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What are early signs of Parkinson's disease?

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Parkinson’s disease may be something you don't notice right away. 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 looks different or smaller. You may forget a word or a thought. You might also feel depressed or anxious.

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.

As your symptoms grow, you might have trouble with everyday activities. But most people with Parkinson's can manage the condition, often with medications.

From: Signs and Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

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 Neil Lava on August 11, 2017

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 Neil Lava on August 11, 2017

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