Marlborough, Connecticut

3 Early Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease November 14, 2017

Marlborough, Hartford County
3 Early Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, Marlborough, Connecticut

Parkinson’s disease is one of the most prevalent neurological disorders, and watching a loved one endure its progression is heartbreaking. Early treatment is imperative, which is why the staff at Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s in Windsor, CT, stress the importance of identifying initial symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. While there is no cure, early detection leads to better treatment and management.

Early Signs & Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

1. Tremors

symptoms-of-parkinsons-connecticut-advocates-for-parkinsonsThe most identifiable symptom of Parkinson’s disease is tremors or shaking. Initially, it is extremely small but worsens as the disease progresses. It begins as a simple tick in a finger or small twitch. Pay attention to any tremors you or a loved are showing. It usually occurs when they’re completely at rest. 

2. Slack Face

Dopamine plays an important role in facial expression. As Parkinson’s disease progresses, dopamine cells are increasingly destroyed. Because of this, a blank stare or expressionless face is a common early-onset symptom. Sometimes called the “Parkinson’s mask,” this symptom is initially difficult to notice. Look for slowed expressions, such as delayed smiling or infrequent blinking.

3. Difficulty Speaking

As dopamine production continues to slow, the brain has difficulty communicating with muscles that control speech. In the early stages, a loved one may slightly slur their words and begin to speak more quietly and monotone. Because facial muscles slacken, enunciation is further thrown off.

If you’re interested in learning more about the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, turn to the volunteers at Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s. They’re committed to finding a cure, as well as improving the quality of life for people already experiencing it. Call (860) 266-6040 to speak with their volunteers and visit their website and Facebook to learn more about their services.

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