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What's best exercise for the PD patient?

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#41 hercules957


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 10:22 PM

Exercising is critical for PWP.  Anything goes as long as it gets the heart pumping and/or induces a bit of muscle soreness the nest day.

I do High Intensity Interval Training, Weights and power walking.  When exercising, my symptoms exacerbate but one hour after they subside and I feel better the rest of the day.  PD is managed with drugs AND exercise.  At least that is what works for me.


Dx 04/2013 at Age 56, No meds for 1yr. Now Sinemet 1 1/2 100/25 3t/d.

Main symptoms: Left side tremors, bradykinesia, fine motor skills problems, apathy, anxiety, swallowing problems.

Sinemet lifted the gloom and reduced all my symptoms, small tremors persist.

#42 metfan31


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 03:06 PM

Golf has been a savior for me this summer. You can set your own pace & many healthy people out on the course make fools of themselves without illness.

#43 Drummergirl


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 06:51 PM

Don J,
Thanks for this info...the yoga looks good too!


Dx in 95' at 35- Normal MRI, Abnormal Da t Scan- Resting tremor- right foot, leg tremors. RX- 25/100 Carb/ l =600 mg,
0.5 Azilect 1 daily Comtan 200mg 2 day, 0.5 mg Clonazepam 1 daily.

#44 AB-Normal


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 04:47 PM

For me, regular light exercise works well. Too much heavy exercise and I end up a mass of trembling goo..... All my symptoms at 110%


Current age= 55

First symptoms: 1975

Prior mis-diagnosis: Dyspraxia, Essential Tremors, Ataxia, "Nerves".....

Final Dx. of Parkinson's: 10/13


DBS surgery 12/4/14


To quote Cowboy, (a former regular forum member)..........Parkinson's brings us all together. With our many differences and emotions. We have something in common here. It is progressive, dangerous and has adversely affected our lives. We come together here looking for knowledge and comfort from one another.

-- Thank you Cowboy-- wherever you may be......................



#45 afroney


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:10 PM

I work on things when I have the motivation to do so.

Nothing corrects poor balance and gait issues like installing a new roof, or hanging a new gutter while standing 20 feet up in the air on a ladder.

How about controlling tremors and maintaining fine motor skills. Target shooting and fishing.

Reloading ammunition helps keep my mind sharp. One little mistake and that firearm goes kaboom in your hands.

Cycling has been really good for me. That's what the neurologist recommends.

Edited by afroney, 03 September 2014 - 06:11 PM.

#46 Hope



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Posted 17 November 2014 - 02:56 AM

Walking is a huge boost.  Anything where you are swinging your arms bilaterally.  Spinning has a special boost for PD patients-- maybe

because of the combination of music and cycling.  My doctor recommended weight training because there is something about

it being the only exercise that causes your mitochondria to break free and it can relocate to the brain.  Whatever the technical

meaning of that, I find that a little working out on the circuit brings a huge boost in mental clarity.


The one thing I've learned, 18 months in, is that exercise is the best and fastest way to get over the body discomfort and nausea that

I get whenever I hae been sitting still or lying down too long.  (I am not yet on Sinemet, but I think I am getting close--wondering

how I will know.  ON a lot of Mirapex --100mg 4 times a day -- and there are definitely some rough spots between doses....

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 07:11 AM

ON a lot of Mirapex --100mg 4 times a day -- and there are definitely some rough spots between doses....

I assume that you mean 1 mg 4 times a day. I'm on Mirapex also and take .25 mg, 4 times a day, which I am titrating up right now.

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