I was diagnosed just over two years ago and am not taking any medication. My most discouraging symptom is slow, small handwriting. Have any of you found Sinemet or any other medication beneficial for handwriting? Unless or until other symptoms materialize, I will not take medication, but I'm curious to know if it will help my handwriting. Thanks for any insight you can provide.
Does Medication Help Handwriting? - Parkinson's Movement
George has only taken mucuna. Every foreign chemical can cause other problems. Mucuna is from natura, not chemicals. His handwriting used to be small, and he used to drool. No more. Before you try anything, My suggestion would be to try B1. Maybe that's all you need, but don't wait. There are people on this site that can help you. We are working on the right dose, but are really close! B1, according to Dr. Costantini, who was the one experimenting with PD patients in Italy, will stop the progression, as well as help diminish the symptoms. Try it first. No side effects!
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Sinemet side effects on drugs.com:
Twitching, twisting, uncontrolled repetitive movements of the tongue, lips, face, arms, or legs
Less common side effects:
bloody or cloudy urine
difficult, burning, or painful urination
feeling sad or empty
frequent urge to urinate
inability to move the eyes
increased blinking or spasms of the eyelid
lack of appetite
loss of interest or pleasure
lower back or side pain
seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
sticking out of tongue
trouble in breathing, speaking, or swallowing
uncontrolled twisting movements of the neck, trunk, arms, or legs
unusual facial expressions
He has not experienced any side effects. Mucuna is sourced from plants, the white bean in India. How do you think Sinemet is sourced?
I think it can be helpful to try and be a voice of reason....can you do it in a less condescending way please? No one on this site is at a picnic, we are all stressed to the max with this horrible disease and this life on this earth. We would love your input without making us feel like crap. Your knowledge is valued....please continue in a way that supports us. Much gratitude!
He was diagnosed 8 years ago. He was 67. He has only been on mucuna and other amino acids during that time. He was tremor dominate. I noticed recently some other non-motor symptoms. He started taking B1, and they went away. We are still working on the dose. His tremor went away and then was a 1-2 in intensity. He is stopping the B1 for 5 days. Today, his third day, his tremor was up to a 3. We will start the B1 again at a lower dose.
How long have you read this forum and why have you only signed up now? Are you a Pwps or a caregiver or are you here to help us with your knowledge? generalizations like "everyone says that ..." disperse attention and don't help even if confirmed by measurements. given your avatar name I think you don't need to use them.
I dont think its controversial to suggest that there are widespread doubts that B1 stops PD progression.
It's entirely possible that there's some non-placebo therapeutic benefit from B1. I.e symptom alleviation. And clearly, that's great. But that is the same category that all the other drugs (and mucuna) we have. Symptom relief but not disease course altering.
Scientific sorry I find it strange that you disdain the experiences of other Pwps on social networks like Facebook when you mention the person on this forum, in your post above, as your source of information to explain things about b1, how long have you had Parkinson's? have you tried the b1? do you use ldopa? answer these questions first.
Hi Jim, I was diagnosed 2 years ago like you. My difficulty handwriting was one of my first noticeable symptoms I take B1 but don't think it improves my handwriting. I also take extended release Pramipexole and think this has really helped, although somewhat erratically. I find that I can write fairly smoothly and without so much rigidity in my hand at times, though it's unpredictable. I'm also aware that some people avoid this drug because of the possible side effects,so you may wish to steer clear. I don't take any other medication at present.
I don't have a handwriting issue, primarily because I'm right-handed, and the PD affects my left side worse and first. But medication helps speed and size of movement. Having been sat on the naughty stool for 10 minutes by my esteemed but somewhat bossy neurologist on Thursday, for increasing my pramiprexol ER dose from 0.78 to 1.06mg without permission, she sat with her jaw on her lap at my left side tap tests. Actually my jaw dropped too. They were completely normal. My guess is it would help your handwriting. Why not try it?
My writing has improved greatly, but I can't answer your question as I don't take meds. I also stopped using my dictation headset last year sometime, now typing everything, or signing paperwork at my office and do write a few personal checks and grocery lists. But honestly in today's tech world how much handwriting do we actually need to do besides the occasional birthday card.
Seems to me you have a great opportunity and runway to halt your prognosis, as you've had no other symptoms appear except compromised handwriting. For me, compromised handwriting would never warrant the need for the pharmaceutical roller coaster, but everyone's different, and i'd respect your decision.
I'm a big believer in the power of the mind and healing one's Brain, as you're likely aware because i'm always touting Dr. Joe Dispenza. The NIH also published a paper on a gentleman who reversed his PD with meditation. Dispenza's work has taught me how use energy to heal the brain and body, and based on the observations of the people around me there's been huge noticeable positive changes in my condition. Actually my husband say's "by this year next time you should be symptom free". Wouldn't that be nice!
I could write a lengthy list of symptoms no more, but ill save that for another day.
