Symptoms And Effects Of Parkinsons Disease

Parkinson's disease, often abbreviated as PD, is a progressive disease of the nervous system. The symptoms – mostly involving body movements – start gradually and get worse over time. People with Parkinson's disease usually have difficulty walking, speaking, and moving their limbs. Many patients also experience behavioral and mental changes.

Although there is no cure for Parkinson's disease, patients can experience some relief from certain medications and even brain surgery. If you or someone close to you has been exposed to paraquat or one of the trade name herbicides and has suffered side effects related to Parkinson's disease or has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, you should consider consulting an experienced 'paraquat Parkinsons advocates' at your earlier convenience.

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The most common symptoms of Parkinson's disease include:

  • Stiffness in the limbs and skeleton
  • Trembling in the hands, arms, legs, neck, or jaw
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • The slow-motion or gradual decrease in speed
  • Difficulty speaking, swallowing or chewing
  • Loss of smell
  • Skin problems
  • Sleep disorder
  • Emotional changes such as depression
  • Urinary problems
  • Constipation

PD is caused by the destruction and death of neurons in the brain. Neurons are nerve cells. Most affected by PD neurons are dopamine-producing neurons. Dopamine is responsible for transmitting signals between nerves that are responsible for body movement, memory, attention, motivation, and more.

There is still a lot of scientists who are learning about Parkinson's disease every day. It is currently believed that genetic mutations, very specific changes in the brain, and environmental factors play the biggest role in the development of the disease.