Parkinson's Disease

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What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's Disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system marked by muscle tremors, muscle rigidity, decreased mobility, stooped posture, slow voluntary movements, and a mask-like facial expression.

What is it like to have Parkinson's Disease?

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

What do patients take to treat Parkinson's Disease and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members
Perceived effectiveness
Overall rating of side effects
# of Evaluations

These charts show data from Parkinson's patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Parkinson's Disease on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 8,809patients have this condition
  • 84new patients joined this month
  • 8,609say Parkinson's is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 57
30s 150
40s 583
50s 1,560
60s 2,490
70+ 1,764


Distribution of females vs. males

47% Females
53% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 48
20-29 years 177
30-39 years 607
40-49 years 1,234
50-59 years 1,581
60-69 years 955
70+ years 272

Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Drug-induced Parkinsonism 85
Inherited (genetic) Parkinson's disease 464
Parkinsonism (unknown cause) 1,410
Parkinson's disease 4,631
Vascular Parkinsonism 40
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,630
Not Diagnosed 206

These charts show data from Parkinson's patients who have completed their condition history
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