I have posted on the forum a couple of times but realise that I have not actually introduced my self properly. Being naturally shy, I have found this difficult. However, I decided to make the effort at the weekend and typed out a long story only to have it disappear when I finished and the website seemed to go down. So hear goes again. I am 63 (64 next month), female and was diagnosed in 2012, although I had tremor, cramps and sleep problems for a few years prior to that. One of my uncles on my father's side had PD and one of my cousins, also on my father's side, was diagnosed around the same time as me. I don't know if that means there is a genetic connection or if that is only a coincidence.
I have been married for almost 43 years, have three married children and 9 gorgeous grandchildren. My mother lives near me and is very well at the age of 87. I think she has found my diagnosis harder to come to terms with than anyone else in the family which I suppose in only natural.
I joined a local art group two years ago and seem to have an aptitude for painting. I enjoyed art at school and I am enjoying it very much again now. My handwriting has become small and untidy but I can draw and paint!
I have been on 1.57mg Mirapexin for over a year and I find that my symptoms are worsening again now. When I saw my Parkinson's nurse in January she suggested changing me onto Madopar. She thought that the side effect of compulsive eating would not be so bad with it. However, I understand that it is not recommended for people who have asthma so I may not get it after all. Do any other forum members who have asthma take Madopar? I would be very interested to hear. My asthma is not bad and well controlled.
I have been reading some of your posts for some time now and find the information in them very helpful to me. Thank you, Lexi