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Diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's Article by Lauren Crosby Medlicott

The earliest signs of my Parkinson's started 10 years ago with tremors, especially in my left hand. I couldn't pick the strings of my guitar anymore.

Gradually over the following two years, more symptoms started. I was exhausted all the time, as if I were pregnant. I would just look at the floor and think how comfortable it looked. My mood was very low, even though I had no reason to be down. My handwriting was getting smaller and smaller. I couldn't cross my legs when sitting down. The left side of my body was very stiff. My foot was dragging when I walked because I couldn't quite lift my leg high enough to get my foot off the ground.


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