Parkin­son’s

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such move­ments may be in­dica­tive of Parkin­son’s. The PF notes that pe­ri­odic toss­ing and turn­ing is nor­mal, as is quick jerks of the body dur­ing ini­tial sleep and in lighter stages of sleep are com­mon and should not be mis­taken for Parkin­son’s.

• Stiff­ness: Stiff­ness re­lated to cur­rent or past in­juries or even arthri­tis is not in­dica­tive of Parkin­son’s. But stiff­ness in the arms, body and legs that is un­re­lated to in­jury or arthri­tis and does not go away with move­ment might be a sign of Parkin­son’s. The PF notes that peo­ple some­times de­scribe this symp­tom by say­ing their feet feel stuck to the floor when they try to move.

• Con­sti­pa­tion: Peo­ple who strain to move their bow­els might be show­ing an early sign of Parkin­son’s. How­ever, var­i­ous fac­tors, such as de­hy­dra­tion and a diet with­out ad­e­quate fiber, can cause con­sti­pa­tion. In ad­di­tion, men and women on med­i­ca­tion may want to look into side ef­fects of their med­i­ca­tions to de­ter­mine if their medicine, and not Parkin­son’s, is the cause of their dif­fi­culty mov­ing their bow­els.

These are just a few po­ten­tial early in­di­ca­tors of Parkin­son’s dis­ease. In­for­ma­tion about ad­di­tional symp­toms is avail­able at parkin­son.org.

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