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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Description

Bradykinesia refers to slow or difficult movements.    Muscle weakness, stiffness, and tremors are all possible symptoms. Bradykinesia can be caused by a number of things, including a stroke or a brain tumour, but it's most commonly linked to Parkinson's disease.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Slow movements

Possible Causes

  • Hypothyroidism

    A disorder where levels of thyroid hormone in the body are abnormally low. These hormones are needed for growth, development and metabolism.

  • Striatal substantia nigra degeneration

    This is a neurological disorder caused by a disruption in the connection between two areas of the brain-the striatum and the substantia nigra. These two areas work together to maintain balance and movement. It can be caused by other neurological disorders like Parkinson's or cocaine abuse.

  • Parkinson disease (PD)

    A progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. It occurs as a result of nerve cell damage in the brain. The exact cause for PD is unknown. Risk factors include genetics, male gender, old age and exposure to certain toxins and environmental factors.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel that your movements are slow?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Do you have difficulty sleeping (Insomnia)?

  • Do you have less or no appetite, therefore eat less food?

  • Do you feel tired almost every day and unmotivated to do anything?

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