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What non-motor symptoms may show up early in those with Parkinson's disease?

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You may have these issues years before any classic motor symptoms like tremors:

You also might get these symptoms later in the disease -- and even if you have them, it doesn’t mean you have Parkinson’s disease. Scientists are still trying to understand the link.

You might also have mild issues with thinking and planning, like forgetfulness, a shorter attention span, and a hard time staying organized. Drooling and a more urgent need to pee are also common.

  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Loss of smell
  • Low blood pressure when you stand up
  • Pain
  • Sleep issues

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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