H! My dad has been suffering from Parkinson's for nearly 20 years, since he was 50. (We didn't make the connection until recently, but his sense of smell was severely diminished by age 46, so he was likely early-onset.) Within the last year, he has had to start using a walker, and the medication is losing effectiveness. When the meds are working he is OK and sometimes even goes around carrying his walker, but sometimes he gets to the point that he can't walk even with the walker.
What do you recommend for him dietary-wise, and do recommend any alternative therapies, i.e. acupuncture / massage / guided imagery / Tai Chi / etc? He was in the hospital recently and tremoring quite badly and I did some guided imagery with him (OK made it up but...) and it did ease the tremors temporarily. I had him imagine that he was lying on a sunny beach (because of the noise and lights in the hospital) and do deep breathing.
The tremors began when he was mis-diagnosed as depressed, given Zoloft, and has a full-blown manic episode as a result. This was in 1995 when he was 50. He was initially diagnosed with essential tremor, and it wasn't until I believe 2008 that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's.
He was hospitalized last year due to Stalevo overdose (he got confused as to the dosage and was taking 5 a day including 3 in the morning!). While he was taking the Stalevo all wrong he was having some horrible falling episodes but when it was working... well nothing seems to be as effective as the Stalevo was.
My parents made aliyah to Israel for the socialized medicine; I don't know whether his neurologist is also a movement disorders specialist, but he does have access to some of the top Parkinson's specialists in the world. He was evaluated for DBS last fall and was found to not be a good candidate from a psychological POV. They said something about severe PTSD having something to so with the Parkinson's? (My parents lost their 1st 2 children in a fire before I was born. My father came home from work to find flames shooting out of the roof where my sister's bedroom was, and apparently that never left his vision for the next 12 years).
My father is taking:
Dopicar - 3/4 of a pill morning & evening; 1/2 in the afternoon
Dekinet - 1 pill morning / afternoon / evening
Requip - 2 mg in the morning
Sinemit - 1 pill at night
Seroquel - 1 at night (for delusions; I am not sure if this is from the meds or Parkinson's dementia)
Omnic - prostrate
Neoblock - cholesterol (or blood pressure)
Simvastatin - cholesterol (or blood pressure)