The Subtle Symptoms of Parkinson's

What do Michael J. Fox and Mohammad Ali have in common?  They are the face of Parkinson’s disease throughout the world.  Although Michael J. Fox and Mohammad Ali have highly visible tremors, there are many more symptoms they may share.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder for which there is no cure.  The National Parkinson Foundation tells us that some early signs of Parkinson’s disease are:  tremors, stiffness, rigidity, limited arm swing, dragging one or both feet, small and/or crowded handwriting, loss of sense of smell, lessened facial expression and smiling (masked face), decreased blinking and the appearance of staring, slowed thinking, depression and apathy, low blood pressure, sleep disturbances and loss of voice power.

My husband suffered from Parkinson’s.  As I look back, his symptoms started long before we even thought to get a diagnosis.  If you, a loved one, or a friend is experiencing any of these symptoms, I urge you to visit your doctor. Because these are symptoms of various other ailments, you may not have Parkinson’s disease.  If you do have Parkinson’s, there are treatments that may help control the symptoms.  For further information, visit www.parkinson.org.