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Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:29 PM
Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:47 PM
Your symptoms could be many things including essential tremor which need to be ruled out. My advice to you would be to find a neurologist and get a first pass opinion. Then depending on what the neurologist has to say, seek out a neurlogist with a background in movement disorders to get a second opinion. Depending on where you live if may be difficult to find this second type of neurologist. Best place to start is at a major University with a good medical school and ask if the have a movement disorder clinic within the neurology group. This site also also has good references to good docs for your second opinion.
Good luck and whatever the outcome, be positive, strong but true to yourself and realize that even if you don't have PD there are those of us that have and in someway it has already touched your life. With that aid if you can embrace PD as a cause that you feel passionate about we need your help in many ways and please consider; giving, advocating or volunteering (or all three) to further our fight for a better life and a cure. (sorry I couldn't help the advertising at the end, but the PD community can always the help and in particular from younger people)..Cheers..
Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:30 PM
I agree with Nospringsaussie, first things first, slow down and breath.
1.The fact your grandmother had Parkinson's does not mean you have it too, does not even increase this -extremely small-likelihood.
2.The more you "look into Parkinson's", as you said it yourself, the more convinced you will get you have it too. this is a normal reaction of all concerned patients. don't do this mistake. don't try to self-diagnose your condition. find a good doctor you can trust and let HIM do the job.
3.It is highly highly unlikely you have "Parkinson's". Juvenile Parkinsonism is a very very rare disease and tends to run in families. your grandmother's parkinson's is NOT juvenile Parkinsonism, but idiopathic Parkinson's, which is the commonest neurodegenerative disease in the eldlerly population. i can only guess there's not any other affected relative in your family tree with onset of Parkinsonism in a young age <40 years old. that's good news of course.
4.i agree once more with Nospingsaussie, your symptoms could be many other things, or even nothing at all !
Keep us posted on your doctor's appointment.
-English is not my first language !
-Aged 39. Diagnosed at 35. On levodopa monotherapy (500mg daily).
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