My Gastroenterologist finally found an antispasmodic that I can take with all my Parkinson’s meds! I’ve been on it for several days now, and things have improved somewhat. Of course, I’ve also added the Enteric coated Peppermint Gel Caps, Turmeric, and Acidophilus.
Well, I went to see Dr. S Friday, and he said pretty much what I expected him to. Since I was taking 4 prescriptions that had just been added in the last two weeks, in addition to the OTC meds that I have added, he wouldn’t even discuss dosing or changing meds. He wants me to come back in about 2 months, after I have had the Sleep Study with the TAP dental appliance in place.
I had printed out a nice neat list of all my meds, with the times I take them, and I asked him to take a look and see if he thought I had spread the meds appropriately. He didn’t see anything wrong with it, which made me feel good. It took quite a bit of time to figure out how I could keep certain meds away from each other, and take into account such things as having to be on an empty stomach.
I asked for the form to get a handicap parking placard, too. It’s time. On good days I won’t need it, but the way I’ve been lately, I will definitely have to have it available. It is sad to see that check mark in the Permanent Disability box, though. We have dentist appointments tomorrow, so we’ll take care of it then.
I have been using the trekking poles for the last week or so, since I’ve been so wobbly. They make all the difference in the world. I’m wobbly when I try to walk unassisted, but I can stride along at a good clip when I use the poles. I walked a mile this morning, with the poles, even though I’m holding onto furniture and walls to navigate in the house. We bought one adjustable pair some time ago, figuring we could get another pair later, if we thought they were doing any good. We’ll buy another set tomorrow while we’re out, too.
I’ve made 2 quarter turns on the TAP device now, but I couldn’t feel the change when I turned the key. Each quarter turn pulls my lower jaw out about the distance of half the width of a dime. I’m still getting about 5 hours a night, but I am not sleepy when I get up around 2 or 3AM. Of course I go to bed around 9:00PM. I still get miserably sleepy in the afternoon, but I don’t take a nap. I’m afraid if I get in that habit that I won’t ever sleep any longer at knife.
I could feel a huge weight lift from me when I got the call the other day from my Gastro to tell me to order Bentyl, also called Dicyclomine. If I had been there in his office, I would have given him a huge hug!!
So, I continue to stay busy, trying this and trying that, hoping to get the best results possible toward the goal of living as “normal” a life as possible.