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Parkinson’s disease symptoms: Do you often feel like this in the evening? Early sign

Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder that gives rise to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. The movement issues are due to a loss of nerve cells in the area of the brain responsible for producing a chemical that governs movement. According to the NHS, there are three main symptoms associated with Parkinson's.

These are:

Tremor – shaking, which usually begins in the hand or arm and is more likely to occur when the limb is relaxed and restingSlowness of movement (bradykinesia) – physical movements are much slower than normal, which can make everyday tasks difficult and result in a distinctive slow, shuffling walk with very small stepsMuscle stiffness (rigidity) – stiffness and tension in the muscles, which can make it difficult to move around and make facial expressions, and can result in painful muscle cramps (dystonia).

As the NHS explains, these main symptoms are sometimes referred to by doctors as "parkinsonism" as there can be causes other than Parkinson's disease.

Indeed, Parkinson's can cause a range of other physical and mental symptoms.

Symptoms that do not relate to movement are commonly referred to as non-motor symptoms.

"This might be because things that came naturally before your diagnosis now take more effort," it says.

If you are working for example, you may feel much more exhausted in the evenings than you used to and you may not want to do anything else.

How does Parkinson's cause fatigue?

According to the Parkinson's Foundation (PF), no specific cause has been shown to cause fatigue in Parkinson's.

"It is possible that motor symptoms like tremor and stiffness contribute to making muscles tired," says the PF.


Other non-motor symptoms can include:

Depression and anxietyMild cognitive impairment – slight memory problems and problems with activities that require planning and organisationDementia – 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).Am I at risk?

It's not known why the loss of nerve cells associated with Parkinson's disease occurs, although research has identified some risk factors.

According to a review

Some researchers also feel environmental factors may increase a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

It's been suggested that pesticides and herbicides used in farming and traffic or industrial pollution may contribute to the condition.

The evidence linking environmental factors to Parkinson's disease is inconclusive, however, notes the NHS.

Genetics may also play a role too.

Parkinson's disease can run in families as a result of faulty genes being passed to a child by their parents - but it's rare for the disease to be inherited this way, says the NHS.

published in JAMA Network Open, men who lack physical activity have a higher risk of developing Parkinson's.

Among the most significant findings in the review was that participants who did the most amount of physical activity had a 29 percent lower risk of developing Parkinson's compared to those who did not engage in any moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.


Some researchers also feel environmental factors may increase a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

It's been suggested that pesticides and herbicides used in farming and traffic or industrial pollution may contribute to the condition.

The evidence linking environmental factors to Parkinson's disease is inconclusive, however, notes the NHS.

Genetics may also play a role too.

Parkinson's disease can run in families as a result of faulty genes being passed to a child by their parents - but it's rare for the disease to be inherited this way, says the NHS.



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