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.

How do members experience Parkinson's disease?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with Parkinson's disease*

*Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.

Top treatments taken by people for Parkinson's disease*

*Data from patients with Parkinson's disease, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Compare treatments taken by people with Parkinson's disease*

Treatment
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment

(Sinemet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's disease (51 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea nervousness 6 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
Parkinson's disease (71)
Treatment

(Symmetrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's disease (23 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dizziness with hypotension upon standing 4 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
Parkinson's disease (21)
Treatment

(Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's disease (7 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue lightheadedness
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Parkinson's disease (12)
Treatment

(Requip)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's disease (8 evaluations)
Side effects
increased need for sleep
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Parkinson's disease (11)
Treatment

(Mirapex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Parkinson's disease (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Parkinson's disease (7)

*Data from patients with Parkinson's disease, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Who has Parkinson's disease on PatientsLikeMe?

Age

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 9
20s 56
30s 213
40s 584
50s 2,452
60s 6,721
70+ 15,123

Distribution of sex

Sex

Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 13,033
Female 12,440