Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease symptoms unrelated to movement can also occur at late stages of the disease and patients often find these non-motor symptoms even more troublesome than those affecting movement.

Non-motor symptoms of PD include:

  • Sleep problems, such as an inability to fall asleep, vivid dreams and  awakenings during the night
  • Daytime sleepiness, which interfere with a person’s everyday activities
  • Feeling depressed
  • Dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, leading to increased salivation (dribbling), sweating, light-headedness upon standing, constipation and frequent urination (including a higher than normal frequency of night-time urination), which may cause repeated awakenings during the night

Unlike some other nervous system diseases, Parkinson’s symptoms begin to emerge gradually and develop slowly. Each person with PD has a unique combination of symptoms. Nowadays, there are many effective treatments that help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.   Research for finding novel treatments for PD also gives hope.

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