Get A Head Start For Early Treatment
Muhammad Ali is considered to be one of boxing’s greatest fighters. However, he is not only known for being a great boxer; he is also known to have Parkinson’s disease.
In most cases, people are usually diagnosed with this medical condition long after the age of 60. But, Ali was diagnosed as early as age 42. Some may attribute it to the fact that boxing can produce such trauma to the head that could possibly have contributed to the rapid onset of this disease on the famous boxer.
After Ali died, there’s a renewed interest in the research and knowledge of Parkinson’s disease. In today’s article, I will talk about the early warning signs of Parkinson’s so that if you happen to know a loved one that has these, you may want to bring them to the doctor for treatments.
How Do You Diagnose Parkinson’s?
There are actually some really common symptoms of Parkinson’s, but the problem is that it can rarely be detected in its early stages simply because most of the symptoms still do not manifest themselves.
So, if you suspect that your loved one has this particular condition, you have to consult the doctor. The medical practitioner would then have a glance at their medical records to see if there is a predisposition to this condition.
The doctor would then do a procedure that will help determine the dopamine levels in the brain.
Apart from that, some of the early warning signs of Parkinson’s are as follows:
This is arguably the most telling sign that a person has Parkinson’s. Muhammad Ali actually suffered from severe tremors due to this condition.
This is characterized by the involuntary shaking of your foot, fingers, or some parts of the jaw or face. The shaking can range from mild to worse and oftentimes, a person who suffers from Parkinson’s will not be able to control them.
Handwriting/Hand Movement Changes
Normal people usually write legibly. That means that the font size is usually something that normal people can see.
However, people with Parkinson’s are different. They usually write in very small letters; at least when compared to their original handwriting. They also exhibit writing with a lighter touch and it takes them a much longer time to finish what they want to write.
If the person’s body is rigid and it is quite stiff to move, especially when it comes to the arms and legs, then that is also a good indication that a person is likely suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
This can be very apparent when the affected person tries to walk. If they have a hard time swinging their arms while they walk, then that could be a good indicator and while premature ejaculation is another physical drawback of Parkinson’s, it doesn’t appear until much later into the disease.
Sudden Loss of Smell
It is believed that people who suffer from this condition will suddenly lose their sense of smell. This is not to say that they cannot breathe through their nose, but it does affect their ability to catch a scent. They might have a hard time smelling flowers, appreciating their cologne, among other things.
Changes in the Tone/Overall Voice
If you notice a change in the person’s tone or overall voice, then that is also a telltale sign that Parkinson’s disease has already affected the person somewhat.