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I am in denial of having Parkinson disease because I have no tremors. Is this a true sign or symptom of Parkinson’s?

I am in denial of having Parkinson disease because I have no tremors. Is this a true sign or symptom of Parkinson’s, even though I have severe rigidity of my right arm?



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  1. KellyW moderator says:

    Hi Kaye. I did not have a traditional, Parkinson’s resting tremor for quite a few years after diagnosis. I had a action related tremor meaning it was more prominent when I reached for something or moved my hands/arms. Chris is correct, you do not need to have a tremor to have Parkinson’s. I also had severe rigidity in my right arm and shoulder. Physical therapy, along with medications, can be a big help with easing some of the stiffness.

    Do you see a Movement Disorder Specialist?

    Regards,
    Kelly, ParkinsonsDisease.net Team Member

  2. Chris H. moderator says:

    Hi, Kaye – thanks for bringing up this important question. While tremor is a primary symptom, you do not need to experience tremors to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s. There are many folks (including a family member of mine) that have been diagnosed with PD and do not have tremors. PD is such a complex disease and people’s symptoms are extremely variable. I thought this infographic would be informative: https://parkinsonsdisease.net/infographic/going-beyond-the-tremor-symptoms/. Additionally, I though this article would be helpful: ttps://parkinsonsdisease.net/living/newly-diagnosed-whats-next/. Thanks for taking the time to comment! We’re glad to have you here in the community. – Chris, ParkinsonsDisease.net Team Member

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