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.