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  1. Anxiety/Tremor Help

    I don't want PD, actually it's one of the last things I want, but anytime I research my symptoms it is always the first thing that comes up. I can't explain the changes that are going on in my body and I understand the disease affects others differently. Is it not possible for PWP to feel tremors on both sides of the body within the first couple of months of noticing symptoms? It was the first week of August that I noticed finger twitching in my left ring finger (also one of the first symptoms Michael J. Fox had) and left thumb. Since then, I've had the same involuntary rhythmic movements in that finger every single day and I feel sensations in my thumb. There are also some light tremors from time to time at rest in the left arm. The left side leg has a more pronounced tremor/trembling, especially in the evenings. I get a similar feeling in my right leg, but it's less pronounced. My right hand is pretty normal, but have an occasional tremor. Two things I noticed that had crazy effects on my body where I would constantly shake and have an increased level of anxiety: 1. After exercising for 90 minutes playing baseball 2. Drinking a cup of coffee These two things have routinely been parts of my life for at least the last 10 years. I'm going to talk with the neurologist about the continued symptoms and go from there.
  2. Anxiety/Tremor Help

    So it's been about two months since I've started noticing tremors in my arms and legs, but last night's episode was crazy and the anxiety that came with it was the most I've ever felt. The tremors started about 30 minutes to an hour after I had a cup of coffee from Starbucks (around 6 p.m. trying to wake myself up and finish my work) and about an hour into the tremors I experienced severe anxiety, which I've been having lately anyway but this was on a completely different level. The severe symptoms lasted about 4 hours then had light tremors the rest of the night and could not fall asleep until 4:30 a.m. because any time I would close my eyes and drift off to sleep it felt like something was jumping around in my head. I've been having these sensations at night regardless for the past month and have turned to OTC sleeping pills to help me fall asleep. * Note: I have not yet been diagnosed wth PD, but the physical and psychological symptoms I've been experiencing over the last few months make me think that I have it. An internal medicine doctor diagnosed me with essential tremors and neurologist said it was BFS, but didn't think I had PD but that was about 4 weeks ago since my visit. I've scheduled a follow-up appointment for next week. In the interim, are there any OTC vitamins or supplements that any of you have taken to help with the tremors/twitching/anxiety? I've been taking Magnesium (500 MG twice a day) and B12 (1000 mcg once a day). A couple times a week I will also take epsom salt baths, but neither seems to be helping at the moment.
  3. Thanks, waruna01. I can certainly relate to your frustration of not getting a diagnosis or symptoms improving. Is constipation an early symptom of Parkinson's? I've woke up in the middle of the night a few times over the last month with bad constipation in addition to the other symptoms I've been having over the last month and a half, which haven't gotten better. I played softball on Sunday and I even felt the symptoms during rest periods. Running around the bases I felt as if I had an out of body experience where I had a sensation where I was leaning left and felt like I was going to fall (I sprinted around the bases). After the game I had more noticeable tremors/trembling in both arms (left more pronounced) that lasted for several hours as I watched the football games. Same thing happens when I consume too much soda with caffeine I.e. Coca Cola or Pepsi. Do Parkinson's symptoms get worse after at rest after exercise?
  4. Thanks, guys for responding. I guess right now I only have one of the symptoms listed in that series of bullet points and that is tremor/muscle twitching. I don't have stiffness or rigidity or slowness of movement. I've had some minor balance issues, but I've had that for at least the last 10-15 years. My biggest concern is that the muscle twitching and tremors are getting worse, particularly on my left side of the body. The tremors are barely noticeable with the naked eye, but I can feel them from my shoulder to my wrist and from my hip bone to my ankle. This happens every night around 7 pm until I fall asleep. I've noticed some stiffness in both of my shoulders, the left more noticeably. However, I still play baseball and lift weights a couple times a week so I attributed it to that. It could be a possibility that's it's not from that though.
  5. Well I can tell you I've got a hell of a lot of anxiety and some mild balance issues now that I think of it. The more I think of it, the more symptoms I think I have. I thought it was just from playing all these sports over the years. Come to think of it, I've had issues with my vertebrae for the last two years and at one point had herniated discs in my neck and lumbar region. Perhaps that could be contributing to the symptoms? The frustrating part is not being able to pinpoint what's causing this and stopping the symptoms. The main thing that is bothering me is the anxiety and sleep issues at the moment.
