i signed up for the army in 1978. I REPAIRED WEAPONS. ANYTHING THAT THE MILITARY FIRED I FIXED. GOT HIRED AT THE POST OFFICE IN 1983. I ENJOYED BEING A LETTER CARRIER FOR 30 YEARS, AND I WOULD’VE STILL BEEN DOING IT.
If i didn’t get blessed with this illness. I COULDN’T DRIVE MY VEHICLE NO MORE. I COULDN’T WALK. HAD NO MOVEMENT IN MY SHOULDERS. I COULDN’T PERFORM MY ROUTE. I’D GET ON THE ROUTE AND FREEZE UP.
It was very hard for me. MILES IS A 53YEAROLD MAN WHO HAS PARKINSON’S FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS. HE HAS SUFFERED UNTIL ABOUT A YEAR AGO WITH REALLY BAD MOTOR FLUCTUATIONS, SEVERE RIGIDITY, TREMOR,.
And where he did get to a point where he needed a wheelchair TO GO LONG DISTANCES, AND ALSO HE HAD A LOT OF PAIN. PARKINSON DISEASE PATIENTS DO HAVE A LOT OF PAIN, AND WE OFTEN DON’T STRESS THAT AS THE MAIN SYMPTOM THAT WE TALK ABOUT WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE. WE OFTEN ARE THINKING ABOUT THEIR MOTOR PROBLEMS,.
Their tremor, their slowness, their gait, BUT PAIN CAN BE A SIGNIFICANT SYMPTOM, AS WELL. HI, MR. GARCIA. HELLO. DR. OSTREM. NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN. THERE’S A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS IN WHICH PAIN CAN BE A PART OF THE SYNDROME, AND ONE OF THE THINGS.
That we often see it associated with IS THAT OF PROMINENT RIGIDITY. THE WAY A PATIENT WOULD SENSE RIGIDITY IS THAT THEY’RE VERY TIGHT. IT’S LIKE YOU HAVE TIGHT MUSCLES. AND DYSTONIA IS ANOTHER TYPE OF MOVEMENT.
That is associated with cocontraction of muscles. FOR EXAMPLE, THE NECK WILL START ACTIVATING ON ONE SIDE REPETITIVELY, CONSISTENTLY WITHOUT STOPPING, AND YOU START TO SEE MAYBE THAT SAME TURN OF THE HEAD IF THE NECK MUSCLES ARE DYSTONIC. THERE’S MORE OF A ABNORMAL CURLING OF A JOINT,.
Of a foot, of a toe. IT COULD CURL DOWN. IT COULD CURL UP. AND IT’S OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH PAIN. MILES’ WORST PAIN WAS BETWEEN HIS SHOULDER BLADES AND IN THE BACK, AND IT WAS REALLY TROUBLING TO TRY AND SORT THAT OUT, WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS.