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What are motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease during the mild stage?

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During the mild stage of Parkinson's disease, symptoms usually don’t stop you from doing most tasks -- and drugs usually work well to keep them in check.

You might notice:

  • Your arms don’t swing as freely when you walk
  • You can’t make facial expressions
  • Your legs feel heavy
  • Posture becomes a little stooped
  • Handwriting gets smaller
  • Your arms or legs get stiff
  • You have symptoms only on one side of your body, like a tremor in one arm

From: How Parkinson’s Disease Progresses WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Clinical Manifestations of PD.”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “What Is Parkinson’s Disease?” “Understanding the Progression of Parkinson's Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Non-motor Symptoms of Parkinson Disease: Update on the Diagnosis and Treatment,” “Premotor and non-motor features of Parkinson’s disease,” “The progression of non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease and their contribution to motor disability and quality of life.”

European Parkinson’s Disease Association: “Parkinson’s Progression.”

Parkinson Canada: “Progression of Parkinson’s Disease.”

Partners in Parkinson’s: “What Are the Stages of Parkinson’s Disease?”

Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation: “Stages of PD,” “Disease Progression,” “About Parkinson’s.”

American Parkinson Disease Association: “Common Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.”

National Parkinson Foundation: “Non-Motor Symptoms.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “What Is Psychosis?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 13, 2017

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Clinical Manifestations of PD.”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “What Is Parkinson’s Disease?” “Understanding the Progression of Parkinson's Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Non-motor Symptoms of Parkinson Disease: Update on the Diagnosis and Treatment,” “Premotor and non-motor features of Parkinson’s disease,” “The progression of non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease and their contribution to motor disability and quality of life.”

European Parkinson’s Disease Association: “Parkinson’s Progression.”

Parkinson Canada: “Progression of Parkinson’s Disease.”

Partners in Parkinson’s: “What Are the Stages of Parkinson’s Disease?”

Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation: “Stages of PD,” “Disease Progression,” “About Parkinson’s.”

American Parkinson Disease Association: “Common Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.”

National Parkinson Foundation: “Non-Motor Symptoms.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “What Is Psychosis?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 13, 2017

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