Parkinson’s disease mostly affects older people but can also occur in younger adults. The symptoms are the result of the gradual degeneration of nerve cells in the portion of the midbrain that controls body movements. The first signs are likely to be barely noticeable — a feeling of weakness or stiffness in one limb, or a fine trembling of one hand when it is at rest. Eventually, the shaking (tremor) worsens and spreads, muscles become stiffer, movements slow down, and balance and coordination deteriorate. As the disease progresses, depression, cognitive issues, and other mental or emotional problems are common.
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What Causes Parkinson’s Disease?
Body movements are regulated by a portion of the brain called the basal ganglia, whose cells require a proper balance of two substances called dopamine and acetylcholine, both involved in the transmission of nerve impulses. In Parkinson’s, cells that produce dopamine begin to degenerate, throwing off the balance of these two neurotransmitters. Researchers believe that genetics sometimes plays a role in this cellular breakdown. In rare instances, Parkinson’s disease may be caused by a viral or by exposure to environmental toxins such as pesticides, carbon monoxide, or the metal manganese. But in the great majority of Parkinson’s cases, the cause is unknown.
Parkinson’s disease is a form of parkinsonism. This is a more general term used to refer to the set of symptoms that are commonly associated with Parkinson’s disease but sometimes stems from other causes. The distinction is important because some of these other causes may be treatable, while others do not respond to treatment or medication. Other causes of parkinsonism include:
- An adverse reaction to prescription drugs
- Use of illegal drugs
- Exposure to environmental toxins
- Thyroid and parathyroid disorders
- Repeated head trauma (for example, the trauma associated with boxing and multiple concussions)
- Brain tumor
- An excess of fluid around the brain (called hydrocephalus)
- Brain inflammation (encephalitis) resulting from infection
- Symptoms of Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s is a movement disorder that progresses slowly. Some people will first notice a sense of weakness, difficulty walking, and stiff muscles. Others may notice a tremor of the head or hands. Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder and the symptoms gradually worsen. The general include symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
- Decreased facial expression, monotonous speech, and decreased eye blinking
- A shuffling gait with poor arm swing and stooped posture
- Unsteady balance; difficulty rising from a sitting position
- Continuous “pill-rolling” motion of the thumb and forefinger
- Abnormal tone or stiffness in the trunk and extremities
- Swallowing problems in later stages
- Lightheadedness or fainting when standing (orthostatic hypotension)
- Slowness of voluntary movements especially of the initiation of walking or rolling over in bed
- Parkinson’s and PET scans
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