Understanding Different Stages of Parkinson Disease

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Central nervous system certainly is an important part of our body. Parkinson disease is a disorder that affects the central nervous system and this means that it seriously impacts the movement of the patient. It can be a tragic time for the patient and patient’s family because this disease is a degenerative condition and there is very little or no hope of recovery. The condition involves mild tremors that eventually turn into uncontrollable tremors and loss in speech capabilities and gradually the patient loses all functionality in the later stages. Let’s focus on the stages of Parkinson disease and how it can gradually impact the human lifestyle.

During the early stages of Parkinson, things are quite subtle and therefore patients are never really concerned about whether they are impacted by it. The patients normally feel weak and tired after some amount of work they do. Most patients see mild shaking in their hands and speaking too softly or changes in handwriting. These signs are important to notice, but early on patients never consider this as life-impacting signs.

In the second stages of Parkinson disease, things can go bit further as patients would lose balance while they are walking. They can even experience that they are shaking or trembling frequently, which again might not be taken very seriously at that point.

The third stage of Parkinson disease would slow down the physical movements of the patient. Many patients would feel that they are not able to make quick movements and walk or do physical activities for long hours. In the later stages of Parkinson disease, muscle stiffness is the most common sign of all. Patients would feel that it has become difficult for them to move around freely as the muscle movement would be quite painful. The last and the final stage of Parkinson disease would be the illness taking over the body and patients will find it extremely difficult to move around, or do any body movement to take care of themselves.

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