Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease: List of Symptoms that Could be Noticed on Early Terms

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One of U.S. legendary singer and songwriter Neil Diamond plans to retire from touring due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

Here are 7 early signs that you might have the disease.

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Neil Diamond Parkinson’s Diagnosis

Neil Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, announced the retirement from concert touring on his official website on Monday.

He took the decision “with great reluctance and disappointment”. “I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” he said. “My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.”

In addition, he has to cancel upcoming concert dates in Australia and New Zealand and offering refunds.

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Source: Micah Diamond/Courtesy of the artist

What’s Parkinson’s disease?

No, it’s not Alzheimer’s, ALS or a brain tumor.

It is a chronic and progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement.

Is there a cure?

Today, the answer is no; however, with advancements in early detection and expert care,  treatments are helping many people live long and happy lives with Parkinson’s. Research has shown that seeing a neurologist improves outcomes, and seeing a movement disorders specialist can speed improvement in symptoms.

Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

Symptoms can be so subtle in the early stages that they go unnoticed, leaving the disease undiagnosed for years. Here is a list of signs that could be noticed on early terms.

  • Tremor

A tremor, or shaking, usually begins in a limb, often your hand or fingers. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. A tremor is the most well-known sign of Parkinson’s disease.

  • Slow movement

Slow movements or bradykinesia means your steps may become shorter when you walk, or you may find it difficult to get out of a chair. Also, you may drag your feet as you try to walk, making it difficult to move.

  • Rigid muscles

Muscle stiffness may occur in any part of your body. The stiff muscles can limit your range of motion and cause you pain.

  • Impaired posture and balance

Your posture may become stopped, or you may have balance problems as a result of Parkinson’s disease.

  • Loss of automatic movements

In Parkinson’s disease, you may have a decreased ability to perform unconscious movements, including blinking, smiling or swinging your arms when you walk.

  • Speech changes

You may have speech problems as a result of Parkinson’s disease. You may speak softly, quickly, slur or hesitate before talking. Your speech may be more of a monotone rather than with the usual inflections.

  • Writing changes

It may become hard to write, and your writing may appear small

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