Diagnosed at 47
My story begins about 13 years ago, with a slight head tremor. I never really gave it a second thought and my life went on. As the years rolled by I then developed a right hand tremor that I noticed while eating or resting or writing. Thinking it was nothing, I didn't see my doctor for it. Then with my annual check up I mentioned it and was referred to a local neurologist. Then I was 37. The neurologist said it's not Parkinson's, "it's because you're getting older." I didn't feel old at 37, but nothing was done. As time went on the stiffness set in and the overall body ache. When I couldn't sleep because of the pain, I knew something was wrong. Nine years went by being told it was anxiety, stress, depression, all in my head, and the like before something finally changed.
I told myself this was the year for ME. I have always prided myself in taking care of my husband,children and grandchildren the best I could...and this time it was my turn. Neurologist #2 discovered a brain tumor....but not the kind that would cause these symptoms. Medical history showed that I had two uncles who died with Parkinson's. THIS doctor thought that's what it might be. In the midst of all this turmoil, depression set in. Bad enough to have been put on anti-depressants. Another referral to confirm the diagnosis with Dr.#3. Who very kindly said "it might just be Parkinson's". My own private doctor.still wasn't convinced. "One more doctor," I said, "And that's it, I'm done." After almost 10 years I had had enough. The doctor I have now is a sweet joy! She treats me like a person and not just a paycheck or guinea pig for the pharmacutical companies.
Hello my name is Gail and I have Parkinson's. Being treated the way I should have been almost 13 years ago. I live every day the best I can and love all those who are in my support network for dealing with me through the tough times. Some days are worse than others but I will survive. Good luck to all of you out there. You are in my thoughts, and I wish you all the best.