Early Parkinson's Patients May Suffer Some Symptoms in Silence

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Early Parkinson's Patients May Suffer Some Symptoms in Silence
Sun, 06-23-2013 - 9:14am

Many Parkinson's patients suffer silently in the early stages with symptoms not related to movement, yet the symptoms are treatable if your doctor knows about them. According to Health Day News, "People with early stage Parkinson's disease often experience anxiety, constipation, drooling and other symptoms not related to movement problems, new research finds.

Because movement problems are the main symptom of the disease, these non-motor symptoms often go undiagnosed and untreated, according to the study, which was published in the Jan. 15 issue of the journalNeurology.

"Oftentimes people with early Parkinson's don't even mention these symptoms to their doctors, and doctors don't ask about them," study author Tien Khoo, of Newcastle University in England, said in a journal news release. "Yet many times [the symptoms] can be treated effectively." read more

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There was a man at my office that did suffer like this mainly because he was embarrassed and didn't want to appear "sick" so he ignored his symptoms. When he finally admitted to himself that he had a problem, he was able to get proper treatment.