What are the common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

Common symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

  • Muscular Symptoms: Stiff muscles, difficulty standing and walking, difficulty with bodily movements, involuntary movements, muscle rigidity, slow bodily movement, problems with coordination, or slow shuffling gait.
  • Tremor Symptoms: Tremors can occur at rest, in the hands, limbs or can be postural.
  • Cognitive Symptoms: Amnesia, confusion during evening hours, dementia or difficulty thinking or understanding.
  • Sensory Symptoms: Loss in contrast sensory, distorted or loss sense of smell.
  • Whole Body Symptoms: Fatigue, dizziness, poor balance or restlessness. Daytime sleepiness, early wakening, nightmares or restless sleep. Anxiety or apathy.
  • Other Common Symptoms: Blank stare, constipation, depression, difficulty swallowing, drooling, falling, fear of falling, small handwriting, trembling, weight loss or unintentional writhing.

Intention Tremors

Common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are wheel rigidity of the arm. You can’t get your arms to unstick. You’re rolling pulls in your hand. You’re forgetful. You have a lot of musculoskeletal symptoms that prevent you from doing what you want to do by intention.

These movements are called intention tremors – when you go to reach for something your hands start shaking. This happens because the part of your brain that controls your actions are under attack by your immune system.

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Dr. Goodbinder

Jay Goodbinder PSc. D is a doctor in Overland Park, KS who serves patients in surrounding Kansas City areas, cities across the United States, and in several countries around the world.