I will try to help you stop scratching your head and losing hair. This will be an easy question for you with your broad base of experience.
I was diagnosed first as having perepheral neuropathy (non diabetic) in my toes and feet. Next I was found to also have PD.
This is my first introduction to a web site of this kind and hopefully some of my questions and searching for answers can be better directed thru your website. This will be good.
Do many of those who have PD also have a rather contemporaneous onset of neuropathy affecting walking, standing, gait, balance, etc.? Are there places to read on the interrelationship of these two diseases and ways to recover from both at the same time since they both seem to contribute to the loss of mobility?
Thank you in advance for your thoughts.
The timing of your question is certainly uncanny. Last week I aired a radio show with Randy Eady who has a clinic in Delray Beach, Florida, Randy Eady. Randy is known throughout Florida as the Foot Whisperer. I suggest you listen to this show for obvious reasons. You can find the Parkinsons Recovery radio show by visiting:
Download the show for free and play it on an MP3 player if you do not want to listen at your computer.
Yes – the symptoms you describe can be associated with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s. My research reveals large differences in the symptoms of individuals who have been diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. Each person’s situation is typically unique. The symptoms you experience are very likely to be vastly different from the symptoms of another with the same diagnosis.
You are also interested in exploring the two diagnoses (perepheral neuropathy and Parkinson’s) with a focus on allopathic treatment options. I am sorry to report you will not get any insights from the resources and information I provide at Parkinsons Recovery. That is clearly in the domain of medical doctors, Since I am a researcher type (Ph.D.) not a medical doctor, this is clearly not my area of expertise. I gladly refer all such questions to medical doctors.
I also prefer to research the answer to questions that do not focus on the implications of a specific diagnosis. The thinking involves asking what is wrong with your body that needs to be fixed by someone else. I hold the belief that while you are obviously experiencing bothersome symptoms, your body is giving you valuable information about what is out of balance.
I believe your body is working perfectly (though I fully acknowledge this reality is hard to stomach right now). Your body is asking for some adjustments that are necessary to bring your neurological system back into balance. Adjustments may involve some combination of diet, exercise, supplements, body work, detoxes or a whole host of other therapeutic interventions.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease