People with Parkinson’s disease may experience different symptoms according to their own disease condition. And symptoms also change as the disease progresses. Here are some motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
The most common symptom of Parkinson’s disease is tremor, which often in a hand, arm, or leg, occurs when awaking and sitting or standing still. Tremor may become worse and worse when the disease progresses.
• At first the tremor may appear in just one arm or leg or only on one side of the body of people with Parkinson’s disease. The tremor also may affect the chin, lips, and tongue.
• As the disease progresses, the tremor may spread to both sides of the body.
• Emotional and physical stress tends to make the tremor worse while sleep, complete relaxation, and intentional movement or action usually reduce or stop the tremor.
Other common motor symptoms
In addition, there are many other common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which include:
• Muscle stiffness and pain
One of the most common early signs of Parkinson’s disease is muscle stiffness. It may cause muscles to feel tired and achy.
• Slowness and limits in movement
These symptoms occur especially when you try to move from a resting position. For instance, it may be hard to get out of a chair or turn over in bed.
• Difficulties in talking and swallowing
Weakness of face and throat muscles is common in Parkinson’s disease. It may get harder to talk and swallow. Affected people may choke, cough, or drool. Speech becomes softer and monotonous.
• Facial mask
Loss of movement in the muscles in the face of people with Parkinson’s disease can cause a fixed, vacant facial expression, often called the “Parkinson’s mask.”
• Difficulty with walking and balance
People with Parkinson’s disease are more likely to take small steps and shuffle with their feet close together, bend forward slightly at the waist, and have trouble turning around.
There are also some other non-motor symptoms relating Parkinson’s disease, such as sleeping disorders, depression and so on. For more information, please contact us.