Thank you for your reply Wood Machinist. I am new to this online forum business and I wasn't sure what to say and what to expect, but you and everyone else have been really supportive. Thank you! I must admit I never thought the first online forum I joined would be Parkinson's!
When I started my meds I noticed small improvements - for e.g. before I couldn't wave, but then one day after taking the rasagiline for a little while I got very excited when I could wave again! It was tricky getting the right dose of ropinirole and did take a little while. Also stress makes all my symptoms worse so when I went through an extremely stressful period at work, I did increase my dose (via my nurse). I've been on the same dose for a while, but very recently saw my nurse and my hand has got gradually worse, so am currently also trying madopar (lepodova) (on a small dosage as a rescue remedy when I need it). It definitely is making a difference, but it isn't significant - it's small things. I am seeing nurse again soon so may increase dosage. My advice would be to keep persevering with the meds - talk to your nurse/consultant - it does take time to get the right dosage.
Oh, and physio also helped me - so it may be worth asking to be referred to a physio if you can. I was compensating with my left hand, and once I was aware and made an effort, it got easier to make myself use my right hand - even though my brain wants to use the left hand because it's easier. The exercises help - though I must admit I go through phases of doing them.
Getting the diagnosis is hard and it took me a long time to accept it. I hope you have supportive family and friends to help you. Also I found talking to other people/friends with long term conditions helpful, even though it's not the same, there are lots of similarities. I guess I wasn't ready to join this forum until now, but now I have, I am glad I did.
I hope the meds start working for you very soon.
You too, keep positive.
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