I have just completed the Parkinsons on line survey.
It asks some fairly basic questions, and to give anyone an insight what parkinsons can cause, could go much further.
My Parkinsons is not causing me too many major problems. But it has caused many irritating side effects.
I take four sinemet Plus a day.
I never had high blood pressure, or high cholesterol before Parkinsons. I also have numb feet, and take great care moving around. I have also had two minor strokes, one before I was diagnosed, and one a year ago.
The worst effect is at mealtimes. I can easily choke, so eating slowly and small mouthfuls is the order of the day.
Of all, the most annoying is a continuous nose running throughout the meal. It sometimes takes a slight cough to start it off, so eating with a box of tissues one side, and a bin the other, is normal. Not so good if you go out for a meal though.
But my Parkinsons has not caused me as much trouble, as my deafness. I have a profound loss, after losing my hearing thirteen years ago. I can`t blame that on Parkinsons, but it has had a more serious affect on my life, than anything Parkinsons can throw at me.
Mentioning these symptoms to the Parkinsons nurse does not get much of a response. So I assume not many people suffer in this way…