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The Symptoms and Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the nervous system that progressively gets worse. The breaking down of certain neurons causes Parkinson’s. Many symptoms are due the lack of dopamine, which is produced by some neurons. It may just start with tremors in one hand but will commonly grow and cause stiff or slow movement. There are no cures for Parkinson’s but there are medications you can take to improve different symptoms. Dealing with Parkinson’s can also be hard on the individual and their family so support groups may be helpful. So while the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be hard to deal with, along with the fact that there are no cures, it is possible to cope with it and receive support. The symptoms and signs of Parkinson’s disease vary from person to person and vary in severity. The most common first sign is a tremor-or shaking- in the limbs especially in the hands or fingers. This is often followed bradykinesia-or slowed movement-which can make previously simple tasks difficult and time-consuming as well as frustrating. This can be shown by shorter steps or dragging feet while walking or difficulty getting out of chairs. There can also be rigid muscle movements, limiting your movement and causing you pain; loss of automatic movements such at blinking can also occur. “Parkinson’s disease is often accompanied by these additional problems, which may be treatable.” (mayoclinic.org/disease-conditions) These problems include thinking difficulties, emotional changes,
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