Parkinson’s disease occurs when nerve cells in the substantia nigra region of the brain deteriorate, leading to Parkinson’s. Dopamine production occurs naturally here due to these nerve cells producing dopamine as a neurotransmitter.
Signs of Parkinson’s Disease.
Parkinson’s Disease symptoms commonly include tremors, stiffness or rigidity in arms, legs, or trunk; slowness of movement; impaired balance and coordination; changes in speech/writing patterns as well as changes to language use.
Other symptoms may include loss of smell, constipation, or sleep disorders.
Parkinson’s Disease consists of four main symptoms. Here are their characteristics:
Signs of neurological illnesses include tremors in hands, arms, legs,
jaw, or head; muscle stiffness that lasts over time; slowness in movement and decreased balance and coordination which can result in falls.
Early signs of Parkinson’s.
Early signs of Parkinson’s include tremors or shaking, stiffness or rigidity in arms, legs, or trunk, slowness of movement and changes in handwriting; changes to smell; constipation and sleep disorders may also be indicators.
How to test yourself for Parkinson’s.
There is no definitive list of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is an ever-evolving condition, so its manifestations vary greatly from person to person.
Tremors, stiffness or rigidity in arms, legs, or trunk, slowness of movement, impaired balance and coordination, and changes to speech/writing can all be signs that someone has Parkinson’s.
Other symptoms may include loss of smell, constipation, and sleep disorders – it’s wise to consult a medical practitioner should you suspect anything.
Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
Parkinson’s Disease symptoms are a brain condition that is characterized by unintended and involuntary movements like trembling, stiffness, and issues with balance and coordination.
Symptoms often begin mildly and worsen over time. People could begin having difficulties speaking and walking as the illness worsens, behavioral and mental changes, sleep issues, depression, memory loss, and weariness may also occur.
Studies indicate that men may be at greater risk than women of suffering from Parkinson’s.
Research is ongoing to better understand why and identify potential risk factors, but age is an obvious contributor.
Although up to 10% of Parkinson’s patients start showing symptoms before 50, most cases don’t begin manifesting until over 60. Early-onset Parkinson’s can often be passed on genetically; some types have even been associated with specific gene variants.
Parkinson’s disease symptoms:
What causes Parkinson’s disease.
Basal Ganglia, which regulates movement, experiences nerve cell impairment or death that leads to Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
Neurons usually produce dopamine – any decrease in production due to degeneration or death can result in movement issues associated with this condition;
unfortunately, scientists still do not fully understand why neurons degenerate or die off can lead to movement issues associated with this condition.
Parkinson’s patients also lose nerve endings that produce norepinephrine,
the main chemical messenger of their sympathetic nervous system that controls various bodily functions such as heart rate and blood pressure.
The absence of norepinephrine may explain some non-movement characteristics associated with Parkinson’s, such as fatigue, irregular blood pressure fluctuations,
decreased food movement through the digestive tract, and sudden drops in blood pressure when standing up from sitting or lying positions.
Scientists are studying Lewy bodies found in brain cells of those suffering from Parkinson’s disease to gain a better understanding of its normal and abnormal functions as well as any possible genetic links that impact Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia.
Many people living with Parkinson’s disease report having sleep issues, constipation, loss of smell, and restless legs prior to experiencing stiffness and tremor. Although some of these symptoms can come with normal aging, if these worsen or interfere with daily activities it should be discussed with your physician immediately.
Parkinson’s Disease Therapies.
While Parkinson’s disease therapies cannot be cured, symptoms can often be managed with medication, surgery, and therapy treatments.
Levodopa is the primary medication for Parkinson’s disease. Nerve cells use this treatment to synthesize dopamine, which then replenishes brain-level stores of dopamine.
Levodopa is often prescribed in combination with carbidopa to provide additional symptomatic relief,
while also helping prevent or lessen side effects like nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, and restlessness associated with levodopa medication.
Individuals taking levodopa for Parkinson’s disease should never stop suddenly without consulting with a physician, as abrupt discontinuation could cause serious withdrawal symptoms such as immobility and respiratory difficulties.
Parkinson’s can have devastating consequences, even at its slowest course, on a person’s ability to go to work, take care of their home, and socialize with friends and family.
It may become more challenging to go about these tasks without difficulty which could make going out more challenging as well.
An invaluable support network that understands and can assist during these transitions is of immeasurable benefit.
People living with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones/caregivers
can gain great benefits from sharing experiences, knowledge, and support in these communities.
Finding support groups or other community resources may be challenging.