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#1 teacher0707

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:29 PM

Every time I go through the scanners at the airport (the new chemical ones) I set them off and always have to get patted down. I was wondering if that happens to anyone else? I wasn't sure if it was because of all the meds I am on that set them off.

#2 bajansunbabe

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:46 PM

Interesting.....I too get patted down! Pain in the butt......I even make sure I have no jewelry on, take the belt off if I am wearing one etc.

#3 Beau's Mom

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:37 PM

When will you return to northern climes? I have an important question for you.

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.


#4 jb49

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:24 AM

I am bionic, sorta. I have had hip replacements and as I approach the scanners I always tell them that my titanium hip joints are going to set off the alarms. With bored looks and impatient gestures they push me through the gate like a cow in a stockyard and guess what? yep!! Bells ring like a breakout at Alcatraz. And then they get all excited and call for backup and a SWAT members descend from the rafters like monkeys on vines to search and pat me down like I got a sawed off shotgun and I'm going to hijack the friggen plane to Bora Bora with all my Parky Pals....hey, would you guys like to...
Don't be hard on yourself, try your best and be strong!

#5 KimAgain

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:59 AM

I am loathe to admit to cowardice of this magnitude, but since I have had my DBS, I have not flown--for fear of the whole swat team, explaining probes in my head, wires down my neck, a battery in my chest thing. :ph34r: This is very inconvenient--my family all live in England and it's about time I visited home. :shock:

Dx 2004, age 45.  DBS surgery, 2009:  Bi-lateral; wires to one battery - on my left side.  500mg Sinemet CR daily.  I invite communication with anyone who wishes to discuss DBS, PD, or any related topic; my email address is:  wyndsong@charter.net.

 

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." --Plato


#6 OneWingedVictory

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 10:29 AM

I travel regularly and fairly frequently for work. I almost never get pat down and I have not walked through the body scan. I simply wait my turn and when I get to the front of the line I tell them that I have Parkinson's and cannot keep my arms still long enough to use the machine. Then I get waived through. Often the TSA agents are very sympathetic. I am tremor dominant and it probably helps that I can "turn on" my tremor when it is expedient to do so.

It is always nice to find something that Parkinson's is good for!
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Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:02 PM

I travel regularly and fairly frequently for work. I almost never get pat down and I have not walked through the body scan. I simply wait my turn and when I get to the front of the line I tell them that I have Parkinson's and cannot keep my arms still long enough to use the machine. Then I get waived through. Often the TSA agents are very sympathetic. I am tremor dominant and it probably helps that I can "turn on" my tremor when it is expedient to do so.

It is always nice to find something that Parkinson's is good for!


I, too, travel on a regular basis for work and will try this the next time I'm traveling. Such a great tip! Thanks!
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