32 separate sketches depicting the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Using the letters that spell the symptom to draw a cartoon portraying what it feels like with a strap line to tie it all together.
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is an urge to move that can’t be controlled. People with Parkinson’s may fidget, walk in place or cross and uncross their legs.
can be experienced due to worries about living with the condition, or because of possible changes in the brain chemistry.
is a state of indifference, characterised by a lack of emotion, motivation or interest and it is a very disabling symptom in Parkinson’s.
occurs when the autonomic nervous system fails to work properly causing problems with a person’s heart rate, breathing, body temperature, blood pressure, digestion and sexual function.
is slowness of movement and is one of the three main symptoms of Parkinson’s. It is the only symptom that everyone has.
Reduced bowel movement or constipation are particularly common in Parkinson’s as the muscles of the gut slow down as well.
Many people with Parkinson’s notice changes to their thinking and mental abilities but few go on to develop dementia.
A very common symptom of feeling low, unable to enjoy things and emotionally empty.
unintended, involuntary and uncontrollable movements. They are rapid and dance –like. The Parkinson’s community have renamed it ‘Disco-Needs-Ya.’
occurs when the muscles do not relax after they have tightened or shortened and is due to changes in the messages from your brain to the muscles. It causes painful involuntary twisting and feels like the body is at tug of war with itself.
research suggests that 2 ½ hours of high intensity exercise every week may slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s affects movement and this includes the movement of the eyes leading to double vision and difficulty moving the eyes. Other symptoms can include dry eyes, excessive watery eyes, tired eyes and glaucoma
due to slowness of movement of the muscles in the face, people with Parkinson’s can appear not to show any emotion.
Poor balance and freezing are the most common causes.
one of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, described as extreme tiredness or a complete lack of energy which limits what you are able to do and affects the quality of your life.
described as a feeling like the feet are glued to the ground. It can last a few seconds or minutes. Literally feels like the feet are frozen to the ground.
loss of arm swing when walking is common and should be looked for in a people with suspected Parkinson’s. Over time a Parkinsonian gait is a distinctive, less steady walk that arises from changes in posture, slowness of movement and a shortened stride.
a perception of something that does not actually exist. They can arrest all the senses being seen, heard, felt, smelt or tasted.
driven or motivated to do something that gives an instant reward that is harmful. Can include hyper-sexuality, gambling, overeating, excessive internet use, shopping.
Interrupted signals form the brain mean that messages telling the brain to expel or retain urine are disrupted.
vary widely and may fluctuate throughout the day. More severe in people who do not have a tremor.
can cause symptoms as light-headedness, dizziness, loss of balance or fainting.
can be a major problem for some people but not for others.
characterised by an irresistible urge to move the legs, which interferes with rest and sleep.
affects 90% of people with Parkinson’s. Difficulties getting over, to interrupted sleep during the night to R.E.M. sleep disorder where you act out your vivid dreams.
Most people with Parkinson’s have some loss of smell, this can occur up to 10 years before Parkinson’s is diagnosed.
stiff or inflexible muscles is one of the main three symptoms of Parkinson’s.
worsens Parkinson’s symptoms and should be kept at a minimum, due to adrenaline being produced from the dopamine that people with Parkinson’s do not have.
90% of people with Parkinson’s will have some degree of swallowing difficulty at diagnosis.
there can be too much or too little perspiration. The skin can also be affected with oily skin and red, itchy flaky skin.
seen in 70% of people with Parkinson’s and it is one of the three most common symptoms of the disease.
as the disease progresses the medication wears off usually after 3-4 hrs and people develop motor and non-motor symptoms. Symptoms then improve 15-45mins after the next dose is taken.