Parkinson’s Disease is difficult to diagnose as there is not a specific test for the condition. With the holidays upon us, this may be the first time you’ve seen a loved one in almost two years. You may want your loved one to consult a doctor if they exhibit any of the early signs of Parkinson’s Disease below. Tremor If a loved one has developed a slight tremor in their fingers, thumb, hands or chin it could be a sign it’s time to talk to a doctor or a movement specialist. Masked Face If a parent, loved one, or relative has an expressionless face, almost sad or often mad, this could be a symptom known as facial masking. Small or Crowded Handwriting If your loved one’s handwriting has gotten smaller than it was in the past or if they write words crowded together, they should consider speaking to a physician. This is also known as micrographia. Trouble Sleeping If your loved one has sudden movements, thrashes in their sleep, or acts out during sleep, that may be a sign of Parkinson’s Disease. Trouble Moving or Walking, including Stooping or Hunching Over If a loved one feels stiffer than they used to or maybe their arms no longer swing when they walk, that could be a warning sign of Parkinson’s Disease. Soft Voice Have you noticed that your loved one’s voice is very soft or maybe even hoarse? If they don’t have a cold or virus, this could be a speech problem common with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s Disease symptoms often start gradually. Neurologists are trained to diagnose and treat neurological disorders like Parkinson’s Disease. Consultation with a movement disorder specialist is also recommended to avoid a misdiagnosis. If you or a loved one exhibit any of these early signs of Parkinson’s Disease you may want to speak with a physician. If a loved one shows signs of these symptoms and has worked with Paraquat (learn more here), a commercial herbicide, please call Pope McGlamry today or fill out the form below to discuss whether you may have a claim against the manufacturers of Paraquat.