For many, when you think of common symptoms for Parkinson’s disease, you think of the motor symptoms such as a shuffled gait, stiffness in the extremities and tremors. Many don’t recognize the non-motor symptoms that also develop with this neurological disorder, which, at times, can be more disabling than some of the motor symptoms.
Some of the typical non-motor symptoms for Parkinson’s disease can include memory difficulties, dementia and mood disorders. Parkinson’s is a neurological disorder, which means that it affects the brain. As the brain changes, as can your cognitive abilities change.
Other typical non-motor Parkinson’s symptoms that might occur are:
- Loss of sense of smell
- Trouble with speech and swallowing
- Sleep difficulties
Parkinson’s disease can affect everyone differently. If you are concerned that you or loved one might be experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s, you should consult with a physician.