Parkinson’s disease is a condition that causes the brain to become progressively more damaged over time, according to the NHS. It’s caused by a loss of nerve cells in a specific part of the brain. These nerve cells are used to help send messages between the brain and the nervous system. Parkinson’s disease symptoms tend to develop slowly, and only appear as mild at first. You could be at risk of Parkinson’s disease if you find yourself feeling dizzy after moving from a seated position to standing up.
A lesser known symptom of Parkinson’s disease is having a sudden drop in blood pressure when changing positions, said charity The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research.
The condition is known as orthostatic hypotension, and is a non-motor symptom of Parkinson’s disease, it said.
One of the most common warning signs of orthostatic hypotension is feeling lightheaded when standing up for the first time in a while.
“Before you or a loved one was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may have only been familiar with the tremor symptom,” said the charity.
“Unfortunately, the disease brings with it a range of symptoms, some visible and many not. Lack of awareness around certain symptoms can delay diagnosis.
“For people with Parkinson’s, it can sometimes be difficult to tell when symptoms are a part of Parkinson’s disease or from something else.
“Orthostatic hypotension is a drop in blood pressure when changing positions, such as moving from sitting to standing that’s also a non-motor symptom of Parkinson’s disease.
“Orthostatic hypotension may cause lightheadedness and dizziness.”
The condition may also lead to fainting, confusion, nausea, and developing blurred vision, added the Mayo Clinic.
But, it’s normal to occasionally feel dizzy after standing up too quickly, or after a long period of sitting.
Speak to a doctor if you experience frequent symptoms of orthostatic hypotension. If you lose consciousness, even for a few seconds, see a medical professional straight away.
Other common Parkinson’s disease symptoms include tremors, slow movement, and muscle stiffness.
Speak to a GP if you’re worried about the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, said the NHS.
They may ask you about your Parkinson’s disease symptoms, and could refer you to a specialist for further tests.
There are about 127,000 people in the UK with Parkinson’s disease – the equivalent to about one in 500 people.
Most patients begin to develop symptoms after they turn 50 years old. Men are slightly more likely to develop the brain condition than women.