I have yet to discover what the difference is between various drugs. Perhaps we should be mor erobust in our questioning of the consultants. When I asked the PD nurse she just said some consultants prefer different drugs.
Ahem!! Excuse me? And just whose body is this? Well, if you asked that of God, you'd get short shrift, so its not surprising consultants think they don't need to justify themselves. And yes, my cynicism is based on experience!!
The main thing is to know your body. Note anything different, and WRITE IT DOWN!!Ask people you live with or see often if they notice any change. Sorry this flies in the face of keeping your Parkinson's to yourself, but its in your long term interest. Besides; why do you want to keep it to yourself? Its horrible! Get others to share the burden (without being a bore, of course!) People dont know what Parkinsons is; and besides its different for everyone. Its up to us to educate people who have little experience. Some of my most rewarding conversations have begun 'Sorry, but I don't know much about Parkinsons; Can you tell me about it?'
All the best, Chrissie