Do other PD people notice a change/worsening of symptoms seasonally? I just realized that for several years now my symptoms seem to increase about Dec or Jan or there abouts. This time period is when I have been starting or changing or increasing medications.
Yes – my experience is that many people experience a flare up of symptoms during the winter. I suspect there are several reasons:
- Diet – the holidays trigger unhealthy eating.
- Lack of exercise – the winter months can mean colder weather with more rain and snow.
- Lack of sunshine – Although you live in a rather hot climate, vitamin D3 may not be an issue – but Naturopath Doctor Laurie Mischley finds most people with Parkinson’s symptoms have severe vitamin D3 deficiencies. If there is less sunshine – your body will be getting less D3 the natural way.
- Change or addition of medications – If you have been adding new medications or increasing the dosage, that could also be a possible cause of a symptom flare up due to interactions and side effects.
All in all – there are a multitude of factors that can potentially contribute to shifts in symptoms seasonally. Since there are typically fluctuations – you can always celebrate improvement down the road.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.