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The many side effects of living with Parkinson's disease

Individuals found to be suffering from Parkinson's disease often experience symptoms of varying severity. A neurological disease, those impacted may be unable to stand, walk or perform tasks that require a degree of manual dexterity. Individuals suffering from Parkinson's disease may be unable to work and qualify for social security disability benefits.

While tremors can result from other health conditions, roughly 85 percent of individuals with Parkinson's suffer from resting tremors. Classified as tremors that typically present in an individual's hands, resting tremors impact a person's ability to control movement.

Impacting more than 1 million Americans, symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease often worsen with time and age. In addition to hand tremors, those impacted may become slower and more uncoordinated in their movements. Likewise, they may experience increased muscle and joint weakness and stiffness which can make actions such as walking difficult.

In addition to the outward physical symptoms of the disease, those diagnosed with Parkinson's may also experience several debilitating symptoms related to memory, mood and overall thinking process. Individuals may also experience suppression of the body's nervous system which in turn may negatively impact a person's breathing and heart rate.

The onset of Parkinson's disease tends to occur in adults over the age of 50 and impacts men more frequently than women. There is currently no test to diagnose the disease, nor is there any known cure or standard treatment.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Wellness: Do tremors mean Parkinson's disease?," Jim Mumper, Aug. 5, 2012

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