10 Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

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Symptom #2: Bradykinesia

Bradykinesia is a medical term used to describe the slowness of movement and can be seen in all cases of Parkinson’s disease. It occurs as Parkinson’s disease affects the motor planning and initiation of movement. This is linked to difficulties throughout the whole movement process ranging from planning, initiation, and execution of movement. It is one of the most frustrating symptoms of the disease as it can lead to difficulties in performing daily routines such as eating, bathing, and getting dressed.

It can be worsened by emotional stress or other illnesses. Some patients describe it as a feeling of stiffness in the body and limbs. For example, the arms no longer swing during walking. Others may complain that their feet seem as if they were stuck to the floor.

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