Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects the brain and nervous system. It is characterized by tremors, rigidity, slow movements, and problems with balance and coordination. While there are treatments available to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, the condition is progressive, meaning that it will get worse over time.
So, how can you know when Parkinson’s disease is getting worse? Here are a few signs to watch out for:
- Increased frequency or severity of symptoms: If you or a loved one with Parkinson’s are experiencing an increase in the frequency or severity of tremors, rigidity, or other symptoms, this may be a sign that the disease is progressing.
- Changes in mobility: People with Parkinson’s may experience difficulty with balance and coordination, which can make it harder to walk or perform other physical tasks. If you or a loved one are noticing a decline in mobility, it could be a sign that the disease is worsening.
- Changes in cognition: Parkinson’s disease can also affect cognitive function, including memory, concentration, and decision-making. If you or a loved one are experiencing changes in cognition, it may be a sign that the disease is getting worse.
- Changes in mood or behavior: Parkinson’s disease can also affect mood and behavior, leading to changes in personality or an increase in anxiety or depression. If you or a loved one are experiencing significant changes in mood or behavior, it could be a sign that the disease is worsening.
If you or a loved one with Parkinson’s are experiencing any of these changes, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional as soon as possible. Your healthcare team can help to assess the severity of the disease and determine the best course of treatment to manage the symptoms and slow its progression.
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Nick Pernisco is the Parkinson’s Warrior, a person with Parkinson’s who has dedicated his life to helping others with Parkinson’s. Get the Parkinson’s Warrior book here. Join the discussion on Facebook.