Hello all. Following problems with my right arm over a number of years involving many visits to my GP, Physiotherapists and a Musculoskeletal Consultant I finally got referred to a Neurologist (I’d been contending for some time that there was a nerve problem of some type). He tested my reflexes etc. & got me to draw a spiral (mine was better than his) & write a line of text (ok my writing was small but he should have given me a bigger piece of paper). At the end of his examinations he announced that I had Parkinsons (he seemed rather pleased about this fact, strange) & prescribed me 2mg of Ropinrole daily to be increased to 4mg (he didn’t say when, my choice?) & said I’ll see you in 6 months have a look at this website for information about Parkinsons (helpful?).
I hadn’t quite accepted his diagnosis and have since discovered that there is a scan available (DATscan?) that would confirm the diagnosis, also I’ve been taking the Ropinrole now for 2 weeks without any affect except a little tiredness. I went to see my GP yesterday to ask about a second opinion & the possibility of having this scan. He carried out his own examination of my joints and confirmed he could feel the ‘cogwheel’ rigidity in my right arm with a slight stiffness in my left arm, my legs were fine (kind of got the impression he didn’t quite agree with the Neurologists more severe assessment). His advice was to give the medication more time to work, up the dose to 4mg in 2 weeks then go back and see him after.
I’d welcome anyone’s input/advice about my current situation, I think I’m at about 70% sure that I’ve got the disease but my partner still hasn’t accepted it (obviously she’d really rather I didn’t have it!). Do I push harder for a second opinion/DATscan? I’m a little up in the air at the moment as you can probably tell.
I’ll stop waffling now, thanks for listening.