Newly diagnosed but had symptoms for a couple of years

Hi my name is John and I am 75 years of age. I served in the RAF for 35 years. I was diagnosed in July 22 and prescribed two co-careldopa 3 x day.
My early symptoms were a slight tremor of my right arm when extending it, hammer toes on right foot, a tightness/tension on the outside of my right knee when sitting or lying down and a wobbly gait. Eventually I had a complete loss of right hand dexterity. The meds have helped my gait and dexterity with ?no side effects.
I have tinnitus. I have also started repeating things in my head - song names or peoples names that I’ve heard on tv for instance.
As for my diagnosis I think am quite accepted of my situation and intend to make the best of what time I have left. I am still able to drive although I still haven’t heard back from the DVLA after notifying them. As a matter of interest I have a younger half brother in Australia who also has Parkinson’s.
I enjoy swimming and could always manage 1/2 mile but now I can barely manage 2 lengths without starting to sink which is quite depressing. I have taken Parkinson’s membership at the local Everyone Active gym but haven’t taken the first step yet.
That’s enough for the moment :blush:

Hi @JL1, :wave:t4:

A warm welcome to the Parkinson’s UK forum. :slightly_smiling_face:

We have a wonderful community here and I’m sure you’ll hear from some of our members soon. It’s great that you’ve had a good experience with the Parkinson’s medication and it has helped with your gait and dexterity - I hope it remains this way. :crossed_fingers:t4:

As you’re still relatively a newly diagnosed person with Parkinson’s, you may benefit from the information we have on the Parkinson’s UK website here. I hope you continue to use the forum and find it to be helpful.

Best wishes,
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