To begin a medical evaluation for
Parkinson's disease, your doctor likely will ask you
questions about your general health and physical condition (your medical
history). It is important for you to be honest about what changes you have
noticed in your physical and mental abilities. These are some of the questions
your doctor may ask to get a sense of when and how your symptoms
Are you having difficulty with fine hand
movements, such as buttoning shirts or cutting foods?
Have you noticed any uncontrollable shaking
in your hands, arms, legs, or other parts of your body?
Do you feel
stiff and slow? Is this feeling getting worse?
Do you have trouble
Have you noticed changes in your
Do you have trouble getting up from low or soft
Do you have trouble getting in or out of a
Do you have trouble turning over in bed?
noticed any problems keeping your balance, especially in a crowd of
Do you have trouble stopping or starting to
Has your family noticed any changes in the way you
Have you experienced depression?
Have you had a
change in bowel movements, such as constipation or diarrhea?
you had any big changes in weight over the last 6 months?
warmer than most people around you and is that a change from the past?
Other questions may deal with medical illness in your family and what
medicines you are taking.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.