Patient discussion about bradykinesia

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Q. What to expect from a Parkinson's patient?

My 70 year old father has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. What will he be like from now on, what to expect?
A1Some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease are:
• Trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
• Stiffness of the arms, legs and trunk
• Slowness of movement
• Poor balance and coordination
The symptoms usually get worse with time and then people with the disease may have trouble walking, talking or doing simple tasks.
A2 Parkinson's is both chronic, meaning it persists over a long period of time, and progressive, meaning its symptoms grow worse over time. There are differences in its effects on patients; some people become severely disabled, while others experience only minor motor disruptions. Tremor is the major symptom for some patients, while for others tremor is only a minor complaint and other symptoms are more troublesome. Also the intensity of the symptoms varies from person to person.
A3Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive disorder of the nervous system. PD is characterized by four main features: rigidity or stiffness of the arms, legs or neck; tremor, usually of the hands; bradykinesia or slowness and reduction of movement; and postural instability (loss of balance). Other symptoms may accompany the main features, including depression, dementia or confusion, postural deformity, speech and swallowing difficulty, drooling, dizziness on standing, impotence, urinary frequency and constipation.
For the complete article:
http://www.pdcaregiver.org/WhatIsParkinsons.html

Common Symptoms:
http://www.pdf.org/AboutPD/symptoms.cfm

Hope this helps.
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