There are so many symptoms of PD that can plague us, I'm always calling it the gift that keeps on giving. As in a previous post it's a non refundable gift you never wanted, but you have it so you wrap it up pretty and make the best of it. Everyone's symptoms are different, none of us Parkies are the same and the symptom list is extensive. The motor symptoms themselves are tremendous and difficult to deal with then you add to it the non motor symptoms that most likely you experienced years before diagnosis which can add frustration to your game of life.
If Parkinson's Disease were a game of scrabble you'd likely win with a whopping 23 points just with the name alone, let alone all the side symptom words! Here are some of those symptoms we deal with in scrabble Parkinson style.
As mentioned pain is most likely experienced in some way by all Parkies
Apathy is when you lose your motivation to give a crap & lose your get up and go
Rigidity is the stiffness most of us live with
Bradykinesia is the slowness of movement
Insomnia and fatigue are real struggles
Depression & anxiety extremely common.
Masked face is the loss of facial expression due to muscle control
Tremors speak for themselves
Balance is often lost and falls common
Drooling, who doesn't love a drooler?
Excessive sweating (cause being a woman that's going to go through menopause isn't enough?)
Swallowing problems can lead to serious complications & choking
Memory, confusion and general issues with cognitive function
Lack of arm swing
Stooped posture (I have a lovely 'hunched' morning walk)
Bladder & bowel dysfunction, cause that's just fun to talk about!
I give you this list of some of the main motor & non motor symptoms of PD for the purpose of educating & raising awareness. Not to throw you into that depression category double time. I agree, there's no doubt about it the Parkinson's scrabble game of life you're playing is a difficult one. However there's joy in the game, find the parts of it you can work with. Make light of some of them because laughter is good medicine. But refuse to give up and lose the game. Just keep moving and you'll celebrate victories along the way, you'll slow the progression of the disease and that's putting 'it' on the losing end and that's worth playing for!