Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the way the body moves. Normally, brain cells produce a chemical called dopamine that sends signals to the brain and helps to control movement.
Parkinson’s develops when the dopamine-producing brain cells die and the brain doesn’t receive enough dopamine to help regulate movement.
What causes Parkinson’s disease?
Certain genetic mutations have been known to cause Parkinson’s, but these changes are uncommon except when the disease occurs in families. Some of the complications that can occur with Parkinson’s include thinking difficulties, swallowing issues, sleeping problems, urinary incontinence, depression and emotional changes.
Most people notice a slight shaking of the hands or fingers initially, though this can also affect the arms and legs. Other primary symptoms include stiff muscles, slow movement (bradykinesia), and problems with balance or walking. Additional signs include writing changes, speech changes, loss of automatic movements (i.e., blinking, smiling, or swinging arms while walking), and rigid muscles.
Parkinson’s symptoms vary from person to person, and earlier signs may go unnoticed.
Often, only one side of the body is affected, but over time changes are noticeable on both sides of the body. Some of the signs and symptoms may include:
Usually shaking begins in the hand, fingers, or limb, and it occurs only on one side of the body. Tremors usually occur when the patient is at rest, stopping while the patient performs an activity. One characteristic movement of this disease is known as pill-rolling, which is when the thumb and index finger makes circular movements.
Many people with Parkinson’s have what is known as a shuffling gait, and they move very slowly from place to place. Because of the slower movement, a person may experience more difficulty performing daily tasks or getting out of a chair. Normal activities may become more time-consuming.
Speaking issues may occur from the lack of dopamine that is released in the brain. Patients may notice that they slur their words, become monotone, speak slower or faster, and hesitate before speaking. Some people have no voice inflection with Parkinson’s disease.
Impaired unconscious movements
In Parkinson’s disease, patients may have difficulty performing movements that are usually unconscious, such as swinging the arms, smiling, blinking, or moving their hands when talking. These changes are characteristic of reduced dopamine levels.
Parkinson’s disease can cause a person to appear bent over when walking, and balance may become an issue with the onset of this disease.
Muscle rigidity is a common factor in Parkinson’s, and it can occur in any part of the body. This stiffness can limit a person’s range of motion and lead to pain.
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Risk factors for multiple sclerosis
There are certain risk factors that can raise the chances of developing MS. Multiple sclerosis tends to emerge among people aged 20 to 40. In addition, women are twice as likely as men to develop the condition.
If there is a family history of the disease, patients have a one to three percent chance of developing it, and Caucasian people of European descent are at a higher risk for the disease. Infections such as Epstein Barr may also raise the risk of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
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