When did you find out you had Parkinsons

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-18-2013
When did you find out you had Parkinsons
Sun, 09-15-2013 - 10:15am

How old were you when you first starting showing symptoms of Parkinsons? Did you research your symptoms or was it a total surprise when you found out?

Avatar for martycee2
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2003
Tue, 09-17-2013 - 3:25pm

I was in my early forties when I was first diagnosed with Parkinson's. I had experienced many symptoms which I never, in my wildest dreams, attributed to PD! That was over twenty years ago...!

When I was initially diagnosed I was only vaguely aware of PD and wasn't sure what to expect. I only knew that I was experiencing things that were not normal for someone my age. Lot's of rigidity, stumbling and being a bit of a klutz...!

Little did I know that twenty years later I'd not only still be 'living with Parkinson's, but I'd still be doing fairly well, all in all.  While my Parkinson's has progressed, it isn't to the extent that I had imagined nor to the extent that I've seen in others. I feel very fortunate!