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    tajdc posted:

    I am afraid I might have Parkinson's. I had a slight tremor in one finger for a while now my husband notices the whole hand shaking and my balance is off. My question is should I see my primary care dr first or consult a specialist if so what kind of specialist?.

    I am 64 and otherwise in good health. My mom got Parkinson"s when she was 80.

    My biggest fear is not being able to drive.That would really put me into a depression.

    Any help is appreciated.
    wmalice responded:
    I have Parkinson's and was diagnosed when I was in my early 50s I am now 59, I was diagnosed early enough that I was able to get deep brain stimulation that gave me my life back, So I would say visit your dr as soon as possible. I know with my medical insurance we have to have a referral to a specialist . Good luck
    tajdc replied to wmalice's response:
    Thank you for your help. I will mention deep brain stimulation when I meet with a neurologist .I am happy to have found this site.
    judyquick2000 replied to wmalice's response:
    What is deep brain stimulation and what all is involved. Did you thinking get better and are you able to drive
    wmalice replied to judyquick2000's response:
    My thinking was never an issue for me, and yes I was able to drive 6 weeks after surgery could not even be in a car except to and from dr. appts. DBS is insertion of probes into the brain than connected to a battery that is implanted into your chest. Mine was done in two sessions. First one dr inserted probe on the right side. A nine hour surgery that you are awake for two months later probes were implanted on the left side as well as the battery which took 11 hours. I would do it all over again. Before surgery had tremors on my right side which was so so painful. Severe depression, anxiety, was on massive amounts of antidepressants . which I am happy to say today I take none.

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