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What are more serious signs of Parkinson's disease?

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Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder, which means your symptoms get more serious over time. It can affect your movements, eyesight, sleep, and mental health. A person with Parkinson’s can get different symptoms at different times than someone else with the same condition. They include:

Having these symptoms doesn't always mean you have Parkinson's. It could be something else. See your doctor if you notice changes in yourself. If you might have Parkinson's, working with a movement-disorders specialist could help.

  • Trouble with balance
  • Forward or backward lean that can cause falls
  • Stooped posture, with bowed head and slumped shoulders
  • Head shaking
  • Memory problems
  • Trouble peeing or pooping
  • Tiredness
  • Drooling
  • Skin problems, such as dandruff
  • Difficulty swallowing and chewing
  • Trouble having an erection or orgasm
  • Lightheadedness or fainting when standing up
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Dementia, or trouble with thinking and reasoning
  • Loss of smell
  • Too much sweating

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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