What are the symptoms of multiple system atrophy?
MSA is classified by two types: parkinsonian and cerebellar, and the type depends on the symptoms you have at diagnosis.
The signs and symptoms are similar to those of Parkinson’s disease, such as:
- Rigid muscles
- Difficulty bending your arms and legs
- Slow movement (bradykinesia)
- Tremors (rare in MSA compared with classic Parkinson’s disease)
- Problems with posture and balance
The main signs and symptoms are problems with muscle coordination (ataxia), but others may include:
- Impaired movement and coordination, such as unsteady gait and loss of balance
- Slurred, slow or low-volume speech (dysarthria)
- Visual disturbances, such as blurred or double vision and difficulty focusing your eyes
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or chewing
Key word: multiple systems atrophy symptoms