World Parkinson’s Program – www.pdprogram.org
ISSN: 1929-4980 Volume 8, Number 7, July 2016
Fatigue and Loss of Energy
Fatigue or a feeling of loss of energy is not uncommon in Parkinson’s disease and may be noticed even before the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease appear. Patients may feel quite tired by time, and may not be able to complete their household chores. Parkinson’s patients may not recognize this as being part of their condition. Due to fatigue everyday activities begin taking a longer time, requiring more thought and energy. Some of the suggestions to improve this problem include:
1. Proper night time sleep.
2. Regular exercise.
3. Managing depression if present, as it may cause you to feel a decreased energy level.
4. Keeping your weight controlled according to standard guidelines.
5. Eating on time and not skipping any meals.
6. Doing household chores according to one’s capability and not over-exerting.
7. Giving enough time to finish daily activities.
8. Taking a short nap daily in the afternoon. Rest periods also help.
9. Not getting discouraged if you cannot complete certain activities.
10. Not shying away from asking for help if you need to complete your ADLs.
11. Staying mentally active.
12. Not involving in too many activities simultaneously in a short period of time.