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What are the early signs of Parkinson's disease?

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Early symptoms can be mild. You may feel tired or uneasy. You may notice your hands or other body parts shaking slightly, or find it hard to stand. Your speech might become softer or slurred, or your handwriting might look different or smaller. You may forget a word or a thought. You might also feel depressed or anxious.  You may have sleep problems such as a rapid eye movement (REM) sleep disorder. Most dreaming occurs during REM sleep.

Usually, your friends and family spot the changes before you do. It might be easier for them to notice your tremors, stiff movements, or lack of expression on your face.

SOURCES:

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Symptoms."

We Move: "Diagnosis."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Parkinson's Disease: Hope Through Research."

Mayo Clinic: “Parkinson’s Disease.”

National Parkinson Foundation: “10 Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease,” “Motor Symptoms.”

American Parkinson Disease Association: “Facial Masking.”

National Health Service (UK): “Parkinson’s disease -- Symptoms.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Parkinson’s Disease Dementia.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Symptoms."

We Move: "Diagnosis."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Parkinson's Disease: Hope Through Research."

Mayo Clinic: “Parkinson’s Disease.”

National Parkinson Foundation: “10 Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease,” “Motor Symptoms.”

American Parkinson Disease Association: “Facial Masking.”

National Health Service (UK): “Parkinson’s disease -- Symptoms.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Parkinson’s Disease Dementia.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

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