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      Kim Mortson
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      My earliest symptoms was a nagging ache on the left side of my back under my scapula bone.  Then when I was running, my left foot would stiffen and then turn over so I could not run.  My left arm would not swing when I walked or ran.  Over the following year, I noticed that I was making a lot of mistakes with my left hand while typing on a key board.  I also could not wash my hair with my left hand as I could not rotate it above my head.  My regular workouts were also becoming very hard….I just did not have the energy that I once did and I got tired very quickly.  Finally after seeing my second neurologist, I was diagnosed with PD.  That was 2 years ago when I was 57 yrs.

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      Kim Mortson
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      I was diagnosed with PD at the age of 57.  I am a personal trainer and had been a runner for almost 20 years.  Unfortunately, one of the 1st PD symptoms that I experienced was my left foot stiffening and then turning over on it’s side when I ran.  I have had to give up my running however I still weight train 2x week, do a “HITT” workout 1x week, take yoga 1x week and walk when I can.  I also downhill ski in the winter and waterski in the summer.  I truly believe that my PD symptoms are under control due the regular exercise.  My neurologist is very pleased with how slow my symptoms are progressing.  One thing that I will comment on is the effects of stress on my PD.  Stress definitely makes things worse.  I have had to make some changes to my training business so I experience less stress in my life.

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