Thursday, November 6, 2014

Avoiding Parkinson's and Dementia

A woman wrote in with a question I thought others might also have.

First she said that she had neurasthenia. Since I had never heard of that ailment I looked it up and found:

neurasthenia [noor″as-the´ne-ah]
a virtually obsolete term formerly used to describe a vague disorder marked by chronic abnormal fatigability,  moderate depression, inability to concentrate, loss of appetite, insomnia, and other symptoms. Popularly
 called nervous prostration. adj., adj neurasthen´ic.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

That sure sounds like another name for low adrenal function. It used to be called many interesting things such as, "broke her health", and "plumb worn out".

She also said that, "I am very afraid of that prognosis at the bottom of the blog, any way of not getting Parkinson's and or Dementia? "

I thought, "I'm not planning on getting either of them."

What she is referring to is at the bottom of the Low Adrenal Symptoms it says:

            Cancer and heart disease, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s can be end-stage
             results of toxic accumulation and energy depletion (low adrenal function).

It says "end-stage results" of low adrenal function. If you take care of your self (see my recovery posts and medicine posts), you should never come close to this end stage of adrenal exhaustion. 

You do have to get plenty of rest, avoid all stresses possible, eat balanced meals, exercise and stay within your limits. If you are on medication such as hydrocortisone, you need to monitor your blood sugar and blood pressure and check with your doctor to make sure your dose is at the right level.
At this time I am taking 30mg of hydrocortisone (10mg breakfast, 10mg lunch, 10mg dinner) and .5mg of Fludrocort.

You can live a fulfilling life even with low adrenal function (I don't produce any cortisone) . I am having a great time blogging, going on walks with my husband, and volunteering as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). I am feeling better than I have in years. I am doing things I enjoy and my stress level is low. That helps a lot.  Life is a lot what you make of it. 


  1. Thanks Cheryl Anne, that was me :D I am housebound and in the menopause at the moment. I have had some unavoidable stress too. I have trouble with the bp as at the moment it is usually high and my pulse fast. It hurts greatly to take bp as I am so swollen and suffer from lipodema. (painful fat syndrome). I try to look after myself but I don't think I am as sharp as you are. i know the doc said I had super low progesterone but didn't test the estrogen? I have to have b12 monthly shots or I really cannot think. maybe I will be better after the menopause :D

  2. See my post on menopause. I was down most of that time. I just didn't have the reserves to deal with the stress of all the hormonal changes. I am able now to walk half a level mile now, but I still can't go in buildings except for my home and nearly empty places like a museum. I'm feeling fairly well and enjoying life, but I struggled through menopause. Normally, the adrenal glands make some estrogen which helps to cushion menopause symptoms. My adrenal glands couldn't do that, so I had a pretty rough time of menopause. I also had some major emotional stresses at that time which made things a lot worse. I tried the B12 shot, but it didn't seem to help me. Glad it helps you. Keep working with your doctor. You should feel much better after menopause. Hang in there. I'm praying for you.