Parkinson’s Awareness 101: Here Are Some Things You Should Know

Although it has been years since the passing of Robin Williams, a very beloved actor, his memory still lingers on and people are still continuing to mourn, however, his wife Susan Schneider recently disclosed that he was diagnosed with earlier stages of Parkinson’s Disease. If you have never heard of this medical condition, then it is about time you start learning about it so that if someone in your circle is diagnosed or shows Parkinson’s symptoms you are able to get them the right kind of help. It is a majorly progressive disease and starts when there is a chemical imbalance and the nerves in the brain are not producing enough amount of dopamine. Dopamine is the chemical that is responsible for sending signals for movement and coordination in that specific part of the brain. Following are some of the major things that you should know and pass on to others so as to create awareness about Parkinson’s disease, check them out below.

There Are More Symptoms Than Just Tremors

A lot of people only assume that tremors is the only major symptom of the disease. Yes, if your hands, fingers, arms and legs are subjected to tremors then you should immediately get it checked as it could be anything, there are plenty of other medical conditions that can cause tremors. Other Parkinson’s symptoms include stiffness of limbs, slowed movement, poor coordination and balance. In some cases, the symptoms appear in one or both sides of the body.

Younger Generation Can Also Be Affected

Although according to most researches, the average age around which Parkinson’s is diagnosed between 60 to 62 but that isn’t always the case. It can be diagnosed early on as well before people even hit their 50s and if that is when the disease is diagnosed it is termed as young onset.