This morning while browsing through my daily Google alert on news about Parkinson's disease, I came across this reference:
"A potential case of remission of Parkinson's disease
That of course grabbed my attention. I clicked on the link and found it referred to a PubMed report on the case of a 78-year-old male who, 16 years ago, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease by a neurologist. He initially showed left hand tremor, stooping posture, shuffling gait, and frequent falls, which eventually progressed to bilateral motor symptoms after three years.
Since 2012, his symptoms and signs have almost completely remitted, and he has been off all pharmacotherapy for that time. The accuracy of the initial PD diagnosis is supported by appropriate clinical presentation, history of positive response to Sinemet (i.e. carbidopa levodopa) , and an abnormal SPECT DaT scan.
This case therefore suggests the possibility of remission of symptoms in some patients. The authors propose that the patient's long history of meditation practice may have been one contributing factor of this improvement, since meditation has been shown to release dopamine in the striatum.
I'll certainly try to find out more about this. Meanwhile, I'll spend more time meditating.