My name is Hans. Allow me to introduce myself. I'm dutch, male and currently 57 years old, married and father of a son (23). Diagnosed precisely one year ago but living with most of the symptoms for several years. I still work full time in chemical research. I'm not on drugs (yet), as I feel I should try other approaches first. These include several types of exercise, meditation, experimenting with diet, supplements (UDCA a.o) and acupuncture. My first symptoms were increasing stiffness and rigidity not withstanding all the yoga and stretching I did. My left hip was replaced 6 years ago, I believe it triggered dormant PD.Several therapists looked at my symptoms and blamed the hip resurfacing, leg lenght difference, lower back and whatnot. My left shoulder has been weaker and stiffer than my right for years. two years ago the left arm strated to tremble, weakness and stiffness were so apparent that I went for consultations with orthopedists, therapists etc. It took two years and 3 neurologists and two scans to a final PD diagnose. Nowadays the hand rigidity, clumsyness and tremor in my left arm are the most troubling symptoms. Stiff lower back muscles, toe cramping and sometimes awkward robotic gait I can deal with. Sometimes troubled speech. The left hand stifness and shoulder weakness makes playing flute and guitar almost impossible.
Love to speak to you about anything. Found this forum via the US forum, by the way.