Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a long-term disorder and the symptoms show up gradually over time. The degenerative disorder is usually characterized by nerve damage in the brain which mainly affects the motor system. Studies show that a sudden change to a person’s handwriting is one of the prominent symptoms of this disease.
One of the main causes of PD is the loss of nerve cells in any specific part of the brain. The nerve cells are important as they carry signals to different parts of the body from the brain. Though the symptoms take a lot of time to appear or become noticeable, a subtle change in handwriting could be the result of PD.
According to the charity of National Parkinson Foundation, smaller handwriting than normal may be a sign of PD. Not only that, messy and cramped handwriting can also mean the same. Experts say that Parkinson’s can impact the handwriting in a way that even the simplest of writing tasks can exhibit changed handwriting like signing something or jotting something down on a piece of paper.
“Attempts to write quickly without thinking about forming each letter contributes to small, cramped handwriting, and may cause the hand to develop a feeling of tightness,” added the charity.
Using a ballpoint pen along with a pen grip is a good idea to cope with the challenges. Other tips include writing smaller parts at a time and taking breaks in between while the brain would get some time to restore itself.
PD is often accompanied with other symptoms like stiff limbs, problems with walking or standing, persistent constipation, speech problems, etc.
Though most patients are hit by Parkinson’s post 50, studies show that men are more prone to this disease. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, it is better to go and visit a GP right away.