Hi there, I wonder if anyone out there can help me. Basically I am 99% certain that my Mum has got Parkinson's. I have researched symptoms on the internet and from what I can see she has every symptom. My Mum was a Nurse a super fit, super young pensioner until recently. She lost her sense of smell about 10 years ago and of course at the time we thought it was just some medication she was taking. About 5 years ago my Dad asked if I'd noticed that she was talking quieter/softer, I had, but I still didn't think about PD. Over the past 2 years in particular I have noticed various changes in my Mum that as far as I am concerned are absolutely to do with PD.
1. She shuffles whilst walking and 'drags' her left foot slightly on the ground.
2. She really struggles using her left hand and cradles it when she isn't using it (I have to cut her food as she struggles with cutlery, I cut her hair as she could no longer put it up, she struggles with zips,buttons etc) She says it trembles inside but not visibly.
3.She stumbles and loses her balance easily.
4. She talks quietly and constantly clears her throat. She slurs her words and can't keep up with conversation ( We have a recording of her on her phone and she is unintelligible)
5. Her handwriting has become really small and she says she cant make it get any bigger.
6. She has a 'stare' and just looks 'different' sometimes.
7. Her arms don't swing when she walks they stay by her side.
8. She appears depressed and uninterested in her hobbies, knitting, sewing, crochet.
9. She stoops.
10. She suffers with constipation she says it can take 30 minutes!!!
She has been to the doctors who sent her for a scan a year ago which came back clear ( I wasn't aware PD showed on a scan) The neurologist sent a letter to her doctor saying that she may be displaying signs of early PD but he couldn't be sure. I took her to a different female doctor this week and told the doctor my concerns. She asked her some questions, told her to stand up and walk across a tiny room and then performed some routine tests, stroking her arms, knocking her knees etc. She then told me that she thought my mum had had a slight stroke and was depressed. I could have screamed. She said that because my mum didn't pill roll, stumble when standing or drag her foot (My mum was working hard not to!) it wasn't PD. Is this normal? Is it really hard for Doctors to make a diagnosis. I even told the Doc that my mums maternal Grandmother had PD (I'm not sure that makes a difference) She has to go see another neurologist in 4 weeks about the stroke that she thinks she's had.Has anyone had a simiar experience? I don't know where to go or what to do now.
Many thanks for reading my ramblings :)