This is my first post and I'll start with a brief intro.
61 years of age, I was formally diagnosed in April, although have had suspected PD. symptoms for about 2 years. Took about 8 months to get a PD.confirmation with a private consultation and a DAT-Scan: my NHS consultant initially diagnosed anxiety then in a follow up appointment changed her mind to "possible PD". After 2 months wait for a diagnostic scan and no appointment, I decided to book a private consultation which was the best £180 I have spent this year! I have been a keen cyclist and walker for many years and continue to do both of these activities although at a much reduced pace and distance. I'm trying to develop a positive mindset in relation to my condition but am finding it difficult to adjust if I'm honest. My pre-occupation with my general health and my PD. over the last year or so has made me very difficult to live with and subsequently my marriage of 27 years has broken down: not an unusual situation I understand. All a bit negative I know but I have found some inspiration from many of the posts and videos I have read and seen on the Parkinson's UK website. I hope that I can continue this positive trend with exchanges on the forum.
I started on meds. in June with low dosage Madopar 50/12.5 x three per day plus a 5 mg Selegeline. Some inconsistent relief of stiffness and tremor and more normal movements but I find that anxiety is a big issue for me with waves of symptoms possessing me when I get mildly stressed, even in what should be non-threatening environments. The stiffness in my neck, shoulders, mid-back becomes vice-like rigidity with additional servings of tightening throat and chest making breathing laboured. My Parkinson's nurse has suggested I go back on Citalopram which I have resisted as it did no good when I was treated solely for anxiety. I am about to increase my dose to 100/25 Madopar twice a day plus a single 50/12.5 to see if this helps. Has anyone similar experience of these type of symptoms and what works for them?