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Other Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Updated: Sep 27, 2019

If you are reading this post, chances are that you are familiar with the most noticeable Parkinson’s symptoms that impact the majority of people suffering with Parkinson’s disease such as tremors, shaking and postural instability.

There are other, less common symptoms of Parkinson’s also, that affect things like mood, behavior, speech and digestion.

Some of the other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease:

  • Depression (estimated 40% of people with Parkinson’s suffer from depression) and fatigue

  • Stiffness, especially of the limbs

  • Urinary problems

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Difficulty speaking normally

  • Voice changes

  • Low blood pressure

  • Constipation and other digestive issues

  • Problem sleeping, difficulty turning in bed

  • Skin problems

  • Drooling and shuffling gait

  • Increased sweating

  • Cramps and muscle spasms

These symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, especially in the early stages of the disease. Frequently the symptoms might be barely noticeable for several years, but as the disease progresses so do the symptoms.

Accepting a Parkinson’s diagnosis can be very difficult for both the person suffering from the disease and their families, but getting early diagnosis and starting various nutritional therapies can help manage the symptoms and can even stop the progression.

What Causes Parkinson’s?

The causes of Parkinson’s disease are multi-factorial, while the exact combination of factors have yet to be proven definitively, both genetic factors and certain environmental and lifestyle habits show strong potential to contribute to the development of Parkinson’s disease.

Contributing Factors:

  • Genetics

  • Brain cell deterioration and inflammation

  • Toxicity and exposure to chemicals

  • Poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle

  • Hormonal imbalances and other medical conditions

Risk factors:

  • Being a man

  • Older age

  • Family history or genetic mutation linked to Parkinson’s.

  • Exposure to pesticides and insecticides chemicals (Common pesticides linked to Parkinson’s are rotenone and paraquat).

  • Neurological disorders including Parkinson’s dementia, brain tumors, repeated head trauma (concussion), drug-induced Parkinsonism, Postencephalitic Parkinsonism, or striatonigral degeneration.

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