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GP Referral – Parkinsons Disease

The three main symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease are related to movement: involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body – known as tremor muscle stiffness that can make everyday tasks such as getting out of a chair very difficult – this is known as rigidity physical movements become very slow – known as Bradykinesia

A person with Parkinson’s Disease can also experience a wide range of symptoms unrelated to movement (non-motor symptoms) such as:

  • depression
  • daytime sleepiness
  • dysphagia (difficulties swallowing)

 

Treating Parkinson’s Disease

There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease though a medication called levodopa has proved effective in relieving symptoms.


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