A few weeks ago there was news of rats with PD getting relief by means of electrically stimulating their spines, similar to the effects of DBS.
The details were scanty, but enough to get me wondering, so I tried it today. I have an electrical muscle stimulator that I bought on Ebay a year or so ago. PTs often use them for rehab. I got mine for $50.
This morning I had meds at 8 AM and 10 AM and expected to continue the two hour repeat the rest of the day. I felt myself going off about 11 AM and muttered under my breath because I knew it was going to be one of THOSE days and that I'd be spending the afternoon froze up in a chair when I'd rather be doing something else.
So, I thought "what the heck!" and with great effort drug the stimulator out and hooked up to it for fifteen minutes. I had tried it a couple of times already. In the absence of any guidelines I had kept my experimental levels down to "barely detectable" but this time I upped it to "just becoming uncomfortable." One pad went on my occiput and the other on my tail bone. The stim shut down after the 15 minutes were up and I sat quietly for another 15. At 11:30 I stood up and, after limbering up a little, I found that I could walk when I should have been freezing.
Not only that, but I skipped meds at noon and 2 PM and finally took them at about 3 PM. Not only had I been functional, but I was engaged in moving some heavy furniture around or two of those hours.
I took meds again at 6 PM but found myself beginning to go off and freeze as 8 PM approached. I decided to extend my experiment and 8 PM I again drug the little zapper out and put in 15 minutes. After a ten minute wait, I again stod up and found myself back to functioning without any meds since 6 PM!
It is now 11 PM and I am going to bed fully fiunctional!
This is cool!!!