10 Early Signs of Parkinson’s and Why You Should Get Checked
Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder affecting the neurons responsible for producing dopamine in the brain.
There are over 40 symptoms of Parkinson’s ranging from tremors or stiffness to problems with sleep and mental health. Below, we address the 10 most common early symptoms of Parkinson’s.
If you have any of these symptoms it does not necessarily mean that you have Parkinson’s. If you have any concerns you should see your GP.
Sleeping Problems and Parkinson’s
People with Parkinson’s are more likely to experience insomnia due to other symptoms including tremor, stiffness, pain and restless leg syndrome.
Changes in Smell or Loss of Sense of Smell with Parkinson’s
People may notice their sense of smell is not as strong or has disappeared.
Small Handwriting and Parkinson’s
Due to movements becoming smaller or less forceful, handwriting may also become smaller than before or may get smaller as you write.
Constipation and Bladder Problems with Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s sufferers are more likely to have problems with bowel or bladder function. Increases in frequency or urgency are the most common signs.
Depression and Parkinson’s
In some cases people with Parkinson’s may experience depression months before they notice other symptoms.
Anxiety and Parkinson’s
People with Parkinson’s may experience anxiety around developing symptoms, especially early on in the condition. Concerns about living with a long-term condition can cause anxiety.
Fatigue and Parkinson’s
Feelings of tiredness can affect up to half of people with Parkinson’s. Some days people may feel able to function as normal and then the next day feel exhausted and too fatigued to do anything. Fatigue may be mental as well as physical; people may find it hard to concentrate for a long time. This can be due to the chemical changes taking place in the brain as the condition develops.
Tremors and Parkinson’s
This is an uncontrollable movement affecting part of the body, typically it will start in the hand before moving to the arm or to the foot o n the same side of the body.
Slowness of Movement and Parkinson’s
This is known as Bradykinesia, and can mean it takes people longer to do things. Everyday tasks can take much longer to do and become more difficult.
Rigidity and Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s causes stiffness of the muscles, inflexibility and cramps. This can make daily tasks very difficult.
Chiropractic Parkinson’s Treatment
Why get your nervous system checked by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor?
Upper Cervical Chiropractors specialise in analysing the links between the upper neck and nervous system function. When we find issues at the upper neck we tend to find that the nervous system is impacted as a result. This may lead to the progression of neurological symptoms such as those seen in Parkinson’s.
We do not treat Parkinson’s disease, however by ensuring the nervous system is clear of interference by correcting issues found at the top of the neck it gives your body the best opportunity to heal and function normally. To find out more about the links between Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Parkinson’s Disease click the link here https://www.topchiropractic.co.uk/parkinsons-and-upper-cervical
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