A Real Story About PD Medications
Diagnosed at 37
I was diagnosed with Parkinson disease when I was 37 years old, but I think I had this disease 3 years before that. Accepting Parkinson’s disease was very hard and unbelievable for me. Everyday I asked God why me? Why choose me? I was stressed every time I thought about my future with this disease and that someday I couldn’t work. I could not make a balance between this disease and my life. The side effect of my Parkinson’s medication made me depressed. As I was diagnosed, the doctor prescribed me levodopa, which for beginning worked fine, but after 3 years the effect of my medication decreased, so the doctor prescribed me another prescription which was called Requip.
At the beginning everything worked well with Requip, but after a while my attitude and my personality completely changed. As a restaurant owner, financially, I always managed my business and my life well, so my wife was never concerned about the lack of money. In fact Requip ruined my life so much, that after 3 months of taking Requip, I started shopping for my restaurant a lot . All I did was sit at the computer and order online everyday for the restaurant, most days there was always an item that I ordered coming in a UPS truck. I had no idea what I was doing, I just knew that I it made me happy when I shopped.
One day I heard someone saying something about Lottery tickets, and how it gives you pleasure when you win some money.I never played scratch tickets at that time and never bothered to even buy one. I was curious, so I went to 7 ELEVEN to buy one scratch ticket, and I won $30.00! Day by day I played more, after 4 months I lost everything, I fell into bankruptcy, and my home went in foreclosure.
No money was in my pocket. My wife was on the verge of divorce. In those critical days just GOD knows what happened to my wife and my son. They went through all of the suffering. Yes, it was the Requip side effect I didn’t know until I went through bankruptcy.
After that I searched in computer about Requip and suddenly I saw Requip and Gambling. I found out what happened to me and nobody informed me about it before. Right when I stopped using Requip all my gambling and extreme shopping problems were gone. Requip ruined my whole life. Now I will get social security disability and live with roommate in an old apartment in Denver.
I lost my respect, my dignity, my reputation , my self confidence. I went through all of these suffering at the same time. I think it is a good time to ask Requip manufacture , who is responsible for all suffering???
My hope is to see my son on weekends, the only person who remains for me. Every day I do exercises to keep myself in good shape and I have hope to find a way to cure this disease.