I was diagnosed in March this year aged 51, like you totally stunned. I was put on levadopa straightaway but I was already totally exhausted from trying to work full time etc with all these weird symptoms, I lost a stone in 3 weeks through shock and the levadopa made me feel really sick and weird so I stopped taking the drugs and concentrated on rest, good diet, exercise, sleep, therapy. Did this for a few months till I felt 'healthier', but struggling with the tremor and foot cramps, I started a very low dose of ropinerole and later Azilect. Not very tolerant of Ropinerole, gives me nausea and fuzzy head. I switched to Requip XL in Sept and am very slowly increasing, now at 8mg. Symptoms not yet fully under control - when does that happen?? I'm trying not to take other meds as the PD ones are already quite strong. For sleep, relying on herbal teas, no coffee, keeping warm in bed, self-hypnosis, and audio books when everything else fails - I usually nod off somewhere into the story. Have been off work since the diagnosis, due to go back part-time after Xmas, very anxious about getting exhausted again.