The earliest "motor" (muscular) symptoms of Parkinsons disease may be aches and pains7.

One has to think of this, as hand tremors may not be very obvious now.

It is really worth finding out early. I have seen people apparently recover completely from this stage of Parkinson syndrome with naturopathic treatment.

The critical clue to this condition is finding cog wheel rigidity.

This is a type of rigidity in which, when a patient's limb is moved by the examiner, it resists and gives way in small, step-like movements as though bumping over the cogs of a cog wheel.

testing for cog wheel rigidity

My thumb is firmly on the tendon of biceps, which is easily felt at the front of the elbow.

The arm is bent up and down repeatedly and the cog wheel effect is felt on the tendon.

You can test yourself the same way, thumb on the tendon and just fairly rapidly bend and straighten your elbow.

Conventional Parkinsons medication is useful for pain control now. I've used this temporarily for this purpose, until naturopathic treatment has had time to work.

The damage from this disease was thought to start in the olfactory bulb of our brain, and loss of the sense of smell has been seen even a decade before the diagnosis6. It has since been shown that it may start in the enteric (gut) nervous system, with constipation resulting.

Two years before the diagnosis, low back pain and frozen shoulder, depression and lack of energy, double vision and swallowing difficulty are seen in a proportion of people.

Sleep disorders which may occur now, include people kicking or calling out during dreams (in REM sleep, when there is normally no movement.)

Parkinsons disease is usually first diagnosed in the fifth and sixth decades, as when loss of the normal swinging of one arm when walking, becomes evident.

Shaking, stiff muscles, slow movement and balance problems may occur.

This was one attempt to copy a spiral, showing the wobble caused by the Parkinsonian tremor.

Parkinsons disease causes and treatments

A number of toxins can contribute to this Parkinsonian syndrome, including carbon monoxide, organophosphates, carbon disulfide, manganese¹, paraquat, hexane, rotenone and toluene (from wikipedia).

One major intracellular protective agent is glutathione. this has been difficult to supplement in the past, as it is broken down in our digestive system.

Two new approaches may be worth trying.

Lifewave glutathione patches are a homeopathic treatment, applied externally, to acupuncture points.
LypoSpheric glutathione is a specially coated form, which avoids digestion and is well absorbed.

Integrative medicine is the way to go, using what works, wherever it comes from.

Have a look at, as an example.

From a recent health e-newsletter, useful things include...B vitamins, carnitine, green tea extract, omega-3 fatty acids and resveratrol.

The Edgar Cayce readings have been utilized in more recent research³ which appears to have helped some of the participants.

Self help for Parkinsons disease

Neurologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians and counsellors are all likely to be useful at times.

It's better however, not to rely on other people entirely, but to be actively involved in looking after oneself.

As in just about every illness, regular exercise is valuable. Walking is fine, even pumping iron.
Attempting to make large amplitude movements is valuable.

To quote Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino...

"Music, specifically highly rhythmic music, has been shown -- and there's quite a bit of supporting data here -- to help them in training and coordinating their movements and gait. Music also enhances the length of their stride and improves balance.
Later in the course of PD, cognitive and short-term memory decline are common; in this case, music has been shown to be an effective mnemonic tool, a memory enhancer for remembering basic information -- phone numbers, people, addresses, things like that."

Have music playing a lot.

Be proactive in avoiding constipation², by having plenty of water and vegetable fibre. Psyllium (Ispaghula) is a good fibre supplement.

Work⁵ published in 2015 "...suggest that the intestinal microbiome is altered in PD..." so a diverse range of fermented foods could be protective.

To help get a good night's sleep, try to avoid daytime naps. Lavender aromatherapy, Chamomile tea etc can all be useful.

Tricks like pressing your shaking arm against your body or moving your shaking arm to a different position, may help control the unwanted movements.

Have the floor uncluttered, to avoid tripping over things.

Ensure your medications are taken on time, every time.

Other things wich give a clue to this problem

Loss of ability to just relax into an easy chair, with continued feeling of tension in one's body.

No longer being able to play the piano.

Unable to walk as fast, apparently due to dragging an arthritic knee.

An annoying feeling of internal shaking in one limb, even if no resting tremor can be seen.

The UK PDSBB criteria for diagnosis include...
Slowness of movement
Muscular rigidity
4-6Hz rest tremor
Otherwise unexplained unsteadiness
One sided onset
Progressive worsening
Persistent asymmetry, worse on onset side
70 to 100% response to levodopa

Parkinsonism versus Parkinson's disease

"Disease" labels can be defined by a group of symptoms and findings on examination (a syndrome,) or by specific test results (including the ultimate test of postmortem autopsy.)

For Parkinson's disease the last (neuropathologic diagnosis) is the "gold standard." Earlier diagnisis, in living people, isn't easy⁴

"Prodromal PD" is when various symptoms are consistent with early PD but not enough to be sure. This stage can last 10 years. Specialized tests can help. In patient (hospital) sleep studies may show REM behaviour disorder. Special tests of vision and smelling, transcranial ultrasound, tissue biopsies from colon etc are used. Blood pressure dropping when erect can be a sign.

Parkinsonism is a term for other conditions mimicking this in the early stages. I believe it includes people who have brain damage from chemicals especially, who recover on natural treatment but otherwise could have progressed to full blown Parkinson's disease.

Sudden onset or a history of step-wise progression suggest a vascular cause (recurrent small strokes.)

Notes and references

Welders exposed to manganese, on PET scan showed reduced uptake of labelled L-dopa, a sign of dysfunction in the nigrostriatal dopamine system.

"This study suggests that a substantial percent of welders may have brain injury, even if they do not have symptoms currently," said study author Susan Criswell, MD, MSCI, from the Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

2. There is now evidence that the nerves in the bowel are involved, with α-synuclein (αSYN) protein in neurites here, and this even before the Parkinsons disease is diagnosed (see...





7. Musculoskeletal problems as an initial manifestation of Parkinson's disease: a retrospective study.

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The amplitude of a movement is its extent or range (often written as an acronym ROM.)

PET scans are positron emission scans.
L-dopa is the drug levodopa, a precursor of a neurotransmitter called dopamine.
The substantia nigra is a part of the brain concerned with movement.

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