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You might've read about the mysterious jacket disappearance and miraculous reappearance incident. We've collectively asked everyone who could've had anything to do with it and nobody has come forward with a reasonable explanation. My sanity is in question.

Backstep about a year... a good friend and longtime riding buddy who's a Doctor of Chiropractics was watching me with a odd look on his face one day, I looked at him quizically and he said "How long have you been unconsciously rubbing circles between your forefinger and thumb and making & releasing a fist?" I had no clue what he was talking about. He then told me he'd seen me do it a few times and it was an early symptom of Parkinson's Disease. Which I readily laughed off and said ahhhh, I'll keep an eye on that.

For years I've had minor ssues with balance. Wouldn't call them a problem, just occasionally a loss of stability, usually laughed off with a "Wow, whole lot of gravity right there." comment. Now a little bit of occasional limb numbness and forgetfulness is starting to creep in. I can still think fast but don't express it as quickly and my conversations tend to wander in different directions. Now, just so I'm clear... I am the furthest thing from a hypocondriac there is on the planet. If it's not a gaping wound or complete paralysis I figured a tylenol and a backrub will probably solve it. I don't go see Doctors unless it's absolutely positively the last option.

If I placed the jacket back in the closet I have absolutely no memory of it. But it got me thinking that if this is the first recognizeable event in total memory blackout what's next? I don't fit the profile for a degenerative neurological disease, never had any major trauma and am 38yrs old this year. At this point I'm dismissing the jacket incident as a revelation of mystical forces that saw fit to return my jacket, since no other explanation is panning out. But I'm beginning to think a physical and trip to neurology wouldn't be out of line.

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Wow Kevin, I am at a total loss for words...What is the average age onset of parkinson's? I was under the impression that it happened in the twilight years right? Could it possibly just be stress? I myself turn 37 in a couple months and find myself forgetting things that make me go duh! I've always prided myself of having a great memory and being quick witted. So hopefully it is just the natural progression of age and the dealings of life that caused a momentary lapse of reasoning.

Or maybe **** is just messing with you cus you're " a dirty old man":D
 

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Have you been drinking alot recently?


I am 34, and have been noticing a 'slowing' of the mental awareness...

I started reading again... A LOT!

I am a pretty quick guy on the thoughts and reactions, and even the slightest hint of slowing in recalling cerrtain things threw me for a loop.

I used to be able to remember subcontrator bids and change orders, and my own bid numbers for several weeks... like to the penny... It was an odd thing.. someone would ask..'What was thier bid like $750K?" and I was able to rattle off $746,550... and sure enough... that was it. Not just A bid... I could list them all!

But last few years... I've lost it... I figured it was age, but just to be sure.. I hear reading sharpens the mind. And playing more 'thought' provoking games with the boys works too...

My damn 6 year old still kick's my a$$ at Connect 4 though...

If it were me Jet... I'd hit the nero ASAP... better safe than sorry!

Good Luck...
 

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ok seiously...parkinson's blows bigtime, it runs in my family
yeah it's usually later in life that it hits, but not always...for example michael j. fox

there are great meds out there to up your dopemine levels and that helps tremendously...a little fetal brain tissue and you can be in much better shape, but the real good stuff is still years away

you don't know **** about your neurological condition until you've been evaluated properly...i bounced around all kinds of Dr's in NJ and NY before finding my way to the U of Penn and they pretty much told me everything done beforehand was a waste of time, useless data etc.

if you have serious concerns, pull every string you have. leverage every contact you have and get to the best possible specialist you can find...i lucked out and had a friend put me in touch w/ one Dr, wasn't the right one but he turned out to be some big shot who got me in w/ world-class specialists...they've extended my riding career a couple years...it's worth it, do what ya gotta do
 

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I think you guys are thinking too much. I'm 23 and I forget stuff. It's just the way it is. Read literature, take your multivitamins, and do as many track days you can. :D You'll be fine. I'm not a doctor, but I'm not sure if touching fingers together means you're going to have Parkinson's.

