I am the only Pd patient, that I know of, who has managed to reverse many of his/her movement symptoms. I am also the only patient, that I know of, who has not had to take any Pd medication anymore. For the past 11 years I have not needed to take any medication for my Pd. I had been taking Eldepryl for over 10 years, up to 2002. Other than taking that medication, I gave up my highly stressful job, immediately after diagnosis. At that time, I was feeling very sorry for myself and was beginning to enjoy the sympathy and support I was getting from my family and friends. That was NOT a good thing! There has to be a time for adjustment to our new situation, but feeling sorry for ourselves is not a good idea.
There has to be something to my unusual experience, that is worth taking note! Firstly, I only took one type of medication, for those ten years. That was unusual! I don't know of anybody else who was prescribed only one medication for ten years. Secondly, I had been doing regular energetic exercise, both in the gym and on the road for over twenty years, before being diagnosed, although my first symptom began in 1963, 29 years before diagnosis. Both of these factors could have a very significant bearing on my improved health. Neurologists appear to be more inclined to prescribe levodopa medication than MAO-b inhibitors, of which eldepryl is one. However, for the first two years, after diagnosis, my condition appeared to still be getting worse. That situation changed, when I gave up going to the gym and started to do regular hard walking, on the road. I am therefore quite convinced that the right kind of exercise, combined with the right kind of medication and the lack of harmful stress, is the right formula for reversing Pd.
You have to BELIEVE that this is possible, before you can commit yourself to doing lots of exercise. I don't look down on those who are not prepared to try the exercise, with total commitment. It is not easy! YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU ARE DOING!
Two years after I had been diagnosed, when I had been taking eldepryl for those two years, my condition had continued to still get worse! I then started walking, as fast as I could, initially for only 20 minutes. Every second week I increased the time by an additional 5 minutes. After only 4 months, when I reached one hour per walking session, my times for walking each kilometre had come down from well over 10 minutes to well under 9 minutes.
That was the first time in many years that anything had IMPROVED in my life.
You cannot believe what this did for me!
4 years later, friends I had not seen for a long time, told me I was LOOKING SO WELL! They made me aware, for the first time that I was, in fact, looking a lot better. My family had not noticed it, and neither had I. We saw each other almost every day, and you don't notice slow change taking place. But others, who don't see you that often, do notice. They thought that I had been telling lies! They thought that I had told everybody I had Pd, in order to get rid of all my responsibilities at work! Giving up my job was the best thing I ever did. It got rid of a great deal of stress in my life, and that alone must have helped with the Pd.
There is so much to learn from what happened to me, but it can only make sense if you can read the whole story.
I can thank Norton for helping me to get back onto the HU website and to be able to tell people my GOOD NEWS!