Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It can be a devastating diagnosis, not just for the person who has it, but for their loved ones as well. Although Parkinson’s disease can be difficult to diagnose, recognizing the signs and symptoms can be the first step towards getting the help and treatment needed to manage the condition. In this listicle, we will explore some of the common and uncommon signs of Parkinson’s disease, with the goal of raising awareness and promoting early detection. It is our hope that this information will help people recognize the signs of Parkinson’s disease, seek medical advice from a healthcare professional, and ultimately get a step ahead of treatment if you do find yourself with a Parkinson’s diagnosis.
What Is Parkinson’s Disease (PD)?
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects movement, but it can also cause a variety of surprising and unexpected symptoms. These symptoms include changes in voice and speech, sleep disorders, changes in vision, loss of sense of smell, skin problems, constipation, anxiety and depression, cognitive changes, impulse control disorders, excessive sweating, decreased blood pressure upon standing, hallucinations, pain, and difficulty swallowing. Parkinson’s disease is caused by the degeneration of dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical messenger that helps regulate movement and coordination, and when these neurons are damaged or destroyed, it leads to a lack of dopamine in the brain.