Hi there everyone,
I feel moved to write of my very recent experiences in the world of PD & other health issues. Many of you will know that I have been suffering severe pain for around a month in my affected left side - especially my arm. I couldn't get comfortable except when lying down & have been 'bouncing off the walls' according to my husband. The tremors have been very pronounced, I couldn't think straight & had spells of talking gibberish (nothing new there) & also I started having frequent & longer spells of freezing. I rang my PD nurse who suggested I try the Apo-Go Challenge for freezing as this was causing me danger as well as concern. She got me an extra visit with my consultant who, after listening to me & my husband, persuaded me to try a short spell on increased Sinemet prior to the Challenge which I did.
Last Thursday I was alone at home & had to call for an ambulance as I thought I was a having a heart attack (1st one 15th June 11). The paramedics tested me & were fairly sure I wasn't but took me to A&E to get a thorough check, thank God!! Everyone was superb & after a battery of tests it was discovered that my severe left-side pain was actually angina not just PD. Now that this being treated I am on the mend & felt up to writing this - partly to share but mostly as a cautionary tale. My consultant is a gerontologist who also supervised my heart attack treatment not 2 yrs ago yet he never queried the symptoms presumably because my PD is still left side only.
If anyone finds themselves in a similar situation PLEASE flag up with your GP as soon as you can that it might NOT be PD. I'm still sleeping 5 or 6 times during the day & now also sleeping at night!! So all's well.....