That’s me about to be wheeled in with the bracket (very) firmly attached to my head. The white diaphragm, which Dr. J is holding up, holds cooling water that circulates around my skull during the sonications.
You gotta not like Parkinson’s to do this.
I remain completely happy with the outcome and am eager to have the other side done which is tentatively scheduled for the week of March 8, 2021.
PD still feels gone from my left side. No tremor at all in my left hand. No back pain on my left side or rigidity/stiffness. No minor dystonia in my left toes. My walk is pre-diagnosis. My left arm swings fully.
I have a jaw tremor which only appears at night when in bed trying to go to sleep and I still apply my home remedies for constipation.
I have no mental or psychological issues, no depression, no hallucinations, nothing I wouldn’t expect from a 74-year-old personage. My memory could be better, but it’s not bad. I’ve been working on it and believe I have improved it over this past year.
A few friends I’ve met which I had not seen since before the procedure said the improvement is immediately obvious (minimal if any facial mask.) My wife feels I am slightly less steady, but that gait initiation is improved. I cannot say for certain, but I think I have not progressed.
My right hand tremor has worsened since the procedure. There is no way to know if this was caused by the procedure or would be in this condition anyway.
Whenever I rest my right arm on something that blocks the tremor’s full amplitude, the tremor is conveyed up my arm, thru my shoulder and across my torso which has caused my right shoulder to become painful severely limiting the range of motion. I cannot reach out for something in front of me or behind me or above me. It’s hard to find a painless position to rest my arm in. My right hand and arm is of little, if any, use to me. I pretty much have to do everything with my left hand now - which I’m hoping affects neural plasticity. (There’s a rationalization.)
I walk 4 miles/75 minutes every morning and do 30 minutes in the gym every other afternoon. On alternate days I do 45 minutes of HIIT calisthenics led by my VA physical therapist via videos, which I’ll post if anybody’s interested.
My tremor appeared in 09, was misdiagnosed as essential tremor in 2010 and correctly diagnosed in July, 2011.