Digestive and urinary problems.
Constipation is common. Controlling urination (incontinence)
may be difficult, and urination may be frequent and at times urgent. Drugs used
to treat Parkinson's disease may help or may sometimes make these symptoms
Freezing, a sudden, brief inability to move. It most
often affects walking.
Problems with sleep, mood, and thought also are common in
people who have Parkinson's disease.
Problems falling asleep or staying asleep
(insomnia) can result from anxiety, depression, or physical restlessness.
People with Parkinson's disease may not be able to sleep well because they
cannot easily turn over or change position in bed.
A person with
Parkinson's disease may slowly become more dependent, fearful, indecisive, and
passive. The person may talk less often than he or she used to, withdraw from
family and friends, and remain inactive unless encouraged to move about.
Depression is very common in people with this disease and can be caused by
chemical changes in the brain or can be a reaction to having a disabling
disease. Depression often improves with proper treatment.
one-third of people with Parkinson's disease may develop
dementia and confusion, similar to Alzheimer's
disease, late in the course of the disease. Depression can further contribute
to memory loss and confusion. Memory loss, hallucinations (seeing or hearing
things that aren't really there), and vivid dreams may sometimes be caused by
drugs taken to treat Parkinson's disease.