Hi All. My Husband has been recently diagnosed with early stages of PD, he’s 61. He only has a resting tremor in his left arm at the moment and no other real symptoms. MRI’s have ruled out anything physical that might be causing the tremor so consultant has said the likely cause is PD, gave us the option to have a DATScan and said he’ll see us again in four months to see if my Husband has any more symptoms by then! Doesn’t want to start him on meds yet either. We’ve decided we’re going to request the DATScan as this “is it or isn’t it” is not doing either of us any good.
I have to confess we’re feeling like we’ve been left in limbo slightly. I’ve done a significant amount of research online (which is basically my way of dealing with it) but most of what I’ve read has scared the cr*p out of me, so am freaking out slightly. I guess what I’m struggling with is not knowing how quickly the disease will progress and how much it will affect my Husband. I want to help and support him but don’t want to smother him. I haven’t shared much of my research with him because I don’t want to freak him out too.
I know that exercise is essential right now so we are going to sign up with the local gym and exercise together. He has always been very active and played a lot of sport so hopefully it is something that will benefit us both. Are here any supplements or vitamins that he can take that might help while he’s not on any meds?
I guess my purpose for joining the forum is to get as much advice from people that are experiencing this for real, to find out what helps and what doesn’t and basically just to have people to talk to as I don’t want to dump all my worries and concerns on my Husband. Just writing this has helped me a little bit.
Anyway, sorry its a bit of and essay and thanks for listening/reading.