10 Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

This is a great article from the Parkinson’s Disease foundation on early signs to look out for.

Sometimes it is hard to tell that you might have Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is when your brain stops making an important chemical called dopamine. This chemical helps your body to move, and helps your mood. If you do have Parkinson’s, you can feel better by taking a pill that helps your body to replace that chemical. Parkinson’s disease will get worse slowly over time, and your doctor can help you stay healthy longer. Some of the problems listed here could be signs of Parkinson’s disease.
No single one of these signs means that you should worry about Parkinson’s disease. If you have more than one symptom, you should make an appointment to talk to your doctor.
Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease gives you the best chance of a longer, healthier life.
What you can do if you do have Parkinson’s disease:
Work with your doctor to create a plan to stay healthy. This plan might include:
A referral to a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in the brain
Care from an occupational therapist, physical therapist or speech therapist
Meeting with a medical social worker to talk about how Parkinson’s will affect your life
Start a regular exercise program to delay further symptoms.
Talk with family and friends who can provide you with the support you need.

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