This question is in reference to my mother who is 61 years old. She is suffering from Parkinsons for four years. Since last year she is facing a problem of dyskinesia after taking Sinemet.
She tends to stay in bed. After some treatment she can move her left arm. She cannot go to washroom or even take her hand till chest.
I live in Pakistan. She take 6 times dose and cannot even sallow the food and the medicines.
I am so sorry to hear about the challenges your mother is currently facing. Dyskinesia is usually related to taking too much medication. I would strongly recommend that your mother ask another doctor for a second opinion.
It sounds to me like her medications need to be adjusted in one way or another. If she can not even swallow the medications, her body is giving her a strong message that something needs to be changed. Perhaps she needs to change medications in consultation with her doctor. Perhaps she needs to reduce the dosage of the medications she is taking now, again with the close supervision of her doctor. Perhaps she needs to begin looking at therapies other than medications. Some people simply cannot tolerate medications in any form. Her body is telling her that an adjustment needs to be made.
Know that there are also many therapies in addition to medications that can provide significant relief from the symptoms of Parkinson’s. The more often she can get out of bed and move her body in any manner possible, the better she will feel. Any exercise at this point will likely prove to be beneficial.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
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I have enjoyed your web site. I have been trying many new things in order to feel better. I have decreased my PD meds tremendously. My dyskinesias are 90% better.
For now I wish to discontinue my membership. Let me explain. I live in Central New York. This past winter was brutal, and being stuck inside for what seemed forever, is how and why I found your web site. Spring has come and gone – a very rainy one I might add.
Now summer is here. I’m feeling more like myself again. My husband and I have started a garden and we really enjoy working in the yard. He just bought me a bicycle and we are boaters. So to be perfectly honest I don’t have time to sit in front of the computer. I need to move and enjoy the sunshine for the short amount of time we have it. I will see you again next winter.
By the way I love your news letters. I hope those don’t stop. Thank-
you for your support.
Thanks so much for sending me the exciting news about your recovery. Many people will be thrilled to learn your symptoms are better after trying new things. The best medicine anyone can give themselves is sunshine and exercise. They are both freely available in the summer. The more you get of both, the better you will feel. I cannot transmit sunshine through the website and it doesn’t do much for the exercise side of things!
I too lived in New York as a child and remember the long and challenging winters. The good news that after the long winter, summer is such a welcome gift.
If you get the chance, call in during any of my weekly radio programs and tell us all what you have been doing to feel better. It will be motivating for many people. The phone number [347-945-5358] always stays the same. The show airs 11:00 am pacific time every Thursday.
As for the free newsletters – the best is yet to come! Stay tuned.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.