Warning Signs of Parkinson’sPosted on October 22, 2014 by ElderCare Phoenix in Blog, Education, Mobility / Wheelchair, Parkinson’s Disease
10 Early Warning Signs Of Parkinson’s Disease
As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease: This is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease. 
Parkinson’s is characterized by a lack of dopamine in the brain which, as a result, inhibits functioning in the central nervous system. “People with Parkinson’s disease may lose up to 80% of dopamine in their bodies before symptoms appear.” Early treatment can include introducing various medications that will replace, prevent the breakdown of, or mimic the properties of dopamine in the body. Deep Brain Stimulation is also a common option in patients who don’t respond to medication or who exhibit an advanced condition because it utilizes a high frequency electrode to provide stimulation to the impaired movement center of the brain.
“Early intervention is the key to a high functioning, superior quality of life. Therefore, it is crucial for people to be aware of the early signs and symptoms of this debilitating disease.” – Dr. Hooman Azmi.
According the Parkinson’s Foundation, there are 10 early warning signs of Parkinson’s disease.
* Tremors or Shaking
* Small Handwriting
* Loss of Smell
* Trouble Sleeping
* Trouble Moving or Walking
* A Soft or Low Voice
* Masked Face
* Dizziness or Fainting
* Stooping or Hunching Over