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

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Often, within 3 to 7 years, you’ll see more changes. Early on, you might have a little trouble with something like buttoning a shirt. At this point, you may not be able to do it at all. You might also find that the medicine you take starts to wear off between doses.

You can expect:

  • Changes in how you speak, like a softer voice or one that starts strong, but trails off
  • Freezing when you first start to walk or change direction, as if your feet are glued to the ground
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Falls to be more likely
  • Trouble with balance and coordination
  • Slower movements
  • Small, shuffling steps

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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