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Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

One of the first things you may want to know if you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s is what to expect.

How does your doctor determine that you have Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s is diagnosed based on the presence of one or more common motor symptoms. The specific symptoms that an individual experiences varies from person to person. There are four groups of primary motor symptoms that people experience:
  • Tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • Bradykinesia or slowness of movement
  • Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  • Postural instability or impaired balance and coordination

Are there other signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s?

There are also non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s. Non-motor symptoms also vary from person to person, and they may affect people with Parkinson's at all stages. These may include:
  • Cognitive issues, such as memory difficulties, slowed thinking and confusion
  • Mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Constipation
  • Speech problems
  • Problems with swallowing

How might Parkinson’s affect me?

Parkinson's is chronic and progressive, meaning that symptoms continue and can worsen over a period of years. It affects everyone differently and not all people with Parkinson’s will have the same experience.

It is important to know that you are not alone.

There are approximately one million Americans living with Parkinson’s; it is estimated that 350,000 experience OFF periods.
OFF periods occur anytime Parkinson's symptoms return.

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