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Could I have PD?
Blockinski posted:
I am 55 years old and have noticed some symptoms of possible PD. My father, uncle and one Aunt had the disease. I am looking for some input. My symptoms are as follows:

1. Slight tremors- in left hand, seems to be when I write.
2. Handwriting- is getting worse and smaller.
3. Thrashing legs- as my pajama pants up to knees in morning.
4. Stiffness- I seem to be achy and stiff.
5 .Softer voice- People tell me they cannot hear me.
Symptoms 1 2 4 & 5 have been with me for 2-3 years.
Symptom 3 just started.

I eat well and exercise and try to take good care of myself. I have a good positive attitude. I know stress can trigger diseases. I have had allot of it. My son died 13 years ago. I was divorced 10 years ago and my step son dies 3 months ago. I am suffering from depression and have lost weight.

Could I have PD? Should I see a doctor? If so who a neurologist?
susiemargaret responded:
hello, B --

i hope that dr. stacy takes a look at your post, but my layperson's opinion is that at the very least, your symptoms need to be investigated. i would go to a neurologist, preferably one who is a specialist in movement disorders.

-- susie margaret
what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.
Blockinski replied to susiemargaret's response:
Hi, Susie

Thank you for your reply. I am new to any of this other that what I remember about my father who has passed. I have some other symptoms I forgot to mention. My left foot seems to not work well sometimes. I am fatigued and sometimes I have a hard time swallowing my vitamins. All of my symptoms seem slight but because many of them match what could be PD it is a little scary.

You mentioned a neurologist, preferably one who is a specialist in movement disorders. What is the best way to find a good doctor?
Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Hi, Blockinski,
I do think yo need to see your family physician. While PD can present with these symptoms, it may be more likely be a result of severe depression. Please remember, both of these conditions can be treated, and it is very likely you will feel better just knowing whether it is one or the other.

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