Hello, I am 26 years old and I have a concern.
My situation is a bit unusual and I truly don’t believe I have Parkinson’s.
I want to quickly add, my father currently has Parkinson’s and was diagnosed at age 52.
The other odd factor in this equation, is that when I was a bit younger (22-25) I was big into bodybuilding and used steroids. I even used a steroid that raised prolactin and used a dopamine agonist to combat that.
Anyway, I’ve completely quit steroids. It was a 2 year process and right now I’m about 9 months since last being on trt. I am very healthy, athletic and active. I do sports all the time and work in construction. I do NOT have any motor or movement symptoms whatsoever. The only two symptoms that might be attributed to Parkinson’s are low sex drive and constipation.
I have had low sex drive as a result of steroid use. It has improved drastically during this 9 month recovery. I go through ups and downs. I’ll go weeks with having a normal sex drive, then go weeks with almost no sex drive at all. I attribute it to the steroids. But it is worth noting.
Constipation has been a rather strange phenomenon I’ve been experiencing the past year. It comes and goes. I go through phases. It seems like when I go off my routine, I feel constipated and don’t have smooth bowel movements. Some days it’s perfectly fine but recently i haven’t had much regularity. I even went on a trip for 4 days and the entire trip I was completely constipated. Again, I don’t have a serious constipation issue, but it isn’t always regular relieving bowel movements.
I’m wondering what are the chances I could have Parkinson’s. I never heard of using dopamine agonists or steroids inducing PD, but is that a possibility? Also, my dad having PD, does that put me at risk?
Are my symptoms, mainly constipation, something to be concerned about?