- Involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body (tremor)
- Slow movement
- Stiff and inflexible muscles
As the NHS points out the order in which these develop and their severity is different for each individual.
Pain can be a major issue for some people with Parkinson’s.
There are different types of pain associated with Parkinson’s and one common form is shooting pain, also known as radicular pain.
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As it explains, shooting pain is usually the result of a trapped nerve within the spinal cord around the neck or lower back.
According to the NHS, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Mild cognitive impairment – slight memory problems and problems with activities that require planning and organisation
- Dementia – a group of symptoms, including more severe memory problems, personality changes, seeing things that are not there (visual hallucinations) and believing things that are not true (delusions).
“Nearly half of all people with Parkinson’s have experienced one of these issues,” it says.
It adds: “Your GP will ask about your symptoms and your medical history to help them decide whether it’s necessary to refer you to a specialist for further tests.”
Am I at risk?
Parkinson’s risk factors: It ordinarily begins in middle or late life
“People usually develop the disease around age 60 or older,” says.
Other risk factors include:
- Heredity. Having a close relative with Parkinson’s disease increases the chances that you’ll develop the disease. However, your risks are still small unless you have many relatives in your family with Parkinson’s disease.
- Sex. Men are more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than are women.
- Exposure to toxins. Ongoing exposure to herbicides and pesticides may slightly increase your risk of Parkinson’s disease.