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    •   RE:  dystonia. Fred says, PD is never here is the REST of the story.  WARNING: no one heed my previous experience re:  gabapentin.  I should have known when Diane, the most stable of beings, issued her subtle warning   So, I was doing great with gaba.  I took 300 mg gaba with each l dopa 1500 mg gaba a day...well below the max Dr Google stipulates...and within my neuros guidelines.  It didn't take but days I was looking forward to the next dose...even to the point of spouting, "Yay, its Gaba time!".  I was so relieved from pain, I thought I could compromise my adamant anti drug mantra. Nothing that good could last forever.  Very soon I noticed emotional swings, and personality issues.  More research showed Gaba is very addictive and can require a difficult withdrawal regimen. Even worse, Gaba can interfere with brain chemicals to cause more irregular l dopa assimillation (as I understand ) and may accelerate Alzheimers..... but not always.     "Everyone is different"  I've stopped Gaba.  Some of you may have seen Dr Okun answer to my question if my muscle spasms are more likely PD or MSA.  His cryptic answer was the dystonia I described is not likely PD.   I've resumed daily stretching with an exercise ball...even while on our bucket list trip.  On a personal note, I drove Big Blue today (our HD trike)..short run to swap vehicles, but included unfamiliar 4 lane traffic, steep hills, trucks and motorhomes. I pulled aside, parked.  Called DH. I was beyond capacity.  In nearly 50 years never a motorcycle accident.  Tonight, as right bicept clenches in tandem with right leg I know it is time to move on.  Hmmmm...two wheels to its time for four wheels to touch the ground...sports car??  with an On a very serious note, I counsel everyone to reconsider their bucket list...whether it is a motorcycle ride or a walk in the park with a loved one....a favorite memory written to a grandchild......if it is worth doing.....your passion or theirs.....It is my hope and prayer each of you has the opportunity and strength to accomplish it...and then...have the wisdom to know when to grieve.... to move on. NN PS. To forum members who are confused by my divergent posts...from having painful dystonia in two limbs to riding motorcycles, I understand how perplexing it appears.  Or how I can write and speak with some coherance, but now am not trusted to get out of a grocery store.  Yep, that is the face of PD.  That is me.
    • Every decade that I am in that is past the 5 years mark I always round it up to the next decade.   Why fight the inevitable and I feel even older than I tell people anyways.   I see people like Christie Brinkley and Jane Fonda who look fantastic for their age but then I think how much pressure they put on themselves to stay this way.   Getting saggy and flabby is part of life.  Some just get it faster than others.   I'm raising my hand here.  
    • Some MDs will do anything to make money,but I don't know why the silicon valley is not doing anything to censor these sites online.Until somebody gets killed,before they get sued.Big hope for the cancer drug "nilotinib" treatment for parkinsons.A small trial was positive for a cure or slowing down PD..Waiting for the results of a larger trial,currently recruiting.I also hope the study could be accelerated.
    • Hercules957,                    Is it possible to order your type of mucuna p from Signature supplement to the U.S.A?I see you are located in Canada.
    • jb - I am months away from turning 60 (November) also, and I am not liking it either, even though Linda pointed out that 70 is even harder, I guess it is all relative.  Any ago that ends in zero takes some getting used to........
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