Anyone in their 40's or 50's here have the doctor ask them how often they rub their fingers together?

Now where did I park my car?
 

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Don't get me wrong, I completely think it's an overreaction on my part to consider seeing a doctor. And walking in saying "Hey look - I rub my fingers together and make fists, am I ill?" isn't going to happen.

thanks ratdog - your point of " you don't know **** about your neurological condition until you've been evaluated properly" is exactly the honesty I'd suspected but hoped against. Always looking for the self diagnosis but knowing that an altered mind isn't going to help diagnose the brain.

Stress, yep - that's my 95% self diagnosis. Alot going on for years without much more than a couple weeks relaxation isn't healthy for anyone. Trackdays are great because nobody has time to think about anything else, just a few more weeks until the next one.

midwest - I did order the Rossi autobiography so that's on the reading menu. Looking forward to that. :)
 

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Add Leanings 1 and 2 to that list if you haven't already read them.
 

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Kevin, I wouldn't rule out stress, caffiene, or a lack of sleep on this one. But I'm inclined to say "When in doubt, check it out!" Getting a physical will either relieve your worries (Stress) or confirm the problem. Either way you have a plan of attack. There's nothing worse than the unknown of "What's next?"
 

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Kevin if you're even asking for opinions, then I think you already know the answer. You need to go get yourself checked out for your own peace of mind. If you don't, it will constantly bug you always being in the back of your mind whether the 'symptons' you have are actually related to something or not.

Fortunately for us here in Canada, when something like this comes up, because of our health care, we can easily make a visit to the doctor without having to pay a thing. Just yesterday morning I go chest x-rays cause my doctor heard something on my regular check-up. Show you how fast the process is, check-up was Tuesday afternoon, x-ray was Wednesday morning and consultation for the x-ray is next Thursday afternoon.
 

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Ummmmmm... like in Canada... where all the BEST medicine is available to everyone... for nothing!

Lets not go down this road shall we?

Any chance that X-ray machine they used on you Sporty was a nice new model that didnt spew radiation all thru your body? LOL... teasin you of course... but I think you get my point.
 

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My mom passed away in Sept from Piks/ALS at the young age of 63.
I thought she wasnt right for the last 20 years...odd behavior, OCD. A little forgetful...
We just thought it was hormones or her use of enphredria. From her fist unexplained car crash to stubling on stairs at a football game to her death was only 1.5 years..

I have always shaked a little in the hands and have episodes of hand cramping up at odd times but I not to concerned...cant do a damn thing about it anyway but get on valium. Less than 5% genetic with the als so that **** is always possible but you cant dwell on that crap...drive yourself nuts.

Either way not a pretty way to go....Ill suck on gun metal before that happens to me.

BTW Im still finding loaded mags around the house I hid from the kids
Oh well, cant wait till retirement so I can blow a big hooter and really forget some stuff.
 

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I was kinda worried the other day when Kevin got on his bike backwards!:eek:
hehehehehe! I was just so excited to be riding again.


Peg - sorry to read it man.
 

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I love f*cking with Kevin. He never even knew I had the jacket.



Just wait till he wakes up tomorrow morning and I have swapped all of his silverware with box wrenches...
 

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My condolences Peg.........
 

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I love f*cking with Kevin. He never even knew I had the jacket.



Just wait till he wakes up tomorrow morning and I have swapped all of his silverware with box wrenches...
I was thinking that would be one f'd up joke. But, funny. Reminds me of a M.A.S.H. episode. Now there are a few young-ens saying, "What's M.A.S.H."

Kev, I have the exact same symptoms you have described. My arms and ahnds will go numb several times a day. Always making fists to relieve numbness and tension in my hands. But, I chaulked it up to 30 yrs of Martial Arts and several broken bones in the hands and arms. Now you've got me thinking about seing the Doc. Hmmm...
 

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Peg, sorry to hear that. My good friends mom passed away 2-weeks ago at only 57. Know how tough it is.
 
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