I have always wondered about my diagnosis and though it has taken years, I have finally accepted it, now again, I am questioning it. I was diagnosed with pd 11 years ago in my early 40's after noticing a slight tremor in my left hand. However, worth noting in my mind, yet seemed not of interest to the 2 neurologists that I've seen over the years is that just prior to developing the tremor, I may have had exposure to carbon monoxide fumes. First, my office at work was located right beside the loading dock and when the trucks would load or unload, they'd leave them running and the fumes would seep in to my office, the smell was sickening. This was not a short term exposure, but over time. Second, we had an ice storm and were without power for several days, so I basically spent all day long during this time in the room where our wood stove was located, in order to keep warm. The problem was that where I sat was right beside a window and door where located just outside was the generator running to power our refrig and well and a few lights. Though I never felt sickly, I remember having a headache, because I seldom get headaches. Over the years my tremor has never gone further than my left hand, though I do experience tingling in my left leg at times and that leg/foot always seem to be out of sink, as it may feel weak and I stub my toe alot. The rest, not sure if it's just me, aging or my meds, but have some stiffness and slowed movements with muscle weakness. In addition, I have somehow developed a sort of OCD and anxiety disorder and my concentration is not like it used to be. I used to be a multi tasker, worked full time in a management position, took care of the kids, worked on our farm and ran a part time home business. Now, the kids are gone, my job became too overwhelming, I go from one thing to another, rarely accomplishing anything. I hate my meds, though they help my stiffness, gaite and slowed movements, they cause other symptoms. I feel I have lost the once vibrant, social, hard working me that I used to be and would very much like her back, but probably not nearly as much as my husband would.
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