How do you detect early signs of Parkinson’s disease?
The symptoms of Parkinson’s usually develop gradually over a long period of time, which can make diagnosis difficult. However, there are three common early signs.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a condition that affects the brain when the specialised nerve cells that produce dopamine die. Dopamine is incredibly important and helps control our movements, encompassing everything from walking to our facial expressions. When the brain cannot generate enough dopamine, symptoms of Parkinson’s start to appear.
Approximately 1 in 350 adults in the UK are affected by Parkinson’s Disease, making it one of the most common illnesses affecting older people. Living with Parkinson’s can be challenging, and those affected may require assistance completing day to day tasks that they didn’t require before.
Our care team provide the best home care possible for those living with Parkinson’s disease. We understand that everyone’s experience with Parkinson’s is different, which is why we tailor our care plan to suit you. Get in touch today to find out more on 01425 570 411
What are the early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?
Involuntary shaking of the hands is usually the earliest sign of Parkinson’s disease that people notice. This usually occurs when your body is in a relaxed state, for example, when you are sat or lying down. The most common resting tremor is called ‘pill-rolling’ and looks as if you are attempting to roll a pill between your index finger and thumb.
Parkinson’s disease slows down the speed at which the brain receives messages sent from from your muscles. This means that as Parkinson’s develops, your overall movement can slow down. This can make actions like getting in and out of bed or chairs much more difficult than they were before.
Muscle stiffness and rigidity is also a common symptom of early Parkinson’s disease, as well as cramps and aching. This can make even walking a challenge, as the individual may not be able to swing their arms in a natural way. In more severe cases, getting dressed, cooking and cleaning can become too painful to undertake without assistance.
Not everyone with the onset of Parkinson’s will display all of these symptoms and may be affected by a range of others, including trouble swallowing, bowel problems, bad balance, dizziness and fatigue.
Our Parkinson’s care at home is fully adaptable to your needs. We can provide any level of care you need, from occasional welfare checks to full-time live in care. Whatever your requirements, we can help! Contact us to find out more.