YOPD Symptoms and Management
People with PD can have myriad symptoms – both motor and non-motor. What’s right as treatment for one is not necessarily right for another – and can even be detrimental. In the first instance make sure that you know the support available to you – and request whatever else you need.
YOPD is characterized by the typical four symptoms of Parkinson’s:
2) slowness of movement (bradykinesia),
3) resting tremor, and
4) postural instability
however, the progression of these symptoms is slower. The most common initial symptoms for YOPD are rigidity and painful cramps.
If you do a quick search for images of Parkinson’s online, most of the ones you’ll see are of older men in stooped positions. But even though many believe that Parkinson’s only occurs in older people (the lack of age diversity in pictures is one reason for that), 4-10% of people who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s are under the age of 50. It’s called young-onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD). While some studies define the age range as under 40 or 45, most research cites those under 50 as being YOPD.
Young-onset Parkinson’s disease: Its unique features and their impact on quality of life
Physical activity and cognition in young‐onset Parkinson’s disease
An Update on the Management of Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease
Investigation of the Treatment and Living Assistance Needed by Patients with Young-Onset Parkinson’s