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In its early stages, Parkinson's disease can cause subtle symptoms, such as being a little shaky, lacking facial expression, and talking softly. These symptoms often progress slowly and may last a long time before more obvious symptoms appear. In many cases, these early signs of Parkinson's disease are dismissed as normal aging, and many people do not seek medical attention until more severe symptoms occur, such as tremors.
Understanding Early Symptoms of Parkinson's DiseaseIn its fully developed form, Parkinson's disease is easily recognized -- the rhythmic tremor, fixed facial expression, stooped posture, and stiffness and slowness of movement. However, Parkinson's disease and its symptoms are often subtle in the beginning. So it is not uncommon for friends or family members to be the first to notice early changes in a person who is eventually diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Possible Early Parkinson's Disease SymptomsWhen someone begins to show early symptoms of Parkinson's disease, they may include:
- Being overly tired or a general ill feeling
- Being a little shaky or having difficulty getting out of a chair
- Talking softly
- Handwriting looks cramped and spidery
- Losing track of a word or thought
- Feeling irritable or depressed for no apparent reason
- Lacking facial expression and animation (known as "masked face") -- can include such things as staring or a lack of blinking
- Remaining in a certain position for a long time
- Failing to move an arm or leg normally (such as not swinging an arm or leg)
- Having stiff, unsteady, and unusually slow movement
- Resting tremors.