This is my first post.
I am a 58 year old male living in London. Happily married with a supportive family.
Although this is my first post to this forum, it seems that since I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (early stage symptoms) just over two weeks ago I seem to have spent all my time telling friends and family, by phone, email and face-to-face. I have yet to tell work, but that should happen by the end of this week.
Even now, after I have had a bit of time to get my head round the diagnosis, it all seems a bit unreal. Although I do have symptoms, they seem to be very mild.
The diagnosis was a bit of a relief at first because it explained a few things, such as why my walking had suddenly become a bit of a drag (literally), and why brushing my teeth had become uncordinated. I have read that initial relief can be a common reaction. However it’s all now starting to sink in, especially as I have just started on my first drug – Rasagiline.
I have pain in two different areas, and wonder if other people recognize them as symptoms of PD? One is a pain that seems to sometimes encircle my biceps, and sometimes to be in the middle of them. It started as a pain in my left arm, which I only really felt when moving my arm to a specific position, such as moving it back to put on a coat. In addition, I am feeling a similar pain now in my right arm.
Also, I have a dull pain in the middle of my chest. I don’t think it is cardiac. It is intermittent and I have put it down to a stressful job.
Positive attitude. Keep fit. Eat healthily.
Any more advice would be very welcome.