Re: Parkinson's and stress
Yes...stress can and will aggravate your symptoms...or may trigger them as well.
I have found huge benefits in using Music Therapy to help relieve stress and aid in better mood control. Have a knowledgeable friend or relative make you a half a dozen or so CDs of your favorite music....each CD being for a different purpose. For example you might have a classical CD for relaxing, a "morning CD" with your favorite morning music, a "workout" or exercise CD with upbeat motivational music (theme from "Rocky" etc.)...and so forth. A small CD player with speakers is cheap and easy to use. Chose one with well marked large buttons. Music Therapy has been shown in studies to be as effective at mood improvement as antidepressant medications. TRY IT. It is ESPECIALLY helpful for people with nervous system disorders (like Parkinsons)
Check with your Neurologist to consider altering your dosing schedule to avoid peaks and valleys in your Levadopa blood level. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT....Google this: Pulsatile Levadopa Administration"
Monitor your overall energy levels. We all have good days, bad days, strong days and off days. You are probably less tolerant of stress on off days. Try to stay in tune with your body
Best of luck