Parkinson’s disease is a progressive degenerative brain disorder that primarily causes movement disorders. While the symptoms are initially mild, it worsens over time, affecting the patient’s learning and memory. The patient might have to rely on others to take care of himself/herself.
Initial symptoms include:
• Involuntary shaking (tremors)
• Slow movement
• Becoming stiff or rigid
• Lose of balance and difficulty in walking
Later stages will cause:
• Memory loss
• Feelings of depression, anxiety or general loss in interest in everyday life
It can also cause problems with vision, sleeping and swallowing.
There are no specific laboratory tests to confirm Parkinson’s disease. It is usually diagnosed after a careful review of the patient’s medical history and a physical evaluation by a Neurologist. Tests, including blood investigations and imaging studies of the brain, may be conducted to verify that the patient does not have any other conditions similar to Parkinson’s disease.