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  • RJ Hayden replied to the topic Do you struggle with freezing episodes? in the forum Parkinson's Disease Symptoms 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Yes – freezing of gait is my greatest challenge. Like Robert, I have to put a conscious effort in initiating the walking process . . .  it is no longer automatic. As Caroline said, turns and narrow passage ways can absolutely be an adventure. Once I get started I’m generally ok as long as there are no sharp turns in my path. The carpet in my office is very ‘busy’ so I do have tape on the floor which helps navigating around my desk (it also makes for interesting conversation). To initiate a step, I have found that just by waving my hand in front of me I can usually get started. Often something as simple as a gentle tap on the shoulder from my wife is enough to get me started. Go figure.

    • RJ, I think my Dad struggles with the same thing. But I’ve noticed that he seems to freeze the most when he has to tackle complicated movements like pivoting. Dad tells me that straightening his posture helps. And once he gets started, he’s fine. Do you find that this type of strategy helps for you too?

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