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Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive condition which affects the brain. People with Parkinson’s will suffer worsening symptoms over many years. 

The Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease 

There are three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and they are:

  • Inflexible and stiff muscles 
  • Involuntary shaking of some parts of the body (Also known as “Tremor”)
  • Slow movements

Someone suffering from this condition can experience psychological symptoms as well as additional physical symptoms. These can include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Balance problems (Increasing the chances of having a fall)
  • Difficulty sleeping due to insomnia
  • Loss of the sense of smell
  • Memory problems

The Causes of Parkinson’s Disease 

The cause of this condition is due to a loss of nerve cells in the brain. The affected part of the brain is the substantia nigra. When this part of the brain is affected, it results in less dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical which is responsible for regulating the body’s movements. However, it is unclear what the cause of nerve cell loss is. Some medical experts think the causes could be environmental and genetic. 

Diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease 

A Parkinson’s diagnosis does not include any tests, instead, it revolves around making a diagnosis based on your symptoms, a physical examination, and your medical history. 

If you think you might be suffering from this condition, your doctor might ask you to perform some simple physical or mental tasks. They will also ask you why you think you might have Parkinson’s disease. 

If you are in the early stages of Parkinson’s, your doctor might struggle to make a diagnosis. This is because your symptoms are likely to be fairly mild. 

Your doctor could refer you to a specialist who could ask you to perform a range of exercises. This can help them to make a diagnosis. 

If you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you could be feeling quite upset. However, there is a lot of support available. 

If you search for “Parkinson’s support Brayton”, for example, you’ll find local support groups as well as national groups. 

Parkinson’s UK can be contacted via their free helpline – 0800 800 0303. Alternatively, you can email them at hello@parkinsons.org.uk 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk