Since being diagnosed with PD , I have found over the last 2 years that my weight has crept up and nothing seems to make it go down, I walk my daughters dog for 1hr each day do exercise and keep mobile, try to be good with what I eat (eating habits have not changed)
Has anyone else experienced this or is it nothing to do with PD (I do have a few other problems) Any help or advice much appreciated
I was diagnosed about 3 years ago. For the first 2 years my weight stayed static, Then my Dr added Mirapex (Pramipexole) to my meds. I began to gain weight rapidly (+25 lbs). I am very active (golf & gym). In addition, I fell asleep every time I sat down and began to talk in my sleep. I Quit taking it when I dreamed one night that I was fighting someone and nearly punched my wife. Since I stopped.I have lost 7 lbs and do not fall asleep or have dreams that cause me to act. Needless to say, med side effects can be bad.
my neuro doc say I have 3 strikes against me on weight gain...1-PD slows everything down as far as movement and metabolism, 2- some drugs cause weight gain, 3-age. He says exercise is good to keep your balancce, stAND TALL, KEEP FIT, ETC...HOWEVER TO LOSE WEIGHT AT THIS POINT 90 % IS CUTTTING DOWN WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH...10% IS EXERCISE.
I have the exact same situation. Husband has always been tall and thin and losing weight shows on him. Try to get him to eat more of the foods he likes...I try any fattening foods. Have bowls of peanuts, dried fruit, etc around the house. Go out to eat. My hub gets grumpy though when I push him...so I have to back off if I've gone too far:-) PD doc said losing weight is a common symptom..hang in there!
I, too, have gained significant weight over the past few years - 25 to 30 pounds and still gaining. I attribute it to lack of exercise. I make endless excuses for not exercising, but it really boils down to lack of energy. I only get a few hours a day that I feel good enough to do anything involving moving around, and I always choose o use that time doing the necessary work around the house. Everything takes so much longer to do with PD, I am always behind. Then the other factor is staying up all night watching Netflix - there is always some snacking involved!
@A MyParkinsonsTeam Member - Yes, stupid & also lucrative for the medical profession. Sometimes I wonder if medications are made with built-in side effects designed to produce sleep apnea or put us in a nursing home, drooling in a wheelchair. I keep waking up because I need to urinate, then staying up because I don't like lying in bed & shaking until it is time for my first dose of meds. I also get this "Zing!" effect, when my body and brain are just ready to go. It's like my husband's family of Rocky Mountain hunters and trappers say: "Daylight's a-wasting!" (Daylight, at 3am?) I Can get back to sleep, if I watch TV, read, or listen to an inspirational talk on my tablet. On the other hand, I have come to cherish my alone time for bible study, answering Facebook messages & email, posting on MPT and PatientsLikeMe, and working on writing projects. I know the sleep is good for me, and wonder if lack of sleep contributed to me getting PD in the first place, but i am not ready to give up my 3am to 6:15am activities for laying around in bed. I'll have plenty of time to sleep in the grave (where lack of sleep is probably hastening me to...)