Just when I thought I knew all of the symptoms, I find out my constipation is caused by a lack of dopamine in my brain. What next will it be with Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s Disease: win the battle with constipation. What a title for a post!
It was about eight years ago when I noticed my finger trembled without my direction and I began to wonder why. I didn’t have a clue what Parkinson’s was all about and hadn’t given it a second thought. A few months later, after we settled into our new home and found a family doctor who took us on as patients, I asked him if that tremble could be Parkinson’s. He decided to refer me to a neurologist and sure enough, it was Parkinson’s disease. I didn’t think much about it at the time because I didn’t know anyone who had it and didn’t know anything about the disease. I am not the type to worry about something over which I have no control. There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease so there is really nothing I can do about it.
Eventually Irma and I joined up with a PD support group in our city. We met some really nice people who openly shared their version of the disease. We soon learned about medications, exercising both the body, brain and voice and how to do them.
Exercise is Key
We learned that the body must be exercised every day by walking, running, working out in the gym or pool, as well as playing sports like golf, tennis, pickleball, curling and pretty well any exercise you can imagine. We love our inflatable kayak as it is a fantastic exercise for both of us.
Don’t Forget The Brain
Then, there are the brain exercises and to do this we must change from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one. What changes could I make? I enjoy watching TV and there is not much to doing that. I purchased a book on how to do the Sudoku puzzles. Then, I made sure I tried to do the daily crossword puzzles in our local paper. Next was the voice exercise and this was the toughest to do. It is hard to find a place where you are able to yell loudly without causing a disturbance! My wife, Irma, is not only profoundly deaf but she is also legally blind. She is able to read with the aid of a screen that allows her to alter the size of the type but that is very slow. So to kill two birds with one stone I began to read a book to her for about an hour or so each day. She enjoys me reading and I reap the benefit of getting the vocal exercise I need.
I believe doing all of these things has certainly helped me to keep the Parkinson’s disease symptoms at bay. Not much has changed over the last eight years in that regard. I do have a few more tremors in my hand but not much of a change. Walking a straight line and keeping my balance at the same time is evolving over time but most people would not even notice it.
I’m So Lucky
For some reason I can’t stand my sock on my right foot as it bothers my big toe. These are little changes that have happened to my body over time but I am not complaining as I have met a great many people who have severe complications from the disease and I am sure they would gladly trade their symptoms for mine any day.
Today, I heard that the lack of dopamine in the brain can cause constipation. I never knew that and have read what I thought was everything there was to know about Parkinson’s disease, but I had never heard about this symptom.
It just so happens that for the past eight months or so I have been trying to overcome constipation. I tried taking a few remedies including a product called Senokot but the label advises to not use this for too long. We have had a container of Smooth Texture Fibre Laxative with Psyllium on hand for some time. I decided to try this product and it is working, goodbye constipation! I take a heaping teaspoon mixed in an eight-ounce glass of water and follow that with another glass of water once a day. If you want to try it or a similar product then I suggest you start off with a glass full once a day and see how it works. I’m not a doctor so I suggest you talk with your doctor first.
The active ingredient in this product is Psyllium Hydrophilic Mucilloid and there is a good information website here that explains how it works and the benefits of taking it.
There goes another symptom of Parkinson’s I don’t need to fret about.
Quite a Story
Have you heard about the lady in England who has the ability to smell Parkinson’s disease? This is her interesting story.