A feeling of persistent weariness, heaviness, or lack of energy. Fatigue is a common problem for people with Parkinson’s and may be a symptom or a consequence of the disease. restless leg syndrome (RLS) and other sleep disturbances can lead to inadequate sleep. anti-parkinson’s medications can interfere with sleep or cause feelings of tiredness. Sometimes adjusting the timing of dosages or the combinations of drugs can relieve some of the fatigue as well as make it easier to sleep at night. sleep medications also help the person to fall asleep and stay asleep to get adequate rest.
As Parkinson’s progresses, physical movement takes more intense concentration and effort bradykinEsia makes the legs feel heavy, and once-simple actions such as walking across a room to turn on the television become major undertakings. tremors and cramps can leave muscles sore and tired. It is helpful to plan outings and activities such as shopping or traveling for times when energy levels are highest and to allow for brief resting periods to prevent total exhaustion. nutrition and diet are also factors; eating several small meals spread out through the day can help to provide more consistent nutritional energy.
When fatigue persists despite efforts to relieve it (such as assuring adequate sleep), it is important to look for common physical causes that are easy to treat. These include hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), anemia (insufficient oxygen in the blood), and vitamin B12 deficiency. These health conditions become increasingly common with age, but the focus on treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s makes it easy to overlook them or to attribute their symptoms to the Parkinson’s or anti-Parkinson’s medications.