My First PD Physio

Having been successfully referred to a local centre that specialises in therapy for those with neurological diseases, I booked in to my first group physio session.

Being the only woman with seven other men plus the male physiotherapist did not bother me. I enjoyed their sense of humour. Introductions over one person asked how PD affected me – everyone has different symptoms but other than that there were no questions because we were all ‘in it together’.

I have had physiotherapy over the years at the local nhs hospital for one or other of my limbs. Not that anyone knew I had Parkinson’s then. Nor do I really know now whether some or all of those problems are part of the condition.

Everything went reasonably well, despite the limited movement in my left arm due to a combination of pain and muscle stiffness. Until we undertook an exercise for coordination of arms and legs together. I ended up laughing at myself rather than feeling awkward or self conscious (as I probably would have done at a general session). It was as though my arms and legs did not know how to move as requested; I felt a bit like one of those puppets with stings that have got all tangled up – legs and arms going all ways.

Even so by the end of the hour I felt a sense of achievement – at least I had made a start! Plus I now had a better idea of what needed to be worked at.

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog.  Last november I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  Basically that means I have less dopamine working than I need to have! What is dopamine – a chemical that is released in the brain which  acts as a neurotransmitter.

So how does it affect me – visibly I have a tremor in my left hand (sometime affecting further up my arm). I have lost some of the strength in this area – thereby finding it difficult to graps things that need any a reasonable amount of strength.  Even holding an umbrella up for a short time can be quite a feat, as I found out the other day!

Quite often this disease affects one side of the body first and can graduate to the other. My left leg is weaker than the right (or it could be the opposite way around!). It has been for sometime and my poor right leg has to trouble with anything that puts pressure on it – such as going up stairs. There are good days and not so good ones – when it says “enough”!!!

But it is the non-visible symptoms that affect me the most at the moment. On the bad days it is a real battle, then there are those when I am detemined to not to let it take control of my life.

I have found talking about being newly diagnosed is theraputic. I have always enjoyed writing – good way of exercising the brain! Maybe you would like to view my blogs for Huffington Post.