I am newly diagnosed and am struggling to cut through the vast amount of information available, both written and online. Please see my post on the ‘Newly diagnosed’ forum for more details. Hence I would really appreciate help with the following:
Exercise – What really works? Running, Cycling, Tai Chi, Meditation or something like PD Warrior if there is a class locally or just by following the YouTube clips? How much exercise per day results in a positive effect and how long does the effect last for?
Food & Diet – At this moment in time I propose not to take the one a day timed release Mirapexin that the neurologist prescribed for me, as I would like to try and fight PD naturally as long as I can. This may be difficult as my symptoms are starting to show and I may be more in control when on medication. However, for now I would like to receive any advice on how to structure my diet, what to include plenty of and what to avoid etc.
I realise that everyone is different, but at least if someone is having some success with a particular diet then it is a starting point. Are there any simple natural, easily purchased MAO-B inhibitors and Dopamine agonist foods/supplements available that people find actually work?
Vitamins & Supplements - The same question applies to what vitamins and supplements i.e. which seem to have a positive effect? At which concentration do you take the product? Who are the ‘quality’ or ‘trustworthy’ brands?
Mental Health – One of the biggest issues for me is how I feel mentally. I no longer feel myself. I feel down, tired, and mentally shattered. I would like to know if anyone has had success improving their mental health using natural products.
Sleep – At present I am only getting about an hour before pain seems to kick in and my body tries to turn over waking me. Then I settle back for another hour before waking and turning again. Sometime I remain awake after turning for some time. When you add this lack of sleep to feeling low I find it very hard to be positive.
I would therefore really like to know whether anyone has found a natural way of addressing sleep and mental health issues.
Also for future reference I would like to know whether any of the medications help with improving sleep and mental health in terms of feeling more energised and positive
Apologies if my questions come across as a bit random and disjointed. I am feeling really ‘dazed and confused’ at present, so any comments/help/advice would be gratefully appreciated.