Regular feature. But it is the first time I had a crow give me a hint about it.
No, I consider the question of stress effects and reactions to be the 600 pound gorilla in the room. Consider-
1- We can convert DA to E
2- Presumably, we do that when stressed
3- We are highly stressed just struggling to maintain a sitting position.
4- There is a finite supply of DA available. How much can be converted to E without triggering symptoms?
5- When symptoms are triggered, stress goes way up.
6- Depletes DA even more and sets up a feedback loop.
7- After a time with PD, just the anticipation of symptoms can increase stress. How much? Enough to start a feedback loop?
Feedback loops are strange creatures. Hold a microphone in front of a speaker hooked to it and the slightest sound sets the loop in motion and blasts away. What is the equivalent in PD? The feeling of a slight increase in stiffness? Is it even necessary that it be conscious?
Is it possible to stop that reaction if it is identified?
Originally Posted by rosebud
I hope your just thinking out loud, because I'd be surprised if there are answers to that rack of questions. We take levodopa and our body (brain)makes decisions about what its going to do with it. Sending it to the brain is only one option...there are probably more options than we are even aware of at this point in time. I am quite sure my levodopa gets blocked from time to time and ends up in my adrenal system...thus causing me more problems than it cures. Is this the first time you've had this experience?