Parkinson’s disease (PD) is classified as part of the neurodegenerative conditions, whereby parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years.
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There are three common symptoms:
- Tremor – involuntary shaking of certain parts of the body
- Bradykinesia – slow movement
- Rigidity – stiff and inflexible muscles
A person can experience a spectrum of other symptoms commonly grouped as nonmotor symptoms (NMS), these include:
- Mood problems – depression, anxiety, apathy
- Autonomic problems – fainting, blackouts, cardiovascular problems
- Sleep and fatigue – insomnia etc.
- Memory and concentration
- Others including loss of smell (anosmia) and pain problems
There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease as of yet. However, the treatment for Parkinson’s disease is evolving and improving. Currently the common forms of long term management to help the quality of life for a person include:
- Supportive therapies: physiotherapy, occupational therapy
- Medication therapies: dopamine agonists etc.
- Brain surgery (in some cases only)
For more information visit the UK’s official Parkinson’s charity: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/