Don’t let anyone give you the impression that everyone who has Parkinson’s reacts the same way to the loss of dopamine in the brain. I’m one of those whose main symptom is Bradykinesia, which means without medicine I can barely get my legs to move at all. My upper body movements are slower and less coordinated, but my lower body simply has no clue what my brain is telling it to do. This effects my walking, balance, and my digestive system muscles. Something as simple as standing through the verses of a song in church can be very difficult for me to do. I’m also having lots of problems sleeping, no matter how tired I am.
Unlike the stereotypical image of a PWP, I have not had tremors. Well, I can’t say that any more. Yesterday evening I noticed a rhythmic series of what felt like shivers to me, but I wasn’t cold. I thought it was nerves, as things have been quite stressful around here lately. But when I tried to go to sleep last night, those shivers turned into full blown tremors. Not only my legs, but for awhile there, my whole body was uncontrollably shaking. These are called resting tremors, as they immediately stopped when I raised both legs. As soon as I put my legs back down – they would start up again. Yep, that’s Parkinson’s tremors, alright. Something else to talk to the Neurologist about next week.
I have decided not to add the Requip to the Zelepar, since the doctor’s appointment is so close, but if I do the shake, rattle, roll thing again tonight, I may change my mind. Just as a point of information that I find extremely odd, PWP don’t have tremors in their sleep!! Weird, isn’t it??