Diagnosing Parkinson’s disease can be challenging since many of its symptoms can be like changes that occur as we age. That’s why it’s important to report any of these Parkinson’s disease symptoms to your doctor as soon as you notice them:
- Impaired balance and coordination, including falls
- Slowed movement
- Stiffness in the arms, legs, back or torso
- Trembling or shaking in hands, arms, legs, jaw, chin or head
- Blank stares or infrequent blinking
- Depression and other emotional changes
- Difficulty swallowing, chewing and talking
- Skin problems
- Sleep disruptions
- Urinary problems or constipation
You may feel like it’s an over-reaction to contact your primary care provider about these symptoms. Think of it this way, you or your loved one deserves to age well and treating these symptoms can improve quality of life even if they aren’t related to Parkinson’s. And if they are related to the disease, early diagnosis and treatment can help maintain good health and independence.
Don’t disregard professional medical advice, or delay seeking it, because of what you read here. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional consultation, diagnosis or treatment; it is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. Always consult a healthcare provider if you have specific questions about any medical matter, and seek professional attention immediately if you think you or someone in your care may be experiencing a healthcare condition or medical emergency.