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Other Parkinson's Disease Symptoms

If you have Parkinson's disease, your symptoms may appear mild at first, then get worse as the disease progresses, possibly getting in the way of your daily functioning. In addition to the primary Parkinson's disease symptoms, other Parkinson's disease symptoms may include problems related to motor skills, cognitive functioning, and emotional health.

Motor-related Parkinson's disease symptoms include:

*Problems writing by hand, often exhibited as very small handwriting
*Speech problems
*Leaning forward and taking small, quick steps when walking
*Decreased arm swinging when walking
*Sudden stops when walking (known as "freezing")
*Difficulty with swallowing and chewing
*Twisting movements caused by muscle contractions (dystonia)

Cognitive and emotional Parkinson's disease symptoms can include:

*Depression
*Irritability
*Uncharacteristic pessimism
*Fear and insecurity
*Avoidance of social situations
*Loss of motivation
*Memory problems
*Dementia (termed "Parkinson's dementia")

Additional Parkinson's disease symptoms may include urinary problems, constipation, very oily or very dry skin, excessive sweating, difficulty sleeping, a drop in blood pressure, pain in muscles and joints, and erectile dysfunction.

The Parkinson's disease symptoms that develop, as well as the severity and rate of their progression, vary from person to person. But most Parkinson's disease symptoms can be treated with medication, so keep your doctor up to date about symptoms so your treatment plan can be modified to work best for you.

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