I thought I would introduce myself even though I may eventually be thrown off this forum as a fake.
I am 68 and for about two years I have had a shake in my right arm that has gradually been getting worse. It sometimes also extends to my right leg. I never get the shake on my left side. I also have some other symptoms that could well be attributable to other causes such a slow urination, a poor sense of smell and absent-mindedness.
My shake gets much worse when I am tense - for example in social situations. I don’t always notice I am shaking until I spill my drink over someone’s clean floor which is embarrassing. The shake goes into overdrive if I watch something tense on TV. I notice that my right arm does not swing like my left arm when I am walking.
However it disappears if I am directing my hand to do something such as pour water from a kettle and when I am completely relaxed as when I am falling asleep.
What I don’t get are the other main symptoms of PD. I don’t think I have difficulty moving or slow movement. Nor do I feel depressed. So for this reason I may not have Parkinson’s.
But anyway I did have a telephone consultation with my doctor back in July and on the basis of the poor sense of smell and shake he has referred me to a neurologist and finally, lockdown permitting, the appointment has come through and I will be seeing him/her in a few days at the Royal Berks.
So my question is - what should I expect from an initial appointment and what questions should I come prepared to ask.