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!
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:
- Initial Stage
- Increase in Symptom’s Effectiveness
- The Mid-Stage
- The Severe Stage
- Final Stage
- Movement Difficulties:
- Speech and Writing Difficulties:
- Uncontrollable Hand Tremors:
- Slow Movement:
- Loss of Unconscious Movements and Balance:
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