I was diagnosed in 2009 at the age of 43. I had noticed my symptoms quite early on, the constant stiffness in my right hand, which was affecting writing cards etc, aches in my right arm, "pill rolling" of my fingers and a mild tremor which got a bit worse when stressed. I was getting tired, but the tremor and twitching of my fingers got my attention the most and I started searching on the computer. Everything pointed to Parkinson's or MND. I was quite worried and at a doctors appointment for something totally different my tremor was very evident, and at that moment I decided that I was going to face what might be happening to me and mentioned my worries. I was referred, MRI scanned and diagnosed. I was quite careful as my children where young, not to let it show and to speak of it in secret to the rest of my family. I have always been quite a private person and have always had a positive attitude towards my PD and preferred at the beginning to carry on as if nothing was different. Now 6 years on and symptoms progressing to a degree that it affected my everyday function, I have begun taking Sinemet, Rasagiline and Ropinirole which have helped a great deal. I have told quite few people, close friends quite early on but now telling people just to try and explain why I might appear a bit odd! Now, (and about time) I am on the verge of telling my children who are now asking questions. I feel they will understand and it will be much better out in the open. I decided to join the forum to chat with and really just to connect with anyone else with similar circumstances as I am beginning to feel a little isolated with my PD. My husband always says "you can't tell" but I know how I struggle to relax sometimes, especially in a crowd of "normal" people.
I would be pleased to hear from anyone similar aged in the Derbyshire area but also just to chat in the forum to anyone else living with PD.