Brain & Nervous System Diseases and Conditions

Parkinson’s Disease Warning Signs


Parkinson’s disease is a progressive chronic brain disorder that causes muscular rigidity, tremor, and slow, imprecise movement. The disease is common among middle-aged people and the elderly. Parkinson’s disease affects a million people in the U.S. alone. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the disease is caused by malfunctioning or death of nerve cells which produce dopamine (the chemical that controls coordination and movement). Like most chronic diseases, Parkinson’s disease symptoms are more evident after the disease has progressed. To detect the disease early, below are 7 signs to look out for.

Trouble Sleeping

Although it’s common to have trouble sleeping occasionally, if the problem is persistent, you could have Parkinson’s disease. You should worry if you have rapid-eye-movement behavior disorder which is characterized by symptoms like; shouting, grinding teeth and kicking while sleeping. This disorder is common among people who develop Parkinson’s disease according to Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. Approximately 40% of people with rapid-eye-movement behavior disorder develop Parkinson’s. Other sleep disorders associated with Parkinson’s according to Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation include; sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.

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