Detecting Parkinson’s Disease Early
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a long-term disorder of the nervous system and it mainly affects the motor system. The symptoms mostly come on slowly over time. Early in the disease, the most obvious are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking.
Following are the Early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD):
Loss of power to smell things
If you noticed you are no longer able to smell certain foods completely. If you seem to have a problem smelling foods like bananas, dill pickles etc, you should consult your doctor.
Loss of smell due to cold, flu or a stuffy nose is normal. Therefore, it should come back after you are better.
Your handwriting suddenly gets smaller than in it was in the past. You may notice the way you writing words on a page has changed, such as letter are smaller and the words are crowded together. A sudden change in handwriting is generally a sign of Parkinson’s disease.
Change in body structure due to age e.g. stiff hands or fingers or poor vision, but this happens over a period of time.
Tremor or Shaking
Shaking of fingers, thumb, chin or Lips is a common sign. This can happen due to injury, exercise or some medicines.
Trouble while Sleeping
Do you kick and punch while you are deeply asleep or move around in bed?. Sudden movements during sleep may be a sign of Parkinson’s disease.
It is normal for everyone to have a night when they ‘toss and turn’ instead of sleeping.
Trouble Moving or Walking
Do you feel stiffness in your body, arms or legs? Sometimes stiffness goes away when you move. If it doesn’t, it can be a sign of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Sometimes you might notice that your arms don’t swing when you walk, or maybe other people have said you look stiff. An early identification might be stiffness or pain in your shoulder or hips.
Stiffness due to injury until it healed should be excluded from doubt of Parkinson’s Diseases symptoms.
One can see if the above-discussed factors are visible or not. Accordingly, after detecting it, one should visit the doctor and take the prescribed medicine. It should not be neglected as it is related to brain or nervous system.