In the treatments
section, under exercise
I have put my evaluations of stair
, stationary bicycle,
, and walking
I was diagnosed with Parkinson's in April of 2007, having had a
hand tremor since 2002. Even though I exercised a lot (I had been a
runner for forty years), I couldn’t do much by the time I was
diagnosed. Fifteen minutes a day, two days a week, at a very slow
pace on the exercise bike or the elliptical was all I could manage.
And it took a while to find the right medication. I eventually
settled on two 25/100 sinemet and one 100 mg
comtan, three times a day. During this time (from start of meds to
“optimum” meds, April 2007 to Oct 2008, my exercising went from
that in the previous paragraph to walking two or three miles a day - sometimes more) - and doing an additional fifteen or twenty minutes on the elliptical or forced cycling on the exercise bike).
I have put a number of my exercise posts on my website.
A year or two later, to extend my on times, I added three 1.5 mg
tablets of mirapex, one 5 mcg azilect,
and one 25/100 tablet of sinemet ER. By that time I had no tremor –
even when I first got up in the morning, and was off, I could write
and type almost as well as I ever could.
Some of the other posts I’ve made: I wrote about
medication adjustments here and here
and in this
post and in this
post. I wrote about support I've
had from my employer, and thoughts
on Parkinson's and driving. I've participated in a ritigotine patch
medical study, and one for acupuncture.
Unfortunately, in June of 2011 I
had to file
And eventually the Parkinson's progressed to the point that DBS was
an option. I had it done in Nov and Dec of 2016.