Warning Signs of Parkinson’s

Warning Signs of Parkinson’s

Posted on October 22, 2014 by ElderCare Resources in Blog, Education, Mobility / Wheelchair, Parkinson’s Disease

10 Early Warning Signs Of Parkinson’s Disease

As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease: This is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease. [1]

Parkinson’s is characterized by a lack of dopamine in the brain which, as a result, inhibits functioning in the central nervous system. “People with Parkinson’s disease may lose up to 80% of dopamine in their bodies before symptoms appear.”[2] Early treatment can include introducing various medications that will replace, prevent the breakdown of, or mimic the properties of dopamine in the body. Deep Brain Stimulation is also a common option in patients who don’t respond to medication or who exhibit an advanced condition because it utilizes a high frequency electrode to provide stimulation to the impaired movement center of the brain.

Related:How Parkinson’s Disease Affects the Body

“Early intervention is the key to a high functioning, superior quality of life. Therefore, it is crucial for people to be aware of the early signs and symptoms of this debilitating disease.” – Dr. Hooman Azmi.

According the Parkinson’s Foundation, there are 10 early warning signs of Parkinson’s disease.

They include:

* Tremors or Shaking

* Small Handwriting

* Loss of Smell

* Trouble Sleeping

* Trouble Moving or Walking

* Constipation

* A Soft or Low Voice

* Masked Face

* Dizziness or Fainting

* Stooping or Hunching Over