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Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

Katherine reached out to 2nd.MD for help with questions about medication for a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

A few weeks ago I got a postcard from 2nd.MD and filed it away. I thought I’ll probably never need this. Then, a couple of weeks later, I went to a neurologist about a slight tremor in my right hand and arm. My mother and sisters have essential tremor, so when I noticed mine, I wasn’t too concerned. However, it worsened, and only happened when my arm was at rest, so I knew it was different. The diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease didn’t come as too much of a surprise, but I didn’t know what questions to ask at the time.

My doctor recommended medication and exercise. I was worried about the diagnosis; I’m a nurse and I have taken care of some patients before with severe Parkinson’s Disease. The medication’s list of adverse side effects was long, but we didn’t spend a lot of time discussing that. I just didn’t know what to do, and then I remembered I had the card from 2nd.MD.

I was surprised about how quickly it happened. I got to review the specialist’s background and really see that this was her expertise. Dr. Klepitskaya was personable and very familiar with the latest clinical research. We discussed what was bothering me. She was able to clarify all of my questions. The neat part was that Dr. Klepitskaya didn’t stop there. She gave me additional resources and programs to reference. She didn’t make me feel rushed and was so reassuring. The written consult summary afterwards was most helpful too. After our consult, I hung up and thought, this was free and most people aren’t even aware.

I’m now taking the medication I had been hesitant about (although I am increasing the dose at a slower rate than prescribed), and have found that it helps with my sleep and anxiety. I have found a local clinic that offers the exercise program the 2nd.MD doctor recommended, and am researching whether my insurance will cover it. I’ve increased my walking to 5 times a week, and I’m going to take advantage of yoga offered at the army post where I work.

I wouldn’t trade my experience with this specialist for anything.

-Katherine

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