I am 72 and have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's too. I have older brothers and sisters who have not got this disease, so I wonder whether the stress I suffered during my 37 years teaching has made me vulnerable to it. Apparently some jobs or professions, such as teaching, make you more prone to getting this type of neurological diseases.
It all started sometime in the summer of 2012, when my left leg began to tremble at times, especially when standing. The neurologist suspected PD, but could not be definite, so we waited. The answer came last October, when suddenly my left arm started to tremble too. Shortly after that I had a diagnosis of PD.
At the moment I am able to get on reasonably well with my life, as I am able to do most things, though at times rather slowly. I find the tremor very irritating and also ( I don't know why !) embarrassing. I cannot stand too long, as my left left starts shaking.
My neurologist does not believe that either Rasagiline or Selegiline have a neuro-protective effect. However, he agreed to prescribe Rasagiline for me, which I have just started to take. The leaflet that came with it does not mention anything about the " cheese effect", i.e. how the blood pressure can rise to dangerous levels when foods rich in tyramine are eaten whilst the medication is taken. I have read here several times that some people do indeed take Rasagiline ( Azilect), but noone has mentioned that they need to be on a restricted diet. I would love to hear from others about this point. Thank you.
I find the restricted diet a nuisance and wonder whether I should enjoy a better diet, rather than being on Rasagiline and avoid all the foods I like, such as figs, which are my passion, especially as apparently it is not proven that this drug does indeed have a neuro-protective effect. Does anyone have any thoughts on this point? Thank you.
All do take care.