Hi Everyone! Last week I was diagnosed with PD. I have a long history of severe Osteoarthritis plus stenosis of my neck and my back. I have been a patient of UT Medical Center for the past 7 years. I've had a Total Hip Replacement and a Basal Joint Replacement due to the degenerative arthritis. Have had severe nerve ending problems and have a TENS unit to wear.
I've been stumbling, falling (can't fall due to breaking artificial hip) and sometimes can't think of a word (when I actually know the word, but can't get it out). My nerve endings have caused tingling down my right arm to my fingertips when held in a certain position (typing and driving). My doctor was concerned and wanted me to visit a Neurologist. UT had no openings until January, so they scheduled an appointment on the community immediately.
I went to see this Neurologist last Thursday. He had me walk, get up and down from a chair, sit on the table to check my reflexes, gave me a computerized test (which I maxed), and administered another test with electrodes plastered to my head. I maxed that test of sounds also. Came back into the room and said I was in the beginning stages of PD. SERIOUSLY??? He gave me a prescription of Carbidopa-Levodopa 25-100 for twice a day. He told me that I would feel much better by the time I see him again. Additionally he is scheduling me for 2 MRI's. One for my brain and one for my neck.
So my real question is: Is this the normal exam process for PD? I can't believe that he could determine PD with the few things that was done at the appointment. Again, I must be in denial. I don't feel any different than I did before the exam. With or without the meds. If the diagnosis is accurate, then I am sitting here wondering how long would it be before I got a tremor, etc.
Thanks for listening and I am so happy that I found this group!!
Edited by Smokymount, 12 June 2014 - 07:58 AM.