Having moved recently, I am in search of a neurologist. The movement disorder specialist recommended as "the best" in a large metropolitan area , has me baffled. I am 4 years into my adventure with PD, 70 year-old tremor predominate female, taking 3 to 4 25/100 carbidopa/levodopa per day. He is suggesting shifting to a dopamine agonist that may still be onboard after a night's sleep and improve my mornings. He is concerned about the long term use of carbidopa. He also is recommending otc low dose lithium for its neuroprotective possibilities.
I didn't go there with any complaints or concerns. I thought my Sinamet had me well controlled. He agreed that nobody would realize that anything is wrong or even that I have PD (when on), but wants to improve my chances of doing as well as possible 10-15 years down the road. He requires 5 visits with multiple evaluations just to get started. He uses some kind of a metabolic approach to treatment of PD. I am curious, but his visits are extremely expensive and I am also skeptical. To make matters worse, the nurse practitioner (in a pediatric neurology clinic) who recommended this doctor is my daughter who asked everyone medically associated with neurology who to send her mom to. I have also had an appointment with another motor disorder specialist who is closer to home who wanted me to try Rytary in hopes of improving my mornings. Insurance wouldn't cover it and I saw no difference in the mornings. Only I can make the decision about which doctor I choose, but your input about a metabolic and lifestyle change, plus Lithium might help me with that decision. BTW, I have met with a sleep doctor who is also a neurologist. We will be doing a sleep lab study to try to determine what's going on with my disordered sleep.
So, what is your take on the Lithium?