Patient Comments: Parkinson's Disease - Treatments

What do you do to treat and manage your Parkinson's disease?

Comment from: kleed, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

I have tried many different things trying to get rid of the plantar warts on my feet. Believe it or not, I found that apple cider vinegar does the trick. I got a foot file, and file the warts every day after I shower, then every few days I soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and tape it onto the wart and leave it on for a few hours. The next day the warts are sore but they are already turning black and diminishing. Keep doing this for a few weeks and they should be gone for good! Vinegar is amazing stuff!

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Comment from: paul, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 23

I have had Parkinson's disease (PD) for about 5 years. I am doing well on Sinemet and Azilect. I have heard that some of our neuro transmitters i.e. serotonin and dopamine are manufactured in our gastrointestinal tract as well as in our brains. I also wonder why we need more and more of Sinemet to control our symptoms as time goes on? Also, Azilect is very expensive. I wonder if there is evidence that it helps as the disease progresses. It almost seems like PD is an autoimmune disease to dopamine.

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Comment from: Cinnamon, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 02

Since the Rush University Medical Centre cinnamon study report on the benefits for mice with Parkinson's disease (PD), I have taken cinnamon 1 tsp with quick oats in the morning and again at night around 9:30 pm. I weaned myself off Levocarb 100/25 and my PD symptoms have declined over a 2 week period. I have my fingers crossed that all symptoms will go away. The last symptom, an occasional tremor in my lower jaw at bedtime is almost gone. So far, I feel like a lucky mouse who joined the study at Rush University in Chicago. I am 69 and also do walking on a treadmill at 2 mph for 40 minutes every 2nd day. Read the Rush University press release June 20, 2014 and see what they found.

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Comment from: Cathy, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 17

I am very upset about new information about Prilosec. I use it every day for GEED and when I go off of it, I suffer pain. I have tried Nexium, but even though I can use it for a couple of days, Nexium makes me sick. I am afraid to go off Prilosec. One day I will try, but I will have to rely on Rolaids and Tums like I did long ago. It is very hard to fall asleep raised up high. I do use a couple of pillows. I watch my diet, because if I don't I get sick. I love tomato foods, but they don't love me. I can cheat once in a while. I think the trouble with Prilosec and other medications like it is you can get it over the counter. So instead of people watching what they eat, they just take a pill. If people just decide to go off Prilosec cold turkey, they will have a rebound of serious attacks. Everyone I know has GERD. I wonder if it is something in the food or in my eating patterns. I just don't know. Maybe we were not meant to eat non-foods.

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Comment from: Tom, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 31

I was diagnosed nearly 10 years ago, when I was 38. I am now almost 48 and my Parkinson's disease (PD) is still fairly well controlled. I have started to have some difficulties between doses and have had to watch that more carefully the last year or so. I am still living independently, and yes, from what my screen name suggests, I still play the violin, but I had to stop playing at the symphony level some years ago. I still play "fiddle" type music quite well and enjoy it a lot, although if I'm not careful with medications and preparation I can have a "melt-down" and have to take a break from playing for a half-hour while I calm down and medicines kick in. Rather embarrassing at a show, but it only happens every once in a while. Life is still good!

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