This is my first post , so I am not quite sure if this works...
I am a pensioner and have been diagnosed with PD some months ago, and I am on 3 * 62.5mg sinmet spaced out in the day, and 1 * 125mg sinemet plus at bedtime.
I have not had any contact with other people with PD, but am due to meet some shortly. But I would like to ask a very simple question about PD; perhaps it can be simply answered.
I do have stiffness in the legs first thing in the morning, particularly in calf muscles, and so feel unsteady. This tends to wear off midday.
Do others have any tips which may help reduce the stiffness?
Thank you for replying.
Does exercise the day before help for the following day, or does exercise on the day help?
What sort of stretches? Difficult to describe perhaps, is there a physio page with this exercise?
I'll just say hi for now. I can sympathise with what you have said but I need to go to bed now. Perhaps I can post tomorrow.
I Sorry about yesterday but once I go 'off' in the evening nothing helps but going to bed!
The 'off' periods occur several times a day but the stiffness a little better if I do some exercising.. it's so difficult to get motivated when you feel so achy but when I go to the Day Centre we do an exercise class and the teacher tries to make it fun but it doesn't help if I don't exercise regularly.
Keep up the good work!
With best wishes
I used to have legs that would not work at all until I had my meds changed entacapone from Tolcapone I asked my consultant and all round good guy if the drugs were made by Alcapone he gave me a look that would have sent many men running away but im made of sturdy geordie stock and his rebuke was " no ", so there it is with parky its a case of trial and error with me it was error for a good while until I was in for a mot and was offered Duodopa and what a difference I could have climbed everest when it was fitted, it took 22 grown men to hold me back, or I would have been the first parkiest on top of Havearest. but Im no show off so Ill pass on that, but it does work Barney.
All the best Barney keep pushing if you think your drugs are not working
I was diagnosed last year. Fortunately I see a Parkinson's nurse every 6 months. She is really good and reassuring, as well as tweaking my meds so that I slept better after a few months on the new regime.
She also said how important it was to keep moving. Parkinson's uk has a brilliant DVD and booklet called just that - "Keep moving". When I first watched the DVD I couldn't see how their recommended exercises would help, they're so gentle. But they really do, as they they are designed specifically for PD people.
I've also started Tai Chi classes. No special clothes, no mat, no rubber bands needed.That works for me too. I actually joined U3a so that I could join their reasonably priced classed that were clearly targeted for the members (ie those of us of more mature years!)
It's really worth trying a few activities till you find one that you like and that suits you as not only does it help with stiffness but I always feel better in myself for having done a bit of exercise.