Parkinson's disease

Steve - Interview 05

Male
Age at interview: 52
Age at diagnosis: 50

Brief outline: Diagnosed in 2004, Steve takes Pramipexole. He has tremor in his right arm. He is a member of a running club and trains most days.

Background: Married, 3 children, hotel storeman.

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Steve first noticed that he was dropping tools at work, he was slower at running and he had a tremor in his right arm. After seeing his GP, he was referred to the neurologist who diagnosed Parkinson’s disease. He started taking Pramipexole, which made him feel drowsy at first and was affecting his work. His employers weren’t very supportive so he took the opportunity for redundancy on medical grounds. He was concerned that he might not get another job but the disability advisor at the job centre arranged a part time job for him, which he is enjoying.

 

Steve has been a member of a running club since 1994 and up until last year he was still able to train most days, although he finds it hard that he can no longer run at the speed he used to.  He also works out at the gym, cycles eight miles a week and goes to Pilates. He’s determined to continue running for as long as possible and last year he was awarded Sportsman of the Year.  This year, he has finding it harder to run but he organised the Parkinson’s Fun Run and they raised £4,000.

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