Hello. This week marks 1 year since my official PD diagnosis, although I had symptoms for a few years prior. I knew what was coming as my mother has battled PD for over 20 years.
One thing that has bothered me is my slower speeds at both bicycling and walking. I have been a bicyclist for over 30 years (currently 3 days a week x 2-4 hours each) and I power walk another 3 days per week. In the last 2-3 years I have noticed a marked slowing of speed and power in both activities.
Is it possible that my speed and power might be restored if I go on PD drugs? In this first year I have been reluctant to start drugs as I have watched my mother battle with the side effects and the cascade of new pills chasing down those side effects. I’ve just never been much of a drug taker, for anything. But, I might be wiling to try dopamine therapy or some such if it would help in this area. My first doc initially recommended Mirapex, but I declined.
I have recently tried the High Dose Thiamine therapy recommended on this list, but gave it up when I noticed foot cramping issues and trouble swallowing large pills. Both of those have improved since stopping HDT 2 weeks ago.
Anyone have any experience with dopamine therapy and athletic performance? Your advice would be very much appreciated.
P.S. This forum has been so helpful over the last year. Thank you everyone for such open sharing of advice and experiences.