16 patient evaluations for Walking with a cost of < $25

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May 30, 2016 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for slow movement (bradykinesia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for balance problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for increased energy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, muscle strain, muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: As of Sept 1, 2010, I am lumping walking together with the other aerobic exercise I do - running, exercise bike, elliptical. If you're having trouble walking, you're likely to walk less. If you fear walking by yourself, you're likely to walk less. So your walking will get worse, you'll have more trouble with it, and you'll walk less. You can end up in a downward spiral. So you've got to break the cycle. There are several ways to do it. Many people who freeze while walking can still walk on a treadmill. And you can always hold on to the rails while walking on it. So practicing walking on a treadmill can help. If you don't have access to a treadmill, you can try walking stairs (if you are one of those who doesn't have a problem with stairs). Always hold on to the rails when you do stairs, however. If you don't have stairs, or can't do them, there are two other things you can try. You can clear a space in your house or on your driveway, and put obstacles on it to step over. Most PWP find that even if they have trouble walking, it's usually easier if they step over something. The "something" can be shoes, rolled-up newspapers, blocks, pieces of wood. Walk back and forth, stepping over the obstacles. Try varying the distance between the obstacles. Once you have been walking over them for five or ten minutes, you'll usually find it easier to walk and may be able to walk short distances without the obstacles. Another thing you can do is to get a walker (a rollator), and practice walking using it (in a mall, on your driveway, around your neighborhood on the sidewalk).
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle soreness, muscle strain, fatigue

Oct 17, 2009 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for slow movement (bradykinesia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, muscle strain, muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Walking can be either standard walking or racewalking. The latter is more strenuous than jogging at the same speed, but without the pounding of running or jogging. Once you're in good shape, it's a nice change to try racewalking for a few hundred yards in the middle of a walking workout. It also helps your speed, which is probably something all of us Parkinson's patients could use.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle soreness, muscle strain, fatigue

Aug 23, 2009 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, muscle strain, muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Treatments and drugs can interact with each other. In my case, there was a positive interaction with walking, Mirapex, and Azilect. See "About Me" in my profile. In late 2008, when I walked fast for several minutes (during exercise) I often tended to freeze, and would have to stop walking. A few months later, when I started to freeze I would be able to continue walking, just slower for a few minutes, and then resume. By Oct of 2009 even if I started to freeze while running fast, I would be able to slow down (still running) and keep from freezing. I believe that pushing yourself - hard - on a regular basis (once a week or so) can help alleviate your symptoms and improve you functioning.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle soreness, muscle strain, fatigue

Aug 16, 2009 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, muscle strain, muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle soreness, muscle strain, fatigue

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Apr 6, 2011 (Started Oct 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 1, 2011 (Started Oct 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 9, 2011 (Started Oct 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Aug 30, 2010 (Started Jul 10, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 15, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Just plain walking. I don't monitor my heart rate, I just enjoy myself. My mobility, balance, arm swing and pace have all improved considerably since I started 3 years ago.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle strain, fatigue

Jan 1, 2009 (Started Jul 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, muscle strain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle strain, fatigue

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May 21, 2010 (Started Apr 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 26, 2009 (Started Feb 26, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for exercise)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Walk. Walk always. It si dangerous driving a car with FMS fog. I developed the exercise comp[onet by adding trekking poles.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 26, 1991 (Started Feb 26, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for exercise)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: walk as though your life depended upon it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Feb 18, 2009 (Started Mar 23, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 17, 2009 (Started Mar 23, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 10, 2009 (Started Jun 24, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle strain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: only walk half as far as you are able since you will hae to walk the same distance back home
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle strain

Dec 14, 2008 (Started Jun 24, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle strain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: dress according to the weather - bring water and also enough money to pay for transport home if needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle strain

Oct 20, 2008 (Started Jun 24, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle strain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: wear light colors or reflective clothing , carry a flashlight, ID, cell phone, and money for transport home if needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle strain

Sep 17, 2008 (Started Jun 24, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: DRESS IN LAYERS THAT ARE EASY TO REMOVE BRING A DAYPACK TO HOLD BELONGINGS, BEVERAGE , LIGHT SNACK AND THAT HAS ROOM TO STORE PURCHASES
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle strain

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Jan 10, 2009 (Started Sep 09, 1968)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle strain, foot and ankle injuries)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: keep hydrated, and bring money with you to use public transport if you get too tired to walk back home
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: foot and ankle injuries, muscle strain

Dec 14, 2008 (Started Sep 09, 1968)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle strain, foot and ankle injuries)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: drink water - wear comfortable clothes - wear supportive shoes ( 37 yrs ago I broke my foot and ankle while dancing)
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: foot and ankle injuries, muscle strain

Oct 21, 2008 (Started Sep 09, 1968)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle strain, foot and ankle injuries)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: foot and ankle injuries, muscle strain

Sep 17, 2008 (Started Sep 09, 1968)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (foot and ankle injuries)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: TAKE IT EASY AND WEAR COMFORTABLE SUPPORTIVE FOOTWEAR WITH SOLES THAT ARE NEITHER TOO SLICK NOR PROVIDE TOO MUCH TRACTION .THIS WILL HELP PREVENT INJURIES.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: foot and ankle injuries, muscle strain

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 18, 2008 (Started Nov 15, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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