And so a few years pass and the next symptoms appear and you make that dreaded appointment. Afraid to know but afraid to delay treatment.
Then there are the people diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease who actually have Parkinson's Plus: the Multiple System Atrophy group (MSA), Progressive Supra-nuclear Palsy (PSP), Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) and Corticobasal Ganglionic Degeneration (CBGD). There is even Parkinson's with ALS The correct diagnosis is necessary to avoid delaying the correct treatment to improve quality of life.
The point is that if you are prepared for your doctor's appointment by having a symptom journal, you can be not only proactive in providing some of the information needed to make the most accurate diagnosis but you can also become a significant part of your medical team. And yes, you are going to need you.