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Old 07-05-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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Could this be early signs of PD?

Hello, I'm 50 years old, I've had balance issues since I was in my early 40s, some decreased mental capacity. I've had a twitching left index finger for a few years now, recenty notice 4 out of the 5 fingers on my left hand have tremors now and the index finger on my right hand seems to have started to tremor too. I don't notice it unless I'm still, it's worse after I work with my hands, am stressed / upset. Also, have RLS ( this is real folks) and Periodic limb movements when I sleep (found during sleep study). I'm taking Mirapex to stop the PLM at night to try to sleep better, but nothing seems to help the bad insomina. Could this be early PD? Thanks in advance.

 
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:52 AM   #2
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Hello, I'm 50 years old, I've had balance issues since I was in my early 40s, some decreased mental capacity. I've had a twitching left index finger for a few years now, recenty notice 4 out of the 5 fingers on my left hand have tremors now and the index finger on my right hand seems to have started to tremor too. I don't notice it unless I'm still, it's worse after I work with my hands, am stressed / upset. Also, have RLS ( this is real folks) and Periodic limb movements when I sleep (found during sleep study). I'm taking Mirapex to stop the PLM at night to try to sleep better, but nothing seems to help the bad insomina. Could this be early PD? Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:00 AM   #3
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Re: Could this be early signs of PD?

No one can relate or provide some guidance?

 
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:04 PM   #4
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Re: Could this be early signs of PD?

Hi Skipper, as you well know mirapex is also given to patients with early stages of pd. See a movement specialist in your area for advice. You can take the mirapex in the morning to see if it helps with your slight tremor, if not, than you could have essential tremor. Essential tremor doesn't repond to dopamine agonist.
Does the mirapex help with your RLS? Also look at requip, which helps RLS and resting tremors. I am sorry I couldn't tell you if you have pd, only a neurologist who specialize in movement disorders can diagnose your condition. I can only speculate, which will be wrong. Good luck and keep us posted.

 
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:14 AM   #5
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Re: Could this be early signs of PD?

The Mirapex helps the RLS, but I had the RLS with medication before the tremors started in my left hand so I don't know if the tremors in my hand would be worse if I never started Mirapex for the RLS (hope that makes sense). It does make sense to try the Mirapex in the morning to see how the hand tremor reacts. Is it true (I read) that with ET you generally will have the temor on both sides? Mine started on the left months and months ago now my right hand is starting. Thanks.

 
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:57 AM   #6
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Re: Could this be early signs of PD?

Did see a movement specialist and he said he was 80% certain I have PD. Maybe this explains years of symptoms with an "unknown" diagnosis.

 
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