Cerebral palsy

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What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a group of nonprogressive disorders that affect a person's ability to move and to maintain balance and posture. It occurs when the areas of the brain that control movement and posture do not develop correctly or get damaged. The disorders appear in the first few years of life.

Common symptoms reported by people with cerebral palsy

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

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.
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Treatments taken by people with cerebral palsy

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Carpel tunnel wrist brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
cerebral palsy (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lioresal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
cerebral palsy (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Medtronic Neurological Implanted Device (Baclofen Pump))
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
cerebral palsy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
cerebral palsy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with cerebral palsy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with cerebral palsy

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Carpel tunnel wrist brace)
Perceived effectiveness
for cerebral palsy (2 evaluations)
Side effects
pain in ankles plantar fasciitis
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
cerebral palsy (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lioresal)
Perceived effectiveness
for cerebral palsy (2 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
cerebral palsy (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Medtronic Neurological Implanted Device (Baclofen Pump))
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
cerebral palsy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
confusion drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
headaches
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zanaflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for cerebral palsy (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
cerebral palsy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with cerebral palsy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has cerebral palsy on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 189 say cerebral palsy is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 38
20s 50
30s 62
40s 57
50s 31
60s 20
70+ 4
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 108
20-29 years 3
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 101
Female 164

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 155
Not Diagnosed 9

These charts show data from cerebral palsy patients who have completed their condition history
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