Parkinson’s disease is nothing new, and in fact, has been around and recorded for many thousands of years – with similar symptoms of the disease and even treatments being recorded as far back as 5000 BC.
However, it wasn’t until 1817 when the malady known as “shaky palsy” was recognized in modern medicine by James Parkinson, for whom the disease was later named.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that impacts movement. It comes in like a lamb, but then turns into a lion as the disease develops gradually with barely noticeable symptoms in the beginning. But that as it may be is far from the end of it, for as time progresses, the symptoms significantly increase and become more pronounced and noticeable.
Although more than 1.5 million people are afflicted with Parkinson’s disease in the United States, thanks to a handful of celebrities such as Michael J. Fox and the late, great Muhammad Ali that the awareness level of this debilitating disease is so widespread.
While true that most people are unfamiliar with the specifics surrounding this disease, unless they have been personally impacted by it, ignorance is no excuse for not being proactive and keeping a watchful eye out for the common signs and symptoms. Bearing that in mind, we have compiled 10 of such signs and symptoms for you to keep a look out for, because early detection of any disease can make all the difference.
If one could refer to a symptom as ‘famous’, then tremors would be in the spotlight when it comes to Parkinson’s disease. The reason for this is that tremors are often the most outwardly visible of symptoms and one that the media and public most associates with the disease.
For the most part, tremors develop in the hands and arms, although they may also surface in the jaw and foot, Typically tremors manifest in the rubbing of the thumb against the forefingers and is most prevalent when the hand is at rest or the individual is under stress. In the early stages of the disease, it is usually only one side of the body or one limb that is affected, but as the disease progresses, other parts of the body may be affected.