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  1. newly diagnosed outdoor active female

    Thanks everyone - love the positive encouragement and insights. I am living life for today, with my sights on tomorrow too!
  2. newly diagnosed outdoor active female

    Thanks all! David I am thrilled to see that you are still so active. Gives me hope that I have years of hiking and biking left. We are headed up to NH for some hiking next week and then a week on the Appalachian trail and thereabouts in Virginia in October. Hopefully the Pyrenees next summer! So how do I follow the Phase 3 trials of isradipine and inosine? Where will it be posted? Sue
  3. I am a 54 yr old very healthy female diagnosed in Jan. 2017. My main symptoms are reduced fine motor in left hand (typing is hard), left arm swing, stiffness in shoulders/neck, and left foot feels awkward (lags?) when walking on flat surfaces like a sidewalk. I have to really focus to keep my feet in rhythm. The faster I walk the easier it is. Running is easier than walking. When I hike on hilly or mountain trails I am fine and symptom free...no lag. I also have very subtle slurring of certain words when tired or stressed. Voice projection is normal. I am super active - bike to work 24 miles round trip weekdays, strenuous hiking on weekends, plus do 45 minutes 80-90 rpms on stationary bike 3x week. And I do the Boston College parkinsons stretching and strengthening program. What do I need to do to keep my symptoms minimal enough that I can continue doing what I love - biking, hiking, backpacking, xc skiing? Is high intensity better than moderate intensity? How does this disease progress? Will I still be able to hike in Spain in 5 years or should I go now? How do I know when to start on medications? And what medications are best for what symptoms? I want to stay active for a long time. Thanks!
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    I am a 54 yr old very healthy female diagnosed in Jan. 2017 with parkinsonism. My main symptoms are reduced fine motor in left hand (typing is hard), left arm swing, some stiffness in shoulders/neck, and left foot feels awkward (lags?) when walking on flat surfaces like a sidewalk. I have to really focus to keep my feet in rhythm. The faster I walk the easier it is. Running is almost easier. When I hike on hilly or mountain trails I am fine and symptom free. I also have very subtle slurring of certain words when tired or stressed. I am super active - bike to work 24 miles round trip, strenuous hiking on weekends, plus do 45 minutes 80-90 rpms on stationary bike 3x week. And the Boston College parkinsons stretching and strengthening program...some every day. How do I know when to start on medications? And what medications are best for what symptoms? I want to stay active for a long time. Thanks!
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