Parkinson’s Disease is a nervous system disorder that affects movement. Signs and symptoms of this disease can be different for everyone and it can progress at different rates. Common signs and symptoms include:
Tremors – for example, your hand may tremble when at rest.
Slowed movement – overtime this disease slows your everyday movements making simple tasks hard to do. For example, it may become difficult getting out of a chair or walking may be prolonged.
Rigid muscles – stiff muscles can occur in any part of your body and can be painful and limit your range of motion.
Loss of automatic movements like blinking, smiling or moving your arms while walking.
Speech changes – your speech may become slurred, soft or monotone.
Writing changes – it may become hard to write due to muscle stiffness and tremors.
Balance – your balance and posture may become impaired.
Parkinson’s Disease affects everyday life not only for the patient, but for family too. Although there is no cure for this disease, there is plenty of information and support you can get to help you manage it.
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