PARKINSON’S SYMPTOMS

Understand the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s and how they change over time


MOVEMENT SYMPTOMS

Many people with Parkinson’s have movement symptoms, also called motor symptoms. Movement symptoms can make everyday life challenging – walking, writing, drinking from a glass.

Common movement symptoms are:

  • Tremor — Tremor or shaking is often the most obvious symptom of Parkinson's, though not everyone has it. Tremor usually starts in the fingers, hand, or foot and may eventually spread to the rest of your limb. It may affect one or both sides of the body. Unlike the condition called essential tremor, a Parkinson's tremor usually happens when the part of the body is at rest, instead of when you're moving it.
  • Slowed movement (bradykinesia) — Parkinson's may slow your movements. When you walk, you may have to take short steps or shuffle your feet. Over time, you may have freezing — sometimes your feet may seem to stick to the floor, or you may have trouble getting up from a chair.
  • Stiffness (rigidity) — Muscles may become very stiff and difficult to move. This often begins in the legs and neck.

OTHER SYMPTOMS

Parkinson's disease may also affect mood, sleep, digestion (constipation is common), speech, swallowing, thinking, and memory.


WHAT CAUSES THE MOVEMENT SYMPTOMS?

The cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown. Parkinson's gradually causes certain nerve cells in the brain to break down and die. The loss of nerve cells that produce a chemical messenger called dopamine causes many of the symptoms.


PARKINSON'S OVER TIME

Parkinson's is a disease of the central nervous system. It is progressive, which means that symptoms get worse over time. Tell your doctor how your symptoms are changing, so that you can make changes in your treatment at the right time.


DBS HELPS CONTROL MOVEMENT SYMPTOMS

Deep brain stimulation is FDA-approved to treat some of the movement symptoms of Parkinson's, such as tremor, slowed movement, and stiffness. When to talk with your doctor about DBS.


LEARN MORE ABOUT PARKINSON’S DISEASE

These websites provide information and support to people with Parkinson's disease and their families.

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