Anyone trying LDN or interested in it?

I have recently had an appointment with my neurologist and, as expected, he told me basically that the only way to achieve a reasonable quality of life into the future is to have DBS surgery. He spoke of the risks, that not everyone is suitable etc etc. And that was it.

DBS or continue to steadily decline as the condition progresses and the side effects of levodopa even compounds the problems you are asking it to deal with!

I have seen this time coming for a while now and carried out a good deal of research. My main medication has been Sinemet for five years now and, after this comparatively ok'ish spell, I am experiencing the troubling side effects of the levodopa. Though it has helped my tremor on a daily basis, in the long term levodopa has made it very much worse and now I wake in the middle of every night shaking and needing to medicate and wait for the drugs to kick in before eventually resuming sleep. If I take more of this med at bed-time I have very broken sleep and invariably weird nightmares. The levodopa has also been the culprit for my foot dystonia-my pd was predominantly left sided but now my right middle toes are numb and 'claw-like' and my right foot turns in even when I think I'm medicated enough. Walking is then impossible until I have waited for more dopamine to rescue me.

My meds daily have been for a while: Sinemet Plus 750mg CR 200mg, Amantadine 3x100mg, Zelapar 1.25 mg. I am not allowed dopamine agonists due to horrendous side effects of dopamine agonists. I was dx about twelve years ago.

So this is the background to me starting LDN. The pd meds have enabled me to function in some way for many years but they have and now continue to lead to further disabling and troublesome symptoms..

Will LDN help? I don't know but I'll keep you posted.

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  • Hello Batwing - I have seen your question and am also waiting for informed replies to flood in about the successes or failures of the LDN treatment. Im surprised that some of our learned colleagues have not replied yet. Annh first of all sparked my interest about LDN and no doubt you have read all the information posted. The aim is to halt or slow the progression of PD - in my case I feel I have to do something (3yrs since diagnosed) and its taken me this long to find out that some other forms of treatment exist - I'm new to having ill health and felt that a cure was coming soon so no need to worry to much, use the drugs in the meantime and I'll be right - dont we call this living in a fools paradise. So plan A - keep reducing and manage stress, reduce iron levels (my ferratin levels were high) reduce exposure to heavy metals and reduce exposure to chemicals and toxins. I dont think it is possible to eliminate all known triggers unless you live in a cacoon. Along with this I want to start taking a low dose of cortisone in a form that will help reduce any possible inflammation that may have occurred in the affected part of my Brain. LDN may then be the icing on the cake. Hopefully some responses from people who have tried or are trialling LDN will appear soon. Nothing ventured - nothing gained. Good luck

  • I'm on LDN and I think it works because I can sleep at night with no troubles..no cramps, no weird dreams, and I wake up refreshed. But as the day goes on when I take my meds it becomes typical PD. Tremors, ridgitity , etc. I take Requip xl 8 mg, sinemet 25/100 3x, Azilect. If I try to go off the meds . I get worse so I really don't known if is an a good therapy for PD. someone told me on a blog that everyone is different when it comes to LDN working, that it may work for someone after taking 1 month or another person taking after 1 yr and then it works.. It not expensive but it wouldn't hurt to try. I looking into a different therapy called "Microdose therapy" h. Here is the info.

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    Helen Foundation introduces Microdose Therapy

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    GOOD LUCK,,,,,,,,,,

  • Sorry to sound ignorant but what exactly is LDN?

  • Low Dose Naltrexone---I have taken LDN for about 5 months and I do believe it is of some benefit at this juncture. I have researched LDN and am convinced that it " MIGHT" offer some help in slowing down P D and even reverse some symptoms. I know personally of at least 6 people with P D who have benefited from LDN to varying degrees. It has worked magic in some instances and there is a great website (LDN.ORG) that contains a wealth of info as well. I also subscribe to a LDN newsletter which is very informative. If you try LDN be patient because it might take a couple of years to be of benefit. One caveat---you need to be certain of the ability of a compounding pharmacy to prepare the doseage

  • Dajudge,

    Where do you order LDN? Thanks.

  • I have my prescription filled at Skip's Pharmacy in Boca Raton , Fla. Skip is a recognized authority on LDN and his compounding pharmacy is very dependable. Good luck!!!!!!

  • Thanks. I've been wanting to try it, but my neuro won't give me a prescription. Can I just get one by talking to a doctor over the phone?

    Thanks.

  • Depends on your MD--- My neuro and GP both favored my trying it.

  • Thanks.

  • inmteresting never heared of it before .Anything is worth a try when nothing else works . what is there to lose .

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