I am pretty amazed the professional did not mention Hydrocephalus also known as NPH or Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. My husband had all the same original symptoms of Parkinsons and NPH and his Neurologist went 4 years refusing to give us a real diagnosis. He told us that the famed Billy Graham had been misdiagnosed with Parkinsons and actually had NPH. (I dont know if this is true) but it was his way of telling us it was just too hard to diagnose. A second Neurologist also avoided telling us anything by calling my husbands disease "parkinsonism". Finally we travelled to another city and major medical facility to yet another Neurologist who said, "no not parkinsons---NPH and referred us to a neurosurgeon who shunted my husband. Longer story short, he had 13 surgeries installing and removing shunts, (4 lumbar the rest ventricle) But had to go to yet another city and major medical facility to finish the ventricle shunts and half of those surgeries. Finally yet another Neurologist who said, not only NPH but Lewybody Dementia. Yes, 2 major neurological diseases. Now a stroke has placed him in a memory care facility.
I wish I could give good advice to those out there noticing they are losing their balance, having incontinence problems, losing short term memory-------we just kept getting more opinions, and all were different, it seems in Neurology the common answer of neurological medical personell is "I don't know" and "Maybe". We need a lot more research and answers in this field as it seems we are still "practicing neurological medicine". For patients and loved ones, it is the most frustrating experience to deal with neurological problems.