One in 37 people alive today in the UK will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime. The disease, which is caused by damage to nerve cells in the brain, doesn’t kill people directly, but can make you more vulnerable to life-threatening infections. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatments are available to reduce symptoms and maintain quality of life for as long as possible. So, what are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease? According to the Michael J Fox Foundation and Parkinson’s UK charity, Express.co.uk reveals the top symptoms and sweaty warning signs you may be missing.
The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary from person to person and sometimes the disease is difficult even for medical professionals.
So if you think you have Parkinson’s disease, it is very important to see a movement disorder specialist.
Symptoms can be extremely subtle, and there is one in particular that you may notice.
Did you know that Parkinson’s can cause sweating problems? Yes, excessive sweating — even when you’re not hot or anxious — can be a symptom of Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s UK explained: “People with Parkinson’s sometimes have problems with their skin, and how much or how little they sweat.
“Some people may have only minor problems while others may have more serious problems that can affect daily life.”
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Why does Parkinson’s cause excessive sweating?
There are a few reasons why you might sweat extra with Parkinson’s disease.
First, Parkinson’s can cause problems with the part of the nervous system that controls sweating.
Parkinson’s UK reports that this can lead to excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), which occurs when your Parkinson’s medications are stopped.
The site continued: “Occasionally, people with Parkinson’s can also experience night sweats.
“Excessive sweating can also happen in the ‘on’ state (when your Parkinson’s medicines are working at their best) especially if you have dyskinesia (uncontrolled muscle movements or spasms).
“Since some people with Parkinson’s may have a loss of smell, they may not be aware of body odor due to excessive sweating.”
People with Parkinson’s may produce more sebum (an oily substance that protects the skin and keeps it supple) than normal.
It can make your skin smooth and glowing, especially on your face and scalp.
Having excess sebum can lead to seborrheic dermatitis, so the condition is very common in people with Parkinson’s.
Seborrheic dermatitis primarily affects your scalp, face, ears, chest, skin folds and folds, leaving red, scaly patches, weeping rashes, swelling, redness, and sensitivity.
At the other end of the scale, some Parkinson’s patients may not sweat enough in certain parts of the body or throughout the body.
It is caused by a condition called hypohidrosis, and is a side effect of a type of Parkinson’s medication called an anticholinergic.
Not sweating enough can cause you to overheat and put your life at risk, so it’s important to talk to a doctor if you’re concerned.
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symptoms of parkinson’s disease
The symptoms of Parkinson’s are vast, but you can generally divide them into four categories: motor symptoms, autonomic dysfunction, changes in mood and thinking, and other physical changes.
According to the Michael J Fox Foundation site, Express.co.uk breaks down several of the traits included in these groups.
Motor symptoms refer to Parkinson’s symptoms that are related to movement, and are noticeable from the outside.
These are the most common symptoms seen by doctors and which usually lead to a quick diagnosis.
Not everyone with Parkinson’s disease will experience all motor symptoms, but the Michael J. Fox Foundation states that there are three ‘cardinal’ motor symptoms of Parkinson’s:
- Hardness (Hardness): Muscle stiffness detected during examination by a doctor
- Slowness or bradykinesia: decreased spontaneous and voluntary movement; May include slow movement, less hand swinging when walking, or less blinking or facial expressions. Lethargy is always present in Parkinson’s disease.
- rest trembling: a rhythmic, involuntary tremor that occurs in a finger, hand, or limb when it is relaxed and disappears during voluntary movement. Not everyone with Parkinson’s will develop tremors, but it is the most common symptom upon diagnosis.
Autonomic dysfunction is a group of non-motor and sometimes invisible symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
They occur when our bodies perform normally automatic or involuntary functions that trouble with Parkinson’s, including issues with sweating.
Other examples are:
- Constipation: decreased or difficult passing bowel movements
- Low blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension): Decrease in blood pressure when changing positions, such as from sitting to standing, which can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
- Sexual problems: erectile dysfunction in men; decreased libido or pain in women
- Urinary problems: Frequent urination, involuntary loss of urine (incontinence) or difficulty emptying the bladder (weak stream)
changes in mood and thinking
Parkinson’s disease can affect the way you feel and think, for example, you may experience:
- Indifference: lack of motivation and interest in activities
- Memory or thinking (cognitive) problems: vary widely; From difficulties with multitasking and concentration that do not interfere with daily activities (mild cognitive impairment), to significant problems that affect jobs and daily and social activities (dementia).
- Mood disturbances: Depression (sadness, lack of energy, loss of interest in activities) and anxiety (uncontrolled worry)
- Psychosis: seeing things that are not there (visual hallucinations) and having false, often paranoid, beliefs (delusions), such as a spouse being unfaithful or having money stolen
other physical changes
Some physical changes can also be caused by Parkinson’s, such as:
- drooling saliva: Buildup of saliva due to less swallowing
- Excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue: feeling lethargic, lethargic, or tired; May be symptoms on their own or may be the result of Parkinson’s medications
- Pain: discomfort in one body part or whole body
- Skin changes: oily or dry skin; increased risk of melanoma
- Sleep problems: Insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep), restless legs syndrome (an uncomfortable sensation in the legs that goes away with moving them) or REM sleep behavior disorder (dreaming)
- Odor loss: decreased ability to detect odors
- Speech problems: speaking in a soft and low voice and sometimes talking or grumbling
- Swallowing problems: choking, coughing and clearing the throat while eating and drinking
- Vision Changes: Dry eyes, double vision and trouble reading
- Change in weight: Mild to moderate weight loss may occur in some people