I am 70-year-old female (even though my nickname appears male) who has just been diagnosed with essential tremor. Neurologist also said I had foot neuropathy, but gave no reason for that (I am not diabetic).
Before doctor visit I had some symptoms that seem to be related to Parkinson's only. Many days of bad dreams, acting out dreams with flailing arms, screaming in sleep. My handwriting had been difficult to do, I had begun printing most of the time because of hand tremors. However, instead of getting larger as in essential tremor, it has gotten smaller and cramped and sometimes I cannot even read my notes after a day or so.
It's difficult to judge if it's resting or action tremor. I have a hard time putting on lipstick and sometimes typing, but then my shaking hands will wake me up, which would seem like resting tremor to me. My main concern is lack of balance which has caused me to fall a couple of times while outside gardening.
At this point I am don't want to go to any more doctors. Should I just wait for a while and live with any symptoms? Is there an advantage of diagnosing possible early Parkinson's at this point?
Can anyone help with some ideas?