What are the Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
Although the main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are movement-related (motor) symptoms, in recent years, it has been found that the disease can start with problems such as smell problems, constipation, depression, sleep problems, and shoulder pain before movement is affected. The basic picture of Parkinsonism is slowing down movements and a decrease in the amount of movement. Tremor is the initial finding in approximately 50% to 75% of Parkinson’s patients. In some patients, tremors may not be seen at all.
Sometimes early signs may be very subtle, such that they go unnoticed for months. There is no certain sequence in the emergence of these symptoms and not all of them are present in every patient. Signs and symptoms in patients are not exactly the same. Symptoms, which initially often occur in one half of the body or only one arm or leg, over time lead to bilateral involvement, typically prominent in one half of the body.
The main signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease are:
- Slowing down movements
- Spasm of one or more limbs (arms or legs)
- Not shaking arms while walking
- Loss of gestures such as gestures and gestures while speaking
- Walking slowly, with small steps, or shuffling
- Oblique body posture
- Monotonous speech with a soft and low voice
- Downsizing in handwriting, illegible
- Drooling, difficulty swallowing
- Weakness, tiredness
- Mood changes, mental depression (depression), unwarranted troubles
- Constipation, excessive sweating, low blood pressure
- Pain, muscle spasms
Shaking usually occurs when the hands are at rest and increases with stress. Apart from the hands, there may also be tremors in the feet, chin, and lips. However, not every person with tremors has Parkinson’s. In normal people, tremors can be seen in stressful situations, especially in the hands, and tremors can also occur in many other diseases. When the slowness of the movements is very pronounced, the patients may need help from their relatives even in the simplest daily tasks.