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#121 edamame



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Posted 19 October 2014 - 02:51 AM

Hello. My mother is in her late 50s and was just recently diagnosed with PD after symptoms lasted for a year. Her own mother had just passed away, so we all thought her sudden rapid aging was related to grief, but she didn't bounce back. I've told a number of my "friends" who have all ignored me and my siblings seem to want to remain in denial. My mother is still mobile but I notice she is starting to have a tendency to fall back, especially going up stairs so I worry she might lose her balance one day and have a bad accident. Today, we had a family trip using public transportation and I had to physically grab her to prevent this.


She was diagnosed only last week, so I'm still unsure as to getting her the right doctor and medicine. She'd currently taking Carbidopa/Levadosa. Would physical therapy help her? Is there another medication I should ask for first, as I know the C/L combo can lose its efficacy?


To be honest, I feel very alone. My mother doesn't work and my father is retired, but due to a small deformity in his leg, cannot walk very well. So my mother has always been the one taking care of her family. I want to get her the right support system and I feel like I'm a poor (and sometimes, only) fall back on that.

Edited by edamame, 19 October 2014 - 02:52 AM.

#122 Rogerstar1


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Posted 19 October 2014 - 06:21 AM

The stresses and strains of dealing with the grief occasioned by her own Mother's passing may well have played a role in your Mom's PD onset in my opinion.  I  also think L-dopa meds currently is the correct call if she is 'tippy' on stairs and they seem to be helpful.  I learned on this forum that most catastrophic staircase accidents take place headed up rather than while descending.  I have railings to grab  on both sides of my stairs as a precaution...and I now use them both every time.  It is a great advantage to your mother that she has you to care for her. I envy you being in your Mom's proximity and abiliy to ease her way.  My own 97 year old father lives 300 miles distant and I worry about him frequently.  Best of luck to you in all things.  Welcome to this place, too. 



PS.  Your neat avatar is for Halloween or you're a birder?

Edited by Rogerstar1, 19 October 2014 - 07:17 AM.

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 09:27 AM

Welcome to the club you didn't want to join. You are a great daughter and your mother is lucky to have your support and concern. I am convinced  PT and exercise makes all the difference. Try to find her a Movement Disorder Specialist and a physical therapy program that specializes in PD are my suggestions. 

Husband diagnosed in 2005-Medicines: Azilect, Artane, and Amantadine; Sister and Best Friend from Childhood also have PD

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 02:08 PM

My PD husband and I are new to this neighborhood, too, but this site has been more help to me than any of the medical sites I have visited. You will find love and support here, and information from the people who live it.
Your mother is so fortunate to have you to care and to care for her. It seems like she provided you a good example and is now reaping the benefits.
I hear our road ahead will be difficult, but rewarding. With support we can do it.
It helps me to learn that many of the things I see happening are part of the disease. It helps me know what questions to ask the doctor.
No questions are taboo here. Come back often.

#125 F-SIL



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Posted Yesterday, 07:17 PM

I am a new member. My BIL has PD. He has taken a turn for the worse after suffering back pain which kept him in bed for a few days, unable to speak much and unable to feed himself. He seemed to go into full blown dementia. It's been about 10 days since the episode and he is able to walk and talk a bit but I don't think he'll come back to where he was. It seems that each time he has an episode, the PD gets the upper-hand a bit more. His kids and I are looking to move him from his home into a semi-care facility, in the next few months. I'm having a hard time finding a support group close to me. There's a great one in Los Angeles but getting to downtown means heading back into rush hour traffic after work. I'm sure there are others but I must be searching in the wrong areas online. I think I'll try calling the local hospitals. I would appreciate other suggestions. This is a great site with a lot of information. Thanks everyone for sharing.

#126 Beau's Mom

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Posted Yesterday, 11:04 PM

Welcome, F_SIL,


If you call the NPF helpline listed on the homepage, they might be able to tell you of other caregiver support groups near you. I was moved into a group home way too soon, and with appropriate medication dosing from my MDS, post surgery PT, a caregiver part time and no family support, I do quite well living independently. I am a social worker and know how to find and qualify for resources. You and your brother's children might want to consult a social worker if you haven't already. Another good place to get information on levels of care nationwide is a website called "A Place for Mom."


I hope you all get all the support you need, wherever you live. For between meetings, this place is always open!




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