Patients with early onset Parkinson's typically show non-motor symptoms

According to a study published in the Parkinsonism & Related Disorders Journal, patients with early onset Parkinson's disease present non-motor symptoms before presenting motor symptoms. These symptoms can include:

  • A loss of smell
  • Constipation
  • REM behavioral disorder
  • Depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders
  • Low blood pressure while standing up, or othostatic hypotension
  • Issues sleeping
  • Bladder issues
  • Low sex drive
  • Fluctuating weight
  • Cognitive issues
  • Increased saliva
  • Visual impairment

In all ages, motor symptoms are the most common. Motor symptoms can include tremors, bradykinesia, rigid muscles, and issues with gait.