How To: Detect the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Detect the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

How to Detect the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Fear someone you love might be showing signs of Parkinson's disease? Parkinson's disease is a chronic condition caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain. Diagnosis can sometimes take years; knowing symptoms can speed up the process.

You Will Need:
• An observant eye
• A doctor

Step 1: Notice tremors
Take note of tremors, the most common and often earliest symptom of Parkinson's disease. Tremors are a steady and rhythmic shaking of the hands or feet.


Step 2: Test rigidity
Test rigidity. Muscle stiffness is another common symptom. Stretch and move limbs to see if they feel heavy or weak.


Step 3: Look for bradykinesia
Look for a noticeable slowness in movement, known as bradykinesia. Movement may also be incomplete or hard to start.


Step 4: Test balance
Test the difficulty of keeping balanced with a gentle push. Parkinson's disease can cause postural instability, which leads to loss of balance.


Step 5: Look for loss in automatic movements
Look for a loss in automatic movements, such as blinking or swallowing. Parkinson's disease reduces many functions that are normally unconscious.


Step 6: See a doctor
If you notice any of these symptoms, consult a doctor for a thorough examination.

Trivia: Parkinson's disease does not only affect the elderly. Ten percent of Parkinson's patients are 40 years or younger.

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