I was diagnosed with Young Onset PD at age 42 and am now about to turn 50.
In addition to PD, I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vasculitis and Diabetes. Sometimes I get mildly aggravated with people when they say I don't "look" like I have PD because my tremor is mild and my jerky movements are at a minimum. However, I DO have falling episodes, balance problems, walking issues (I use a walker) weakness, leg/back pain, sleeplessness and exhaustion as my overwhelming symptoms.
I'm so grateful to MJ Fox for putting a face with the illness of PD, but it is like everyone expects you to have the same symptoms as him! Am I crazy? Does anyone else feel the same?
Thanks for listening...