What is muscular dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of more than 30 inherited diseases that cause muscle weakness and muscle loss. Some forms of MD appear in infancy or childhood, while others may not appear until middle age or later.

How do members experience muscular dystrophy?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with muscular dystrophy*

*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 muscular dystrophy*

Who has muscular dystrophy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 8
30s 22
40s 19
50s 13
60s 13
70+ 9

Distribution of sex


Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 21
Female 61