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Weigh In: The Lesser Known Symptoms of Parkinson’s

Weigh In: The Lesser Known Symptoms of Parkinson’s

We at often hear from you, the community, that the lesser known, non-motor symptoms are some of the hardest to manage. And every week, you graciously vote in our polls and provide valuable feedback about your journey with Parkinson’s, so in this article, we want your input! Weigh in on the polls below, and join the conversation at the bottom of the page.


For some people with Parkinson’s, the ability to swallow is affected, which can lead to having too much saliva. This excess of saliva can lead to drooling. Not only is this a hard symptom to manage in a social setting, but it can also lead to other oral problems.


Here are some articles we’ve published on the topic:

Speaking abilities

There are several ways in which PD can affect speech, causing difficulties in communication with others. Whether it’s soft speech, slurred speech, or speech becoming monotone, participating in conversations can become more difficult.


Read more about the personal experiences with speech difficulties:

Sleep problems

Sleep disturbances in PwPs are very common, and can manifest in several different ways including: insomnia, restless leg syndrome, physically acting out dreams, and more. Not being able to get quality sleep can have major impacts to the quality of life for PwPs and their care partners.


Read more about some factors playing into sleep disturbances:


Hallucinations can be frustrating and scary symptom to deal with. They are usually visual, but can be related to other senses like hearing. When hallucinations are experienced, it’s important to discuss these episodes with your doctor to determine steps to help manage this symptom.


For more information on hallucinations:


  • inroos
    2 years ago

    I had an experience a month or two ago (of which the details are a bit hazey) when I woke up in the morning with memories of what might have been a dream or hallucinations. I remember scenes of a large, dark room (in black and white) where I was struggling to walk properly, experiencing some kind of vertigo. The memory was of a relatively short period of time. When I woke in the morning, I was told that I had been found at 3 am sitting fast asleep on a bench out in the rain. I was apparently awoken and brought in to bed.
    After discussing the situation with the family we put it down to a new sleeping medication which might have been interfering with my other medication. I stopped taking the sleeping medication and haven’t had any further problems.
    Only now, after reading this article, I wander if it wasn’t maybe some kind of hallucination. It seems more likely though that it was a form of sleep-walking.
    Ian Roos

  • Chris H. moderator
    2 years ago

    Wow, @inroos, that sounds pretty scary. So glad you were OK after that event! It’s great to hear that you haven’t had any occurrences since then. Did you discuss what happened with your doctor? We really appreciate you taking the time to share about this. Take care! – Chris, Team Member

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