REM Behavioral Sleep Disorder and PD

Hi, I am new to this forum and I thank you for accepting me in. I have been diagnosed with RBSD and have read in several places that 70% of those who have RBSD go on to develop PD. I wake extremely stiff every morning, I have issues remembering things when I do not take my Nuvigil (speed) and I also have RLS and use Neupro patches for this.

I would like to know if there is anyone on here who was first diagnosed with RBSD before they developed PD.

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  • Hi and Welcome! I have been diagnosed with PD for 12 years. I believe the night terrors and RLS both developed after diagnoses - but who knows how long I have had PD actually. Frozen shoulders and loss of smell preceded diagnoses of PD. However, it doesn't mean that you will develop Parkinson/s. My mom has both RLS and REM disorder, but she has never developed Parkinson's. She is now 91 years old. TAking magnesium chloride helps me with RLS and so does taking mucuna pruriens , which I take for PD. My night terrors have mostly gone away also - and that may be due to the marijuana tea I take at bedtime. I have also started physical therapy exercise classes 3x a week - and that has helped with everything!! Hope this helps. Just want to encourage you to start natural therapies first before getting into the vicious cycle of pharmaceutical drugs. Nothing wrong w/ finding a nutritionist/naturopath along side with the neurologist. Wish I had done that earlier.

  • I was suffering from RBSD before my PD diagnosis. My wife and I were obviously very concerned about it and she began sleeping in the spare room, from time to time getting up in the middle of the night to move to 'a safer place'. I had no idea what was causing it. I sometimes woke from a dream episode in which I was in a fight with my fists flailing. I felt I was dealing with some sort of unfinished business that couldn't be dealt with in my waking hours as I am really quite a placid character. There were certainly one or two individuals in my experience who could have done with a pasting.

    The RBSD seemed to die out when I was put on PD medication and didn't return till a few months ago, though not as bad as previously. This time I had begun taking an extra Stalevo (rather like Sinamet) on going to bed in order to ensure a nights sleep, that was 100x5. It wasn't a very satisfactory solution so I went back to 100x4 and the RBSD went down significantly. it still occurs in a mild form.

    I now associate RBSD with both PD and Stalevo. They sometimes use DBS to control it as well as medication or CBT.

  • Parkinson's Disease is a very difficult condition to diagnose. I could give you lots of information here about it, but there are so many symptoms and so much information that it would be easier to give you my website - - on which you can find everything available on the subject, all in one place.

    Good luck! Don't give in!

    John Pepper

  • I can't help directly with your RLS, etc. What I can send you is a Complete List of Parkinson's Disease Symptom. It is the most complete of any place I have searched over the last year and a half. Send me an e-mail stating "Symptoms". I will send you this info in an Excel spreadsheet. I will also include the "How to Use...." list, as the sheet has many additional functions (ie: rating system for each of your symptoms, % of PWP that have a certain symptom, and more.

    Note, anyone reading this can also request the list. It will definitely help you under PD and help with other things like drug monitoring, etc.


  • Email address Charsie??

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  • Thanks for sharing your research Charsie; I would like a copy, but I can't see your email address. I'm a bit green to using forums so I'll apologise now for missing the obvious. :)

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  • I have had rem sleep disorder since a young adult. I really started standing on the bed, yelling and jumpimg on floor about a year becore pd diagbosis. I tKe klonopi ar night now to keep me in thd bec, was hurt a few times before that from the movemets. Much better now.

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  • Hope you can keep it that way dmerritt

  • Me toooo♥

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  • My husband was diagnosed only recently with Parkinson's. He has had REM sleep disorder (untreated) for 40 years, so it makes sense to me that it is a very early symptom. He is now 75. I've had my own bedroom for years, as the kicking and hitting while he is sleeping drives me nuts. We've been married 54 years, so I feel REM sleep disorder is relationship survivable.

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