Parkinson’s patients are treated with drugs for a certain period of time, and various autonomic dysfunctions, such as constipation, depression, sleep disorders, etc., will appear. It is all heartbreaking... Among them, constipation is the most common phenomenon in Parkinson’s patients. The definition of constipation In the case of unobstructed bowel movements, the number of bowel movements per week is less than 3 times. About 70% of people with Parkinson's disease will have varying degrees of constipation.
With prolonged constipation, toxins from the feces will be absorbed into the blood, resulting in chronic symptoms of poisoning, the most obvious of which is fatigue. It can also affect the slow peristalsis of the gastrointestinal tract and cause abdominal distension, which indirectly affects the emptying of the drug from the stomach into the small intestine and affects the absorption of the drug. In clinical practice, many Parkinson's patients often say that the drug effect is not good. If the constipation is severe, the effective blood drug concentration cannot be reached within the effective time. This is one of the reasons for the ideal drug effect.
Why are Parkinson's patients prone to constipation?
First of all, because Parkinson's patients are slow in exercise, their activities will be reduced. Once they lack sufficient exercise, it is not conducive to bowel movements, and slow bowel movements will definitely affect bowel movements. The second is drug-induced constipation, that is, anticholinergic drugs and amantadine can significantly reduce bowel movements, and dopamine receptor agonists and levodopa can aggravate constipation to a certain extent.
For people with Parkinson's disease, non-drug therapy is the main solution to constipation. If it is drug-induced constipation, it is necessary to reduce the drugs that cause constipation. Many patients take laxatives for a long time, which is very undesirable.
The following 4 small suggestions hope to help all patients
1. Adjustment of diet
Drink water every day and eat cellulose-containing foods, vegetables, beans, fruits, etc., especially those with leaf stems, such as cabbage, spinach, and celery. Cellulose can promote bowel movements, it is also easy to arouse bowel reflex, prevent constipation, hemorrhoids. Moreover, it can lower cholesterol and prevent many chronic diseases. In short, the benefits are huge.
2. Adjustment of living habits
Develop the habit of defecation regularly every day, defecation every day will avoid the time that stool stays in the rectum, stick to it, and defecation will be much easier.
3. Massage exercise
The first is to massage from top to bottom with both hands from the lower edge of the rib cage in the thoracic cavity, pressing down the abdomen with a certain amount of force during the downward process. Repeat many times, three times a day.
The second is to use one hand to grasp the back of the other hand, place the palm of the palm on the belly button, and then perform a circular massage from the inside to the outside in a clockwise direction. Repeat many times, three times a day. The two techniques can be performed alternately.
4. Keep exercising
Insist on 30 minutes of exercise every day, you can slow Tai Chi, walking slowly, etc., to avoid too intense exercise.
For Parkinson's patients with severe constipation, if the above methods are useless. It is recommended to take appropriate medication under the guidance of a doctor to resolve constipation.