I finally got to talk to a nurse on Dr. Watt’s staff today, and I now have an official diagnosis that I can take to insurance companies. I do not have Parkinson’s, nor anything in the Parkinson’s Family. I have what is called Essential Myoclonus. It is not a progressive disease, which is the best news of all.
They do not know what causes it, but the Primidone is doing a remarkable job of controlling my movements. So I look forward to continued improvement and taking my life back! I asked if it would be OK to add an extra half tablet in the mornings, because the dose wears off in the afternoons, particularly if I am more physically active or stressed. She gave me the usual precautions about not using it if I became overly drowsy, be careful about driving, etc., but they are leaving the timing and use of the half tablet up to me. I am to start it in the mornings and then move closer to lunch if I want to try it there after a week or so.
I have been telling everyone about how wonderful I have been feeling since I went on the Primidone and how truly blessed by God I feel. I have strong emotional ties to lots of online Parkie friends, and I would only wish that they could have such good news from their doctors very soon. I guess I’m going to have to add another section for research about Myoclonus to my sidebar now, and come up with a better name for this blog. I have been very active in the Parkinson’s PatientLikeMe forum, but I imagine I will be spending more time in the Essential Myoclonus section of WeMove.com now.
I lived in their world for almost three years, so I have a perspective into what it is like to have Parkinson’s that most people can never have, unless they actually have the disease or are very close to someone with it. That is a valuable perspective that I do not want to squander. I’m not sure how God can use me in regards to this, but I’m sure in His good time it will become apparent.
I have tried to chronicle my journey from the very first days of the initial diagnosis of Parkinson’s, through all the struggles I had with my digestive system fighting against the PD meds, to modifying my lifestyle to keep me safe, to the onset of tremors that soon turned into horrible shaking. I’ve tried to present an accurate picture of what was happening to me emotionally, as well as physically.
I am proud of this blog and hope that it will continue to be helpful to those who read it. May God use me and this blog to good purpose.