Recognising the signs of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s is a disease that damages the brain over many years and is most common in people aged over 50. The symptoms develop overtime and can often be mistaken for other conditions. While the name is known to most people, the symptoms can often get missed until a late stage in the condition where treatment can be less effective.

1. Having a tremor

One sign of Parkinson’s disease is shaking in one or more of the limbs. This usually occurs when the limb would otherwise be relaxed or at rest. This is one of the most common signs of Parkinson’s disease.

2. Slow movements

Some people may experience slower movements. This can be shown through slow completion of everyday tasks and activities such as walking.

3. Muscle stiffness

If your loved one is experiences muscle stiffness this could be a symptom of the start of Parkinson’s. The joints can become rigid, painful and can cause cramps. This can also make moving around difficult. However, this is a common symptom of many illnesses and not just Parkinson’s.

4. Loss of balance

Having trouble balancing is another symptom of Parkinson’s disease as well as many other conditions and therefore can be easily missed or mistaken for another condition.

Watching a loved one experience any pain or suffering is always difficult. However, recognising the symptoms and a seeking medical advice can lead to an early diagnosis and treatment plan which can help relieve the symptoms, ease any pain and improve their quality of life. If you think your loved one is showing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease contact a GP or medical professional.

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