Difficulty swallowing can be one of the most challenging [if not terrifying] aspects of this condition we call Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it was the increasing difficulty I was having swallowing that contributed to the panic attacks I experienced in 2014. I was under the mistaken assumption I would eventually require feeding tubes. The neurologist I was seeing at the time assured me that this was not the case.
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.
Lately I have been feeling a lot of muscle tension, particularly in my shoulders, back, arms, neck and throat [muscle tension is common with PD]. At times it can be very intense, so much so that I have to stop doing what I’m doing and take steps to relieve it. The tension is particularly bad when I’m preparing meals, taking my supplements, doing dishes and frequently when I’m sitting at the computer [anything that involves fine motor skills].
An important part of the natural healing program I am using to manage (and eventually overcome) Parkinson’s, is Body Stress Release. BSR uses a ‘pressure-point’ technique to relieve tension and stress from the muscles (primarily along the spine), thereby allowing nerve impulses to flow more freely.