Hi there at 62 I appear to have joined the club .
My diagnosis is Parkinsonian symptoms so far, and on a list for a DAT scan within 12 weeks. My grandfather had PD so I was faintly aware of some of the Symptoms and googled parkinson’s uk 3 months back . Finally went to see my GP then Neurologist 3 ever so long weeks later ( i now appreciate this was much quicker than many others have had to wait.
Ok so where am I now : Off form for 6 months then noticed left arm not swinging , Spooky stare in face , developed a bit of a shuffel , sense of smell reduced . Left hand side generally slowing down especially my gait.
I am a keen runner and my gait is gradually degenerating . No way do I intend to stop running /racing which appears to also be good advise
So far hardly any tremors but I do feel like I am about to start shaking . .
Now the questions: My Consultant said I could start on meds if and when I wanted. Are there any benefits / drawbacks in delaying ?
Not had a letter back from him yet summing up his diagnosis.
My left side degeneration seems to be speeding up rather alarmingly . Is this normal in the pre meds stage? (I could be me just being hyper sensitive.)
Telling other people . Plucking up the courage to do so and also how this may effect my work . I am a self employed boar repairer (who was) looking at retiring in 3 years . I can’t really afford to stop yet and can’t afford to loose clients. Apart from fatigue I can still work ok. If I do start on taking meds I understand that it may take time to discover what works . Roughly how long could this take and how rocky is that inevitable first path .
Thats all for now but it won’t be the last post .
ps mood ok for now but I am probably in denial.