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Parkinson's-like symptoms???

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  • Posted By: Al Bacchetti
  • March 19, 2008
  • 08:06 PM

Hi I'm a 43 year old man who has always been in very good health. One month ago I suffered from a very severe bought of vertigo... I couldn't even stand up. I was bed ridden for three weeks. I still feel dizzy and can't find my balance. Walking is difficult, my hands, arms and head shake uncontrollably, my vision is impaired especially my depth perception, my writing (which at one time was quite good) looks like that of a small child, and I have a small amount of spit when I speak.

I was hospitalized and had an MRI of top half of my brain taken, which came out normal. The blood tests that were taken were also normal and my blood pressure is normal.

The doctor has told me that this is a stress-induced or psychological problem. I'm not under all that much stress and this diagnosis doesn't make sense to me. Does anybody have an idea of what could be causing this?

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  • Go to a local medical school and get a full work-up by their department of nuerology. What medications are you on? Did you have any infections recently or during this vertigo? Exposures to any toxic substances at work??? At home? Hi I'm a 43 year old man who has always been in very good health. One month ago I suffered from a very severe bought of vertigo... I couldn't even stand up. I was bed ridden for three weeks. I still feel dizzy and can't find my balance. Walking is difficult, my hands, arms and head shake uncontrollably, my vision is impaired especially my depth perception, my writing (which at one time was quite good) looks like that of a small child, and I have a small amount of spit when I speak. I was hospitalized and had an MRI of top half of my brain taken, which came out normal. The blood tests that were taken were also normal and my blood pressure is normal. The doctor has told me that this is a stress-induced or psychological problem. I'm not under all that much stress and this diagnosis doesn't make sense to me. Does anybody have an idea of what could be causing this?
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi I'm a 43 year old man who has always been in very good health. One month ago I suffered from a very severe bought of vertigo... I couldn't even stand up. I was bed ridden for three weeks. I still feel dizzy and can't find my balance. Walking is difficult, my hands, arms and head shake uncontrollably, my vision is impaired especially my depth perception, my writing (which at one time was quite good) looks like that of a small child, and I have a small amount of spit when I speak. I was hospitalized and had an MRI of top half of my brain taken, which came out normal. The blood tests that were taken were also normal and my blood pressure is normal. The doctor has told me that this is a stress-induced or psychological problem. I'm not under all that much stress and this diagnosis doesn't make sense to me. Does anybody have an idea of what could be causing this? Stress?! Psychological?!:eek: That is crap, sorry - you need another doctor... Have they ruled out Guillaume Barre Syndrome? Did you have any difficulty breathing? At any time did you run a fever? Have they ruled out MS? DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Stress?! Psychological?!:eek: That is crap, sorry - you need another doctor... Have they ruled out Guillaume Barre Syndrome? Did you have any difficulty breathing? At any time did you run a fever? Have they ruled out MS? DOM i agree with this! i read about some disease where your brain starts to fall out through your ear and it sounds like what you have! im not joking just to let you know, you need to have this checked out ASAP!!!
    GivenUp 135 Replies Flag this Response
  • It sounds like you need a second opinion from another neurologist, on an outpatient basis. You might have better luck with a subspecialist, perhaps a movement disorder specialist...It took me 8 years, and 8 different neurologists to get my particular diagnosis. Along the way, I met many doctors, including many neurologists who said it was psychological. I am so glad I did not give up and kept searching. I ended up having something rare, but you may have something more common such as Parkinson's, ALS, or myesthenia gravis or something else. Please know that you are not alone. It is very common to be an undiagnosed neurological patient labeled crazy. It can take years to get a proper answer. Hopefully, in your case it won't, but please do not waste time on doctors who don't take your symptoms seriously. It can slowly erode your self esteem if you let it. Coping with the neuro symptoms by themselves is plenty to deal with- you don't need the added angst of having someone doubt whether they are real or not.Best Wishes!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • The doctor has told me that this is a stress-induced or psychological problem. I'm not under all that much stress and this diagnosis doesn't make sense to me. Does anybody have an idea of what could be causing this? Doctors just love to call any illness they cant work out.. stress induced or a psychological issue. If they truely believe that.. ask them to refer you to a psychologist.. (who then can rule out it being psychological). I strongly suggest to go and see another neurologist as im sure you would know that you were under stress, if it was severe enough to cause such major symptoms as you are having.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies Flag this Response
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