When my Dad was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it took a great deal of time to find the right balance of medications. Together, he and his neurologist found ways to combat his symptoms after a bit of effort. But since Parkinson’s is fluid, the process is continuous. How long does it normally take to find the right medication balance?
If you have a great PD doctor and a little luck, you will start on the right dose. I started on Sinemet 3 x a day. Later, when I reported sleeping problems, he added a 4th dose at night. I also find that a bag of fava beans or taking a macuna capsule helps when I need a boost.
I lucked out in that once I was finally diagnosed, it only took my doctor a week to realize that 3 Carbidopa/Levodopa a day would not suffice and that 4 a day were necessary. Eventually, this will change. My biggest obstacle has been tending to the non-motor symptom of electrical nerve pain, which is addressed through a different medication. We have yet to find the proper dosage. Because symptoms present so differently from person to person, I suppose experiences will also differ, perhaps quite drastically. And as symptoms evolve, I expect the medication combinations to do the same.
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