Disturbed Sleep or Shaky Hands:Your body tells a lot about your health
Did you know that in India around 25% of patients develop the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease before they turn 40? While it usually affects the elderly, early symptoms disrupt the daily activities because the person holds limited or no control over the body movements.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder where the brain neurons are unable to produce dopamine resulting in abnormal brain activity and impaired movement. Early symptoms of Parkinson’s are subtle and are usually taken as signs of normal ageing.
While there is no single characteristic symptom marking the Parkinson’s disease but a combination of signs that indicate the onset are:
Tremor: While a slight shaking or twitching once in a while is common, experiencing frequent tremors is one of the most noticeable symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Along with this, the progression of the disease results in shaking that begins in the limbs, often hands or fingers.
Small handwriting: People with Parkinson’s diseases experience changes in their movement that often results in cramped writing. If you experience a sudden change in your handwriting that results in smaller font size, it could be an indicator of the early onset of Parkinson’s disease.
Disturbed sleep: Trouble sleeping is one of the early signs of the disease that usually results in waking up frequently throughout the night, waking up early or falling asleep during the day. Parkinson’s disease also causes regular uncontrollable movements like kicking or thrashing while sleeping.
Stiffness & slow movement: An early sign of Parkinson’s disease is stiffness in the shoulder, knee joints or hip. Over time, it also slows down the movement that results in difficulty while doing daily simple tasks.
Change in voice: While affecting the movement, Parkinson’s disease also results in voice changes. Early symptoms often includes speaking in a low tone, hoarse and a little slur in the voice.
Masked Face: People with Parkinson’s disease usually experience facial masking that hides their natural facial expressions with a blank stare. This is because of limited control of the facial muscles. Even when talking in a light-hearted manner, the facial expression remains serious.
Hunched Back: Over time, gradual and uncontrolled involuntary movements because of Parkinson’s disease results in a stooped posture. Furthermore, it causes a lack of coordination and balance that gradually causes hunched back. Adding to it, people also develop Parkinson’s gait that includes a tendency to lean forward, walking in small steps with a reduced swing of arms.
Constipation: People with Parkinson’s disease often experience constipation because of slower digestive tract. Along with it, in most cases people also experience bladder problems where people are unable to control urine or have difficulty urinating.
By: Navreet Kaur | on 2020-12-31