Hi gordoncanada! There are so many symptoms of Parkinson's Disease that it is difficult to diagnose. My initital symptoms was shortnes of breath with chest pain. Now I know that was/is due to spasms of my diaphragm. A few months ago, I had "different" chest pain down my left chest, which after many tests in the ER was finally felt to be due to my accessory respiratory muscles having spasams. I get short of breath and chest pain when I do much talking or laughing....but I just figure that I can take my pain meds and apply heat for relief.
Keep in mind that PD affects muscles and it doesn't discriminate which ones. It affects my entire GI systems as well. I can barely sign my name anymore. I also will be adding prisms to my eyeglass prescription because now my pupils are affected. Use this community often..many of us have similar issues. Good luck to you. I hope your neurologist can help you.View Thread
Since I posted the last time with this question, I have been put on 3 anti-anxiety meds and they have helped quite a bit. I am also sleeping better. Parkinson's Anxiety is another part of this disease process. Seems like every week I find out something else. OH, I am NOT happy with my
"buddy", Parkinson's.View Thread
Yep---a common problem with PD. You will probably notice that your voice is becoming softer too. I find that too much talking becomes painful and a strain. Pain is in throat and chest. I have had spasms in my chest for several years now---causes pain with breathing. I tried taking PD meds, but I had bad reactions to them. I found that I would rather deal with symptom relief. The best thing for the talking and chest discomfort is pain meds and apply heat.View Thread
I am in Stage 3 I believe, and have noticed that i am over sensitive to all kinds of things, like noise, walking into a dept. store and being overwhelmed with too many things to look at...things like that. I think it's pretty "normal" for those of us with PD.View Thread
Thank you for picking PD as your area to study! This disease is different for each and every one of us, as you can most likely see by reading the various posts and discusions here. I am an RN, and had to retire 100% disabled several years ago. I can tell you that I never knew much about PD and it has been a learning experience for me.
If you haven't already, take time to read what's already posted on this community. I'm sure many of us won't mind sharing our experiences.View Thread
Hi jwp86....has John had any physical therapy in the hospital? It sounds like at the very least he needs to have some gentle range of motion exercises done while he is in bed. The Dementia is adding to the problem I have no doubt. I assume before he went into the hospital is was walking?View Thread
Glad to hear that some progress is being made with your Dad's physical condition! It would be nice for him to get even a little bit of quality of life.
I don't know anything about the accupuncture---sorry! For me, pain medications and keeping my body moving is the best help for the stiffness.
A thought just occured to me and I wanted to pass it by you as food for thought. If your Dad is unable to swallow, the physician might as about putting in a feeding tube for liquid nutrition to go directly into his stomach. Personally, I have not ever seen any REAL progression made with using this things ( worked for about 32 years) and I do not ever want one for me. You and your family need to have this discussion. Good luck!View Thread
From what you describe, you seem to have hit the nail on the head. He is both weaker and his PD symptoms have changed and might even have a few new ones. The choking and swallowing problems are extremely common with Parkinson's. Has his doctor or nurse suggested adding thickeners to his liquids?
I hope that you and your famiily understand exactly what his end of life wishes are so that you know just how far to push him and these treatments. I hate to sound morbid, but it is something that needs to be discussed before you are not able to anymore.
What kind of problems are you having? Inability to initiate urine stream? Inability to empty bladder completely? Incontinence? Frequent urinary tract infections (UTI's) ?
Yes, PD does affect the bladder. Remember that it is possible for PD to affect any muscle or body system in our bodies. It is a disease that causes interruptions/stopage/misfiring of the nerves that control those muscles. Make sure your Neurologist is aware of your issues.View Thread