Tremor has almost dissapeared with the taking of amantadine. Writing did not improve but with concetratiion it is quite legible. Keyboarding is slower because of a dragging finger on my right hand. Otherwise I do as I please. I may have a slight difference in balance but minor if any.It is just hard to put this out of my mind and enjoy the time I have while I can still do what I want to do.
MY voice has started to become hoarse and lower in the last few weeks. Learning to feel like i am yelling to be heard. Hope It doesnt become a real problem
Dr. seems to think I have showed symptoms associated with a bad back that were really pd for 7 or 8 years.Dec 2009. Handwriting was getting worse 7 or 8 months ago. Cursive is hard to do but can print fine.
jan 23 2010 I try to print now instead of cursive. I also have dragging fingers on my right hand when keyboarding and one trying to on the other possibly. My voice is weak and i have to force it. Ihave a back problema and couldn not run or jog at all for years but would for 50 feet if crossing the street . Right now My legs feel as if they might not hold me upo if I try that. Seem to have a little more of a memory problem. I can not differentiate the pains in my legs from those caused by my back and those caused by p\d. Its like watching yourself age at a quicker than normal pace right before your eyes but no one else seems to notice whats happeining right now. Trying to get all the bills paid and hoiuse paid for so I can think of moving to a smaller home if I ever have to.
Apr. 20, 2010. Back pain is due to disc problems at L4 L5. Taking injections . Not related to parkinsons.
May 1, 2010. Have a slighttendency too lose balance while dressing and I always stumble a little to the left. Handwriting has had to slow down and \print if I can. Had steeroid injectiions for back pain twiice and it affects the way my medication works.Finger on hand seems to drag when keyboarding. Some memory problems. MUscles in legs and hands seem a little weaker but \has not affected my walk. Back is the biggest problem for right now. Decision to make onn what to do to be pain free. Parkinsons is proceeding slowly
steroid injections seem to offset the way my medications work on me. Hopefully they will work better when I am done. May 22
Aug 20 2010 Neuro visit. Hand shaking a lot more but just the one hand. Oppted to keep the amantadine until it becomes a bit more embarrassing and then go to requip. Seem to be more fogetful worrries me the most.was given script for oxycontin or percocet to replace the hydrocodone which has never worked well for me. Started at 5mg and will use 1/2 pill up or down to find the right dosage. Only use when pain becomes almost unbearable. Just keeping it down for a few days seems to make it back off for quite a while. Would like to have the backk surgery but my job would not be there in the present economic downturn. I also need to pay the bills off.
Oct 21 2010 Have been taking amantadine for 14 months now and tremor is coming back.I quit coq10 but it did seem to be helping so after 6 weeks off I started back up. I still have some ballance problems while dressing and a little forgetfulness. Started oxycontin in Aug for back and am doing much better. Seems to be alll on one side and I have and still do turn my right foot out to keep from stubbing my toe. still seems to be advancing slow.
oct 6 2011
Nust not take amantadine latee. Doses must be exact. But have made it 2 years now on it. WEakness in le\gs gooing down steps but probably because of inability to exercise legs well because of back. Cant have that fixed because I will lose my job and in present economy that is not acceptable. I have to work until i cant anymore. My voice is regualarly hourse or course sounding and people think its just normal now. Back is biggest problem but I can tell overall I very slowly seem to be progressing. Hoping for the best. Much harder to ekeyboard now and writingmust be print.