• Parkinson's Disease Complications


If not treated, Parkinson's Disease can cause a major impact on the emotions, behavior and health of the patient. Parkinson's disease may cause many complications such as:

  • Thinking difficulties: In the later stages of Parkinson's disease, patients may experience loss of memory and difficulties in thought process.
  • Difficulties in swallowing: Swallowing may get difficult as the disease progresses. Saliva may accumulate in the mouth leading to drooling.
  • Sleep disturbances: These include waking up frequently throughout the night, waking up early or falling asleep during the day.
  • Urinary disturbances: Patient may be unable to control the bladder or may have difficulty in urinating.
  • Constipation: Some patients may experience difficulties in passing normal, soft stool.
  • Hypotension: Blood pressure may reduce on attempting to stand causing light-headedness or faintness.
  • Anosmia: As Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease, many patients may lose their sense of smell.
  • Fatigue and Pains: Many people with Parkinson's disease lose energy and experience fatigue, and the cause isn't always known. They may also complain of non-specific pains anywhere in their body.
  • Sexual disturbances: Some patients with Parkinson's disease may face a decline in the sexual desire or performance.
  • Psychological impact: Patients with Parkinson's may experience many emotional changes like anxiety, frustration and depression.