Approximately 10% of the 1 million people with the disease are thought to be below the age of 40.3. Since Parkinson’s disease is still often overlooked as a diagnosis in younger patients, it is thought that the number of cases occurring in individuals below the age of 40 may actually be much higher than the estimated 10% of the population with the disease.
** I had started my DX process when I was 39 and was DX just after turning 41. Currently 44 and hating/fighting PD full force, granted it’s kicking my ass but I’m a stubborn Irish bastard so I’ll go down swinging.
Some of the things that make Parkinson’s awesome (not really)
WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY MOTOR SYMPTOMS OF EARLY ONSET PARKINSON’S?
Tremor (when limb is at rest)
Postural instability (balance problems)
It is important to know that not all of these symptoms must be present for a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease to be considered. In fact, younger people may only notice one or two of these motor symptoms, especially in the early stages of the disease. Finally, not everyone with PD has a tremor, nor is a tremor proof positive of Parkinson’s. If you suspect PD, see a neurologist or movement disorders specialist.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE NON-MOTOR SYMPTOMS?
Changes in mood, especially depression
Changes in thinking
Problems with low blood pressure, bowel, bladder and sweating
So in conclusion what does a young fella with PD need besides a very patient and understanding support system. A spoon with dinner 😉 and electric razor,some time to figure out wtf he’s going to do with himself and a good sense of humor.
And that my friends is science time with Mr.B
So yes I have Parkinson’s and no I won’t make you a milkshake. 😉