Parkinsons Disease

The Pains of Parkinson's

Elaine Benton | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

There appears little to ease the pain a Parkinson's patient experiences first thing in the morning. The stiffness and rigidity that set in during the night, leave one feeling like a stiff board. Just rolling over or getting out of bed becomes extremely difficult and takes tremendous effort.

Turn Me "On" Please!

Elaine Benton | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Being newly diagnosed, I was far from suffering what would become in future years, one of the most annoying debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's. At the time, unfamiliar with the term 'on' and 'off' I asked for clarification of this phrase.

A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

Elaine Benton | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As a person living with Parkinson's, just like millions of other fellow sufferers, when first diagnosed, I took a crash course in scouring the Internet to educate myself. Patients generally understand and know full well the harsh reality that awaits them.

It's a No Win Situation

Elaine Benton | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

It's like riding some frenzied merry-go-round, but there's nothing remotely "merry" about living with Parkinson's. Most of the time I'm bursting with fighting spirt and determination not to let Parkinson's get the upper hand...

There's No Room at the Inn!

Elaine Benton | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As adults we often view loneliness as a sign of failure, and a successful person is surrounded by a multitude of friends. In reality, this is not the case, for generally one has only a small handful of what can be considered loyal good friends, the others are merely acquaintances.

Fighting For Your Rights

Elaine Benton | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Different countries around the world with diverse health schemes, adhere to set rules and regulations. Learning how the system works where you live, and finding out what you're entitled to, are just the first steps, in what feels like a voyage into uncharted waters.

Thank You Michael McIntyre

Elaine Benton | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Living with a long term illness can be awfully hard sometimes, and we all need a good laugh now and then. Comedy takes your mind off a bad situation, even if just for a short time, which one could say is the true form of "comic relief".

The Night Before

Elaine Benton | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

The night before surgery is always strange, sleeping in a hospital bed waiting to get tomorrow over and done with, so the recovery process can begin. Thoughts of home and getting back to some form of normality fill my sleepy head.

The Magic of Chicken Soup

Elaine Benton | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Entering the winter months, night closes in early, as darkness envelops us with a chill in the air. There is nothing more welcoming than arriving home, greeted by the wonderful aroma of a steaming pot of soup on the stove.

Maintaining Friendships

Elaine Benton | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Generally people don't want to hang around anyone chronically ill, and I can't say I blame them. I do understand, for someone in a poor state of health has limitations when it comes to socializing, which admittedly causes difficulty in maintaining friendships. Once diagnosed with a degenerative disease, life is never quite the same again.

Robin Williams: What Is Lewy Body Dementia?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Robin Williams may have been suffering from hallucinations when he committed suicide in August of this year. TMZ claim to have obtained documents s...

Never Give Up Hope

Elaine Benton | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Are you familiar with the 'missing sock' syndrome, which continues to be baffle me? I'm far from alone experiencing this strange phenomena, as it probably occurs in most households around the world. For those of you who haven't a clue what I'm talking about and are puzzled, shaking your heads; let me explain.

Brain Fog - Proof in the Pudding

Sonja Lewis | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

It had never occurred to me that I could affect my brain through food or drink until I suffered really serious brain fog, a term that has been used rather loosely to define that muddled feeling, which causes us to act out of character, sometimes rather zanily, forgetting little things (the keys) and sometimes big things (where the car is parked).

Not Tonight Josephine

Elaine Benton | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I am not a doctor, but merely a patient with a lot of experience and a desire to share information offering support to others in similar circumstances. I write about every aspect of living with an on-going long term illness. No subject is taboo or off limits.

A Reply to the BUAV

Kirk Leech | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Kirk Leech

The purpose of this undercover activity is not to improve the health and welfare of laboratory animals but to send exaggerated shock messages to the public through national news media implying that scientists cannot be trusted with the care of animals with the ultimate aim of ending all research using animals.

What Matters Most

Elaine Benton | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Most of us living with Parkinson's disease are on a cocktail of pills we ritually take each day. We can try to help maintain the dopamine levels to some degree by eating the right foods. A well balanced diet alone cannot of course replace Parkinson's medications, but ensures they work at an optimal level.

Don't Wait Till It's Too Late

Elaine Benton | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Most people don't think twice about having pension schemes, life insurance, money tucked away in a savings plan for a rainy day, as this is considered being smart and planning ahead. So why is there a psychological block and what is the problem in tackling one's long-term living conditions in the same manner?

Gaucher & Parkinson, Take A Hike!

Elaine Benton | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Growing up with Gaucher disease, I wasn't allowed to participate in sports at school and often felt left out, but knew my bones were weak and fragile. I frequently had bouts of unexplained chronic bone pain, so didn't need much convincing to steer clear of the sports hall and the highly spirited netball team.

Parkinson's Is an Iceberg

Elaine Benton | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

The on-line Parkinson's community is a great way of connecting through the Internet with others in the same boat. I was truly touched by a new contact I made with a fellow Parkinson's sufferer. My article this week is about an ordinary Joe, just like you and me, except his name is Kendall Lay and he is far from ordinary.

Parkinson's Is No Dream - It's a Nightmare

Elaine Benton | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As morning arrived, and slowly the bedroom filled with the sun's bright rays, heralding a new day, I watched my husband as he peacefully slept next to me. My eyes followed every contour of his handsome face and listened to his steady breathing, as his chest rose and fell with each breath.

Robin Williams Was Suffering From Parkinson's Disease

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

The late comedian Robin Williams was suffering from Parkinson's Disease when he took his own life on Monday. His wife, Susan Schneider, made the revel...

Spilling the Beans

Elaine Benton | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

We have a special visitor from abroad with us at present, who is taking a much needed holiday. "Why is he special?" I hear you ask. Firstly we've know...

Herniated (Slipped) Disc

Elaine Benton | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I am typing this article in bed, on my laptop which has been precariously propped up, barely able to see the keys, I am determined to finish this piece. You may be wondering what on earth I've been up to. Sorry to disappoint you, but it doesn't take much to injure myself, and I wish I had an exciting fascinating tale to relate, but the truth of the matter is sadly quite pathetic.

What Makes My Blood Boil?

Elaine Benton | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

A person suffering a degenerative disease, no matter how well they cope, cannot in reality be upbeat and happy every single moment of each day. This would be impossible and an unrealistic expectation.

Are You A Shopaholic or Is It Parkinson's?

Elaine Benton | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

My husband really lucked out in one respect when we married, for he never had to worry about me over using his credit card on big spending sprees. I never enjoyed shopping and quite frankly found it a chore, culminating in me often wearing the same old outfits year in year out.