Understand the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s and how they change over time
Many people with Parkinson’s have movement symptoms, also called motor symptoms. Movement symptoms can make everyday life challenging – walking, writing, drinking from a glass.
Common movement symptoms are:
Parkinson's disease may also affect mood, sleep, digestion (constipation is common), speech, swallowing, thinking, and memory.
The cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown. Parkinson's gradually causes certain nerve cells in the brain to break down and die. The loss of nerve cells that produce a chemical messenger called dopamine causes many of the symptoms.
Parkinson's is a disease of the central nervous system. It is progressive, which means that symptoms get worse over time. Tell your doctor how your symptoms are changing, so that you can make changes in your treatment at the right time.
Deep brain stimulation is FDA-approved to treat some of the movement symptoms of Parkinson's, such as tremor, slowed movement, and stiffness. When to talk with your doctor about DBS.
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