Parkinson’s disease develops when nerve cells within the brain have died. These nerve cells would have been the response for creating dopamine. What are the symptoms of this brain disease?
Charity Parkinson’s UK explains that dopamine “allows messages to be sent to the parts of the brain that coordinate movement”
When nerve cells within the brain are killed off – for reasons yet to be pin-pointed – dopamine can’t be created.
As dopamine levels within the brain decrease, symptoms of the condition start to appear.
Freezing refers to wanting to move your legs, for example, but being unable to.
It’s a common symptom of the brain disease and it’s not only restricted to walking.
The symptom can take place while trying to speak, write or turn around.
Trouble with starting a movement may sometimes be called start hesitation.
People with Parkinson’s can experience trembling of the hands, legs, body or voice.
It’s not possible to predict if somebody will develop this symptom, as the condition varies from person to person.
But, people who do suffer from tremors may find that it worsens during stressful situations.
Stiff muscles can cause issues with getting out of chairs and turning over in bed.
“People have blood pressure changes, which make them sometimes dizzy or have headaches,” he continued.
“And bladder dysfunction is quite common,” Dr Fackrell added.
He finished off by stating: “Depression is very common in Parkinson’s.
“And these symptoms very often predate the movement issues.”
Published at Thu, 14 May 2020 10:15:00 +0000