Thought I'd introduce myself.
I've been recently ( last October ) been diagnosed with early onset Parkinsons. Symptoms are mainly general stiffness - which has been responding very well to medication, and tremor which seems limited to my left hand ( of course I'm left handed LOL ).
My main concerns are:
- It getting progressively worse, I saw an old fella the other day who had bad tremor / spasm...which was sobering.
- Employment prospects - I'm freelance and tend to work on jobs that last around 6 months max. Generally for each job I need to attend an interview ( most commonly they'll be new employers each time ). Very concerned that I'll just be bypassed for the job ( and of course not know the reason why ), if my hand starts shaking.
I recently attended an industry lunch do with my peers, and really felt the pressure not to noticably shake, which makes it worse!!!
I find the tremor gets worse when under stress - which could be a job interview! Or trying to stop it shaking which makes it worse....
- I'm definitely interested in BDS (?) to reduce the visible tremour - any feedback would be good.
- I'd be interested what my options are regarding registering as disabled ( is that right? ) to qualify for benifits for when the time comes I can no longer work......
Etc. etc. etc.........questions about a whole host of unknowns!!!
Thanks for lending an ear ( or should that be 'eye' ?). More to come