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Back Stiffness and Trouble Walking


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#1 cberns

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:13 AM

Anyone had any advice on improving back stiffness and trouble walking for someone only on Azilect and Amantadine 100mg 3 x/day?

I don't know if it is also the way I sleep?

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#2 Island Woman

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

might look into some physical therapy plus a quick thing to check is your shoes...turn them over...check the sole for uneven wear

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:35 PM

Island Woman - thanks for the reply..On the PT and soles aspects, been there done that. I work out at least 3 times per week. It's either more progression or my bed needs to be adjusted, maybe. LOL.

I think you understand. When my back is a mess, it affects my gait and the strength of my legs. Frustrating. I can run a mile though.

#4 Vanillab1027

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:17 PM

Yoga makes a huge difference for me.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:06 PM

Vanilla thanks. I will increase yoga. It is theraputic.

#6 Beau's Mom

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:38 PM

I recommend frequent rest periods. I was advised 10 minutes out of each hour in the beginning by a PT. If I am tired and stressed, I will do much less of the things that are helpful. My goals on more stressful days are to breathe, eat, sleep, and if I have energy left, exercise. Being an overachiever, I immediately added meditation to the essential list. :rolleyes:

I am not a human being trying to have a spiritual experience; I am a spiritual being having a (sometimes difficult) human experience.

 

First symptoms: right-hand tremor, constipation and restless arms 1978 (age 25). Depression and anxiety (non-motor symptoms) began in 1989 and worsened through the years. Last inpatient episode June 2013.

Diagnosed December, 2010 by a regular neurologist (age 57). After negative reactions to Requip, Mirapex and selegiline began Sinemet 25/100 3x/day. First MDS visit in Houston in February of 2011 was inconclusive. Second MDS visit at Baylor Fort Worth in May/June 2011 diagnosis changed to Parkinsonism, Sinemet stopped. Third MDS visit in August 2011 in WA State: received a confirmed diagnosis of idiopathic PD which had started on the right side and had now crossed to the left side as well. Restarted on Sinemet 25/100 4x/day. A short trial of Amantadine caused audio hallucinations in September 2011.

 

Current medications at age 62: Sinemet 25/100 ODT every 2.5 hours while awake (7/day). One Sinemet 25/100 CR between midnight and 4 AM. Trazodone 200 mg at bedtime, Fluvoxamine 300 mg at bedtime. Clonazepam 0.5 mg morning and afternoon, 1 mg at bedtime. Vit D3 2x/day, Calcium Carbonate Susp. 5 cc daily, Baclofen 10 mg 3x/day, Flonase two sprays 2x/day, Calcitonin-Salmon nasal spray once daily (for osteoporosis). Gel eye drops as needed throughout the day, Restasis Eye drops 2x/day, Nighttime eye ointment at bedtime. 02 2L per nasal cannula while asleep. Walker, electric wheelchair, moist and soft or pureed foods and 115 caregiver hours/month keep me sane.

 

All of the above subject to change based on progression, stress level, and dyskinesia. Whew! I'm glad I finally wrote that all out.


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:19 AM

I believe it is my impaired gait that messes up my back. Kind of the exact opposite of what you're experiencing. If mY hamstring get tight , my back is done for. Yoga helps me also

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