Symptoms Of Parkinson 's Disease

1168 WordsNov 3, 20145 Pages
Some people may know what Parkinson’s Disease is but not what it is capable of. Many may not even be aware that Parkinson’s Disease exists. Michele Tagliati, Gary N. Guten, and Jo Horne explain that “Parkinson’s Disease is a disease in a group of conditions called movement disorders -- disorders that result from a loss of the brain’s control on voluntary movement” (10). With this being said, a neurotransmitter in the brain called Dopamine sends signals to regions in the brain that are the control base of balance, movement, and coordination. Unfortunately, in a patient with Parkinson’s Disease the cells that produce Dopamine die quicker than in a healthy person. The number of people afflicted with Parkinson’s is rising. “It is suspected that somewhere between 500,000 and 1.5 million people in the United States currently have Parkinson’s and anywhere from 7 to 10 million worldwide are afflicted” (Keller 1). This immense number goes unknown to many people. Not only is the number of people afflicted rising, but the number of diagnosis is rising. The diagnosis process is not just a simply x-ray or blood test. “When a motor (movement) disorder such as Parkinson’s disease is suspected, the neurologist will pay special attention to your muscles: how they contract, their strength, and their tone (their resistance to passive movement)” (Lieberman and Williams 9). Along with the diagnosis, the symptoms are severely important. “An understanding of the symptoms is important
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