Your doctor has told you that you have Parkinson’s disease. This disease affects the brain and leads to (tremors) and problems with walking, movement, and coordination. Other symptoms or problems that appear over time include difficulty swallowing, constipation, and drooling.
Over time, symptoms get worse, and it becomes more difficult to take care of yourself.
Your doctor may place you on different medicines to treat your Parkinson’s disease and many of the problems that may come with the disease.
Many medications can cause severe side effects, including hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and becoming very confused.
Make sure you follow instructions. Do not stop taking medicines without first talking to your doctor.
Know what to do if you miss a dose.
Keep these and all other medicines stored in a cool, dry place, away from children.
Activity and Safety
Exercise can help your muscles stay strong and help you keep your balance. It is good for your heart. It may also help you sleep better and have regular bowel movements. Pace yourself when you do activates that may be tiring or need a lot of concentration.
Keep tripping hazards out of your home.
Remove loose wires or cords from areas you walk through to get from one room to another.
Remove loose throw rugs.
Fix any uneven flooring in doorways.
Have good lighting. Put hand rails in the bathtub or shower and next to the toilet. Place a slip-proof mat in the bathtub or shower.
Re-organize the home so things are easier to reach. Keep a portable phone with you so you have it when you need it make or receive calls.
Your doctor or nurse can refer you to a physical therapist to help with:
Exercises for strength and moving around
How to use your walker, cane, or scooter
How to set up your home to safely move around and prevent falls
Replace shoe lace and buttons with Velcro
Get a phone with large buttons
If you have Parkinson’s disease you may trouble the constipation. Have a routine. Once you find a bowel routine that works, stick with it.
Pick a regular time, such as after a meal or a warm bath, to try to have a bowel movement.
Be patient. It may take 15 - 30 minutes to have bowel movements.
Try gently rubbing your stomach to help stool move through your colon.
Also try drinking more fluids, staying active, and eating a diet with lots of fiber (fruits, vegetables, prunes, andcereals).
Ask your doctor about medicines you are taking that may cause constipation (such as some medicines for depression, pain, bladder control, and muscle spasms). Ask for stool softeners.
Luc Jasmin, MD, PhD, Gene Therapeutics Research Institute Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.