Try not to worry too much; it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom.
I started with a twitching left thumb over six years ago which spread to my left hand and leg. I knew it was Parkinson’s. After about a year, I began to feel quite ill and tired, which gave me no choice but to see the doctor. I was given three months of tests to eliminate cancer before I saw the neurologist who diagnosed Parkinson’s. I came home and felt very low, thinking it was the end.
I was prescribed a gradually increasing dose of Mirapexin and, after a few weeks, I began to feel much better and the tremor all but disappeared. Since then, I have added a low dose of Madopar and continue to feel well. Everyone is different with this condition but it’s crucially important to keep to the minimum dose that does the trick for you to avoid any side effects.
Semele and Jackson are right: carry on enjoying your life and, most importantly, keep active. There is much you can do to help yourself, like maintaining a healthy diet and exercising (not that I pay enough attention to either of those) but what I am trying to say is that it’s unlikely that your life will suddenly come to a juddering halt. There’s much to enjoy, so get out there and enjoy it!
Good luck with the neuro appointment and please keep us posted.