Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:
- Resting tremor and involuntary movement
- Cog wheel rigidity
- Masked facial expression, and do not blink eyes as often
- Shaky and hard time moving hands
- Small hand writing
- Unable to move or moving slowly
- Problems with walking and keeping balance
- Stooped posture
- Speaking softly, talking very fast, and monotone
- Easily irritable, depression, and hallucinations
- Dementia in later stages of the disease
- Tired and problems sleeping
- Pain, weakness, and stiffness
Resting tremor is a tremor that starts when someone is not moving. For example, a person will not have a tremor when they pick up a pen, but the tremor will start when they put the pen down and relax their hand.
Cog wheel rigidity is when a person’s arms and legs move in stiff, jerky motions.
A masked facial expression is when the expression on someone’s face does not change.
Problems with walking include taking small, fast steps and not moving their arms when they walk. A person with Parkinson’s disease will have a hard time turning and become stooped over.
Sleeping problems include insomnia, sleep behavior disorders, and having a hard time staying a sleep once they finally fall asleep.
Many of the tremor, movement, and pain symptoms will start in one limb (one arm or one leg) and will then spread through the whole body.
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