I am newly diagnosed with PD (poor handwriting was the principle complaint). My visit with the neurologist was short: after a brief exam, he informed me that I had PD, wrote a prescription for Mirapex, a dopamine agonist, informed me that it was his duty to tell me I may become a pathological gambler, and I was out the door in complete bewilderment.
I thought I had a pinched nerve from a 2 y.o. tennis injury. I still do. I also have poor blood flow in my right arm. The movement in my right hand fingers returns in the morning, if I strain my elbow, or lift my hand over my head. I had previously had a CT scan of my neck and it showed pronounced osteophytic narrowing of the right neural foramen for C4-5, C5-6, and C6-7.
BTW, I am 59 y.o. and very active physically. I work all over the world as a consulting engineer. It is a great job and one I would like to keep doing for several more years.
Anybody have any comments? Is it just wishful thinking on my part?
Major symptoms of Parkinson disease are shaking (tremor), muscle stiffness (rigor) and poor or slow movements (akinesia and bradikinezia). Poor handwriting is present in Parkinson disease but it is not the only symptom.
Poor handwriting can be also due to pinched nerve if pressure on the cervical spinal nerve's roots last too long. You can perform EMG (electro-myo-graphy) to check hand nerves' conductivity which is disturbed if pinched nerve is the main reason for poor handwriting.
Persistence of both conditions in the same time is also possible.
You can ask for second opinion from another neurologist.
Do you still have the same symptoms or new one occurred also?