Still struggling with effects of continual Flu and my observations http://beauxreflets.blogspot.fr/2014/04/flu-parkinsons.html , and follow up research upon Flu and Parkinson's, I am now asking myself what is the best way in the future. Doses of Vitamin D during the winter months or a Flu jab that may just add to advance PD.
Any thoughts opinions and advice welcome.
More food for thought.
Strangely enough, for a short time I worked as a hospital porter during my early twenties, and automatically qualified for the Flu jab. This was the first time I noticed a very minute continuous nervous tick that was sufficient for me to say to a nurse that I thought I had Parkinson's, when she described what was wrong with a bed bound PD patient on the men's ward.
Back then, once the minor Flu symptoms went, I forgot all about the little misses in my rhythm, yet twenty plus years later it now figures in my thoughts once more. So while considering the possibility of a Flu jab in the future, I am edging more towards just going with a Vitamin D dose or two next winter to help arm me against future bouts.
It will be interesting to know what others think and have experienced.
Of course, the first usual comment I get when I say Antibiotics have helped my situation in Parkinson's and Flu, is a response that Antibiotics are for Bacterial infection not Viruses; which bypasses the whole point, by ignoring the inter- relationships and dependencies, that appear apparent with the physical pattern of well being that arises, each time the courses of various Antibiotics have been taken over the years.
To the point where I can say, 'Having had to increase Levodopa medication gently over a period of time; after taking Antibiotics, I have then had to drastically reduce the Levodopa dosage, to levels that are lower than the levels being taken prior to catching the Flu. In an almost, three steps forward two steps back routine.'
I have had a fu jab every year since diagnosis and don't appear to have suffered any ill effects as a result. On balance, I decided that any risk involved in having the flu jab were far outweighed by the risks to my health from actually catching flu. Mr poor husband had the flu this year and was quite ill for almost a month!!.
Thank you Caroline,
I'm still very much undecided and have much more thinking to do and indeed to finally kick the current bug into touch.
It seems like a 'in the short term and in the long term type scenario' which no one can really predict, and my prime aim is to slow PD down!
Success of the Flu jab also has to be reliant upon being in line with Flu virus mutations, and I have children in school and colleges who always appear to bring home different variants, probably due to that sort of close sneeze and share environment. It has been a long hard slog with each new attack the last few months!
Hurray for the sunshine
Have a good Easter