Undertreatment occurs when dopamine levels are too low. This will cause typical symptoms of Parkinson’s disease: stiffness, slowness, slow gait, tremor (trembling, shaking), poverty of movements, soft speech, difficulty to get up from a chair, small steps, etc. This state is called ‘off’. Yellow is the color representing this state: deep yellow when severe, more towards green for a bit off. Showing your doctor where the worst moments of the day occur in your Parkinson smartwatch diary, helps to find a treatment strategy to get rid of them.
The other problem is associated with overtreatment, when dopamine-levels are too high you may experience involuntary movements called dyskinesia or choreodystonia. Red is the color for dyskinesia. Less severe dyskinesia are scored closer to the green (in the middle on the ‘rainbow‘), and represented in charts as orange (moderate) or pink (slight dyskinesia). (Please note that tremor is yellow, not red!).
Your doctor will help you to solve this problem. In this example case, simply increasing the first dose would gain more green hours, because the white line ascends into the green area.
Managing these problems is a lot easier if you can show the doctor your status in a diary, so he or she knows where treatment is too low or too high. That is where Parkinson smartwatch offers an easy way to record your status. It will also help you to take your medicines correctly and on time.