I am afraid that what was considered manic episodes may really be the beginning of frontal lobe dimetia, or I just may be getting desperate about my situation. The lonliness is unbearable. Any advice?View Thread
I have had Parkinson's for eight years. My wife (my only relation) who is fiftyyears old can no longer bear the burden of my care. I am ambulatiry eight to ten hours a day and feel pretty good, however in the afternoon I carmp up and am bed ridden until the next morning. My dear wife is loath to send me into 24 hour care, yet I fear being alone, and practially immoble half the day. Any advise?View Thread
I too bristle at the prefix 'idiopathic' to the common diagnosis for PD. In my case I have narrowed it down to two possibiblities:1) as a child i was treated with radiation therapy for tonsilitis and 2) having suffered from hay fever in the autumn that rated 13 on a scale of ten, for many years I used the most powerful anthistimines available. Oddly my hayfever dissappeared about five years before my PD started. Does anyone know anything about this?View Thread
I have heard of the light therapy to treat SAD in the northern clime but I am amazed to hear that you use depakote. 2010 in Chicago has been blessed/cursed with extraordinarily pleasent weather! I believe this has contributed to my difficulties! We are halfway thru Nov and still having Temps og 60 or higher. I know very little about depakot and what its effects are. Can anyone in the medical community help with this?View Thread
My treatment has been unsatisfactory since day one. My symptoms follow a yearly pattern with roughly kalf the year pretty good (Jan-Aug) and half the year pretty bad (Sept- Dec) I have no idea if any other pd patient notices this, in any event for the good half of the year I could do well on as few as 8 sinemets a day while in the darker months I'd take as many as 16 a day with no pernicious side effects except insomnia. I believe that the the onset of the manic episodes had as much to do with he insideous progression of the PD itself as well as the inevitable deterioration of family and social life in a case of early onset pd such as mine. The depakote is working well. I think it is well worth the risk to increase the sinemet such (its efficacy is as good as ever at the higher doses) than to waste many years of an almost normal life. And as far as my "physician team" goes the doctors I see might as well be on different planets.View Thread
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.