Parkinson's Disease is horrible.
This degenerative neurological condition has no cure, and its affects are often devastating.
That's not to say that people with Parkinson's can't manage it - especially in the early stages. But it's not something to take lightly.
People associate Parkinson's with tremors - and yes, that's a key symptom, but it's so much more.
Just a few of the symptoms of Parkinson's:
- tremors in limbs
- muscular contractions
- mobility problems
- speech difficulties and weak voice
- cognitive processing problems and general confusion
- sleep problems
- bladder and bowel problems
- slow movements
- hallucinations and delusions
- Anxiety and depression
- problems with eating, swallowing, and saliva control
- low blood pressure
- a variety of physical pains, including muscle pain, and nerve pain
- dental problems
- general chronic pain
Parkinson's disease is a form of Parkinsonism - a wide range of conditions with similar features.
Parkinsonism is usually identified by tremors, altered gait, and other symptoms common to these conditions.
It's uber-important that more people learn about Parkinson's Disease and Parkinsonism.
My grandmother has Parkinson's. It's a horrible condition, and people too often assume she has Alzheimer's Disease, which leads to them treating her in ways which don't suit her situation.
Either that or, they know she has Parkinson's, and assume she's fine.
They assume it's just a tremor, and don't know why she can't follow the conversation, or can't process the information they've given her.
A great place to start to learn about Parkinson's is the Parkinson's UK website.
How much do you know about Parkinson's Disease and Parkinsonism? Talk to me! 😊💬
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