First I should say that any day I wake up is worth living. I’m thankful that even in stage 7-8 pain for months on end that I can say life is worth living. Hope is still worth fighting for and there are paintings to be done right? No time to be crying in my soup. Matter of fact I think we should listen to some music before we read much further because below although entirely factual its pretty depressing. So first music then science and maybe some paint.
Consult a doctor if you have a medical concern.
Is given with levodopa/carbidopa to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as tremors, stiffness, slow movement, and problems with balance.
Side effects – Warnings – How to use
National Library of Medicine
Brand name: Comtan
Pregnancy risk: Category C (Risk cannot be ruled out)
May treat: Parkinson’s disease
Drug class: Catechol-O-Methyltransferase Inhibitor
Other drugs in same class: Carbidopa/Levodopa/Entacapone, Tolcapone
This is the darn med that I have been out of for the past 6 days. Finally I have it back in my system but I’m not sure I really enjoy it.
Precautions While Using This Medicine
It is important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working properly and to check for unwanted effects.
Do not stop taking entacapone without first checking with your doctor. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount you are taking before stopping completely.
Nausea may occur, especially when you first start taking this medicine. Also, an increase in body movements and twitching, twisting, or uncontrolled movements of the tongue, lips, face, arms or legs may occur. Your doctor may need to adjust your dose of levodopa/carbidopa if these movements occur.
This medicine may cause some people to become dizzy or drowsy. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting may occur, especially when you get up from a lying or sitting position. Getting up slowly may help. If you should have this problem, check with your doctor.
Hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there) may occur in some patients.
Symptoms may be mild at first. For instance, you may have a mild tremor or a slight feeling that one leg or foot is stiff and dragging. Symptoms may affect one or both sides of the body, and can include:
Problems with balance and walking
No expression in the face (like you are wearing a mask) 😉
Muscle aches and pains
Movement problems, which include:
Difficulty starting movement, such as starting to walk or getting out of a chair
Difficulty continuing to move
Loss of small or fine hand movements; writing may become small and difficult to read; eating becomes difficults
Rigid or stiff muscles, often beginning in the legs
Shaking, called tremors
Usually occurs in the limbs at rest, or when the arm or leg is held out
Goes away when you move
Eventually may be seen in the head, lips, tongue, and feet
May be worse when tired, excited, or stressed
Finger-thumb rubbing (pill-rolling tremor) may be present
Slowed, quieter speech and monotone voice
Low blood pressure when getting up, sweating, drooling, lack of body temperature control. These problems are due to something called autonomic dysfunction.
Other symptoms may include:
Anxiety, stress, and tension
Untreated, the disorder will get worse until a person is totally disabled. Parkinson’s may lead to a deterioration of all brain functions, and an early death.
Most people respond to medications. How much the medications relieve symptoms, and for how long can be very different in each person. The side effects of medications may be severe.
Difficulty performing daily activities
Difficulty swallowing or eating
Disability (differs from person to person)
Injuries from falls
Pneumonia from breathing in (aspirating) saliva
Side effects of medications
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if:
You have symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
Symptoms get worse
New symptoms occur
Also tell the health care provider about medication side effects, which may include:
Changes in alertness, behavior or mood
Loss of mental functions
Nausea and vomiting
Severe confusion or disorientation
** as morbid as the information above is, I love the fact that it’s bold face honest, in our society we like things to be pretty, oh it’s okay pd just gets you foundations and sit-coms. Breast cancer gets you pretty pink ribbons and of-course the new craze I saw “we got your six”. Really so when a 50c takes my partners head and turns it into pink mist, you got my six really e’f you. Sorry that commercial today made me mad. How about you provide medical care and livable pensions after we come home changed forever. Sorry had to rant. I know who has my six and its not a new cool shiny pin, that’s pink,silver or gold. But hey deep breath, 1,2,3,4,……5,…..6,,,,,,,,, ok all better. Let’s paint.
These piece was done in 1996 and was a gift to my late father, it painted in oils and sculpted using a secret recipe that I still use today in all my heavily textured work.
Who I was:
What I am:
Much love, hope and strength to all and to all goodnight.