There are always falls assumptions around the fact of a person growing old. They say with growing old; more diseases consume your body and you live a horrible life with your weak body. diseases like Parkinson’s, COVID, and others attack your immune system and make you vulnerable to death. However, that’s not completely true!
“A man growing old becomes a child again.”
Growing old means you get to enjoy life the way it was meant to be experienced. With all the obstacles you conquered, choices you had to make, and intellect you built, life starts to brighten up and makes more sense than ever. If you retire from your years of hard work at a company, then you get to enjoy every day like it’s a holiday. Don’t let people’s nonsense put you down, you got a great life ahead of you.
Parkinson’s disease is like any other illness. A bit severe for most but a lot of patients handle it really well. In this article, we’re going to talk about the stages of Parkinson’s and list the symptoms. What is Parkinson’s Disease (PD)? According to the Michael J. Fox Foundation:
Parkinson’s Disease is a brain disorder that tampers with nerve cells in the brain and stops them from reproducing which leads to PD. Although this type of cause is just a theory, scientists haven’t yet discovered the real reason behind how PD emerges. Although what’s clear is its symptoms and difficulties it causes for patients that are diagnosed with it. PD causes difficulty in movement, loss of balance, uncontrollable shakes, and other almost rare symptoms. This disease is also known as a movement disorder as it causes people to fall down as they lose their balance. It may also cause slow movement and loss of some motor-related skills.
Most of the time patients can’t detect the presence of PD in their system. It’s actually very difficult to do so as it starts out with simple almost and detectable hand shakes and then progresses to other parts of the body in due time. PD gets worse as a person ages and the symptoms become uncontrollable.
Statistics and scientific research indicate that the chances of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s lie in the age factor. Most elderly people are usually diagnosed with PD, which is way less than young generations. People from ages 50 and older are the ones that usually get diagnosed with PD. It’s also the age when PD’s symptoms become visible and uncontrollable. Although it still doesn’t deny the fact that young people might also have PD in their system, it’s difficult to get a clear diagnosis at that age. As mentioned before, it’s not visible in the early stages. Gender also isn’t a factor with Parkinson’s diagnosis. Both men and women can be diagnosed with it but men usually have a higher risk. What Are the Stages of Parkinson’s?
Fact says that symptoms of Parkinson's differ from one person to another. Not every patient will experience the same symptoms as the other, neither will they experience all the symptoms as well. Although hand tremors are no doubt definite for most patients. Knowing that PD progresses with time, then there are stages in which this disease emerges and increases. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation
, the stages are:
This stage is when the minor symptoms start showing like small frequency tremors and other movement symptoms. However, patients won’t realize the seriousness of these effects as they come in small undetectable doses. Some even won’t realize they even have a problem and carry on as if these are minor side effects of lack of sleep or something similar. In these first stages of Parkinson’s, some posture changes occur and also in the way the person walks. Patients won’t notice these changes rather the people around them can easily detect them.
- Increase in Symptom’s Effectiveness
In this stage of PD, symptoms start emerging in higher frequencies and more often the tremors are severe. Uncontrollable hand shaking gets to a point where the person can’t hold up a glass of water straight without spilling some of it on the floor. Some might suffer from these uncontrollable tremors but not very often. Other symptoms like slow movement and posture change are more likely to emerge in this stage, but not always.
In this case, the person is still able to do normal daily tasks without any difficulties. Although, some might take time to accomplish if slow movement is a factor.
This stage is where things get harder and more difficult for the patient. Loss of balance and slow movement symptoms will definitely kick in with every motor-related task the person does. Falling down and getting hurt is most likely to happen because the person in this stage is sometimes unable to control his center mass and weight distribution. The patient can still rely on doing things on his/her own but in some cases, they might need help doing simple daily tasks. For instance, it will be harder to do tasks like dress up or take a bath.
At this stage of PD, the person can’t rely on his/herself and they surely need help in walking and doing most of their routine tasks. The symptoms get worse and reach a point of severe muscle stiffness and heavy uncontrollable tremors. It’s very important that the person is taken into intensive care for they are unable to control the flow of their life without the needed assistance.
The most exhausting and energy-draining stage of them all is the final stages of PD. The patient in this situation can’t move around without a wheelchair as muscle stiffness would be in its advanced stages. These stiffnesses will be situated in the legs which makes it hard to move and stand up. Intensive care is necessary for this stage and on-the-clock treatment is required. Some Parkinson’s patients might experience hallucinations and delusions but it’s not definite for every patient. As explained before, symptoms don’t occur for every person the same.
Patients will feel stiffens in their muscles and find it hard to move around or walk. Some might even need help standing up and walking.
- Speech and Writing Difficulties:
Patients suffer from uncontrollable shakes that make it hard to write or do simple motor-related tasks. Tremors also affect the way they speak making them stutter and talk slow or fast. This isn’t noticeable to the person himself, only people around him can notice it.
- Uncontrollable Hand Tremors:
As mentioned before, hand shaking and uncontrollable tremors are the first symptoms that usually emerge in Parkinson’s. they affect one side of the body and then spread and progress as time passes and a person ages.
This symptom is when the patient starts moving slower and taking more time in accomplishing some of their daily tasks. It can’t be noticed by the person but people around him will surely detect the shift in the patient's pace of movement.
- Loss of Unconscious Movements and Balance:
Patients forget to do unconscious movements like swinging their hands while walking and also, they start to lose balance. This stage is very dangerous as loss of balance can have them falling down and probably injuring themselves.
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