Parkinson’s is a very difficult disease to detect. According to the Spanish Parkinson’s Federation, the disease affects between 160,000 and 300,000 people in our country.
This is a neurodegenerative disorder of the movement that affects the central nervous system. This disease is characterized by the lack of a substance in the brain called dopamine, responsible for helping to coordinate body movements and regulating the person’s mood. It is a disease that can be controlled by a specialized treatment that helps improve the symptoms.
Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, which progresses little by little, but with the help of your specialist you will be able to improve your quality of life and lead a normal life.
There are some symptoms or signs that characterize this disease, so if you experience some of them and have questions about the disease, do not hesitate to contact your specialist.
The 10 most notable symptoms of this disease are:
- Tremors: In the hands, fingers and multiple parts of the body even at rest.
- Loss of smell: If you notice that you have trouble smelling foods such as bananas, cinnamon, or others with intense odor, check with your doctor.
- Radical changes in your writing: a radical change in the form of writing, very small letter usually, could be an early symptom of the disease.
- Problems with the sleep rhythm: continuous problems such as abrupt movements and falls off the bed during a deep sleep, may be an early symptom of the pathology.
- Difficulty with movements: If you notice you cannot lift your feet off the floor or your limbs are too stiff, a full check should be done to contrast what is due.
- Lack of facial expression: lack of blinking, expressions of emotion with facial movements and other factions may be early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
- Low Voice
- Dizziness or continuous fainting
- Back stooping
It is a disease that affects the elderly, but also the young. It is usually detected in people over 55-60 years old.
It affects the quality of life of the person and the close environment, be it family or caregiver.
It is a disease that evolves according to each patient so that each treatment has to adapt to the symptoms and needs of each person at all times.
To this day there is no curative treatment, it only delays the onset of symptom intensity for a while. In case the person does not react to the treatment, it is possible to evaluate the surgical treatment and to accompany it with other therapeutic possibilities.
If you notice some of the symptoms described above and are older than 55 years old, do not hesitate to visit our Neurology Unit at Vithas Xanit International Hospital in Benalmádena.