We all know that PD is a degenerative disease. It should however not mean that everything necessarily gets worse all the time. I am sharing the information below as an encouragement to all.
I am currently on holiday close to Syracuse in Sicily and was amazed to find out this morning that I could swim again. I struggled with this over the last 2 years to the point that I could no longer swim without risking to drown. This morning though I had recovered my ability to swim (I never was a great swimmer but was always very comfortable in water).
So what is this due to? Could be the fact that my Sinemet dose last year was too low (I am now on 3x12.5/50 a day). It could also be related to daily exercise, obsessive nutrition, vitamin B1 or photobiomodulation.
There are other things that have gone better over time:
- regained my sense of smell 2 years ago after starting to take Mannitol,
- substantially improved my writing through daily hand exercises. Using a keyboard has deteriorated slightly though.
- improved my voice through daily exercises (not perfect but better).
- better sleep thanks to sublingual melatonin.
- better balance (again, might be Sinemet or other).
- less anxiety through meditation (my father had PD so it is easy to imagine the worse things happening to me).
I have shared in the past what I do to manage my symptoms. Please see link below if you are interested. Since I wrote this I have added acupuncture and cold showers to my list!