Hello. I'm 45 confirmed diagnosis in May now on sinemet 3 times s day. My ankle on my affected side is very painful and swollen, my toes curl and foot is swinging out. I'm finding the meds wear off and I then my shuffle and slowness return. I'm having brutal mood swings and crying spells. I feel as though I'm losing my mind. I suspect I'm still trying to accept my diagnosis however, it is very high and then very low. Anyone have suggestions for this foot? I've been happy to walk at a normal pace again but now my foot is painful and behaving strangely. I also find if I eat any protein at all my meds stop working immediately. I just started back to the gym to try to get back into shape and everything hurts all of the time. Hip flexors are so tight it brings me to tears. Does anyone have any suggestions? I see my neuro next week and I don't even know where to start with the questions. A little amazed I was prescribed meds and literally sent on my way. It seems the only way to get good information is a forum like this. Has anyone had better luck with extended release sinemet as mine seems to last only 3-4 hours. Sorry for the bombardment every day is a new symptom. Thanks for being here.