I have now been lurking here for almost a year reading everybody else's story. I thought it about time I jumped in.
Off sick at the moment as I had to spend some time in hospital with gall bladder infection. Hospital were great with allowing me to manage medication and recording what I took. Had one really bad night when I got totally confused and couldn't operate my mobile phone. It seemed to have a mind of its own and I was desperate to stop it calling someone.
Had PD symptoms for some years, left arm hanging by side occasional loss of balance when walking. I had seen doctor but worries were dismissed. About 2 years ago I fell over in working. Simply overbalanced when picking something from floor. I was very upset and as a result saw doctor and first specialist. Diagnosed as parkinsonian or benign tremor. Prescribed amantadine. About a year later I saw younger specialist. As soon as I walked into his office, no more than 3 steps, he had spotted that I had PD. He did of course carry out tests, scans etc. to confim. Started on Ropinorole .25mg scaling up to 14mg a day over about 2 months. The current drugs I take seem to keep things mostly under control.