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Parkinson's - what is 'low ramp' v. of the disease? Mum diagnosed

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Corygal Wed 09-Oct-13 20:35:56

Ow, my mum, aged 76 was diagnosed with a 'trace' of Parkinson's disease a year ago.

The specialist said breezily 'You'll prob die of something else' but we want to know more. She's got no visible symptoms at the moment.

Am a bit desperate for Wisdom of MN at the mo.

Corygal Thu 10-Oct-13 16:59:47


Cailleach Fri 11-Oct-13 00:32:14

Didn't want to read and run...

My parents neighbour has Parkinsons - she was diagnosed at 65-ish and is now 74. She has mild tremors which are visible, but aren't really worsening noticeably.

She has been told the same thing as your mum - that she has a slow-progressing form of the condition and will probably die of old age, like anyone else. That said, I think she takes medication for her Parkinsons - no idea what though.

Hope that reassures you a bit!

MaryAnnSingleton Fri 11-Oct-13 08:02:14

my mum was diagnosed a few years ago with early Parkinson's - she is very shaky and everything complicated by her having osteo and rheumatoid arthritis- getting the balance of all the drugs is very hard and she is terribly limited with her movement,ability to dress/undress- it's hard to tell whether the Parkinson's or the arthritis is the main problem. She fell last week and because she is quite frail broke her hip and collarbone. (she's 79 by the way) Previously very active,rode a bike etc etc and it's incredibly depressing for her not to be able to what she used to be able to do. It might be worth looking at the Parkinson's sites on line for advice. I am very sorry for your mum,it's a truly rotten disease.

MaryAnnSingleton Fri 11-Oct-13 08:03:33

here corygal

Minimammoth Fri 11-Oct-13 08:07:57

I am not a medic but I do work with people with Parkinson's. The symptoms are very varied, some like your mum, very slow progressing and some severely affected. The Parkinson's Society are very helpful and supportive, they do all sorts of supportive activities. I would get in touch with them.

Minimammoth Fri 11-Oct-13 08:11:14

Here is a link for Parkinson's uk

Minimammoth Fri 11-Oct-13 08:13:22

Oh sorry, have tagged the same link!

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