Mom has Parkinsons neurologist says.

Harleysville, PA

My mom has had balance issues for 2 years now and has a hard time getting dressed herself in the mornings. She shakes and has a hard time taking her needles for her diabetes so my dad helps her alot. She is 74 years old he is 80. Her nuerologist wants her to think about starting with meds but mom is afraid of the side effects so so far not taken anything. Is this wise or is it best to start on meds and will that help with her balance or shakes? She said she has a hard time getting up from sitting and is too afraid to drive anymore. Anyone out there on meds and remember what it was like starting out on meds? What are some common meds for Parkinsons and has it helped with the balance and weakness. She even says making her bed is tough anymore. They like to walk but she feels better with her walker if its alot of walkig. They walk almost every day together. I just bought her a book called A Book for Dummies on Parkinsons.She says reading about parkinsons makes her nervous but I thought its good to learn as much about it as she can. Any advice on meds would be good, Drs support groups (she does not use a computer) and personal advice thanks!

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Hi -- I just saw this thread. My DH is 63 and was diagnosed with early-onset PD (think Michael J. Fox) 18 years ago.

Balance can be a big issue and none of the meds seem to help a lot with that. Sinemet is the gold standard and at her age, I would definitely try it. Tiredness is almost always a problem too at some point in the disease. It seems everyone's symptoms are different ... they call it the "snowflake disease" sometimes because of that. And symptoms can often come and go.

Before Sinement and other medications, exercise was the only Rx for Parkinson's and it is always helpful. The more she can walk, even with the walker, the better.

Just a few insights.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Another thought on this: some people with PD use the Wii Sports game system to exercise and have reported that it helps improve their balance and coordination. I do not know if this would be something she is able to do.

We toss a very lightweight small "ball" which is hollow and is basically plastic circles connected together in a sphere. That is something DH enjoys and seems to help him some with coordination and exercise. Not too strenuous, very light, involves hand-eye coordination, and is fun. I bought the ball at Walmart in the kids toy section for $5.

This message was edited Mar 23, 2011 3:46 PM

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Our friend's dad has Parkinson's and the meds help tremendously he's in his 60's

Harleysville, PA

Thanks I think she is going to try the meds when she goes back to the Dr. I hope there is some improvement with her symtoms. I bought her a book called Parkinsons for Dumbies so she is now reading that. She does not have a computer so books are good for her. Ill let her know about the meds.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Just beware that some of the meds they prescribe for PD have terrible side-effects. DH has been on them all and, believe me, some are especially unpleasant. Sinemet is the gold-standard and I think nausea and vomiting are about the worst with that until the person gets adjusted to taking it. Perhaps some constipation also.

Hope it goes well for her ... and you. ^_^

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