Parkinson’s symptoms

Posted by susan62 @susan62, Aug 4, 2018

My internist at the Mayo told me during a recent physical that he feels I may well have Parkinson’s. I was stunned, I did feel before I saw him that I had developed a neurological problem. He has me scheduled to have an EMG and to consult with a neurologist the first of Sept. In the mean time I have an appointment to see another neurologist in Minneapolis on the 14th of this month, mainly because in the last few weeks I have developed a fair amount of pain, numbness and plain muscle aches. It is the pain that I am really having a hard time with. Regular excercise and Ibuprofen, Tylenol’s don’t work.
I have many of the symptoms, basically in my right hand and arm. My hands however do not shake, but my right arm jerks slightly sometimes. Simple tasks like putting on my socks takes significantly more time and is harder. I don’t swing my right arm when I walk, but kinda carry it up. I walk on the balls of my feet rather than heel to toe. People tell me I seem more stooped. It it hard to write and as I do my writing becomes smaller.
I try not to feel depressed, hopeless and sorry for myself. It is hard. I wonder if most of you with Parkinson’s have been able to be helped with your pain? I really would appreciate your input.

@lsdempsey

Well….the PD back pain is the least of my worries. On August 25 I had a major cycling accident. Broke 9 ribs (5 were displaced) concussion (lost consciousness for a few minutes), bruised lung, etc. since the accident I have been "tapped" twice pulling 1.5 liters of blood and fluid from my right chest cavity and then again another 1.2 liters of fluid from same area. I have one rib under scapula which is not healing as well as it should be and may need a plate and screws. So…right now dealing with accident recovery.
Other than that, I am well 😀

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@lsdempsey Hello Steve,

What an unfortunate accident! I'm so sorry to hear about it, this really slows you down.

How long were you hospitalized after the accident? When will a decision be made regarding more treatment for the rib?

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@lisalucier

@lsdempsey – I am so sorry to hear about your cycling accident. That is indeed major. Wow.

How have the other ribs been healing, and the bruised lung? Are you still having concussion symptoms?

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Other ribs are good so far. I'll know about my lung next Tuesday. I think my concussion is ok but not 100 percent sure due to the pain meds make me a little loopy. 😜. Every day is a little better. I have been walking up and down my street and feeling ok but brings on the rib pain. I try and do a little more each day. So far so good.

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@hopeful33250

@lsdempsey Hello Steve,

What an unfortunate accident! I'm so sorry to hear about it, this really slows you down.

How long were you hospitalized after the accident? When will a decision be made regarding more treatment for the rib?

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Hospitalized for just a day – very fortunate. I'll. Know more about the displaced rib in three weeks

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@lsdempsey

Hospitalized for just a day – very fortunate. I'll. Know more about the displaced rib in three weeks

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@lsdempsey
Steve,

Three weeks should make a big difference with your healing.

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@lsdempsey

Hospitalized for just a day – very fortunate. I'll. Know more about the displaced rib in three weeks

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@lsdempsey Hello Steve

I hope you are recovering well from your accident. From your previous post, I see that you were going to have a follow up about the displaced rib. I hope your appointment went well and that you are recovering from the concussion and other injuries.

As you feel comfortable doing so, could you update me on how you are doing?

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Hi Steve. As Teresa said, I have been wondering how you are doing too. Hope all is going well. Take care!

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Thanks for asking about my recovery. I am dong very well. I see the Orthopedic Doc tomorrow, Last visit he said the ribs were calcifying and beginning to heal…we will see tomorrow. I am walking everyday now and averaging 8K steps (most days getting in 10K!). I have restarted my balancing exercises and also my BIG and LOUD exercises. I have been to Mayo for post concussion check and PD check. Concussion has healed and my PD is still mild and border line needing meds. PD Doc and I will re-evaluate after ribs heal and back to full strength exercising. My lung has cleared of fluid BUT will have residual scarring for a while. I have continued doing deep breathing exercises to try and regain the lung capacity that I have lost…Doc thinks I have a good chance to add more capacity but not optimistic about regaining 100%…we'll see.

Feeling much better overall. I have been convinced to retire from cycling. So when I am able, I will hit the pool for exercise….I was a collegiate swimmer so maybe its time to return to the water 🙂 I will also restart yoga and weight lifting when I can. Also my oldest son is a Tae Kwon Doe Instructor – he is going to begin working with me. He says he will incorporate some of the Rock Solid Boxing principles with martial arts flavor. I am looking forward to it.

I am planning on going back to work on January 2, 2019. It has been a while and think I am ready to start back.

All and all, God is good…All the time. And all the time…God is good.

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@lsdempsey

Thanks for asking about my recovery. I am dong very well. I see the Orthopedic Doc tomorrow, Last visit he said the ribs were calcifying and beginning to heal…we will see tomorrow. I am walking everyday now and averaging 8K steps (most days getting in 10K!). I have restarted my balancing exercises and also my BIG and LOUD exercises. I have been to Mayo for post concussion check and PD check. Concussion has healed and my PD is still mild and border line needing meds. PD Doc and I will re-evaluate after ribs heal and back to full strength exercising. My lung has cleared of fluid BUT will have residual scarring for a while. I have continued doing deep breathing exercises to try and regain the lung capacity that I have lost…Doc thinks I have a good chance to add more capacity but not optimistic about regaining 100%…we'll see.

Feeling much better overall. I have been convinced to retire from cycling. So when I am able, I will hit the pool for exercise….I was a collegiate swimmer so maybe its time to return to the water 🙂 I will also restart yoga and weight lifting when I can. Also my oldest son is a Tae Kwon Doe Instructor – he is going to begin working with me. He says he will incorporate some of the Rock Solid Boxing principles with martial arts flavor. I am looking forward to it.

I am planning on going back to work on January 2, 2019. It has been a while and think I am ready to start back.

All and all, God is good…All the time. And all the time…God is good.

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That is such a good report, @lsdempsey. I'm so pleased that you are doing so well. Swimming is great exercise so that should help you regain strength. I have many PD friends who have been involved in the Rock Solid Boxing and they enjoy it. Yes, I do agree with you when you say, "God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good."
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy new year.

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@hopeful33250

That is such a good report, @lsdempsey. I'm so pleased that you are doing so well. Swimming is great exercise so that should help you regain strength. I have many PD friends who have been involved in the Rock Solid Boxing and they enjoy it. Yes, I do agree with you when you say, "God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good."
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy new year.

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Thank you and Merry Christmas to you.

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