Early Signs of Parkinsons

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system, the main “processing center” that controls all the working of our body. Early signs of Parkinsons in the course of the disease, the individual will experience movement – related symptoms such as tremors, difficulty in moving and rigidity.

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Early Signs of Parkinsons
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Early Signs of Parkinsons
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Later on, behavioral and cognitive problems (such as sensory problems and dementia) may arise – a result of death of dopamine – generating cells (dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for sending orders from the brain to the rest of the body and back).

 

Here’s a short guidelines to help you pre-diagnose and get early treatment for Parkinson’s and detect Early Signs of Parkinsons:

Do you feel like your food doesn’t always taste right? Or do you feel like you are losing your sense of smell?

When dopamine starts to die off, the sense of taste and smells starts to go too.

 

Are you constipated or have irritable bowel movement? Are you sweating heavier than usual?

The autonomic nervous system (the bodily functions that we do not control voluntarily such as digestion or production of hormones) is affected by Parkinson’s disease.

The smooth muscle lose sensitivity in detecting if food needs to be digested or not. The result is the feeling of always being “full” despite eating very little (and this lasts a long time).

Meanwhile, Parkinson’s disease patients usually complain of excessive and uncontrollable sweating. This is because the sweat glands are out of control and the body loses its regulatory functions. this is one of the early signs of Parkinsons.

The Early Signs of Parkinsons

Do you have a general difficulty in expressing your emotions?

People with Parkinson’s disease usually have a “poker face”.  There is also a lessened occurrence of blinking. The loss of dopamine can affect the facial muscles, making them stiff and slow.

 

Does your family notice a change in your voice or the way you talk?

People with early stages of Parkinson’s disease do not notice it, but family members notice the early signs of Parkinsons, a softening of the voice, and the speed becoming monotonous.

 

Do you notice a loss of arm swing while walking? Does writing feel like a chore?

In the early signs of parkinsons, the brain normally tells the arms to swing while we walk, but in Parkinson’s disease, the arm simply doesn’t listen to what the brain is telling it to do. The same is true while writing or simply reaching for something in high places. The arms, hands, and fingers just couldn’t go where they want to.

 

Do you often have painful stiff necks that do not seem to go away?

This is the symptoms that usually alarms people to go visit a doctor. It is more of a tingling and numbing sensation rather than pain. The sensation reaches up to the shoulders.

[pull_quote_center]Parkinson’s disease is incurable, but the progress of the condition can be slowed down if detected the early signs of Parkinsons.[/pull_quote_center]

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Cindy Macqui
A food and lifestyle blogger, she loves to write all information she can advise about her experiences in life. She likes to travel together with her kids.

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