  6. Thanks for your response, otolorin. When you say PWP does that mean Person with Parkinson's? How old were you upon receiving your diagnosis and what were your symptoms? How many visits did it take for you to receive your diagnosis?
  7. Thanks for your response, PatriotM. Actually the neurologist and I discussed CTE and said that can only be diagnosed post-mortum, but he said those symptoms would be different. Some of which are consistent with the other mental symptoms I have. As for my Parkinson's concern, I understand each person's symptoms and the disease progression is unique. Upon doing research on the subject, I came across Michael J. Fox's story and his symptoms started with a finger twitch that gradually progressed over the years. Additionally, Parkinson's is the condition that comes up a majority of the time whenever I enter my symptoms in. I do also have some General soreness in my wrist and fingers on the hand with the twitching and a tremor that is barely noticeable but I feel it's there. I could be wrong because I'm not a doctor, but it's particularly concerning for me as the symptoms typically worsen as the day goes on and it gets bad at night. Just about every night I get the feeling that I'm falling and sensations that make me involuntarily jolt my legs or arms. It's effecting my sleep patterns and the only way I can fall asleep is with sleeping pills. Have you been diagnosed with PD? If so, what were your early symptoms?
  8. Hi everyone: Let me preface this by saying I am a 30 year old man who is in overall good athletic shape (exercise 3-4 times per week before experiencing my symptoms, which started a few weeks after getting laid off from my job). I have had a couple visits with a neurologist and primary care physician since and although I have been diagnosed by a neurologist with Benign Fasciculation Syndrome (BFS), I believe I could be suffering from Early Onset Parkinsons Disease. Here's a recap of some of the key events as my symptoms have gradually gotten worse: August 9, 2017: While laying in bed in the morning shortly after waking up, I notice my left ring finger had a rhythmic left to right twitch that lasted for no more than 5 seconds and stopped upon moving my finger. Several times throughout the day it intermittently repeats the same involunatary motion. Two days later, I experience a similar sensation in the meaty part of my thumb on the same hand where I can actually see and feel the muscle contracting. About a week after that, I notice twitches throughout my body, typically stronger sensations as the day progresses. Twitches in body parts range from left tricep to legs on both sides (calf, quads, hamstring and even toes). I've even experienced some dystonia in my feet (stronger on my right foot where I can feel a great deal of pain in my foot and can visually see the muscle twisting). Around August 18, 2017 I start experiencing myoclonic jerks upon falling asleep. This, however, is nothing new for me as I've had isolated incidents of this in the past dating back to about 10 years ago, but now I have them every night and can't fall asleep unless I take an OTC sleeping pill. A week later, after being referred to a neurologist, I received a 30-minute evaluation that included a reflex test. Upon passing the reflex test, the doctor diagnosed me with BFS, but requested that I take a blood test (not sure what he was looking for, but I provided four samples). Two weeks later during a follow-up conversation with the neurologist he tells me that my blood results were normal, but I'm still not convinced they are. I tell him my concern is Parkinson's and he says that it is unlikely based on my symptoms and that he would give me the same diagnosis even if I was 70 years old. Aside from the twitching and cramps, I don't have muscle weakness or extraordinary pain. Sometimes after exercising my shoulders will have some General soreness or stiffness, but that is only if I'm exercising those muscles. I do have some pain below my knee in the peripheral nerve that radiates to my ankle/foot, but that pops up in the late afternoon/evening. Sometimes I will feel dizzy or woozy and I've experienced a couple debilitating headaches, but this is nothing new. My family does not have a history of Parkinson's aside from a Great Aunt, but I do have a history of concussions dating back to when I was 8 years old playing football. My last significant head injury was in college about eight years ago and I'd say I've had at least a dozen of them in my life, which has resulted in frequent migraine headaches and difficulty concentrating at times. I also suffer from a sleep disorder where I will sleep walk and sleep talk (usually after a night of drinking). This started in my childhood. Based on this background info (I tried to be as detailed as possible, but I'm sure that I'm omitting others), does this sound like Parkinson's to you? Do you recommend getting a second opinion from another neurologist? Movement disorder specialist? As each does goes by, it seems like my stress level keeps increasing with the symptoms only getting worse. I'm only getting less sleep and much of the day is spent worrying. FYI: Here's what my finger twitch looks like: Thanks, in advance for your concern and responses!
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