I'm 54 (female) and was diagnosed yesterday by a Neurologist in Devon, after several months of waiting for an appointment for left arm tremor and shoulder stiffness/pain. I did lots of physical and coordination tests, which were upsetting (as I got terribly confused) and I clearly failed them all. Interestingly, I was offered a scan but he didn't seem to think I really needed one in order to make a firm diagnoses of PD. My symptoms and tremor are a lot more obvious than perhaps I realised, especially to an expert eye. But can anyone tell me if a scan vital for a diagnosis of PD - or not?
Of course my hubby and I are both really sad and shocked as I am sure everyone is when they are first diagnosed. It feels rather like a time bomb has just gone off in my head/life and it's so frustrating not to know why, or how, or if any of my four adult children are at risk of inheriting PD from me.
So I have been given Madopar 50mg/12.5 (Levodopa+Benserzide) dispersible tablets, to slow down progress of the PD. My Neurologist said that there is nothing he can do for the tremor/stiffness; however, I have noticed while reading various Forum posts that other people (also newly diagnosed) have been given different medications to mine - can anyone tell me what the differences are in the medications for PD are?
Anyway, I have to start taking 1 tablet, 3 times a day for one week and then double them to 2 tablets, 3 times a day for the future...
Thanks for a great PD Website, the Videos and the Forum chat, it's all really helpful information for this steep learning curve I'm now on.
Best wishes to everyone - Twist