What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative condition that affects motor nervous system functions by affecting the nerve tissue concerned with the production of dopamine (an essential neurotransmitter).Parkinson’s normally occurs in older individuals (above 60) but it can occur in younger individuals too.

What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s?

There are some primary symptoms which appear initially and as this is a progressive condition which worsens over time, secondary conditions set in much later:

Primary symptoms
  • Tremor especially of hands when the patient is resting
  • Rigidity of limbs
  • Slowed movements
  • Loss of certain involuntary motions such as blinking of eyes, moving arms in a certain fashion while walking
  • Noticeable changes in speech
  • Disturbed balance
  • Peculiar, shuffling style of walking

Secondary symptoms include the onset of mental health issues such as depression, conditions related to anxiety and in some cases even dementia.