Parkinson’s disease is a progressive condition that occurs due to the reduced level of a substance called “dopamin” in the brain which regulates the movements. This substance decreases over time.
What are the symptoms?
- Slowing down of the movements
- Stiffness in the muscles
- General stiffness
- Difficulty while walking
- Stiffness in the facial features
- Deterioration or decrease of the size of the handwriting
- Degeneration of the voice or speech
Even though the ones below are not defined as movement restrictions, they can still occur alongside the main symptoms:
- Decreasing in the sense of smell
- Sleep deprivation
- Frequent urination
- Changes in the character/temperament
- Depression or anxiety disorder
Parkinson’s is known as an “elderly disease”, but is it possible to have it at an early age, too?
Average frequency of the disease is between 60-80 years old, but 4% of the patients are under 50 years old. So yes, it can be seen at early ages too.
Not every tremor is due to Parkinson’s disease. But you should be careful!
Tremor due to Parkinson’s usually occur in the hands and feet when relaxed, it stops during an activity. Not every tremor is due to Parkinson’s disease. It can be due to other reasons such as essential tremor, physiological tremor, dystonic tremor and rubral tremor.