Skipping past all the details, I'm sure I've covered them in earlier entries. This is amazing. This year I experienced my symptoms advancing, sniffle, moan and groan. One of the is what I call the PD bend. That is my body was beginning to curve sideways, sort of turning my erect posture into a C. My PT recommended an assistive device, you know a cane or walker or arghh. I resisted. Then I was in REI and looked at hiking poles. They look much better than canes so I bought a set. Here comes the magic.. Without using a pole (I only use one and do not put any weight on it) I CAN NOT straighten myself. With pole in hand my body straightens itself! No conscious effort on my part. I stand straight!! I do! put it down and I gradually resume my C. Its like flipping a switch. Anyone else experience magic? I'm going to track it down if I can.