Most medical Doctors will say Parkinson's Disease doesn't hurt, but they don't HAVE Parkinson's Disease. Hmm, a Neurologist with PD, that would be humorous, unless she/he does brain surgery! The actual process of the neurons dying off in our brains is painless, however, the strange things Parkinson's makes our limbs and body parts do, CAN cause pain.
Foot cramps are painful, no doubt about that! Tremors are painful for our family and friends to watch, and are a big pain in the butt for us Parkies, but don't usually hurt, unless we spill hot coffee down the front of our shirt. Ouch!
My rigidity is usually painless, but very aggravating. I generally have two or more bruises on my arms or legs from bumping into doorways because I zigged when I should have zagged or from getting up awkwardly from the desk or table. They hurt, but can you say that it's Parkinson's? If I fall and break my leg, can I blame PD? What about back pain from being stuck in the same position all night?
I say YES, absolutely YES! But all kinds of things in life hurt. Having a baby hurts, but women have more than one. The death of your parents or spouse hurts. A hangover hurts, but most people don't quit drinking. The reality is life, in general, involves some pain.
When I am having a bad day, I ask myself, "Have you ever felt worse than this?" If the answer is YES, then I say to myself, "Then what are you complaining about?" and then I laugh and instantly feel better. If the answer is NO, then I have something to compare the next bad day with.
Yes, I do argue with myself and sometimes, rarely, I win the argument!
SO DON'T BE AN DONKEY, HAVE A GREAT DAY!
Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from Amazon.com or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!