Parkinson's Non-Motor Symptoms
What are the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease?
There is also increasing recognition of the importance of other symptoms of Parkinson's disease that are sometimes called "non-motor" or "dopamine-non-responsive." While neither of these terms is ideal, these symptoms are common and can have a major impact on Parkinson's patients. For example, cognitive impairment, ranging from mild memory difficulties to dementia, and mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety, occur frequently. Also common are sleep difficulties, loss of sense of smell, constipation, speech and swallowing problems, unexplained pains, drooling and low blood pressure when standing.
Parkinson's disease symptoms manifest differently in different patients. Many patients experience some symptoms and not others, and even the pace at which the disease worsens varies on an individual basis.