Parkinson’s Disease usually begins between the ages of 40 and 70 years. Peak onset is in the seventh decade. Understanding Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms can assist in early diagnosis and management.
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is the most common neurodegenerative cause of parkinsonism, representing approximately 80% of cases.
Several studies have indicated that PD is more common among relatives of index cases. When all studies are analysed, those with close family history of PD are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop the disease.
Parkinson’s Disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain. This leads to a reduction in a chemical called dopamine in the brain. Dopamine plays a vital role in regulating the movement of the body. A reduction in dopamine is responsible for many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
However, there can be various factors contributing to PD. These may include contributions genetics, environmental toxins as well and aging.
Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
The pathological changes of PD may appear as early as three decades before the appearance of clinical signs.
The NHS specifies symptoms that are associated with PD. The main indicators of Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms are involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body which is also known as a tremor. In addition, a patient may experience slow movement as well as stiff and inflexible muscles.
A person with Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms can also display a wide range of other physical and psychological signs. These can include depression and anxiety and memory problems. Balance, insomnia and loss of sense of smell may also be evident.
Symptoms can present at different times and are different for each patient so it always recommended to seek medical advice should you present with any of these signs.
There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s Disease. However, treatments are available to help reduce the main symptoms so it is important to speak to your GP who may refer you.
Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms Specialist
Dr Paviour has a specialist interest in Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms and other Movement Disorders. He is the clinical lead for Movement Disorders at the Atkinson Morley Regional Neurosciences Centre.
Dr Paviour sees both private and NHS patients at his clinics across London.
He welcomes NHS and Private Patients to his various clinics.
Parkside Hospital, 53 Parkside, Wimbledon, London SW19 5NX
HCA, Sydney Street, 102 Sydney St, Chelsea, London SW3 6NR, UK
The London Clinic, 22 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JA
116 Harley Street, London W1G 6AU,
Atkinson Morley Regional Neurosciences Centre. This is part of St George’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in South West London.