I was diagnosed with PD about 4 years ago and am taking carbidopa/levodopa. about 3 years ago I stated developing abdominal discomfort, which I understand is very common in PwP. Sometimes, I would just feel nausea. Other times, I would have severe abdominal cramps or have the feeling that my ab muscles were drawn up in a hard knot.
I have found a simple solution to my abdominal discomfort and I want to share it with others. It is simply abdominal massage that I do for myself. It's so simple, but it has had a profound effect on my comfort level. Here's how I do it: As soon as I start feeling the discomfort, I place my hand on my abdomen with my thumb on top of the roll of fat above my waist and my other fingers under the roll of fat below my waist. Then, I gently squeeze and massage the two rolls of fat together. (I emphasize the word "gently".) I use my left hand to go from my left side into the middle, then I use my right hand to go from the middle out to the right side. (I think it's important to go from left to right because, as I understand it, that's the way food travels from your stomach through the small intestine.) I get the most benefit when I do this a little bit each day.
This has stopped much of my nausea and cramps, and I am so grateful. It also helps me breathe better, and I think it has also helped me stand up a little straighter. If anyone has constipation, I would think it would help this, too.
I'm not a doctor, but I would think there are situations in which abdominal massage should not be done or done only with your doctor's approval. If anyone has something like a hernia or inflammation or infection of the stomach or bowel or some kind of severe blockage, they should probably talk to their doctor first before doing the abdominal massage.
Be well, my friends.