Life Without Meds, Part 4

This latest experiment ended Sunday at 12:05 pm, when we finished up doing a video based on the UPDRS section for motor examination — finger tapping, heel stomping, that kind of stuff. I had figured that I would have been worse off in terms of symptoms than during last week’s attempts. However, if I factor out for sleep, my amount of fully conscious “off meds” time was nearly equivalent, at roughly 5.5 hours.

The impact for me was far more obvious in terms of mood and cognition. My voice softened; my tension rose, as did my impatience. Also obvious is the benefit of all the exercise. As the meds wore off, my posture started pulling forward, head forward and chin out. I self-corrected quickly, but the tension drawing me forward with stooped shoulders was rather strong.