I read recently that Michael J Fox has been observed to make a miraculous recovery. My husband(62)was diagnosed with PD 13 years ago and is currently on madopar, amantadine and pramipexole. He prides himself on taking a low dost of madopar (3 a day - leaving bigger guns for later)and working 4 days a week (in his own small business). But I've been living with a ghost and at my wit's end - hardly any communication, no smiles or laughs, bad posture and shuffling gait, daytime sleepiness. I assumed PD was biting hard. This week, for the first time, I went with him to his regular 6 month PD specialist nurse appointment. She said he was under medicated. He now takes 2 madopar first thing, one at 11am, one at 3pm and another at 7pm. He's a different man. His posture is upright (without he says any conscious effort), his gait is virtually normal, he talks to me, has facial expression, is alert and taking an interest in his surroundings/life again (though still falls asleep after food!). Although we have other PD/health issues, I feel as though I've got my husband back. You'd expect Michael J Fox to have his meds spot on, but maybe he 'upped his dose' too. I wanted to share this because there may be other carers who could be helped by it.
25 October 2012 3:06pm#1