Extra Dosage – What’s Up Doc? Larry talks to his Neurologist
This is a special bonus episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s which we are calling “Extra Dosage.” Full episodes will be release every other Wednesday. In between, Niki and I will share new information, original interviews and extra material that provide more context to topics raised in the previous episodes of the podcast. We’ll also answer your questions. Feel free to write us with questions at [email protected].
From the time my hand started to tremor to the time of my Parkinson’s diagnosis I’d seen my family physician three times, been poked, pushed, pulled and tested by two neurologists and some residents, had blood tests, an ultra sound, an MRI, lost many hours in doctor office waiting rooms and chewed my fingernails to the quick – a couple of times. It was eight months of not knowing. And I was lucky. Some people are waiting years.
It is not as if putting a label on my strange symptoms made it better or even go away, but for me it is just a relief to know it is something. But why is Parkinson’s disease so hard to diagnose?
In this Extra Dosage episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s, I talk to my neurologist and pepper him with questions that I’ve never asked him before. Why is it hard to diagnose? What would he do if he was diagnosed? Is there really a gut health connection? What should I ask in my check-ups? What’s he looking for? And more. I find Dr. Jonathon Squires frank, funny, authentic, and accessible. I hope you do to.
Meanwhile, Niki sits down with a Sandie Jones and Grace Ferrari at Parkinson Canada. Sandy pre-dates the Parkinson wonder drug levodopa. She shares her experience with Parkinson’s as a nurse in the early 1960’s. After hearing what it was like, I’ll likely never complain about having to take my pills so often.
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