Parkinson is one the most common neurodegenerative diseases. Around 10 million people worldwide are affected by Parkinson’s disease.
But what is Parkinson? What are the symptoms and causes?
Men are affected more often than women and the disease typically develops between the age of 50 and 60. Little is known about the causes, but it is the result of a declining dopamine production.
Physical symptoms of Parkinson include:
- Tremor (resting tremor)
- muscle stiffness (rigor)
- slowed movements with small steps and often reduced swinging of the arms (in many cases one-sided)
- typical facial masking making it difficult to show emotional expressions
Usually changes or impairments of non-motor functions occur much earlier and should alarm relatives.
Typical non-motor symptoms can be talking in sleep or sleepwalking, incontinence, depression, anxiety, pain, dizziness, and loss of smell, among others.
If a number of these symptoms occur, a medical check-up can give clarity. At cereneo we offer online consultations with our doctor for neurological advice. For booking go here.