There are diseases, not all, that require early detection because it helps in easing the symptoms and aids the individual and those around them in coping, especially if it is one for the long run. In some cases, it is the next best thing after prevention.
It is sad to think that there are diseases that cannot be prevented. Sometimes, it can be due to lack of solid predisposing factors that cannot easily be determined with research alone. In fact, even after extensive studies, factors that lead to a certain disease may still change over time.
One of the many diseases that requires such work are those that involve are nervous system. They are so tiny and complex that in spite a supposedly healthy way of living, a person can still be hit by the disability.
Parkinson’s disease is just one of the many diseases that can only be helped through early detection.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s is a disease caused by the low levels of dopamine in our body because of the increasing number of dead nerve cells in our brain. As a result of the reduction of this chemical, our movements become sluggish taking us longer to do certain things, even those which we are very familiar with.
Unfortunately, in spite extensive research, there has been no proven cure for Parkinson’s. Only treatments that can aid with managing the symptoms. However, if not detected early, then the symptoms may just worsen over time to a point where managing them becomes almost impossible.
Parkinson’s Disease and Its Early Detection
As mentioned above, early detection is the key for at least managing the symptoms of the disease more efficiently and effectively.
So what are the early signs of Parkinson’s disease?
- Tremors or Shaking
This can easily affect any part of your body. If it is not in your limbs, it can easily affect the smallest parts of your body such as your lips or your chin. Although be cautious because tremors can also be just a side effect of strenuous exercise, or when you suffered an injury, or a side effect of a medication. So, consider these first before thinking of the worst.
- Small Handwriting
Normally, our handwriting may change over time. It could be due to old age or just poor vision. However, if your handwriting has reduced in size all of a sudden, then that it is a cause for concern because a sudden reduction of your handwriting size may be an early sign of having Parkinson’s disease.
- Losing Your Sense of Smell
Our sense of smell is very important. We use it in our daily lives. However, when you have Parkinson’s or potentially have it, it will suddenly decline or lose it completely all at once.
Normally though, we lose our sense of smell when we suffer a bad flu or when our nose are runny and stuffy. On the other hand, it should get better your nose starts to feel better because if it does not, then, it might be time to talk to your doctor about Parkinson’s.
- Not Being Able to Completely Go to Sleep
This does not mean insomnia. It is more of how you act when you are asleep, and for those who may have Parkinson’s, it is more likely that your limbs may jerk too much when asleep. In addition, you will also constantly feel that you are falling. If you cannot, then your wife or your partner may have noticed.
However, before you fear for Parkinson’s, you should consider if this happens regularly because people can have a night when they have a hard time sleeping, and that is normal.
- A Hard Time Moving Around
Unless you have arthritis or just suffered an injury and is still going through the process of healing, then you should be able to move your limbs normally or you should not feel stiff because that would be an early manifestation that you have Parkinson’s.
In addition, stiffness in the joints or limbs normally disappears as you move along during the day. If it does not, then you should really be concerned.
- Having a Hard Time Moving Your Bowels
Constipation may happen every once in awhile, especially if you do not drink adequate amounts of fluid, or when you do not have enough fiber in your diet, or when you hold your bowels several times. However, if you have to struggle and strain every day just to open your bowels in spite having done the opposite of all those mentioned earlier, then, it is time to see a doctor.
In addition, there are also some medications that may cause constipation. So, you might as well consider those first before becoming worried.
- Having a Soft Voice
Every once in awhile, it is normal for someone else to comment that our voice is too soft or it is low in volume, especially when you have a cold or is suffering a sore throat. There is no concern in that. However, if people have been constantly doing so, then there might not be a problem with their hearing. Rather, it might be your voice that truly has a problem and that is cause to worry.
It is also impossible if it is because of your colds because your voice should return to normal as soon as your colds subside.
- Masked Face
This is a condition where you just seem to have a face that constantly looks depressed, sad, or gloomy, even when you do not feel the same way. If not, your face face might just always look indifferent as if you have no care in the world when you feel otherwise. This is a condition called masking and it is one of the early symptoms that you might have Parkinson’s disease.
Do not confuse this as medication induced because although there are drugs that can cause masking, it should disappear when you stop taking the said medication. So, before jumping to conclusion, go through all your medications and look for those that may cause masking to happen and see how it goes.
- Constant Feeling of Being Dizzy or Fainting
We have episodes when our blood pressure suddenly drops as we stand up abruptly from a sitting down position. However, if it happens on a regular basis, then you should be worried and discuss with your doctor the possibility of having Parkinson’s disease.
- Changed Posture
If people are concerned how you suddenly have your back hunched, or at least not as straight as you used to, then you should take into consideration that you might have an undiagnosed Parkinson’s disease, more so if the stoop in your posture is not caused by any pain or any bone problems especially when you grow old.
Not every disease can be prevented. Sometimes, the best that you can hope for is detecting the disease early by means of knowing what to look out for, especially for diseases such as Parkinson’s which does not have any known cure as of the moment. The earlier you detect the disease with the symptoms, the better you will be able to manage and cope with the symptoms that might probably bug you longer than you thought it would.