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What is Parkinson’s Disease and Symptoms

What is Parkinson's Disease and Symptoms

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder of the nervous system that affects movement and coordination.
The disorder is associated with the loss of brain cells (dopaminergic nigrostriatal neurons) that produce dopamine.
It is named after James Parkinson who described the shaking palsy in 1817 at England.  It is one of the most common neurological disorders disease and affecting people after the age of 50.
The disorder may affect one or both sides of the body and often starting with a barely noticeable shaking (tremor) in just one hand while resting.

Although there is no cure for Parkinson's disease, drugs like levodopa (L-Dopa), Pramipexole (Mirapex), Ropinirole (Requip), Co-enzyme Q10 and Apomorphine (Apokyn) can treat its symptoms.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is also an option for Parkinson patients which involving the implantation of a micro medical device called a brain pacemaker.


Parkinson's Disease and Symptoms checklist:

  1. Tremor or shaking at resting (hand, leg, head, lips and tongue)
  2. Slowed motion
  3. Monotone and quieter speech
  4. Problem with smooth speech
  5. Lack of facial expression and staring expression
  6. Unblinking eyes
  7. Rigid muscles and Muscle aches / pain.
  8. Impaired posture and balance.
  9. Problems with movement (writing, eating)
  10. Impaired balance