Hi everyone, I thought I'd introduce myself. My dad has just been diagnosed with Parkinson's, it's a disease I really know nothing about, but I've found this place, and intent to get to know very soon.
My dad is 68, he has severe Asmath with COPD, and we've always put his tremor down to his breathing. It's been getting worse over the past 6 months, with him also being very weak, and unable to walk or stand for very long at all.
The doctors have tested him to many different things, and eventually came to the conclusion it might be Parkinsons. he has seen a specialist in the past 3 weeks, who confirmed it, and today he received his MRI results in the post. I had to just scribble it as he told me over the phone, but it confirmed he has moderatley advanced cerebral vascular damage.
He has had 2 weeks on a low dose of levodopa, and upped this to full dose on Wednesday, so far no changes. I'm assuming the specialist will adjust the dose when he goes back next week.
My mum and dad live in Northumberland, and I'm down in Norwich, so it's lots of phone calls and me feeling guilty for living so far away from them. We are putting a positive spin on things with him, as hopefully the symptoms can be controlled, and it's much better to know what he has than to be fobbed off all the time by doctors, who can't find anything. At least we know, and I can try to plan and work out what we might need in the future.
So that's me, at the very start of this journey, and just looking for some support along the way.
PS, I have no idea why levodpa is below this message loads of times!