an insight and possibly some encouragement for more recently diagnosed people from an 18 yr veteran.i was diagnosed as a 36 yrold man with pk and im now 54 .got the shock news after going to a neurologist with a stiff hand. think the first q i asked was will i be in a wheel chair before leaving his office and driving confused in a panic,as was alone,in the wrong direction.
within the hour i calmed down,told my wife, mum n dad blah blah and nobody including me really knew what t entailed.All I knew my hero muhammad ali was nt looking too good so if it could do that to one of the fittest men that ever lived, i d better get serious . i was pretty sporty type 6ft slim ,gym friendly but not bodybuilder , weights more aerobic stuff . i cycled daily and heres the first fact that may shock i still do.not dozens of miles but 3 or more daily.so a recent study by cambridge somebody or other that cycling is good for you could have saved £200000 or so by speaking to me.without getting into advanced neorology as i see it the two hemispheres of brain left controls right sided movement and vice versa broadly speaking so any exercise that locks you into using l and r legs arms feet equally is all good news.
Obviously my condition has got worse over the years but if i can still manage adecent golf swing thats also l r sides of the brain and cycle i feel ive significantly reduced the progression of the disease.i was also lucky early diagnosis and getting on meds early has helped for the record i use apo go pump plus stalevo ropinirole sinemet and been on same dosage for last five yrs approx.freezing increased a bit.sometimes when im frozen throw a golf ball or football in front of meill unfreeze and follow the ball.Theres one for the boffins to work out,could woffle on all day, but if just one of you get that ornament called a bike out of your garage ive achieved something today