The symptoms of Parkinson's usually
begin slowly, develop gradually and in no particular order.
The help, information and support we offer reflects the different ways each individual experiences Parkinson's.
Dr Kieran Breen, Director of Research
Early Parkinson's symptoms often include feeling tired and
weak. Other early symptoms can include poor hand co-ordination,
problems with handwriting, and a sensation of tremor (shaking) in
Symptoms vary greatly from person to person and can sometimes
take years to progress to a point where they cause problems.
How Parkinson's changes over time will also mean that drug treatments and other forms of Parkinson's treatment will also
Our signs and symptoms of
Parkinson's section can tell you more.
We also have a range of free
publications about motor and non-motor symptoms.
Living with Parkinson's
The symptoms of Parkinson's alter as the
condition develops. Drug prescriptions and therapies also change to
reflect these developments.
Existing symptoms can become worse, with new symptoms and
complications occurring over time.
You may also need to take more medication, which could lead to a
lot of pills to manage.
There are various types of pill dispensers, timers and reminders
available. Our Drug treatments for
Parkinson's booklet contains a section about pill timers.
As symptoms develop, problems with movement may increase,
affecting day-to-day living and independence.
If you experience any difficulties getting around in your home
or outside, the following can help you find support and
Parkinson's symptoms that do not affect movement, often called
non-motor symptoms, may also become
worse over time.
These symptoms may include sleep difficulties, depression,
anxiety, excessive sweating, bladder and bowel problems, saliva
control difficulties and memory problems.
The non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's are sometimes not
identified and treated because people with Parkinson's don't
realise they are related to the condition.
Our non-motor symptoms questionaire
can help ensure that doctors, Parkinson's specialists and nurses
are aware of all your symptoms.
Take a look at our information about advanced Parkinson's - including ideas and
practical tips to help people with Parkinson's and carers as the
Looking to the future
As advances in the treatment of Parkinson's continue, the
quality of life for people with the condition also improves.
Many people with Parkinson's lead active and fulfilling lives.
An important part of coping with Parkinson's is understanding how
it affects you and how to work around it.
It may not always be easy to maintain a positive outlook,
especially immediately after diagnosis, but we can give you
help and support.
We operate throughout the UK, offering support,
advice, events and activities for people with Parkinson's and their
families and carers.
Your local Parkinson's UK team
can tell you about support and services available local to you. Or
you can call our helpline 0808 800
You can chat, share experiences and ask questions on our
And if you need more information on any Parkinson's-related
subject, we have an extensive range of free
publications and resources.
Could I die from Parkinson's?
Most doctors and researchers believe that Parkinson's does not
directly cause people to die and that none of the drugs used to
treat Parkinson's can cause death.
For the majority of people, Parkinson's will not significantly
affect their life expectancy.
However, some of the more advanced symptoms can lead to
increased disability and poor health, which can make someone more
vulnerable to infection.
Also in this section
Looking for local support?
Our local groups around the UK offer
friendship and support to anybody affected by Parkinson's.
Find out about other Parkinson's support