Hoping you can shed a bit of light on something. I have not been to the doctors yet I am planning to go if issues persist,
I am 32 Male, Roughly two weeks ago I woke up and got out of bed to find my walking was atrocious. I had a feeling of that ‘almost-cramp’ (do anything and it will be cramp) in my calves and couldn’t bend up straight. I was stooping and it took a good few hours of walking about to regain posture.
Since then I have had quite severe backache in my lower lumbar and have found myself walking different, it was more or less identical to the shuffle gait and bradykinesia with stiffness of muscles & rigidity. Walking very slowly and not able to run. In my mind I want to run but physically couldn’t… Arms not swinging when walking. This week, I seem to be walking okay again now (80% improved).
On the first day I started walking like this I had no tremor at all. A couple of days later I found my right hand had a tremor but my walking had improved a little.
I have had trouble thinking some days. If too much is happening at once it was like information overload.
The tremor then went yesterday completely and today has returned in both hands albeit worse in right hand. It seems to keep coming and going. Just when I think I am back to normal I start unintentionally walking stooped or this tremor comes back.
I have been suffering severe depression for about 4 months. This however seems to now be lifting, fortunately.
My question is, is there any similarities to others of you with YOPD, does this sound at all like the first symptoms you had?
I do a fair bit of heavy lifting day to day with my job, but to be fair I used to do weight lifting not so long ago and never get bad backache. it just seems more than a coincidence that I have not only back pain that may or may not be causing me to walk stooped but also these tremors keep coming and going. One evening the lumbar pain subsided and seemed to move up my back almost to just below my shoulders, very strange.
Not expecting a diagnosis on here of course, just someone to talk to about the symptoms and similarities and what next, just wait a bit longer and see how it pans out?
Are there any other tell-tale signs I should be looking out for? I have heard that initially, PD symptoms can come and go, I wonder how long can they go for before returning that would be a big help to know. Are we talking hours, days or weeks?