Category Archives: Side Effects

Parkinsons and Melanomas

Why do I have a  photo of my late father in this blog?  I have a photo of my handsome, Irish father mostly because Father’s Day is coming up.   But we also share the same Irish face: pale white skin, … Continue reading

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It’s All in Your Head

Depression and anxiety can be symptoms of Parkinson’s, results of having PD, and/or side effects from PD medication.  Yet we still have a stigma about addressing mental health aspects of PD.  “It’s all in your head…just buck up and you’ll … Continue reading

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I Love to Laugh

You’ve probably been reading about “fake news” and our new “post-factual environment”.  So you can imagine how dubious I was when I scanned through my Facebook and saw one of those “sponsored pages” (i.e., an ad).  The page was from … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookies and Levodopa

What do chocolate chip cookies and levodopa have in common? A.  At the right time and amount, they can be a great treat! B.  However, you can have too much of a good thing. C.  They should be included among … Continue reading

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Robin Williams

My brother is of the opinion that the reporting on Robin Williams’s suicide and his Parkinson’s diagnosis was sloppy.   “They make it sound like you can take a blood test to diagnose PD,” my brother says.  “They make it … Continue reading

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Status: Sleep, Glorious Sleep

“Now is the winter of our discontent…” Shakespeare had it all wrong…winter is when I contentedly curl up under the covers in the perennial rainy semi-darkness that is winter in the Pacific Northwest.  I have been tired all my life, … Continue reading

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Status – January 4, 2013 – Skiing!

Happy New Year!  Status is great!  I am delighted that I had no problem cross-country skiing last Friday (12/28/12).  I was concerned that the cold would exacerbate my Parkinson’s tremors — but no problem.  I haven’t had any problems yet … Continue reading

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Status, Friday, December 14, 2012 – “Does Parkinson’s hurt?”

Status is optimistic.  I did my monthly visit to neurologist yesterday and he is going to try me on a different dopamine agonist, Requip (ropinirole), the arch-rival to the Mirapex I’m taking now.  Although the (long) list of side effects … Continue reading

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Mirapex — The Agony of the Agonist

The drug I am currently taking is named Mirapex (generic name Pramipexole).   One of the more hopeful things about Parkinson’s is that there are several different classes of drugs in the toolbox.  Mirapex is in the class of dopamine “agonists”.   … Continue reading

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Status – Friday, November 9, 2012 – Fun with drugs

Status is good.  The higher dose of Mirapex appears to be reducing the tremor episodes in the right hand, but not eliminating them.  Not surprisingly, when I get into the afternoon and evening, I get more episodes.  (The pill is … Continue reading

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