Are you planning on trying Mucuna before meds?
Ryan, Dr. Joe is a big proponent of teaching one to understand the science or understanding why you are doing what you are doing so you can truly benefit. Having said that it’s not advisable just to purchase his meditations,although they do come with instruction his work goes much deeper then that. I suggest starting with his online Progressive Workshop. It’s 299.00 dollars and super interesting. Then I downloaded his meditations to my phone and use them daily. In 1.5 years of meditation my health has improved dramatically and my goal is a full recovery which I’m clearly on my way to achieving. Constance
I am enrolled in Dr Farias Dystonia recovery program. It consists of different exercises which include mainly hand exercises, leg exercises, face exercises, breathing exercises, eyr exercise and eyelid exercises.
In the hand exercises portion there are three videos which are focused on retraining of hand for writing. If you want I can email these videos to you as I cannot share them here because of copyright issue.
Please replace the word “oil” with “Dopamin”.
Any lack of engine oil in the system will lead to extreme engine wear, and driving a car low on oil can lead to some pretty bad situations. If you run out of engine oil, your engine will fail. Inside of the engine, there are fast moving parts, with a lot of potential friction. The engine oil is the lubricant that keeps parts sliding against each other smoothly, instead of grinding each other down.
Dopamin is a very important neuromodulator and without that Musculoskeletal system throughout the body cannot function properly.
Studies have shown that by the time that primary symptoms appear, individuals with Parkinson's disease will have lost 60% to 80% or more of the dopamine-producing cells in the brain.
My undrestanding is that your body is crying for Dopamin (Ldopa) but still you aren’t listening to it.
What wd that low dose Ldopa be? Should I give my husband some Mucuna? I know nothing about mucuna. Your analogy about running out of oil frightens me. 😱
He thinks it was the exposure to insect spray that may be the cause. Hair analysis showed mercury 17 years ago. I did not know what to do with that knowledge then. He has been taking pectasol C (and that is supposed to remove toxins including mercury) for 7 months.
I stopped his vitamin B1 for a week ( he is on 100 mg a day) because of active dreams and starting again tomorrow trying 6 days instead of 7. Together with the probiotic clostridium butyricum ( he cannot swallow ghee unfortunately - too surfeit) most noticeable improvements were balance, driving, less coughing. His face is back to natural expression instead of frozen. We were using Vielight until bladder cancer diagnosis in last August last year threw us off rhythm. I guess we hv to get back to it. He says to me I don’t know why you think I have Parkinsons. And I say no worries. You have improved greatly. As long as progression can be stopped and improvements made, hallelujah!
I think I will try melatonin first since it’s dual purpose.
Thanks Kia for helping me with my thought process
We started with vitamin B1 first in Feb 2019. We were trying to calibrate the dose and so he took nothing else. We added Vielight a few months later because rhyspeace mentioned the progress her husband made with Vielight. After 12 weeks of vielight he began to have some sense of smell- it comes and goes. So initially it was mainly these 2. I added the clostridium butyrate shortly after because he always had problems with bloatedness and indigestion and after reading about the gut- brain connection I thought I had nothing to lose after years on nexium. Amazing thing is he does not hv bloatedness n indigestion anymore after years of it.
Pectasol was added in October 2019 More as a cancer preventive and then I discovered it also removes toxins.
He improved greatly on B1 and butyrate that we were not so diligent in his red light therapy. We will however get back to it.
Thank you for detailed response! And now I am curious about your husband being helped by clostridium butyrate which is great because my husband has been on PPIs (prilosec, nexium, prevacid, etc) for years and still is, even though he eats a lot of butter (grass fed) and I would assume gets plenty of butyrate just from it.
Miyarisan is used in Japanese hospitals to treat stomach disorders including helicobacter problems. It is fermented probiotic. I persisted in using it also because of the butyrate benefit. The dose can be 9 -18 tiny tablets. My husband takes 10 divided into 2 doses. And after consuming it for 6 months we realised he did not complain about his stomach anymore. His stomach would always act up after a glass of wine and he would be feeling bloated and uncomfortable. He was advised to go for gastroscope every 3 years by his doctor because of his problems. He had boxes of medication nexium, omeprazole, motilium etc. Now he can have his glass without any complaints. So thankful 🙏🏻
To determine the right dose of Ldopa, a neurologist should advise and overtime adjust the dose.
I personally asked Dr Costantini about Mucuna and he didn’t recommend.
I think looking for the causes of his PD at this stage wouldnot help. He needs to improve his quality of life.
I would recommend seeing a neurologist as soon as possible.
Yes, my handwriting is much better when my meds are working. I take 100mg Sinemet ER 2-3x a day - a relatively low dose. I've thought about trying to train my left hand to write but still hoping to make it back to get PTT on my left brain which should clear up the right hand issues. Dare I hope to completely stop meds after that?