Hi. After over 12 months of uncertainty I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease on the 6th Jan 2020, I’m 49. I was put straight on Madopar. My family were the first to notice changes in December 18 in that I was having difficulties with co-ordination & stated I seemed to have ‘slowed down’. I then started to notice that I was struggling to keep up with people when walking and my sister was annoyed with me telling me to pick my feet up when I walked. I had bladder issues, loss of smell, tiredness and low mood for a while beforehand which I put down to the menopause.
I visited my GP at my families request in Jan 19 and at this time I had noticed changes in my right hand and wrist, I was struggling with typing, doing up buttons and whisking food. My GP carried out an examination and referred me to a neurologist.
My symptoms have progressed significantly in the right hand side over the past year and stiffness/rigidity is my biggest problem resulting in a fall last October. Now my symptoms are starting in the left hand side so I’m hoping the medication helps alleviate this. I have no tremor.
At this time my biggest worry is financial as I work as a business manager which is predominantly field based and involves a lot of driving so I’m fearful of losing my job.
Has anyone else been in a similar situation with work & if so how did it work out for you?