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Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD)

There is often a misconception that Parkinson's only affects older populations. Many of you here in the community know that this is not necessarily the case.

For those who were diagnosed with YOPD, what was your diagnosis journey like? How have your symptoms changed since you were diagnosed? This forum post is an open place to share about your experience.

  1. Hi there, no too sure what to write here, so here goes……
    I was diagnosed at the end of May with YOPD, I’m 42. After experiencing a number of changes with my body, and how it was functioning incorrectly, I finally got referred to a neurologist. An 8 month wait then gave me answers, answers that I am still struggling to get my head around. There are so many things that now kind of fit into place. For the past 10 years, I have suffered with night terrors, anxiety that has worsened, loss of function down the right hand side of my body, although that has only been the past three years really.
    I have a great neurologist, and I am medicated, which is taking time getting used to, but I guess that this is a journey that is going to challenge me at times. I take this day by day, that’s all I feel I can do right now.

    1. - Thanks so much for sharing about yourself. Despite the challenges you're facing, I'm so glad to hear that you have a great neurologist working with you. This community is here for you as you navigate the new normal. Hope you have a great day. - Chris, ParkinsonsDisease.net Team

  2. Hi Jules79, I hope you are enjoying our website. Here is an article that might give you more information on YOPD. https://parkinsonsdisease.net/video/yopd-journey. Let us know how you are doing. Best regards, Suzanne Troy, Advocate, ParkinsonsDisease.net

    1. thank you for sharing, I’ll certainly have a read. I have to be honest, I take a lot from the stories that everyone shares here, and the advice given.

    2. Blessings on your day Jules79! Stay strong and know we are thinking about you in this community.
      Take care,
      Suzanne Troy, ParkinsonsDisease.net team

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jules79. It is a lot of information to digest getting a YOPD confirmed diagnosis. We are here to help you if you need to speak to us, need an answer to your questions, or just want to chat. Regards, Marc M., Moderator, ParkinsonsDisease.Net

    1. thank you, I sure do have many questions, but the biggest one I still can’t understand is, why me, maybe a selfish question, but I am yet to come to terms with my diagnosis I think.

    2. I wish I could honestly answer your question of Why Me. If you haven't done so already, this is a good question to ask your doctor, psychologist or clergyman. Best, Marc M., Moderator, ParkinsonsDisease.Net

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