Earliest Symptoms of PD, January 2017

imageWhen surveyed most recently, people with PD (or their caregivers) responded that their EARLIEST symptoms were as follows:

  • loss of smell (symptom with highest amount of responses)
  • shaky hands
  • eyes not blinking
  • freezing of limbs
  • severe back pain
  • clumsiness
  • pain
  • extreme sweating
  • loss of taste
  • non-swinging arm
  • stone face
  • drooling
  • severe constipation
  • falling
  • trouble rolling over in bed
  • bladder tremors
  • internal tremors
  • frozen shoulder
  • depression
  • small handwriting
  • fatigue
  • muscle weakness/stiffnss
  • irritability
  • sleep issues

To this survey, there was a comment saying, “Don’t you think you’re stretching this a bit too far? Pretty soon everything will be blamed on or be a symptom of PD.” Another comment made was to one who completed the survey, “You’re way too young to have PD.”

Here are the facts:

FACT ONE:

No one is too young to have PD, nor too old. In my research, the youngest person that I found documented to have Parkinson’s disease by a certified Movement Disorder Specialist was three years of age.

FACT TWO:

Absolutely no two cases are alike. Similar perhaps. Not alike. One person can start out with just tremors (thought to be the most popular symptom of beginning the journey with PD) and never experience anything else. One person can have it all. Some react great to treatment while others struggle alone. Every symptom, whether you want to blame it on too much cheese (constipation), a cold (loss of smell), or summer weather (extreme sweating), every symptom above is substantive and real to the person experiencing it.

If you are one who tends to believe there is an age limit for PD or too much is being ‘blamed’ on this disease, I hope you never have to experience it personally. You’ll soon find it to be honest and true.