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  1. Recently diagnosed

    Irish- so much of your story is similar to mine. I am a 54 year old woman living in New Jersey and last year I also lost my job when my company outsourced my department. I was employed there for almost 17 years. I was lucky enough to find a new job within a few months. But while I was out of work, and under stress dealing with all that being unemployed brings, I noticed tremors of my right hand and foot and was diagnosed by a MDS in September as a very mild and very early case of PD. I also am on propanolol to help with the tremors. I also go to the gym about 4 times a week and try to exercise at home on other days. No one else in my family has ever been diagnosed with PD. I am sorry for the loss of your Dad. But you are right. This is your disease and many advancements have been made and things like exercising and eating healthy will keep us strong and hopefully keep the PD at bay. My husband and family are also very supportive. I feel, though, that we are getting "cheated". My husband and I were planning for and looking forward to our retirement. Now, our retirement may be a bit different than what we pictured. But everything happens for a reason. Good luck to you and welcome to the club.
  2. Starting a new drug. Selegilini

    This is very interesting to me as I was recently diagnosed as being in the early stages and went for a second opinion with an MDS yesterday at Columbia Presbyterian in Manhattan. This doctor prescribed Selegiline as he said it would help slow down the progression of the disease. As of right now I am not on any Parkinson meds at all. I only take a beta blocker, propanolol, to help with my tremors, which is really the only symptom I have. I do not know if I should take the Selegiline (which was prescribed as 5 mg 2x a day) and I am planning to ask my original Doctor, who is also an MDS for his opinion of it. I really don't to deal with any side effects you all have described above. Right now I am going to the gym 3 or 4 days a week as my "treatment".
  3. Recent diagnosis after gastric sleeve surgery

    Thanks so much to both of you for your input and kind words. I will continue to follow this forum for inspiration and information.
  4. I had gastric sleeve surgery in June of 2015 and lost 80 pounds and got to my goal weight in 6 months. I started getting tremors in my right hand and leg 3 months after the surgery. I thought it would go away, thought I needed my thyroid meds adjusted or even thought it could be in my head. A year later I finally went to a movement disorder specialist and was diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson's. That was about one month ago. I wasn't put on any Parkinson meds because my symptoms are being controlled by a beta blocker med (Inderal). I have an appointment next month with a dr in NYC for a second opinion. There have been some articles that I have seen online connecting weight loss surgery to Parkinson but it's generally due to vitamin deficiency as a result of a poor diet after the surgery. I eat very healthy and get blood tests every 3 months to check my vitamin levels, which have been fine. Any thoughts on this?