4 Parkinson’s symptoms that may indicate an increased risk

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease that affects the brain and nervous system. More precisely, the signals between the two are disturbed. The result are various Parkinson’s symptoms that make life difficult because they mostly impair movement. While these are weak at the beginning, they worsen over time. But there are supposed to be four signs that you have an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. What are early-stage Parkinson’s symptoms?

Parkinson’s symptoms – recognize the course at an early stage

Parkinson’s symptoms such as tremors

Recognizing Parkinson's symptoms early - this is what you should pay attention to

Shaking hands, legs, or chin are typical key signs of the disease. It can be different. It can manifest itself both by shaking and by twitching and it can begin gradually. It is not uncommon for Parkinson’s symptoms such as tremors to begin barely noticeably and in just one hand. In itself it is a very common symptom and worsens as the disease progresses.

How to determine Parkinson’s – difficulty walking

Balance disorders are an early feature of Parkinson's disease

Have you noticed a change in walking behavior? This is also one of the typical Parkinson’s symptoms. A hallmark could be walking more slowly than usual. A so-called “shuffling gait” occurs more frequently. The affected person pulls his feet afterwards while walking. In addition, the arms may be less moved.

Balance problems

Parkinson's Symptoms - Shuffling gait and tremors are typical hallmarks

The so-called basal ganglia nerves, which are responsible for balance and flexibility, are located deep in the brain and are often affected. Balance disorders can appear as Parkinson’s symptoms at the beginning if these are damaged by the disease. General practitioners carry out a special pull test to find out whether any problems of this type are actually a symptom of the same disease.

Parkinson’s symptoms – eyes and changed facial expressions

Consult a doctor for slow blinking and altered facial expressions

Like other muscles, the muscles of the face can also be affected. Accordingly, changes in facial features are possible Parkinson’s symptoms. Do you think the person is looking more serious, depressed, or crazier than usual? Since the muscles can also begin to work more slowly, the person may blink more slowly. All of these could indicate such a disease.

If you notice any of these changes and are concerned, speak to your GP. Only he can make a reliable diagnosis.