I got PD dx last year at 56, but think I had compulsive buying for years before that. Are we saying with PD, even before meds start, we get a dopamine “high” when we buy too many things and that makes us happy for awhile? Same with sex? Is this correct understanding? If so, most PD literature makes it sound like this only happens under agonist medications.
Am I the only when with sexual compulsive behavior which started 6 years ago? It started with sexual thoughts, increased need and desire to have sex with my wife - she could not keep up, then there was porn, I could not help myself and wondered why this was happening? Doctor and articles helped but what wound up happening for a multitude of reasons we sleep in separate beds and only sleep together Friday and Saturday night.
Anyone care to share their insight with compulsive / impulsive behavior?
Thank you for your post, very enlightening. My boyfriend has PD, we live together. Lately I never know who I will wake up to in the morning, Mr. Grumpy( controlling, argument I've), Mr. Sad Silent , Mr. Mania ( reckless spending, selfish behavior)
Your post has helped me so very much. Hugs to you for being Frank and honest
@A MyParkinsonsTeam Member Too early to tell what effects the reduced mirapex.have. I am now taking Seroquel which is suppose to help with anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations. The mirapex helped bring these symptoms on. I do not rely on porn, I would say that we still have an on going sex life, minus the other life events that kee0 some couples from having onel I do agree that the more sex between a PD afflicted person and their partner the more secure the relationship is for that person.
I see this OCD behavior increasing but more towards purchases tools, clothes, dinning out and big tipping. It is hard to stay alert and aware of your parkinsons driven behavior. Sometimes I feel as if I use Parkinsons as an excuse for improper behavior but than I realize that is not me, not who I used to be - this type of impulsive, reckless, behavior raised its head in 2004 even before I knew what PD was and how serious it could be.
For instance, I returned from Iraq in 2004, around 2005 I started not acting like myself doing things out of character. Tripping over the imaginery crack every 25 steps and having my youngest tell me I never smile anymore woke me up to begin my PD journey - Kumite (Japanese for formalized fighting) Quest just means my journey to learn how to live with the disease.
I had lived a much more and very physical life style, track, martial arts, 29 and a half years in the military until I realized I could not function at the level I needed to anymore - oh well life goes on and on.
I am very interested in hearing what came out of the Dr. appt. I think the mirapex (which I take 3 mg/once a day) is causing many ocd issues and for me it’s been spending. I believe that even without pd or mirapex it is common knowledge that once you start having orgasmic sexual activity, the desire does increase for some folks, too, like me. And the desire for the chemical feelings of an orgasm can easily become addicting, let’s face it, for someone who lacks dopamine, having more of it float through our body can be habit forming, but it is also a natural part of life, so unless it interferes with your life, or your wife’s desire or lack there of, it could work for couples, but once you rely on porn an a regular basis, it can become chronically addictive. But what is more worrisome is the thought that you had a conversation and the other party claims not. There is a massive amount of advertising now on hallucinations associated with parkinsons. It’s worth looking into.
But my bottom line is that the more sex the better as long as it doesn’t interfere with other important parts of your life...hugs.