Hello from a new member. I was diagnosed with PD two years ago at the age of 56. At first my symptoms were a slight limp on my left side when walking and a tremor in my left arm when I lifted it above my head. After an MRI ruled out a stroke, my neurologist put me on a stepped-dose regimen of Requip. I got up to 1 mg. x 3 before side effects of fainting, nausea, cold sweats and sleepiness forced me to discontinue. At that dose level I did have a significant reduction in PD symptoms. Until a few months ago I was able to cope with the gradually worsening symptoms without any medication. But now the bradykenisia is to the degree where I type with my right hand only, I limp quite noticably and my balance is very bad. It takes me several tries to get out of my recliner. I also get tired by mid afternoon and feel like I need to sleep. The smallest chore seems to wear me out. My neurologist doesn't want to start me on L-dopa yet because of my "young age" so he prescribed Azilect at 0.5 mg/day. I've been taking it for 19 days now with no effect. I'm becoming concerned about my job performance and my future with my employer. Any advice from someone who's been there would be welcome.
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