Losing the sense of smell is just one of the many irritating symptoms of PD. Have you found ways of fighting this?
@backpacker - imagination, or memory. I am grateful for those tiny bursts of fragrance 5 minutes after I stick my nose into a lilac bush!
@A MyParkinsonsTeam Member - chocolate...if I had one taste I could preserve, it would be that.
@backpacker - I have breathing problems similar to yours - if what I have noticed is true, then it has something to do with PD weakening the diaphragm and lessening the power of activity.
I am taking breathing therapy and the net effect is to strengthen the muscle tone and power of diaphragm response when inhaling and exhaling - I notice my breathing is shallower rather than weaker, and if I take extra effort my lungs inflate just as they did before PD - but I have to think about it, possibly another case of the neural bandwidth narrowing...
More as my adventures progress.
I lost my sense if smell several years before diagnosis. I thought my sense of taste was still in tact until I suddenly realized that I am oftentimes just remembering the flavor of the food, sadly realizing that what is currently in my mouth is completely tasteless. PD is a horrible thief! But we mustn't let him win--LET'S KICK PD TO THE CURB!