I am diagosed with REM sleep disorder, treated with some success by Clonapen. I am lost much of my sense of smell and taste. I suffer with chronic depression and fatigue. Although the recent results of a neuropsychological eval were "normal," I feel cognitive issues including fogginess, memory impairments, lack of organization, difficulty with word recall, etc. A recent brain MRI disclosed "tiny nonspecific foci within the subcortical and deep white matter of the frontal and parietal lobes bilaterally.
A holistic doctor has diagnosed me with with heavy metal poisoning and adrenal fatigue, for which I am being treated with many supplements. I am not experiencing many movement issues except for some mild to moderate hand twitching which increases when I get anxious or stressed. Sometimes I catch myself weaving when I walk, cut corners too sharp, etc. I am in the process of making an appt with a movement disorders specialist at Univ of Penn, waiting to hear back from them.
What is the likelihood that I am in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease? Can anything else explain my symptomology? I don't want to believe that this could simply be major depression, but I know it could. As early as four years ago I was pretty healthy. I am now 54 and rarely have a good day. Sick of being sick and tired. Any insights appreciated!!!
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