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Symptoms of Parkinson Disease

Parkinson disease symptoms are mild when they start, but get worse over time. Common symptoms may be:

  • Tremors
  • Slow movements
  • Stiffness
  • Problems standing and walking
  • Problems with handwriting and fine motor skills
  • Problems doing daily tasks like dressing or standing up from a chair
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems and fatigue
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in thinking
  • Seeing or hearing things that are not real
  • Problems passing stool or urine
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low blood pressure

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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD