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April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, which make this a good time to learn about the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
An estimated 1 million people in the U.S. and more than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease, according to the American Parkinson Disease Association.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Parkinson's disease signs and symptoms can be different for everyone. Early signs may be mild and go unnoticed. Symptoms often begin on one side of your body and usually remain worse on that side, even after symptoms begin to affect both sides.
Signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease include:
There is no cure for Parkinson's disease, but medications can help control the symptoms, often dramatically. If you've been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, you'll need to work closely with your health care professional to find a treatment plan that offers you the greatest relief from symptoms with the fewest side effects. In more advanced cases, surgery may be advised.
Connect with others talking about living with Parkinson's or caring for someone in the Parkinson's Disease support group on Mayo Clinic Connect, an online patient community moderated by Mayo Clinic.
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