Does this Sound Like Parkinson's Disease?
I am new here. My husband and I are in the middle of the "diagnosis" saga. Here are his symptoms: He has a hand tremor of his pointer and third finger that upon evaluation is both a resting tremor and a postural tremor. It has significant magnitude in the mid day and he actually needs to hold the hand during business meetings to stop the tremor. He is keeping a log of the tremor and notes that it is greater after coffee and lessens if he drinks alcohol. It also increase when he is upset or excited and lessens after exercise.
I have also noticed that he is starting to walk like his 92 year old mother, with a slight lean forward and more rigid. This is odd, since he is an avid runner and biker.
Other possible P.D. symptoms are his tendency to fall and herky jerky movements at times. Otherwise, he is a very young, fit appearing 62 year old.
His risk for P.D. is greatly increased, 11 times according to the Mayo study, due to a head injury ten years ago. He was hit by a drunk driver and suffered a brain bleed in the back of the head, was unconscious for about 40 minutes and had amnesia for 24 hours. He has residual short term memory problems.
At this point, he has been evaluated by an endocrinologist to see if it is a thyroid problem. He has been on thyroid medication since the accident, since it somehow caused an underactive thyroid. The endocrinologist said the tremor was not due to his thryroid.
The earliest appointment we can find at a large medical center's Parkinson's clinic is still 6 weeks out. Very Frustrating!
So.... does this sound like early P.D. to you, or something else? Any input is greatly appreciated!!