Parkinson’s disease is a condition that causes the brain to become progressively more damaged over time, said the NHS. You could be at risk of the neurodegenerative condition if you realise that you’ve been passing more urine than normal.
Parkinson’s is caused by a loss of nerve cells in a specific part of the brain.
These nerve cells are used to help send messages between the brain and the nervous system.
Parkinson’s disease symptoms tend to develop gradually, and only appear as mild at first.
One of the more common early signs of the condition is finding that you’ve started making more toilet trips than normal.
“Parkinson’s disease has many features that have little or nothing to do with movement.,” it said.
“The most common urinary symptoms experienced by people with Parkinson’s are the need to urinate frequently, and trouble delaying urination once the need is perceived, creating a sense of urinary urgency.
“These symptoms usually mean you have an irritable or overactive bladder. Your bladder is signalling the brain that it is full and needs to empty when, in fact, it is not.
“Do not hesitate to bring these problems to the attention of your healthcare team. Effective treatment is often available.”
In Parkinson’s patients, the brain may struggle to relax the urethral sphincter muscles, which is key for passing urine.
That means that there’s a sense of hesitancy in starting to urinate, and patients may also feel like they haven’t fully emptied their bladder.
But, understanding that urinary problems can be linked to Parkinson’s is the first step to treatment, said the charity.
Speak your doctor for information on available treatments.
Other common signs of Parkinson’s disease include tremors, slow movement, and muscle stiffness.
The muscle stiffness makes facial expressions more difficult, said the charity.
Tremors usually start in the hand or the arm, and are more likely to occur when the arm is relaxed.
There are about 127,000 people in the UK with Parkinson’s disease – the equivalent to about one in 500 people.
Published at Fri, 15 May 2020 19:46:00 +0000