Can anyone advise. My father’s doctor believes he may have Parkinson’s but if so in the early stages. My father is 80 and over the last year we have seen a massive decline in his mobility. He does not have a tremor but his is becoming increasingly unable to walk and use his hands. He keeps falling and yesterday when I got him home he was trying to walk up the ramp that my mom has put in and his right leg froze, he just couldn’t move it full stop. The geriatric doctor at the hospital says it could be Parkinson’s too, but “let’s watch and wait for another 3 months”. All the time my ‘x’ gym going active dad gets worse and worse. So questions I have…
If we pay for him to see a private neurologist with Parkinson’s specialsm do we inadvertently take him away from NHS help. What if the consulant diagoses parkinson’s and prescribes medication? Are we in danger of that being a private prescription? What about DaTscans, if he is referred for one, is that too private?
Has anyone here paid for a private DaT scan? How much do they cost and how long did you wait? We are in the West Midlands? Does anyone know where to get Private DaT in the midlands should we decide to pay?
Also regarding Parkinson’s medication- I realise it is varied and a big topic but his doctor said it takes 12 weeks to take effect? What are your experiences?
I realise in asking all this that there is a possibility that this is not Parkinson’s but two doctors think it probably is. ‘Probably’ doesn’t get us anywhere near medication though.
Sorry if this is a bit of a ramble but this is all new to me and I just want to be able to help my dad one way or another.