Had my annual check up with the Neurologist a couple of weeks ago. Apart from him being quite young (and definitely charming) I came away with the usual feelings of frustration and, dare I say it, anger. These feelings were brought on by the fact that he still has the conviction that I have "early" Parkinson's Disease. Of the early signs listed in the illustration above he only found some slight resistance in my wrist joints during one of his tests ... hardly surprising really considering both wrists have sustained very bad breaks in the recent past which has left me with some residual stiffness. I have no signs of Bradykinesia, no tremors at rest, no sign of decreased facial expression!
As far as the progressive symptoms listed in the second illustration I will admit to suffering from several in the list!!! ..... fatigue, swallowing problems and memory loss. And I do get strange jerky tremors in my legs sometimes when trying to slip my feet into my shoes while standing, or when putting trousers on! I also continue to suffer from nausea, loss of balance, left-sided facial pain, numbness around left cheek and side of my mouth, irritation in left eye and double vision ... but I have had these symptoms for at least 10 years!
I asked whether my 'symptoms' could be due to the meningioma, or maybe a result of radiation treatment, but he was adamant that this was unlikely because of where my M is actually sited. I really cannot understand this because, although it is described as Left Petro-Clival, the MRI reports routinely state that it is lying against the PONS:
The pons contains nuclei that relay signals from the forebrain to the cerebellum, along with nuclei that deal primarily with sleep, respiration, swallowing, bladder control, hearing, equilibrium, taste, eye movement, facial expressions, facial sensation, and posture.
Suffice it to say that I am not convinced that I have early Parkinsons, especially as the literature makes clear that diagnosis of the disease is not in any way simple, especially in the early stages. Other conditions, such as brain tumour, can indeed produce similar symptoms ......so I am hanging on to THAT for the time being at least! Having a couple of Ms is quite enough to deal with thanks!