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9 early signs of PD

We collected the  nine most common signs that warn you may have Parkinson’s disease. Some of them are well known and often associated with PD. Others are unknown for many, but latest studies show that also these refer to neurologic disorders like PD.

Be aware of them, and if you experience two or more of them, see a neurologist for diagnosis.

1 Tremor


Tremor is a well-known symptom of Parkinson’s disease. It often starts in the legs and arms, even in the fingers or toes. At the beginning in the most cases PD affects the one side of the body, so you should take the signs more serious if you feel the tremor only in your left or right side.


2 Slow movement, hard to start than hard to stop moving


Sometimes it is difficult to notice that your movement slowed down, but someone from your environment may warn you that you are not as quick as you used to be. It also can be a warning sign if you feel that your legs, or arms started or stopped moving slightly later than you wanted to.


3 Low voice


It is also your environment that will notice that it has became harder to hear or to understand you. As an early sign of PD your voice can become lower and softer.


4 Loss of smell


Latest studies show that it can refer to Parkinson’s disease if you are not able to feel certain smells. If you don’t smell your favorite foods or flowers and it’s not because of flue, it can be a symptom of PD.


5 Trouble sleeping


Certain types of sleeping disorders are related to PD. If you or your family experience sudden, wild movement while you are sleeping, it can be an early sign of PD.


6 Loss of balance

PD often causes dizziness and asymmetry in body strength. Both can lead to loss of balance. If you feel unsafely while walking, it is hard to keep your balance, or you fell too many times, it can be because of PD.


7 Masked face


When rigidity reaches your face muscles, it will be hard to show emotions. Your friends and family members may notice that you do not look as cheerful and smiley than before.


8 Not swinging arms while walking


It doesn’t seem to be a serious problem and it may not disturb you at all that your arms aren’t moving while you are walking. But it can show a more severe problem, that you lost some unwanted movement that are essential in keeping your balance and in helping your movement.


9 Small handwriting


If you experience that you write smaller letters and it becomes hard to read your handwriting it also can be a warning sign. As Parkinson’s disease’s first symptoms often appear at the small muscles of fingers and hands, the changes in handwriting can be one of the earliest signs that indicate the disease.