I’m currently waiting for a consultant to look at me, and there’s the potential of a Parkinson’s diagnosis. I’m a professional musician. Or I used to be before The Pandemic, and my musical future is now in doubt -
I’m in my 50s and quite fit, but have had an arm tremor since last year, and a couple of months ago my hand stopped working - it just seized up one day and I can’t close or open my fingers more than a slight extent, and there’s this cramping a few times a day. Effectively I only have the use of one hand.
It took 5 weeks to get a 10min phone chat with my GP, but then I was quickly examined in person, and now I have an ‘urgent’ consultant appointment with a Neurologist in 4 months time.
Meanwhile it’s pretty unbearable. My other hand seems to have the beginning of something going on with it.
My GP said it looks like Parkinson’s, but I don’t have general slowness, and I’m seriously thinking about looking into a private referral to a neurologist if that could be any faster than four months. But I’m nervous of the costs expanding into scans/whatever expensive extras.
Is this a familiar story?