I was placed on medication as soon as I had my diagnosis and already it has made a difference. I sleep better, my tremors – which were intermittent anyway – have diminished to the point, they hardly occur at all. My sense of smell has returned, I can smell perfume like I haven’t for years.
It makes me think of a period in my life when things were very grim and I ended up with depression. I was put on medication and within weeks started to feel ‘normal’ (how I hate that word) and there’s a risk in that. The feeling of normalcy was because of the medications, not because I had experienced a miracle cure! Luckily, I had the insight to know this, but many in similar circumstances make the mistake of stopping medication and having a recurrence and sometimes a worsening of symptoms.
So, what does this have to do with now? There are days when I think, “maybe I don’t have Parkies? I’m feeling good with minimal symptoms!”. I’m sure we all have days when we’d like to wish it away! So magical medications, they are hugely beneficial and help me immensely – and long may that last – but they are not a cure. They make my life more positive, more liveable and manageable and will do for some years to come, I’m sure. So, I will continue to take them and increase them if I am advised to and make them my friend.