I recently weaned off Zoloft [sertraline HCl]. I started taking it in December along with Sinemet due to the severe anxiety and loss of balance and mobility I had been experiencing. Prior to that, I had experienced the symptoms of PD medication-free for 17 years.
I am grateful to say that this combination of medications [Sinemet and Zoloft] restored my balance and mobility to the point where I could function again, and eliminated the anxiety. I am also grateful to tell you that the weaning-off process went really well, with no major complications.
It has now been more than two months since I began taking PD and anxiety medications. Presently, for PD symptoms, I am taking 600 mg of levodopa and 150 mg of carbidopa per day. I take two levodopa-carbidopa tablets three times per day. For anxiety symptoms, I am taking 50 mg of Sertraline HCL per day [1 capsule at bedtime].
I should also mention that I am taking 40 mg of CBD oil [medical marjuana] each day [20 mg twice per day in between the PD meds]. I am also doing a lot more Qigong every day and I strongly believe that this is helping [particularly the lift chi pour chi down routine].
Let me begin by saying, even though I’m writing a post about anxiety, I thankfully, do not experience a lot of it. The situations that cause me to experience anxiety include speaking in front of a crowd, packing for a trip or being late for something. These situations are infrequent.
I have had a number of inquiries lately on how to minimize trembling. Let me begin by saying, trembling is not the most challenging symptom for me. Loss of balance, freezing, loss of dexterity in my hands, shuffle walking and constipation are far more challenging.
For many people experiencing the neurological condition known as Parkinson’s disease, anxiety is one of the more common and challenging symptoms.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. It is an expression of fear, created by a thought. Given the challenges of the symptoms and given what the future holds for those who consider their condition to be incurable, it is no doubt that anxiety is so common.
As a follow-up on my most recent post about calming the mind as well as something I wrote in June about four things that really mess me up, there are three specific situations that seem to exacerbate the symptoms I experience.
If you are experiencing a neurological disorder [parkinson’s, ALS, MS] chances are, you’ve spent too much of your life worrying. I certainly have! Worrying about what people think of me. About failing. Worrying about getting beaten up, being laughed at, spanked, criticized, punished, etc. Worrying about money, keeping my job, the mortgage, the kids, my parents, etc. And where did it get me? Absolutely nowhere!
One of the more significant challenges I face living with a neurotransmitter condition [parkinson’s] is coping with anxiety. This morning, I experienced it in spades when I made an appearance on our local cable television station. I was filming a segment on martial arts and even though I’ve been on the show several times and know the hosts very well, I was still feeling enormous anxiety. It was in part, magnified by how I have been feeling about my father’s deteriorating health. I have also been feeling a lot of anxiety about announcing changes to our program at the karate club. I think they’re very positive changes, but you never know how people are going to react. As an example, while most of the world celebrated the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1989, there were many people [including people in positions of power] who didn’t. You just never know!
I recently overcame a fairly major crisis. It began near the end of March when I started having anxiety and panic attacks [common aspects of PD]. I have never experienced anything quite like it and I hope I never do again. At times it felt like I was losing my mind.