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    I just registered. This is all rather new to me. I was diagnosed with PD last September. So far I'm doing pretty good. The medicine (Sinemet) seems to be controlling the bulk of the symptoms I have. However, the worst problem is the "anxiety" feelin (pain in chest area). It happens mostly at work but on rare occasions at home. I'm 55 now. Is this a problem for anyone else and if so, what do you do about it? My doctor prescribed Lexapro but my wife and I determined it was making the feeling worse so I quit taking it.

    I'm not always sure what to say in these things but I hope to help others as I also hope to get help for myself. PD is not something I wished for but am confident my family and I can handle whatever comes our way. We are all members of the church of Christ and have absolute faith that one day we will not have to deal with sickness any more. If I can help in any way, please let me know.

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    We're so glad that you joined our community!

    I'm so sorry that you've been diagnosed with PD, but I'm happy for you that Sinemet is working to control the majority of your symptoms. You are wise to discontinue any medications, which cause you to feel worse or to have adverse side effects. Of course, you should check with your doctor first, as some meds can't be stopped suddenly and need to be weaned.

    Unfortunately, our PD forum isn't as active as it once was, but there are many caring folks here, to support and encourage you on your journey.

    How wonderful that your family is supporting and loving you. May your faith keep you strong.

    I look forward to getting to know you, so please feel free to post. You'll get the hang of it in no time.

    Love & Light,

    Mom to Jon, 49, and Michael, 32, who were born with an undiagnosed progressive neuromuscular disease and courageous spirits. Our Angel Michael received his wings in 2003. Our Angel Jon received his wings April 2019. April 2020, Jim, the world's most wonderful Dad, joined them. Now, they all watch over me.

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    Hi, I just registered here. My father's just diagnosed with PD, and yeah, he also feels the same with you. He haven't stopped taking the medication, though. I hope I can find something in this forum to help him.

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    Welcome to Brain Talk, Tony.

    The National Parkinson's Association says that 40% of PD patients also have anxiety. It can be situational or caused by lower amts of certain neurotransmitters. Either way, it can be treated. See here:

    See you around the forums,
    There comes a time when silence is betrayal.- MLK

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    Hi tonyquart and WELCOME!

    If your father is taking Sinemet, chest pain is listed as one of the "major side effects" and is something to contact the doctor about:
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009.

    "Always put off until tomorrow whatever you think you should do today." --Anonymous

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