Physical Stress

Certain physical stresses such as cramping, tremors and muscle and joint problems caused by temperature changes are just some of the symptoms caused by Parkinson's. The neurological, chemical and muscle changes that are happening in your body can be made more manageable. Try some of these ideas, if you wish:
  • Try nightly massages for leg and muscle cramps. You can self-massage (which is good for building your strength) or ask a loved one or caregiver to help you. Massage is also excellent for circulation and relaxation. It has even been seen to improve sleep.

  • Eating a popsicle or a slushy drink can help mild abdominal cramps. Flat gingerale can also be helpful for indigestion.

  • Try using mineral ice for easing the pain of sore joints caused by changes in the weather or temperature.

  • When tremors begin, you might want to try lying on the floor, facedown, and relaxing your whole body for 5 to 15 minutes. Calm your mind by visualizing anything that is peaceful to you. Relaxing your body, when the tremors begin, is key to a short bout with them.

  • You may want to try squeezing a small rubber ball to help reduce tremors in your hands.

    You may have noticed some problems with chewing, swallowing or digesting due to your Parkinson's. This may have dampened your appetite. Proper nutrition and digestion are very important, as you know. Here are a few tips to help you find eating more pleasurable again:

  • Smaller portions are easier to digest. This doesn't mean eating less, it just means that cutting your food smaller makes chewing easier, digesting easier AND you get more mouthfuls! You could also try using a blender or a food processor for your drinks.

  • Eat more slowly. Breathe between bites and taste everything. Think about what you are doing now, instead of what you have to do later.

  • If constipation is an issue for you, ask your doctor for suggestions about a mild laxative. Make sure to talk with your doctor because overmedicating with laxatives can cause a whole new set of problems.

  • The health of your digestive system is the key to your health. You can do some research about taking a bioactive whey supplement to improve the health of your digestive system. A healthy digestive system takes the burden off your immune system. Then your immune cells can do the work they need to do elsewhere in your body, because they're not all tied up in your guts.

  • Half an hour after breakfast, try drinking a glass of juice. This helps with nausea.
  • Your medication may be upsetting your stomach. An oatmeal cookie with your meds can be helpful. A glass of flat soda may also help. Absorption of your medication is very important. Doing something physical after taking your pill(s) will help with digestion and with absorption. Also a warm bath helps with activating your medicine. It is suggested that you drink a lot of water with your medication. 6 - 10 glasses a day are the recommendation. You are 98% water, so don't get dehydrated.

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