Continual Sleepiness

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newcarer
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   Posted 2/11/2006 5:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi
My husband has just been officially diagnosed with Parkinsons and has begun sleeping afternoons and going to bed early 7 - 7.30pm, says he feels continually lethargic and is unable to motivate himself. Its unusual for him to sleep so much and I am concerned. He began taking Kinson last week and its too early to look for results. He just sits in the lounge listening to radio or watching TV all day.
 
Even though he has just been diagnosed I know that the disease began taking hold some years ago but he ignored the symptoms, is the sleepiness part and parcel of the illness?
 

els
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   Posted 2/12/2006 4:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Without a doubt.  I suffer from this also and most days have to push myself to shower and get dressed.  My doctor has put me on medications to help with fatigue.  I also have Multiple Sclerosis and have alot of fatigue with this.

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yekkimo
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   Posted 2/12/2006 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Newcarer,

Welcome to Healing well.Many of the PD medications,and PD itself will cause both fatigue and drowsiness.It does take a while for the body to get use to a new med,but I would still contact the neurologist,and let them know what is going on.Withdrawal from normal daily activities could also be a sign of depression.Watch for this as it is quite common with PD,and there are effective meds for it.Wish you and your husband the best.Stay in touch,and get help with your caregiver role,like all the caregivers you gotta think of yourself also.My hat is off to all caregivers.Stay well.Ed ps you did not mention the medication your husband is on.,and maybe you can get him interested in a support group.
Ed-Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1998.I am also Diabetic,and have major arthritis issues.As long as I can fish life is good.
 
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lizzy4451
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   Posted 2/12/2006 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Newcarer,
Welcome!
I agree with Yekkimo that your hubby's 'tiredness' and lack of energy or interest in things could be signs of depression. Depression is common among people with Parkinson's either due a chemical imbalance in the brain or because of their situation. Depression due to a chemical imbalance is totally out of the person's control. Fortunately, their are medications for depression. Sometimes it's a bit of a challenge to find the particular anti-depressant that works best and fine-tune the dosage. I'd be sure to state your concerns to your hubby's neuro.
 
lizzy4451
Life is a dance. Don't sit it out. --- H. Jackson Brown


newcarer
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   Posted 2/13/2006 3:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your comments, my husband has agreed to speak to the co-ordinator about this problem. His problem is exacerbated by his also having macro degeneration, at the moment has only 50% of his vision. Can no longer read the paper, books or do his beloved crosswords despite reading aids from the Blind Society, am at a loss as to helping him enjoy his life.
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