There’s help if you have Parkinson’s
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Since Michael J. Fox, Muhammad Ali and Linda Ronstadt have shared their stories, most people have heard of Parkinson’s disease (PD).
But they usually think that tremor is the only symptom. Here are other problems that are common:
• Muscular: stiff muscles, difficulty standing, difficulty with bodily movements, involuntary movements, muscle rigidity, problems with coordination, rhythmic muscle contractions, slow bodily movement or slow shuffling gait.
• Whole body: fatigue, dizziness, poor balance or restlessness
• Cognitive: amnesia, confusion in the evening hours, dementia, or difficulty thinking and understanding.
• Sleep: early awakening, nightmares, or restless sleep.
• Speech: impaired voice, soft speech, or voice box spasms.
• Mood: anxiety or apathy.
• Nasal: distorted sense of smell or loss of smell.
• Facial: jaw stiffness or reduced facial expression.
Also common are blank stare, constipation, daytime sleepiness, depression, difficulty swallowing, drooling, falling, fear of falling, limping, loss in contrast sensitivity, neck tightness, small handwriting, trembling, unintentional writhing or weight loss
If you or someone you love has Parkinson’s, consider joining us at one of our Wallowa County Parkinson’s Support Group meetings, meant for anyone interested in sharing, caring and learning more about Parkinson’s and how to support one another living with or someone we love with the condition.
Our next meeting of the Wallowa County Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is 2 p.m., Sunday, April 16, in the Wallowa Memorial Hospital conference room, Enterprise.