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what are the symptoms associated with parkinson's disease?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Several..: Parkinson's is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.The motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra. Early in the course of the disease, the symptoms are movement-related; these include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive issues: dementia and depression.
Answered on Feb 18, 2015
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Dr. Robert Hutchman
23 years experience Neurology
Many, but treatable!: Physical symptoms can include tremor of limbs at rest>in posture or in action; slow movements & stiff (rigid) muscles causing quiet facial emotions, softer voice, bent forward head & neck posture, decreased arm swing, slow-shuffled walk, small/scratchy penmanship, etc. Non-physical symptoms can include cognitive decline, depression, anxiety, sleepiness, constipation, ed, low bp, acting-out dreams.
Answered on Mar 1, 2014
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