Parkinson's Disease

What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinsons Disease is a brain disorder that occurs when neurons (or nerve cells) in a part of the brain die or are impaired. These cells produce dopamine, which allows us to have smooth function of our body?s muscles and movement. After symptoms become more noticeable, you may have difficulty with things such as walking, talking or complete a simple task. Symptoms do become worse over time. Parkinsons Disease is a treatable disease. Doctors may request a brain scan to rule out other possible diseases. There are no blood tests to test for Parkinsons Disease.

Symptoms:
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Impaired balance
  • Postural balance
  • Sleep disruption
  • Slow movement
  • Speech difficulty
  • Stiffness in arms, legs and trunk of body
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • Tremor
  • Urinary problems


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