I began losing my sense of smell around 2000 when I was 33.
2006 or 2007 - noticed left hand index finger tapping.
2007-2008 - noticed my focus was lessoning. Remember mentioning it to a friend many times, though had no clue why.
Programming (I.T. field) skills weakening.
2008 - muscle tightening in left forearm.
2009 - noticed I had been controlling the shake in my left arm, almost unconciously.
Left alone, left hand shakes uncontrollably. Took effort to swing arm while controlling shake.
2010 - summer - diagnosed with Parkinson's. Biking leaves leg muscles quite sore. And I'm always athletic.
2010 - Fall - began Azilect. Muscle tightening is ok now.
- noticed jaw tremors and right hand index finger tremors now too.
- my memory and concentration feel weaker.
2011 - June - biking (on Azilect). Muscles feel ok.
- lower left leg feels different though.
- more tired now
I used to be kind of a superstar programmer with tons of desire to understand things. Now I'm less. What stage am I likely in? I figure stage 2, since 2010. From any of your experience, how long do I have before balance impairment?
Do other meds help?
How long can I likely function in my job as a programmer? Will stronger meds help my logic skills and focus, and energy levels?
I'm not particularly interested in fighting Parkinson's. Meaning, I'd rather leave my job and travel for a couple of years, and then say goodbye. I'm ok with that decision. I've lived a fun life, with lots of romance, travel, and adventure.
Don't want to live a life battling the Parkinson's progression as it slowly takes me over. Nor do I want to burden others.
Just want to enjoy my passion for travel before this takes me over.
But I have a wife who I met while travelling a few years ago (I married her, not knowing I had Parkinson's and feel very guilty. She moved to be with me.), so I'm going to fight this for her, until I feel I'm making her life less fun, or until I start to be a burden, or until I feel it's too tough to fight and still look normal.
This means I have to function at work so we can pay the mortgage and continue travelling. I want to show her as much of the world as I can.
Last year: Cuba and China.
This year so far: a week cruise, a week at Universal Studios, and a week in Vegas. How long do I have before progression is too strong for meds? Estimates on how long I can work?
Please be honest. I'm okay in the present. i.e. I can take honest opinions.