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Old 07-20-2013, 02:19 PM   #1
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Early symptoms

I think I may have the beginnings of Parkinson's. I walk all stooped over, my arm doesn't swing and I have major problems with thinking and memory. I also have hands that shake both when doing things and when sitting next to me or on the mouse. Trying to text with my thumb (my personal choice) is very difficult. Did anyone else start this way? I'm waiting for medicare in a few months to see a neurologist.

 
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:52 PM   #2
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Re: Early symptoms

Please be advised that there is no clinical test for Parkinson's disease. Your symptoms seem to be all over to board and could present for any number of diseases affecting the elderly. The only way the decide you have Parkinson's is if after, taking the common drugs used to treat PD, the symptoms improve. If you do not have a regular doctor you might consider just going to the emergency room of your local hospital.

 
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:46 AM   #3
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Re: Early symptoms

Are you saying that the only way to diagnose PD, even with seeing a doctor, is to take medication for Parkinson's to see if it helps? I thought they could do that based on the symptoms.

 
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:27 PM   #4
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Re: Early symptoms

My husband saw a specialist when Parkinson's was suspected and did a variety of activities. He then started on the recommended medication for his level of Parkinson's.

 
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:48 PM   #5
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Re: Early symptoms

That is what I was told. The symptoms of PD can apply to a vast number of neurological problems

 
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:38 PM   #6
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Re: Early symptoms

For a while now I've been having tremors in my right hand. I find myself pausing when doing the simplest tasks, only to forget what I was doing. I've been going to a neurologist who thought I was having seizures due to an episode I had experienced a few months back. I woke up one morning to find that my lips were numb and my hands were twitching severely. My gait was off - I stumbled in my apartment and while walking to the store. Now, my balance is off, I've started slurring words, and found that my hands are becoming stiff. The fatigue is intolerable. I haven't been diagnosed but, my neurologist put me on Mirapex to help with RLS (restless leg syndrome). I've had that for a while now, which comes and goes at will. Today, while in a webinar, I found that I couldn't sit any longer and had to quit the webinar before it ended. My body shakes at times and I'm finding that the stiffness in my back, neck, and extremities can sometimes be debilitating. I'm now getting a second opinion. I've been through three MRIs, a video EEG, and carpal tunnel testing. Needless to say, nothing came up. I'm hoping, and dreading, that the new neurologist will be able to come to a more cohesive and solid diagnosis.

 
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