In this interview, I speak with my friend, Ian Frizell, who has early onset Parkinson’s Disease. He was formally diagnosed, allegedly, in 2011 when his neurologist said “if I were a betting man, I’d bet that you have Parkinson’s,” however an official diagnosis came from his GP when Ian asked her for a sick note in 2013. “What’s wrong with you?” she asked, as she skimmed through his notes on her computer, “ah yes, you’ve got Parkinson’s”. So… diagnosed 2011/2013, Ian had been suffering from symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease since about 1995. In 2015, a (different) neurologist referred him to the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) team at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) in Queen Square, London, to assess his suitability for this operation. On the 19th of April 2016, he underwent surgery to have electrodes placed in his brain (bilateral deep brain stimulation of the sub-thalamic nucleus) and a neurostimulator in his chest. Watch and learn from Ian about his experience and fighting back against PD.
Be sure to visit his website and follow his blog at: http://www.dbsacompletenobrainer.co.uk