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  1. CBD Oil--Does This Work?

    I use a SMOK OSUB vaporizer. Very newbie friendly and costs around $50. I fill the tank with 50/50 mix of Mt Baker's "Thug Juice" and Green Garden CBD oil (the Silver 300 blend) I set the vaporizer @ 20W and it produces a very smooth vape. I puff on it all day. Good for non-smokers with glass lungs, like myself.
  2. Excessive Fragmentary Myoclonus

    Mine were so frequent that it was interfering with driving. Nothing like having your arm violently jerk while gripping the steering wheel. Clonazepam got rid of the jerks for me. Makes sense, as the drug was originally perscribed for seizures.
  3. what do you do for fatigue

    I've learned to accept fatigue. Its a normal part of PD, and gets worse as it progresses. From my experience, the best way to deal with fatigue is rest. Exercise and work when you can, rest when you can't. I quit working, and it was the best thing I ever did in terms of managing PD fatigue. No supplement or medication for fatigue has ever been a good long term solution for me, and I've tried them all. I find 2 hour naps, when tired, to be very refreshing. I take daily naps after lunch. In fact, I'm going to doze off in about 20 minutes.
  4. Trying Sinemet

    Yeah. I'm a camel in terms of water retention. I usually have the reverse problem - trouble starting and stopping. This has gotten worse with the PD. I know vivid dreaming can be associated with marijuana use. Marijuana supresses REM sleep when regularly used. If you take a break, you'll experience REM Rebound (an increase of REM sleep), and therefore experience more vivid, memorable dreams.
  5. CBD Oil--Does This Work?

    I'll add that I have found vaporizing CBD oil to be FAR more effective than the standard drops under the tounge. I bought one of the portable vaporizers that the folks vaping nicotine e-juice use. The flavored CBD oils (blueberry is my favorite) are pretty tasty when vaporized. I mix it 50/50 with nicotine-based e-juice for added effect. (Some studies find nicotine beneficial in PD treatment)
  6. The Problems with Medical Marijuana

    Wouldn't recommend immediately driving after a few tokes, either. However, many state laws are zero tolerance for marijuana in your system. In my state, you could have taken those few tokes a couple of days prior to an accident, tested positive during the accident, and be arrested for OWI. Makes about as much sense as drinking half a beer and then getting arrested for OWI five hours later.
  7. Even underwater? I ask, because I'm terrible at swimming on the surface. My legs sink and drag, like yours. It stinks, because I used to be a good swimmer. Underwater, I do much better for some reason. I was really happy with myself this summer. Was able to touch bottom of a 20 ft deep pond. My buddy didn't believe me, so I swam to the bottom again and brought up a handful of mud.
  8. I have similar trouble with any swimming techniques involving flutter kicks. My legs sink which throws my front crawl off. I swim mostly underwater now, since my front crawl sucks. Have you tried dolphin or frog kicks? I think the problem with us parkies is that the normal flutter kick requires fine motor control. I do much better utilizing frog kicks (with a kickboard) or dolphin kicks (butterfly stroke, underwater). The dolphin kicks can be a bit hard on the back though...
  9. The Problems with Medical Marijuana

    That's a great, honest assessment, Patriot. I know a few people who use edibles for their hospital stays. Its an option if you want to be stealthy about things. Got to be careful with edibles, though. Very easy to go overboard. During all my hospital stays, I had a continuous supply of Dilaudid via IV, so there was no desire for additional medication. Yeah. The DUI thing sucks. The illegal aspects suck. My state is zero tolerance on Marijuana and driving. Same for meds like benzos or narcotics. If you keep a low profile, Its much harder for a cop to detect marijuana use than booze during a normal traffic stop. DUIs for weed are very rare around here. The local cops dont want to bother hauling someone in for a blood/urine test, and they havent caught on to mouth swabs. All bets are off if you are involved in a serious accident, though. Best recommdation there is to make sure all your equipment works and follow all traffic laws. Don't give the cops a reason to stop you. Or don't consume. I have been pulled over and questioned about my symptoms. One went as far as having me perform the field sobriety test and breathalized me. I showed him the cane, handicapped tag, and my medical alert card. He apologized and sent me on my way. I've not found marijuana to be particularly effective in resolving any of my PD issues. It does, however, have excellent anti-nausea properties and stimulates appetite, which has been key with all my GI related surgeries/infections. Most perscribed anti-emetics are contradicted with PD, so MJ seems to make a great alternative. I believe MJ, like every other PD drug works differently for each individual. I'll also say its good at relieving mild to moderate pain (nothing beats the narcotics and steroids, though, for crippling levels of pain). It also helps with sleep. Have you tried the pure CBD oil yet? I can buy it at any smoke shop around here and it seems to offer many of the benefits of MJ, without all of the legal headaches that come with MJ. I find vaping it to be the most effective form of delivery.
  10. Need your opinion...on Retirement disability

    Agreed. Used to weigh 350. Im a really big guy to begin with, but its still 120 too much. Having that and PD just really complicates things. I lost a bunch of weight, due to illness, but I gotta admit moving is easier with 80 less pounds. Now I'm told I need to carry an extra 20 to 30 pounds, due to my declining health. Ive found swimming and biking to be excellent exercises that PD doesn't seem to affect. Especially, swimming. Still really good at it - recently swam to the bottom of a 20 ft pond. As for disability, I was able to get another 5 years of working in once my meds were stabilized. Would still be working, but have been fighting multiple GI infections and Sepsis for the last two years. Stu, you might be able tohold out a little longer. Find the right level and type of meds.
  11. Morphine in hospice care

    Sorry to hear this. I spent some time in the hospital and then with our local home hospice group when I developed a life-threatening infection after a major surgery. I was given Dilaudid every 4 hours, and at the time, I saw it a godsend. Took away all the pain, anxiety, fears, etc. I would not hesitate to do the same for a loved one that was suffering.
  12. INcreased sense of smell?

    Yes. I've noticed heightened senses of smell after Sinemet dose increases. A few other people on this forum experience the same.
  13. NAUSEA ad nauseum?

    I take Zofran for nauesa. Most of the anti-nauesa drugs are contradicted with PD (including Zofran). So, be careful if you go the Rx route - most doctors arent even aware of these interactions. Zofran is highly effective, but is likely overkill for PD related Nausea. It is mostly perscribed for cancer patients going through chemo or patients with severe GI issues (my case) There are numerous natural alternatives for nausea. Although its not the cure all that many proclaim, MMJ works pretty damn well for treating minor to moderate nausea. I think theres a few other as well.
  14. Anti-emetics

    Thank You! I'm going to ask my Doctors about this med. In the hospital, I was given Phenergan (a potent dopamine blocker). Some very bad things happened as a result, and they switched me to Zofran. Zofran is apparently not a PD friendly drug either. Hopefully now, I have an anti nausea alternative.
  15. Other Illnesses and PD

    I believe moderate to advanced PD can interfere with surgery and recovery. I developed sepsis from Diverticulitis a year and a half ago. My stay in the hospital did not go well and I'm still trying to recover from infections and complications from having most of my colon removed. I asked this question to Dr. Okun a while back. He confirmed that PD often complicates and can get worse after surgery. My team of docs at home are also blaming PD for my lack of recovery.