FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News)
Parkinson’s disease can be hard for the average person to identify, but 10 warning signs may offer an early clue that you or a loved one may be developing the disease.
The Parkinson’s Foundation suggests being aware of the signs, while knowing that having any one of them doesn’t mean the disease is present.
Parkinson’s can also cause a change in handwriting known as micrographia, where letter sizes become smaller and words more crowded.
People with Parkinson’s can also thrash around in sleep, something a spouse may notice.
Another possible sign of Parkinson’s is stiffness in the body, arms and legs. A person’s arms may no longer swing in a typical fashion or feet may feel like they’re “stuck to the floor.” Some other health conditions, such as arthritis, can also cause stiffness.
A change in voice may signal Parkinson’s. It may become softer, breathy or hoarse.
Another sign is “facial masking,” in which a person’s face looks serious, depressed or mad but doesn’t match their mood. But some medicines can also cause a person to have a serious look or stare.
If you have more than one of these symptoms, the Parkinson’s Foundation suggests talking with a doctor about the possibility of Parkinson’s disease.
The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more on Parkinson’s disease.
SOURCE: Parkinson’s Foundation, news release, August 2022
By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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