Hello again,looking back at my activity it seems that I haven't visited since about October 2013! I hadn't realised it had been so long. The gap coincides with when I started to feel unwell, which culminated in a new additional diagnosis in February 2014. I was dx with PD in Jan 2013 at 45 yrs and started meds but by the end of the year I was getting progressively worsening symptoms, jerking, involuntary movements, stiff muscles and crippling dystonia pain in my chest. I even fell in the night once and could hardly get upstairs. All rather scary but I kept putting it down to PD and my meds kept being crease by telephone consult. I finally visited my GP with a chest infection and shingles who told me off for being too stoical! Anyway she did a thorough work up and after an abnormal ECG and a scary visit to A and E for bloods to see if I'd had a heart attack (I hadn't!) my bloods came back showing "off the scale" severe hypothyroidism. I'd not had any blood tests since well before my PD dx! The symptoms of hypothyroidism mimic PD and hence it had been missed. It's taken me the past year to learn how to manage the two conditions together as when my thyroxin levels are off it seems to affect my PD symptoms. On the whole I'm really well now and exercise regularly. Just get fatigued quite easily but find sleeping patterns haphazard.
Is there anybody else out there with both these conditions? If so, I'd love to hear from you.