First identified by Dr James Parkinson in 1817, Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic condition which affects sufferer’s movements – everything from walking to talking. It’s typically seen as a condition that affects older people, which is generally true but it can and does affect younger people, and very rarely children too. Overall it affects about 120,000 people in the UK and tends to get progressively worse. The 3 main symptoms of Parkinson’s are shaking (tremor), rigidity (stiffness) and slowness of movement. These symptoms in turn can affect a person’s ability to do things such as write, stand up or even roll over in bed. Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine being produced in the brain because of a loss of the nerve cells that create it. As the dopamine levels continue to drop in someone with Parkinson’s disease, the condition will worsen. Whilst there is no cure for Parkinson’s a variety of therapies including medications, physiotherapy and even surgery can ease symptoms.
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