My first post on here to say “Hi” and to introduce myself.
I’m Steve and I’m from SE Kent. My journey with Parkinson’s started with my diagnosis a few months before my wedding back in 2015. For about a year proceeding, I had a tremor in my left hand and in recent months my left leg would drag slightly when walking.
At first all was fine following the diagnosis, I was prescribed Sinemet and Azilect. However in March 2016, I was additionally prescribed a DA (Ropinirole). This is when the fun really started, within a few weeks the meds seriously messed with my head and I totally went off the rails, spending compulsively and secretly chatting on Adult Dating Sites. I felt invincible and gave no thought to the implications or consequences of my actions. Then after just seven months of marriage, my wife found out the full extent of what I had been doing and not surprisingly I was thrown out of my house. Not long after, my wife instigated divorce proceedings
My current situation is that I’m divorced, have a substantial credit card debt and am lodging with a work colleague. I went through a stage of contemplating suicide because the Ropinirole had destroyed my life and left me with nothing. Luckily now, I am off Ropinirole and am taking a larger dose of Sinemet instead. The PD hasn’t stabilised yet and my walking is laboured with a recent tendancy for my left foot to turn inwards and for the toes to curl under. The tiredness and fatigue is overwhelming.
Despite all this, I have changed my mindset to look on what’s happened as the chance to make a fresh start and to embrace life rather than to focus on what I’ve lost. Sometimes I have a wobble but generally I cope with the PD stoically and with plenty of humour.