Parkinson's disease, which mostly affects older people but can occur at any age, results from the gradual degeneration of nerve cells in the portion of the midbrain that controls body movements. The first signs are likely to be barely noticeable -- a feeling of weakness or stiffness in one limb, perhaps, or a fine trembling of one hand when it is at rest. Eventually, the shaking worsens and spreads, muscles tend to stiffen, and balance and coordination deteriorate. Depression, cognitive issues,...
If you think you may have symptoms of
Parkinson's disease, see your doctor. Urgent medical
care is not needed if you have had a tremor for some time. But you should
discuss the tremor at your next doctor's appointment. If a tremor is affecting
your daily activities or if it is a new symptom, see your doctor sooner.
You or your family
notice that you have problems with memory and thinking ability.
If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, you
will need to see members of your health care team regularly (every 3 to 6
months, or as directed) for adjustments in your treatment as your condition
If you notice a
tremor developing, watch and record its development.
Discuss it with your doctor at the next possible opportunity. A written
description will help your doctor make a correct diagnosis. In writing your
description, consider the following questions:
Did the tremor start suddenly or
What makes it worse or better?
What parts of
your body are affected?
Have there been any recent changes in the
medicines you are taking or how much you are taking?