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Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Symptoms of Parkinson's disease may be divided into the motor manifestations of the illness such as tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia and postural instability (the four cardinal signs) and non motor symptoms which include a wide variety of symptoms such as pain, mood and sleep disorder, postural hypotension, cognitive dysfunction to name a few.  

The Complex Etiology of Parkinson's Disease
But as we’ve learned to control the hallmark motor symptoms to some extent, it has become clear that there’s much more to this disease and that there are features that are not only debilitating but for the most part, undertreated. 

Premotor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease
Focus is now being placed onto a new groups of symptoms – pre-motor symptoms which can predate the classical signs by several years.

The Many Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

 Parkinson's disease is characterized by four cardinal signs: resting tremor, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), rigidity and postural instability as well as a number of non motor signs all of which can adversely affect quality of life.  Learn about the myriad of symptoms that manifest in this illness.

 

Dealing With Sleep Disorders in Parkinson's

Sleep disturbance is in fact, a very common symptom for those with Parkinson’s Disease with close to 80% suffering from this difficulty.  There is not one but many different types of sleep issues.

 

The Many Types of Pain in Parkinson's Disease
Pain in fact is a frequent complaint in PD.  It is estimated that 35 – 80% of Parkinson’s patients experience significant discomfort. 

Dystonia vs. Dyskinesia

One distinction that can be very important to this discussion is the difference between dystonia and dyskinesia and when they occur during the course of the day in relation to your medication doses. 

Young Onset vs. Late Onset Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease ranks among the most common late-life neurodegenerative diseases, affecting approximately 1.5% to 2.0% of the population older than age 60 years.  Young onset Parkinson’s (before age 40) occurs in 5-10% of people diagnosed while 20% of those affected are under the age of 50.

 

Mood Disorders in Parkinson's Disease

Mood disorders are not an uncommon issue as those of us that live with the challenge of Parkinson’s can attest to. Not only does a mood disorder result in additional physical and emotional symptoms, but they aggravate those that are already present as part of the Parkinson’s diagnosis.

What Causes the Resting Tremor in Parkinson's Disease?
While doctors are not completely sure what causes the resting tremor in Parkinson's disease, it is believed that lowered dopamine levels in the brain cause it to become unable to control movements.

Why and How Parkinson's Disease Affects Sexual Function
Learn about sexual problems in Parkinson's disease, what causes them, and what can be done.

Persistent Neck Pain in Women - Is It Parkinson's Disease?
Neck pain in woman may be an early sign of Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's Disease-Related Speech and Language Problems
Learn about the causes of speech problems in Parkinson's disease, and find out what treatments, like Lee Silverman voice treatments, can do to help.

Weight Loss in Parkinson's Disease
Find out why some Parkinson's patients find that they lose weight unexpectedly.

What Kinds of Behaviors Can Become Impulsive With Parkinson's…
Have you found that when you take your http://Parkinson’s disease medications you sometimes feel less inhibited, more energetic and indeed more impulsive? Has your impulsivity ever gotten you into trouble? Has your caregiver ever expressed concern about some of your ‘new’ behaviors-behaviors that emerge after you…

Age That Parkinson's Disease Symptoms Can Occur
Parkinson's disease most often effects people in late-middle age, but can affect other populations.

What Causes Impulse Control Disorders and Who Gets Them?
Find out what causes Parkinson's patients to find trouble controlling impulsive behaviors like gambling, sex, spending, and eating.

Stiff Shoulder Syndrome: Is it Parkinson’s?
If you've been feeling stiffness in your shoulders, find out whether it might be related to your Parkinson's Disease

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