Three Common Signs to Look for with Parkinson’s Disease

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Dr. Badih Adada

Dr. Badih Adada serves as a neurosurgeon at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida. In addition to having performed more than 4,000 brain procedures, Dr. Badih Adada is actively involved in training the next generation of neurosurgeons.

Are you worried that you or a loved one may be beginning to suffer from Parkinson’s disease? Here are three signs you can look for in your everyday life. They may not necessarily indicate a problem with Parkinson’s, but if you experience any of these symptoms and are concerned, you should make an appointment with your doctor to talk about them.

Shaking or trembling. Do your hands, legs, or parts of your face have tremors or shakes that you cannot control? Sometimes this can happen after an intense workout or an injury or as a side effect from a medication. If these are not the case, the shaking could be an early symptom of Parkinson’s.

Lack of ability to smell. A stuffy nose from seasonal allergies, the flu, or a common cold can keep you from smelling things very well. If you find that your inability to smell lingers for a longer period of time, though, you should talk with your doctor.

Pain or difficulty when moving. Everyone experiences joint and muscle pain from time to time. Typically, stiffness or achiness goes away when you are active and moving. If you have pain and stiffness in your hips, your shoulder, or your arms that does not seem to go away, or if you find that when you walk, your arms do not swing like they used to, it could be an indicator of Parkinson’s disease, and you should make an appointment with your physician.