My husband is 37 and was just diagnosed as having Parkinson's by a Neuro in July. He was referred to a Movement Disorder Specialist who also confirmed the diagnosis, but did a DaT scan to make sure. The scan ended up being normal and my husband is now been prescribed Sinemet to see if he responds. My husband has all the symptoms of Parkinson's so I am confused; tremors in his left hand, cramping in his left arm, no swing, neck and shoulder stiffness, voice change, hearing loss, and is starting to lose his balance. He is quiet (which is very unlike him) and is not as responsive to the kids.
Has anybody had a normal DaT scan, but still ended up with a Parkinson's diagnosis? If not Parkinson's, what was the final diagnosis? What other disease/disorder could so closely resemble Parkinson's, but produce a normal DaT scan result. I am scared as to what else it could be. My husband will begin the Sinemet in a fewdays.
On another note, my husband works offshore and is exposed to all kinds of toxins on a daily basis and also delivered supplies to the clean up crews right in the midst of the oil spill last year and shortly after his symptoms started appearing. The docs do not think to seem this is important.
Any help or information would be greatly appreciated.