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Early Warning Signs of Parkinson's Disease

As we continue to spread awareness for Parkinson's Disease (PD) this month, we thought it would be valuable to share the early warning signs of the disease.

It is important to note, however, that some symptoms are difficult even for doctors and specialists to detect.  Some symptoms affect motor skills and can be more noticeable, such as:

  • Tremors or shaking in a finger, thumb, hand, chin, and/or lip
  • Slowness of movement known as Bradykinesia
  • Loss of spontaneous or voluntary movement
  • Unusual stiffness in a limb or other body part
  • Problems standing or walking
  • Issues with balance and coordination
  • Reduced facial expressions

PD doesn't just affect motor skills. You may also notice changes in your loved one's mood, sleep behaviors, and speech. You can find more early signs and symptoms here.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation developed a screening questionnaire to help determine if you or your loved one could have PD. You can find the questionnaire and directions here.

If you or your loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is vital to consult a physician as soon as possible.

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