The Short List of The Neurodegenerative Disease’s Symptoms

Neurodegenerative disease
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Introduction

Unlike before, now the neurodegenerative diseases have become more and more common among people of all ages. A neurodegenerative disease can and will easily turn your life upside down. And what is most, unfortunately, is the fact that there are no ways to really stop the progress of the disease. Sure, your doctor will prescribe something to slow down the progress, however, the results are unavoidable.

So what is the key here? The key lays in discovering the neurodegenerative disease symptoms as soon as possible so that the needed exams could be done in order to detect the process and start a proper therapy. And this is especially important for those of you who take place in these so-called risk groups.

This is exactly why we have decided to do the research and help you understand everything that there is about the neurodegenerative diseases, especially concentrating on the most common symptoms. That way you will be able to recognize the symptoms and ask for help on time.

What is a neurological disorder?

what is a neurological disorder

The neurological disorder is actually a term that refers to different types of brain diseases and injuries that cause various symptoms. Because the brain is the organ that controls the whole body and mind, when a neurological disorder happens, different body functions are affected depending on the neurological disorder itself.

In the group of neurological disorders, there are – brain injuries, neurodegenerative disorders, brain tumors and mental disorders. The risk factors for the different neurological disorders most commonly include older age and a family history including any kind of a neurological disorder.

What are the symptoms of neurological disorders?

Now let’s discuss the neurological disorders symptoms. Depending on wheatear there are structural, biochemical or electrical abnormalities present, the symptoms can vary. However, the most common symptoms of neurological disorders include loss of balance, loss of memory, improper muscular coordination during movement, muscular tremors, paralysis, decreased* concentration, seizures, nausea, vomiting, changes in personality etc.

What is a neurodegenerative disorder?

As we mentioned before, the neurodegenerative disorders are just one of the many groups that are under the term – neurological disorders. This group has drawn our attention because of the many difficulties that it causes in the patient’s life. Neurodegenerative disorder is a term that stands for the various degenerative changes that affect the neurons and the different parts in the brain.

Unfortunately, the exact causes for the different neurodegenerative disorders are unknown. However, it is believed that certain environmental and genetic factors take a role in the development of these disorders. In the group of neurodegenerative disorders, there are Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease as the most common ones.

All of these diseases are progressive and cannot be easily tamed. They all include neuron degeneration that causes characteristic symptoms. Depending on which brain parts are affected, different symptoms occur. Let’s see which are the 11 most common neurodegenerative symptoms!

Which are the 11 most common neurodegenerative symptoms?

The following symptoms are described as the most common symptoms among the patients with different neurodegenerative symptoms. Although we have mentioned that which symptoms will be actually present depend on the fact which brain part is most affected, there are some symptoms that are commonly seen among these patients which is why they are defined are most common neurodegenerative symptoms.

neurodegenrative symptoms

1. Apathy

Is one of the most common behavioral symptomsthat affect these patients. Apathy is defined as a state that affects the patient causing lack of interest and motivation in the daily activities and/or activities that had the patient’s interest up to the point of the neurodegenerative disorder being present. When we say common, we mean on the prevalence rates from 55 to 80%.

2. Rigid muscles

Mobility is most often affected by the neurodegenerative disorders. Stiffness is quite a common symptom that can affect any muscle in the body, always more than one muscle at a time, causing decreased* range of motion and pain.

3. Balance problems

Most commonly present among the Parkinson’s disease patients. These balance problems add to the mobility problems that these patients are experiencing. Ataxia – defined as a problem with coordination and balance is the most common balance problem among these patients.

4. Anxiety

Due to the very unpredictable nature of these disorders, especially around Multiple Sclerosis patients, anxiety is a very common symptom. Anxiety is often accompanied with severe mood swings.

5. Sexual problems

It is not uncommon for patients with neurodegenerative disorders to experience sexual problems. These problems include premature ejaculationand erectile dysfunction among men and decreased* sexual sensation and lubrication as well as inability to achieve orgasm among women.

6. Decreased* automatic movements

Especially present among patients with Parkinson’s disorder, the decreased* ability to perform automatic/unconscious movements such as blinking or swinging the arms while walking creates quite the problem for these patients.

7. Speech changes

Slow speech, hesitation before talking, difficulty finding the words, and ununderstandable speech are just a few of the most common speech changes that occur due to the neurodegenerative disorders.

8. Insomnia

Is quite a common symptom that creates difficulties in the patient’s everyday life.

9. Tremor

Described as involuntary shaking, the tremorsusually affect one limb or even one finger at a time. Although usually present among all neurodegenerative disorders, the tremors are most characteristic of the Parkinson’s disease and especially during the periods of rest.

10. Abnormal sensations

It is not unlikely for the patients with neurodegenerative disorders to experience abnormal sensations, especially those withMultiple Sclerosis. The patients feel tingling or/and numbness in the arms and legs which later spread to bigger and bigger parts of the body.

11. Fatigue

Which is described as one of the most common and most troublesome symptoms by these patients. It is defined as an unexplainable feeling of exhaustion that is not triggered by any specific cause or reason, but which causes troubles in completing the everyday activities for these patients.

What is the most common neurological disease?

Perhaps, what can be described as the most neurological disease is Alzheimer’s disease with its prevalence of approximately 5.5 million adults in the U.S.A being diagnosed so far in 2017. Alzheimer’s disease is a quite progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is still no cure*.

However, when the symptoms are detected in their early stage, from there on controlling them by using various medications is a good option. By controlling the symptoms the patients can live a more normal life while still dealing with the symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no one cause for this condition.

Conclusion

By being such an important body organ, the brain is always at risk of being affected by one or more than one of the most common neurological diseases. What is most unfortunate when speaking of neurological diseases is the fact that most of them, if not all, are untreatable. Sure, you can control them by using some of the best medications for these purposes, however, you cannot stop the progress itself.

But it is always helpful when these symptoms are detected in their early stage. This is exactly why we have dedicated an article to the neurodegenerative disease symptoms. By being common and difficult conditions to control and treat*, everyone, especially those of you with a family history involving neurodegenerative disease, should keep in mind at least the most common symptoms. By knowing the symptoms you improve* your chances of early detection and better treatment for yourself.

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Expert Author : Ashley Stein (Consumer Health Digest)

Ashley Stein holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the Birmingham-Southern College in United States. She is a health content writer and editor. She used to work as a content editor for leading online websites including blogs and journals. Her areas of specialization include writing educational and health articles. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest for the past 4 years.