I was diagnosed with PD 2.5 years ago, up until a couple of months ago I have been relatively ok, my only visible symptoms are a slight limp and an occasional tremor in my right arm/hand when resting. I take Synemet plus 25/100 4 times a day and I modified release tablet before bed. I do suffer with constipation but a sachet of Movicol/Laxido usually works. lately I am still working as a painter and decorator but have had to cut down on what I take on now and usually work 3/4 days per week, I realise that at 59 and with my condition this is not the ideal profession for me but when i’m ok I enjoy it.
However lately I am getting extremely tired especially in the afternoon, and in the evening all I can do is sit in a chair. I do sleep usually uninterrupted for 7-8 hours a night but am not waking re-freshed.
Is this a symptom of my condition? am I expecting too much to do such a physical job? I have been able to work ok previous to the last couple of months.
Up to half of people with Parkinson’s say they experience fatigue, so it could very well be related to your condition. You can read more about fatigue in Parkinson’s here: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support/fatigue
We also have lots of information and advice on working with Parkinson’s on our website, which you can find here: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support/work-and-parkinsons
Please also feel free to contact our Helpline as they’ll be able to advise you on the above in greater detail. You can reach them via email at [email protected], or call free on 0808 800 0303. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, and on Saturday from 10am-2pm.
Hope this helps.
Hi decor8, I could no way do your job as one of my symptoms is I cannot even climb steps. The other day I had to stand on the bed to get something off the top of the wardrobe and when I got down I felt like I had been on a roller coaster and it took me about 15 mins to feel ok again. I have been diagnosed 18 months.