- Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder (brain disorder) that affects movement often, including shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination.
- Nerve cell damage in the brain causes dopamine levels to drop, which leads to the symptoms of Parkinson’s. it often starts with a tremor in one hand and leads to other symptoms.
- Parkinson’s disease can’t be cured but symptoms might significantly be improved by medication.
Parkinson’s disease symptoms can be different for everyone. Some common symptoms are:
- Tremor (trembling) in hands, arms, legs, jaws, or head
- Slowed movement (bradykinesia)
- Rigid muscles
- Impaired posture and balance
- Loss of automatic movements
- Speech changes
- Writing changes
Parkinson’s Disease- Procedure
- No specific test exists to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. The doctor may perform some tests based on symptoms to examine the patient’s condition. These tests include:
- DAT scan (dopamine transporter scan) is also known as SPECT (single-photon emission computerized tomography).
- Blood tests
- Imaging tests, such as MRI, ultrasound of the brain, PET scan