Hello. My mother is in her late 50s and was just recently diagnosed with PD after symptoms lasted for a year. Her own mother had just passed away, so we all thought her sudden rapid aging was related to grief, but she didn't bounce back. I've told a number of my "friends" who have all ignored me and my siblings seem to want to remain in denial. My mother is still mobile but I notice she is starting to have a tendency to fall back, especially going up stairs so I worry she might lose her balance one day and have a bad accident. Today, we had a family trip using public transportation and I had to physically grab her to prevent this.
She was diagnosed only last week, so I'm still unsure as to getting her the right doctor and medicine. She'd currently taking Carbidopa/Levadosa. Would physical therapy help her? Is there another medication I should ask for first, as I know the C/L combo can lose its efficacy?
To be honest, I feel very alone. My mother doesn't work and my father is retired, but due to a small deformity in his leg, cannot walk very well. So my mother has always been the one taking care of her family. I want to get her the right support system and I feel like I'm a poor (and sometimes, only) fall back on that.
Edited by edamame, 19 October 2014 - 02:52 AM.