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A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can be scary, but knowing what to expect can ease some of the anxiety associated with it. Nearly one million people in the U.S. suffer from Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder. Symptoms can vary from person to person. However, in general, people with Parkinson’s disease lose control over their range of motion which gets worse over time. The good news is that Parkinson’s can be managed and many people live with it for decades.
Parkinson’s generally affects the brain’s neurons. The neurons malfunction and die and when they die, the amount of dopamine—a chemical that sends signals to the brain to control movement—decreases. The progressive death of neurons means that less and less dopamine gets sent to the brain, which is why symptoms get progressively worse over time.
Long before the classic symptoms of tremors and gait instability appear, Parkinson’s disease, which affects 1.5 million Americans, might be diagnosable allowing for the possibility for earlier intervention and amelioration of the disease. The Lancet published a study that found that many of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease had experienced the following symptoms five years earlier: