I have been told I have both Atypical Parkinson’s & Peripheral Neuropathy. If you research both diseases you will see that a lot of the symptoms are the same or similar. Plus of course the overlying problem is our brain. So in theory if one drug helps the Peripheral symptoms then it should help the Parkinson’s side as well.
Also no one really knows what symptoms go with what disease. There is a lot of guessing going on.
I have been put on & taken off two Parkinson’s drugs to treat my Atypical Parkinson’s disease. My Neurologist said that if Madopar or Ropinirole were going to work then I would have known almost immediately. Plus Atypical Parkinson’s is unlikely to benefit from Parkinson’s drugs anyway.
So at 9pm last night I took my first 10mg Amitriptyline pill while watching TV.
After an hour I felt very tired, went to bed & had a brilliant night’s sleep. A good
9 hours, normally I only sleep for a few hours or not at all.
Will my GP or any health professional prescribe sleeping pills ? Nope. They say they are addictive. I think I should have been prescribed sleeping pills. Of course I’m going to suffer from fatigue if I don’t sleep. Boy it makes me angry. Everyone suffers because the minority abuse sleeping pills.
I do still feel tired this morning as I was told I might. I also took a
Blood Pressure reading first thing 110/75, which is healthy says the NHS BP site. Usually my first thing readings are in the 135/85 marginal sort of range.
I am on high blood pressure pills, so in theory I could stop taking the BP pill,
another positive. I am not normally a fan of taking pills.
So a very good night’s sleep & I do feel better walking & getting about the flat, turning corners etc. Although I can’t put my finger on what feels different. All after
1 x 10mg pill.
Interesting that the drug is used as an antidepressant. Although I’m not depressed I’m just pissed off.
Benefits are relaxing the muscles … A big problem for me. I sense they might be better today than usual.
“If you respond well to amitriptyline, the effect on sleep is usually immediate, and your pain and mood will improve within two to six weeks. Because it can sometimes take a while to find the right dose, it’s often helpful to keep taking amitriptyline”.
“Another possible side effect is Weight gain or loss”. Well that’s everything covered
there then LOL … or your weight might stay the same.
The article is sponsored by Arthritis UK & I have Arthritis so an added bonus.
If other Parkinson’s sufferers are having no luck with their Parky medication this is a drug they might talk to their Neurologist about.
My main symptoms are … I don’t sleep well. I have fairly extreme fatigue. Slight tremor. Muscle stiffness. Swollen feet & ankles. Freezing. Balance & movement issues. Discomfort walking. Difficulty Instigating movement. My symptoms worsen after activity. My symptoms worsen after sitting down for a period.
Hope this helps someone or anyone that ticks some of my boxes.