Very Concerned Granddaughter
I am looking maybe for some clarity from anyone..... I am 22, and am living with my grandparents and have lived there now for 2 years. I have spent a lot of time with my grandparents, they are like my parents, but over the past two years I have grown very concerned about my grandfather. I have asked him to talk to his doctor about the possibility of Parkinson, but they just write it off.
He is 72 years old and has A-Flutter. He was hospitalized last year and got a pacemaker. In the past year he has been in and out of the ER for dehydration and heart arrhythmia.
I have noticed things about him at home though. When he is sleeping on the couch his right foot bounces up and down like he is twitching. As soon as you wake him up or he moves then it stops and will start again once he starts sleeping again. He also shuffles when he walks and has a "slouched" posture... He recently tripped over himself and broke his ankle in two places. On top of this he also used to have a very beautiful signature and how he is shaky and his handwriting is not as "crisp" anymore.
I have done research as much as I can, and from what I have found it sounds like he does have PD, but no one else is convinced. The annoying thing is the doctors say they don't see it, but I am with him every day and I do see it... I don't know if I should just stand back and wait, becuase I now it will gradually get worse if it is PD, or if early prevention is a better path.