unlikely.
Exposure to certain toxins is one of the environmental factors that can affect a person’s chances of contracting Parkinson’s disease later.
The importance of doctor consultation
If you or the people around you experience symptoms of Parkinson’s, consult your doctor immediately. Prompt and appropriate treatment can reduce the severity of symptoms.
In addition, the symptoms of Parkinson’s above can be a symptom of other medical conditions. Therefore, you need to consult a doctor for an accurate thorough examination.