I don't know either but I will say stress and anxiety can present with many symptoms which are also symptoms of PD....so quit worrying! Of all the things I've read with PD, one is that time will tell. IF you have it, you will eventually know for sure because it will progress and be obvious.|
If you go to a neuro now, chances are he/she will give you sinemet, the "gold standard" for PD. They will, in all likelihood, tell you that if you respond favorably to it, you do in fact have PD. I just read an article recently, and you can search this forum for it because I posted it here, that showed that ANYONE given sinemet will feel better....so I don't think that challenge is a very good way to dx people. This challenge test was done on my husband but with mirapex, an agonist, just so you know it can be done with any of the PD drugs.
If I were you, and I even thought I might have PD, I would make sure all health insurance, life insurance, disability or long term care insurance, etc. were in place. IF you have PD, your cost to obtain these items will be a zillion times more if you try to get them after dx. I would also begin a very consistent exercise program, google exercise and PD to see why. I would also begin to cut down as much stress as possible in my life, again, google stress and PD to see why. Researchers in Texas claim this week to have discovered that stress initiates a cascade of actions in the brain which culminate in the death of neurons in the substantia nigra, where PD is focused.
As you know, this site is for caregivers and we welcome you here. If I were you, though, I would also check out other forums on PD, you can learn very much if you find yourself needing to know. And the information will usually be more accurate, and helpful, than any you will ever get from a PD "expert" you pay to see. An excellent site that is science based and has a lot of PWP on it that are chemists, engineers, etc., is www.neurotalk.com, you'll need to scroll down to the Parkinson's section but you will find a wealth of info. there. Most everyone there regularly scrolls the net for news about PD, and the site has members contributing to it around the world. It is very, very helpful. Good luck. PS I'm not recommending you not see a doc, of course, or giving any medical advice....