Hi 40 year old male here. I have been referred for Datscan. Excuse the long history.
My original symptoms which pushed me to speak to doctor was a Tremor in left arm, dizzy spells, and a general slowness in thinking.
The slowness in thinking is getting worse. Takes me a while to understand what people are saying. I’ve lost loads of words from my vocabulary (spoken only). I’m getting kids names mixed up and on the spot I’m forgetting basic stuff like cupboard, sink, hover etc.
The dizziness and tremor seemed to worsen about 3 months ago. The problems with speech since then and is gradually getting worse.
I’ve had a whole host of other symptoms some may be related others not.
Historically I’ve had stomach issues, with certain food triggering days of discomfort. I’ve since went vegetarian, and know what to avoid. These stomach problems normally present after the start of terrible headaches, which will last weeks.
In my younger days I halved my body weight 20stone 10 to just under11stone (mainly playing a ridiculous amount squash, but some minor dietary changes). After a car accident I massively gained again, up to about 19stone. No squash = weight gain. I’ve been back to under 14st and currently over 16st. My diet is generally ok although I probably drink too much at times.
I have suffered from insomniaon and off since childhood. This seems to be getting worse recently, with some pretty horrific nightmares involving kicking out.
I’ve suffered on and off with depression. Massively eased with exercise (squash!). I’m currently taking sertraline and have took fluxotine. I had a headache every day for a month on the fluxo. I started this medication last September.
I’m feeling low, generally, lack of concentration, and motivation. Struggle to focus. Feelings of pointlesness My chess rating is going down when I can be bothered playing.
Before lockdown I was picking up callf/hamstring injuries regular despite massive amount of stretching warming up. I lack flexibility considering and previous unrelated doctors appointments have made mention to this.
Recent issues have been:
Pee shivers getting substantially worse. Some times screeming out. This also happens with yawns though not as bad.
I sometimes struggle to fully empty bladder. and dribble if passing wind.
handwriting is bad (its always been bad but worse now). But it’s not smaller.
I’ve had fair bit of impulsive behavior.
Some sexual issues
and issues with pain killers. I’ve had a lot of lower back pain, and in the past self prescribed tramadol/solphadol which resulted in some issues trying to stop. Mainly due to feeling like the real me, the day after taking. Im now having issues with less stronger codine based pain relief. Also stopping and starting smoking (cigarettes with alcohol, Vapping, and nicotine pouches) I feel like i can stop for weeks easily but then I have a week back on it. But generally I have an addictive personality regarding many vices
An important issue I have had is I was positive for COVID back in April last year.
When I finally got into the neurologist, she was brilliant. She assured me that I was the 6th patient of the day, and 4 of them before me had previously had covid and were presenting very similar recent symptoms. However she observed two symptoms additional to the symptoms the other 4 had. During the walking she noticed poor movement in my arms and she didn’t mention what the other symptom was. She said her gut feeling was it was long covid related but she has decided on Datscan (which will be in a couple of months). What can I expect from this? Anyone been through similar? Historically or recent with long covid?
Again, apologies for the long post!!