Parkinson’s disease is a condition that causes the brain to become progressively more damaged over time, said the NHS. You could be at risk of the neurodegenerative condition if your voice changes over time, it’s been revealed.
Parkinson’s is caused by a loss of nerve cells in a specific part of the brain.
These nerve cells are used to help send messages between the brain and the nervous system.
Parkinson’s disease symptoms tend to develop gradually, and only appear as mild at first.
One of the more under-recognised problems of Parkinson’s is extreme tiredness, it’s been claimed.
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“Fatigue is a common but under-recognised problem for people with Parkinson’s disease,” said the American Parkinson Disease Association.
“Fatigue can be defined as an unpleasant sensation of lacking energy, making the performance of routine activities, physical or mental, a strain.
“About one-third of people with PD consider fatigue their single most bothersome symptom, even more than the motor symptoms of PD such as tremor, slowness, stiffness and difficulty with walking and balance.
“Fatigue in [Parkinson’s] tends to develop early in the disease, usually in the first few years, if it is going to develop at all.”
But, just because you’re feeling more sleepy than normal, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re at risk of Parkinson’s.
Feeling fatigued is very common, and may be caused by not getting enough sleep, spending long hours at work, or by excessive stress.
Doing too much exercise or drinking too much alcohol could also lead to extreme tiredness.
Your fatigue is more likely to be caused by Parkinson’s if it’s accompanied by more common warning signs of the neurodegenerative condition.