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Issue #2 Symptoms

March 13, 2024

Welcome to The Climb, your weekly journey with Lifecycle Sherpa, where we explore Parkinson’s Disease, its symptoms, treatments, tips, techniques, and build a supportive and knowledgeable community.

This week’s trail leads us to…symptoms

Question: Did you know there are TWO CATEGORIES of symptoms for Parkinson’s Disease?

Category 1: Motor Symptoms: An observable change in functionality of the body’s movement, like tremors, slow movement (bradykinesia), uncontrolled movements (dyskinesia), freezing, stiffness (rigidity), small incomplete movements (hypokinesia), postural instability (balance problems).

Category 2: Non-Motor Symptoms: Other changes to the person as a result of degeneration of the brain.

There are THREE categories on non-motor symptoms:

  1. Autonomic Dysfunction: The autonomic nervous system controls involuntary physiologic functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, sexual arousal and digestion.
  2. Cognitive and Psychiatric Symptoms: Ability to think, acquire knowledge and recall memory, as well as control behavior and emotions
  3. Sleep disorders: Problems with the quality, timing, and amount of sleep

We will delve further into these categories and symptoms in the following weeks.

For more guidance, get a referral to see a physical or occupational therapist to address your specific symptoms. It is always a good idea to learn strategies before the symptoms evolve in order to best fight them off.

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See you next week!


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