7 Early Signs Of Parkinson’s Disease

7 Early Signs Of Parkinson’s Disease

Is your loved one Living with Parkinson’s?

If yes, you must be aware that, having a close relative with Parkinson’s disease increases the chances that you may develop the disease later in life. Researchers have concluded specific genes that may cause PD. But, your risk may still be small unless you have many relatives with PD in your family.

Certain genetic mutations appear to increase the risk of Parkinson’s Disease. However, these risks are small for each of these genetic markers because of their personal habits.

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7 Early Signs Of Parkinson's Disease

The cause of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is still unknown, but several factors play a passive role in it. Exposure to certain toxins or environmental factors may increase the risk of later Parkinson’s disease, but the risk is relatively small. So you must be well aware of the early signs.

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that is caused by the degeneration of nerve cells called substantia nigra which controls movement. This disorder leads to shaking,  stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. It is a lifelong condition, and people start having difficulties of walking and talking as the diseases progress.

Early Symptoms Of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease signs and symptoms may be different for a different person. Early signs may be mild and unnoticed. Symptoms often begin on one side of your body and usually, you ignore these early signs.

Here is the list of 7 early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease:

1. Troble Or Slow In Movement

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s Disease(caused by the deficiency of Dopamine) may create trouble in your movement. It may slow down your movement, makes your simple task more difficult and time-consuming. An early sign might be stiffness or pain in your shoulders or hips. You may feel stuck while walking.

What is normal?

If you have an injured leg, arm, or shoulder, you may feel difficulty in moving until it is healed. Sometimes we may feel cramps in previously injured parts that can create problems in our movement.

2. Loss of Smell

7 Early Signs Of Parkinson's Disease

You may feel dysfunctional problems in sense of smell. You may feel problems in identifying certain products or food products due to dysfunction in sense of smell. You may experience difficulty in making a difference between odors.

What is normal?

Our sense of smell may dysfunctional due to cold, flu, cough, stuffy nose, or fever. At that time also you may feel dysfunction in smell but it should come back when you feel better.

3. Tremor

7 Early Signs Of Parkinson's Disease
shaking hand

Tremor or shaking is a chronic and progressive movement disorder. It usually begins in the hands, finger, thumb, or chin. A Tremor when you are at rest is the common early symptom of Parkinson’s disease.

What is normal?

Tremor is normal after lots of exercise. When you have stress or accident, you may feel shaking. It is may also be caused by the high dose of medicines.

4. Sleeping Problem

7 Early Signs Of Parkinson's Disease
sleeping problem

People with PD frequently have sleep problems. That includes waking up early, falling asleep during the daytime, or can’t sleep throughout the night. Sometimes you may act in your dreams and also experience rapid eye movement.

What is normal?

Sleeping Problems can be caused by various factors. It is normal when you have body aches, feel restlessness, and are ill.

5. Writing Problem

7 Early Signs Of Parkinson's Disease
Writing changes due to PD

People with PD often have smaller handwriting than their past ones. Due to the tremor, you may experience difficulty in writing. Writing Problems may be the early sign for PD and it is called Micrographia.

What is normal?

Normally Writing can be changed according to age. When you get older, you have poor vision, stiff hands, and fingers which affects the writing style of the particular.

6. Speech Changes

7 Early Signs Of Parkinson's Disease
Talking with a PD patient

You may feel hesitation while talking with people. Due to the hesitation, your voice can become soft, quick, and uncleared.

What is normal?

Cold or other viruses rather than PD can change your voice in the short run. When you recovered from the viruses, your sound becomes normal.

7. Dizziness or Fainting

7 Early Signs Of Parkinson's Disease

Dizziness or Fainting can be the early sign of Parkinson’s Disease. Due to PD, your blood pressure can be suddenly dropdown. Low Blood Pressure can make you dizzy or lightheaded.

What is normal?

Blood pressure can be dropdown due to various factors. Unbalance diet, rest, sleeping hours, pollution, etc can be the factor except then Parkinson’s Disease which can lead to low blood pressure.

Summing Up All

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects our mental health and movement. The reason for PD is unknown and solutions also remain a mystery. According to some research regular aerobic exercise can reduce the risk of PD.

From our side, we provide you with the above early signs. PD is incurable, so you must be aware of this disease and its long-term effect. If you have the above signs, please contact the Neurosurgeon or you can also contact the Nepalese Parkinson’s Disease Association(NepDA).

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