Neurologist Pogoreltseva: a non-obvious symptom of Parkinson’s disease is youthfulness

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Neurologist Oksana Pogoreltseva: people with Parkinson’s disease can surprise with their youthfulness and lack of wrinkles on their faces.

Neurologist Pogoreltseva told the publication “AiF” are non-obvious and unusual at first glance symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. This disease is characterized by the death of cells in the human brain responsible for the production of dopamine. As a result, the conduction of signals between the brain and the nervous system is disrupted, and this disruption becomes more significant over time.

Oksana Pogoreltseva explained that with the development of Parkinson's disease, changes begin to occur in the way a person makes various movements. In particular, his movements become slower, that is, he eats, and bradykinesia occurs. In addition, gait may be disturbed – steps become smaller and more frequent, arms stop moving in time with the steps, or there may be a feeling that when walking a person is stuck to the floor.

“Also, the onset of Parkinson’s disease is characterized by lateropulsion – an involuntary deviation of the body to the side and propulsion – an irresistible acceleration of the movement of the body when walking forward,” added the doctor.
Pogoreltseva noted that a non-obvious symptom of Parkinson’s disease is a youthful appearance, an unusually smooth face for a person’s age.

“Patients notice that the face is very young and does not correspond to the passport age.”
The neurologist clarified that this symptom is explained by a weakening of facial expression in parkinsonism. Also, people with this diagnosis may come across as cold and indifferent due to inactive facial expressions. Sometimes a mask of sadness seems to freeze on their faces.

In addition, the patients’ handwriting changes: it becomes smaller and more difficult to read. Their voice becomes quieter, and their speech at times seems completely unintelligible. In different parts of the body, including the head, they feel stiffness, poor mobility or trembling.

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Oksana Pogoreltseva Oksana Pogoreltseva Health neurologist