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Peter - Interview 11

Peter was diagnosed six years ago. He experiences tremor, freezing and rigidity and considerable problems sleeping at night. He takes slow release Sinemet and Amitriptyline.

  • Background

    Married, 2 adult children, retired salesman.

  • Age at interview 72
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Keith - Interview 14

    Keith's symptoms have progressed slowly since he was diagnosed in 2004. His symptoms are tremor in his left hand, slowness and fatique. He is currently taking Madopar.

  • Background

    Married, adult children, retired principal lecturer.

  • Age at interview 74
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Ann - Interview 19

    Diagnosed three years ago, Ann has tremor in her right hand. The first year after diagnosis was very difficult, but since taking Mirapexin, she feels more able to cope.

  • Background

    Married, 3 adult children, Batik Artist.

  • Age at interview 68
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Philip - Interview 36

    Since Philip was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 4 years ago he has always felt uncertain which of his symptoms were caused by this and which were due to the pain he gets from a severely arthritic hip.

  • Background

    Farmer Married. 2 children.

  • Age at interview 58
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Eddie - Interview 37

    Eddie was diagnosed with Parkinson's about 3 years ago. He was put on Sinemet but began to experience breathing difficulties at night. Although his consultant encouraged him to continue on the medication he decided not to.

  • Background

    Allotments Officer, single.

  • Age at interview 83
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Helen - Interview 40

    Helen was 33 when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. 6 years later her symptoms were well controlled and she was on Rotigotine patches she began secretly gambling on line. When she admitted this and was taken off the patches she quickly lost the urge to gamble.

  • Background

    Placement officer, married 2 children.

  • Age at interview 39
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Humphrey - Interview 01

    Humphrey was able to continue working as a writer, broadcaster and musician after he was diagnosed. Although his Parkinson's was progressing fairly quickly he maintained a resolutely positive attitude, trying to solve each problem as it presented itself, such as voice recognition software when typing became difficult. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2005.

  • Background

    Married, children. Writer and broadcaster

  • Age at interview 57
  • Sex/Gender Male