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#1 eloah



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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:31 AM

Hi all, I have been contemplating writing on here for the past 6 months. About time right?...lol.

Anyways I am 36 years old and was diagnosed by a datscan and clinical diagnostic procedures about 3 months ago. I have alot of the symptoms including resting tremors (left hand ) , rigidity, bradykinasia, dystharia, double vision, mulitasking issues, cognitive issues and of course walking issues. My mds was surprised that i had not been diagnosed early in my life. (Stubborn me just blew it off as fatigue and stress. )

So far meds are 3mg ropinerol 3x daily and Wellbutrin. Meds not as good as they could be... starting not working as good. May need to talk to mds next visit.

I have been put on disability leave from work and am struggling with them to find a suitable position...afraid of long term disability. I am a manager for a railroad that required extremely long shifts, high stress... etc.

I am married and have 2 boys. I am still in denial alot of the time and am simply afraid...understandable under the circumstances.

Anyways just wanted to say Hi... and to thank you for all the great advice in the forums.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:45 AM

Welcome aboard eloha.

It sounds like you’re already getting a pretty good handle on the situation; although, you might want to work on those posting procrastination skills. :cool:

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:28 AM

Welcome, eloah!

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:13 PM

Welcome eloha, you're not alone...all of us have had some form of denial plus periods of being afraid but we come here knowing that we can vent our feelings and obtain great info.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:39 PM

Eloha, welcome. Denial is the first stage in the grief process, which eventually winds its way around to acceptance. You are absolutely on track to begin a healthy coping pattern for dealing with a YOPD diagnosis. You reached out and shared--keep up the good work!

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:59 PM

Hi, I was DX'd at 41 ( 11 months ago) I also have two sons. One 2 1/2 and one 10 months. I can understand a lot of your concerns and denial. I still go through times when I wonder if it's a mistake DX then I get the tremor, cramping and dystonia in my left shoulder. This is a good forum to talk, ask questions and vent if you need to. I have been on the site since November and have found the other members to be caring, nonjudgmental and sympathetic. It is not like other non-related forums where people argue or start drama. This is a good place to learn and listen to others. You will see you are not alone. What I guess I am saying is we all may be from different areas of the world, have different occupations and financial status but we all have one thing in common and we all understand. Good luck with every thing and love those boys up every chance you get.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:22 PM

Welcome, I was dx at 35. I can't believe it has been 17 years. Stay positive, active, active, active and make the best of every day!


Dx in 95' at 35- Resting tremor- right foot, leg tremors. RX- 1/2, 25/100 Carb/ levodopa-x5 day, Rytary 23.75 x4 day, 1mg- Azilect.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:40 PM

Howdy. Glad you decided to jump in. One day at a time.

"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world." - Jesus (John 16:33)

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:57 AM

Don't be afraid of LTD. I was diagnosed in 2010 and took 12 weeks of FMLA to get my body adjusted to the new medication and basically to rest. I went back to work half days first because, as you know, the fatigue is rough. I was an executive officer for a diversified financial institution and needless to say, my job was very stressfully. Giving it up was very hard because I busted my ass and earned that executive position having started at the company in an entry level position.

When my work quality began to suffer, and I was exhausted trying to perform at the same level and pace that earned me that high level job with a six figure salary, I took another 12 weeks of FMLA and applied for the LTD benefit offered by my employer. The benefit provides for the payment on a monthly basis of 60% of my salary til age 65. Ii also applied for SSD which was approved.

I cried and felt sorry for myself because I loved my job, worked hard to earn it, and didn't want to give it up. But I have to say it was the best thing I did. I seriously don't know how I could possibly still work 55-60 hour weeks and perform at the level required.

If your employer has a generous LTD benefit, you may want to consider taking advantage of the opportunity. Not everyone is lucky enough to have that option.

Welcome to the forum. There are great people here who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences with others. I consider myself lucky to have found the group and feel like I've gained a large number of friends who know and understand what I'm going through; who pick me up when I'm down; and who are always here when I need them.

And, hey everybody, guess what! I cut my own toenails last night and still have all ten toes?
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:35 AM

I am still in denial alot of the time and am simply afraid...

Aren't we all...in denial and afraid...OK, maybe not all....maybe just some...or maybe just me...LOL
Welcome eloah! Glad you jumped in!

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-English is not my first language !

-Aged 40. Diagnosed at 35.

-Currently on madopar (levodopa and benserazide, 600mg daily) and Azilect (1mg daily).

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