Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects the motor system. It is named after the doctor who first described the condition, James Parkinson. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease typically develop gradually and may include tremors, stiffness, difficulty moving, and changes in speech and writing. Other symptoms can include difficulty with balance and coordination, changes in mood and cognitive function, and sleep disturbances.
The most common symptoms of Parkinson's disease are tremors, or trembling in the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face. These tremors often occur when the person is at rest, and can make it difficult to perform activities such as writing or buttoning a shirt. Stiffness and difficulty moving are also common symptoms of Parkinson's disease. This can make it difficult to perform everyday activities such as walking, dressing, or reaching for objects.
Changes in speech and writing are also common in people with Parkinson's disease. Speech may become soft, slurred, or rapid, and writing may become small and difficult to read. We ALWAYS recommend seeing a speech therapist if you have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
In addition to these motor symptoms, people with Parkinson's disease may also experience changes in mood and cognitive function. Depression, anxiety, and memory problems are common in people with Parkinson's disease.
It is important to note that the symptoms of Parkinson's disease can vary greatly from person to person. Some people may experience only a few mild symptoms, while others may have more severe symptoms that interfere with their daily lives. If you think you or someone you know may have Parkinson's disease, it is important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.