Early symptom diagnosis
Posted 08 April 2014 - 09:19 PM
I have been on Ropinirole since the initial diagnosis and most of my symptoms are dormant. Apparently, my leg bouncing was not a nervous habit. Recently, I have been having trouble sleeping, losing my balance and bumping into things, and getting stiff legs after sitting our lying down. I'm 46 and very active but I am now getting exhausted mowing the lawn.
Both my dad and his father had PD and all my first symptoms seem in line with early PD. I've made an appointment at a Movement Disorders clinic but do I focus on RLS or push them towards PD? The last neurologist said I couldn't be diagnosed until a doctor saw it in my walk or stiffness in my arms. I don't think that's very likely if I'm taking Ropinirole already.
Posted 10 April 2014 - 04:50 PM
A good neurologist will be able to diagnose you by history and exam. It will help if you stop the ropinerole 12-24 hours before your appointment.
Michael S. Okun, M.D.
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