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Parkinson's Disease
What are the Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease?
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What is Parkinson's Disease?
What Causes Parkinson's Disease?
What are the Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease?
How is Parkinson's Disease Detected?
How Can Parkinson's Disease be Prevented?
What is the Prognosis for Parkinson's Disease?
What Does the Future Hold for Parkinson's Disease?
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The symptoms of Parkinson's disease vary from patient to patient. As Parkinsons is a progressive disease, at first there may be only a few symptoms. For example, a patient may have difficulty holding a glass or talking. In some, the disease progresses quickly while in others it does not. Not all Parkinson's disease sufferers have the same symptoms. The following is a list of some of the more common ones:

# Tremor: In the early stages of Parkinson's about 70% of people experience a slight tremor in their hand or foot. This type of tremor is often referred to as a "resting tremor" as it most often occurs when the muscles are relaxed. The affected body part trembles when it is at rest and will often stop with action. As time progresses tremors of other parts of the body may occur.

# Bradykenisia: Bradykenisia is a slowing of voluntary movement. Parkinson's sufferers with Bradykenisia often have incompleteness of movement, difficulty in initiating movement and arrests of ongoing movement. Parkinson's disease may cause a slow, unsteady walk and bad posture. Certain muscles may freeze up making any movement difficult. Even digestive systems and swallowing can slow down as a result of bradykenisia. The slowness of movement may also affect facial muscles.

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A Parkinson's Patient

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# Rigidity of Muscles: Muscles often become stiff and inflexible. Normally after muscle contraction a muscle will relax. For Parkinsons disease sufferers the muscle tone of an affected limb is stiff. Rigidity often results in a decreased range of motion. It may also cause pain and cramps at the muscle site.

# Postural Instability: Most Parkinson's disease sufferers find it difficult to stand up straight. They also find it difficult to stay standing in one position for prolonged amounts of time. They are also more susceptible to falls as a result of postural instability.

# Loss of Automatic Movement: Many unconscious acts like blinking, smiling and swinging arms when walking are lost by Parkinson's disease sufferers. Often they develop a fixed staring expression and appear to have no facial expression. They may also appear to be drooling as they no longer automatically swallow.

# Impaired Speech: Parkinson's disease sufferers often have problems speaking. Their voices are often monotonous and hard to hear.

# Micographia: Often individuals with Parkinson's disease have very small writing as a result of difficulty with fine motor movements.

# Dementia, Confusion and Anxiety: Secondary symptoms, Parkinson's disease suffers are often anxious and confused.  These are some of the most damaging symptoms. 

# Loss of Energy and Memory: Two of the most disabling symptoms of Parkinson's disease are the loss of energy and memory. Parkinsons sufferers are often very tired, but have difficulty sleeping. They also show signs of memory loss.

Parkinson's disease has a wide range of symptoms. Not all patients will experience the same symptoms. This makes it difficult to detect and prevent Parkinsons. The diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is difficult as there are no definitive tests to test for the disease. Parkinson's often goes undiagnosed as doctors may believe a patients symptoms are a result of aging and not because of the disease.

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