My husband was diagnosed just over a year ago. He has ‘mild’ symptoms. His symptoms are all in his left side. He has a decent hand tremor, absent arm swing with very stiff shoulder affecting his movements which can also cause pain, affected walking gait and slight facial masking on one side.
He golfs (which he’s struggling with) and table tennis.
He had anxiety attacks pre diagnosis thanks to covid causing a long wait of 6 months to see a consultant. These stopped once we had the appointment with the neurologist and support from Parkinson’s Scotland.
We’re currently on holiday in Spain. We’ve had a walk each day around 5k each time but one day we had a day in the city which we ended up walking 7miles but during this I noticed that his walking really changed and he started walking very heavy legged on one side and almost limping. He was aware but couldn’t describe what was happening or do anything to change it. He didn’t feel tired. He hasn’t really felt great since but doesn’t know why or in what way - he says he just ‘doesn’t feel right’
Also he’s had some anxiety attacks. Mainly when he’s had to wear a mask which is compulsory on the bus where he starts coughing and feels he’s choking which increases the anxiety. The episode yesterday was pretty bad and he looked so scared, it was awful for him. We did have a wee laugh about it last night to relax him. Has this happened to anyone and if so, any tips?
During it, I talked him through breathing exercises and used the 333 rule for panic/anxiety attacks which helped a little and I downloaded podcasts for anxiety to his phone which he’s lying listening to on his lounger right now.
I appreciate any input.