What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

The most common symptom is uncontrolled shaking of the hands and or legs while resting. This shaking may decrease or persist when the person tries to do something – e.g. Drink a cup of tea.

There are many other symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease and recognizing them is often very easy:
1. Their muscles are often stiff and become inflexible, but they often do not complain about it. They may complain that they are not able to some things such as comb their hair.
2. They are very slow in doing everything. They walk very slowly. They often bend forward while walking.
3. They have difficulty turning around when they are walking.
4. Sometimes they can get “stuck” in one position. Often this happens while walking, but may happen while doing something else.
5. In later stages, they can fall frequently.
6. Their friends may notice that their face has become “expressionless”, and they just appear to stare off without blinking into distant space.

Many patients have just uncontrolled shaking of a single hand or slowness of movements.

All patients do not have all these symptoms. Some patients experience just the shaking of hands; other people experience just the muscle stiffness and so on.

Often as people get older, more and more of the dopamine producing cells are destroyed and patients start developing more symptoms. But it takes years for this to happen and it may not happen in all people. In some patients, Parkinson’s disease remains restricted to just a few symptoms.