It looks like on March 1, 2018 that I joined the club none of us ever wanted to be a part of. Upon examination my neurologist said my symptoms were "consistent with" Parkinson's Disease. The hours and days that followed have been a mixture of just about every emotion imaginable.
My journey towards this diagnosis began in May 2015, when after returning from a long bike ride I had numbness and tingling in my right hand .When it didn't go away, I saw a doctor and after several tests it is was diagnosed as an ulnar nerve compression. I opted for physical therapy instead of surgery, and by late 2015 my right hand was back to about 95% normal functionality. I was pleased and I felt fine for about a year. Then in late 2016 I started to notice a decline in fine-motor skills in my right hand. My handwriting was declining. In addition I started to have constant tension in my right hamstring and foot. The leg never felt like it was in a rested state. Then I noticed my right arm didn't swing freely like the left arm. In early 2017 I returned to the doctors, and over the next 15 months saw numerous specialists, and had countless tests: x-rays, MRI's, CT scans, nerve conduction tests, EMG's, etc. It wasn't until last week that it now appears to have been correctly diagnosed. Now that I look back on it, I am somewhat surprised that it took so long as it seems some of my symptoms seem like "classic" PD.
My current symptoms are limited to the right side of my body and include:
constant tension in right hamstring and foot
loss of fine motor skills in right hand, my handwriting has become almost illegible
some rigidity in right arm, arm does not swing 'naturally'
I haven't yet experienced any tremors. I'm sure I've had noticeable symptoms for at least 15 months, but almost certainly longer.
My doctor has suggested I start in right away with Azilect (rasagiline), .5mg 1x a day for two weeks then 1mg after that. I guess this is more of a preventative medication used to delay the progression of the disease? Other than this, I am trying to be like a sponge and learn as much about the disease and treatment options as fast as I can. I'm surprised to learn that I'm a bit young by PD standards. It's been a while since I would consider myself young. It seems like exercise is very important, which is good for me as I enjoy being active as much as I can. Now it looks like I can be a bit more selfish with my time and exercise even more!
I spent quite a bit of time this weekend reading through many posts on this forum, and I came to appreciate the supportful and positive comments. I look forward to becoming an active member in the future.