IAmA 42 yr old with Parkinson's Disease who had a stroke while getting a DBS installed
I was diagnosed in 2006, but had symptoms since 2004. I have recently been taking so much medication that I was starting to see side effects related to the meds like dyskinesia. My doctors felt I would benefit from the surgery as I have good response to my meds.
After surgery, I could not use the right side of my body in any coordinated fashion. I could move it, just not where I wanted to go. An MRI revealed the stroke was about 6x10 mm near where one of the electrodes was placed (they place 3 electrodes per side). After a week of therapy, I am back home with my family near my baseline and waiting for the battery to be installed during another surgery next week.
Proof: I'll post a link to my twitter feed after this https://twitter.com/yopd1/status/369119509212172288
EDIT: Sorry, I answered the last few questions this evening. I had family stuff in the afternoon and went back to work for the first time today. Thanks for the questions and especially the kind thoughts.