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What are symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

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With Parkinson's disease, some people will first notice a sense of weakness, trouble with walking, and stiff muscles. Others may notice a shake (tremor) of the head or hands. Parkinson's is a progressive disorder and the symptoms gradually worsen. The general symptoms of Parkinson's disease include:

  • Slower movements, such as when walking
  • Less facial expression and eye blinking, speaking in a monotone
  • Taking steps that shuffle
  • Unsteady balance; trouble rising from a sitting position
  • Continuous "pill-rolling" motion of the thumb and forefinger
  • Abnormal tone or stiffness in the trunk and extremities
  • Swallowing problems in later stages
  • Lightheadedness or fainting when standing (orthostatic hypotension)

SOURCES: 

Journal of the American Medical Association. 

Academy of American Family Physicians. 

National Parkinson Foundation. 

American Parkinson Disease Foundation.

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on July 14, 2017

SOURCES: 

Journal of the American Medical Association. 

Academy of American Family Physicians. 

National Parkinson Foundation. 

American Parkinson Disease Foundation.

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on July 14, 2017

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