Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness

Purpose
Patients
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 9
Moderate 21
Mild 32
None 83

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Walking

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 15
Soreness 11
Joint pain 6
Pain in knees 6
Muscle strain 5
Foot and ankle injuries 4

Show all 55 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently doing Walking

Dosage Patients
daily 47
as needed 9
30 min daily 7
weekly 7
1 hr daily 5
45 min daily 5
20 min daily 4
20minutes as needed 3
30 min weekly 2
30 min m,w,f 2

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Why patients stopped taking Walking

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 41
Side effects too severe 14
I didn't have enough time 11
Did not seem to work 9
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
Expense 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently doing Walking

Duration Patients
3-6 months 4
6 months-1 year 6
1-2 years 7
2 years or more 100

Stopped doing Walking

Duration Patients
0-1 month 9
1-3 months 7
3-6 months 6
6 months-1 year 12
1-2 years 11
2 years or more 19

Adherence


Always
Patients
33
23%
Usually
Patients
70
48%
Sometimes
Patients
35
24%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
7
5%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
18
12%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
30
21%
A little hard to take
Patients
63
43%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
34
23%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
3
2%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
75
52%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
67
46%
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27 patient evaluations for Walking

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StrkL
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StrkL
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Off
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See StrkL's full Walking history

May 30, 2016 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increased energy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Slowness)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Balance problems)
  • side effects
    Mild (Soreness, Muscle strain, Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: As of Sept 1, 2010, I am lumping walking together with the other aerobic exercise I do - running, exercise bike, elliptical. If you're having trouble walking, you're likely to walk less. If you fear walking by yourself, you're likely to walk less. So your walking will get worse, you'll have more trouble with it, and you'll walk less. You can end up in a downward spiral. So you've got to break the cycle. There are several ways to do it. Many people who freeze while walking can still walk on a treadmill. And you can always hold on to the rails while walking on it. So practicing walking on a treadmill can help. If you don't have access to a treadmill, you can try walking stairs (if you are one of those who doesn't have a problem with stairs). Always hold on to the rails when you do stairs, however. If you don't have stairs, or can't do them, there are two other things you can try. You can clear a space in your house or on your driveway, and put obstacles on it to step over. Most PWP find that even if they have trouble walking, it's usually easier if they step over something. The "something" can be shoes, rolled-up newspapers, blocks, pieces of wood. Walk back and forth, stepping over the obstacles. Try varying the distance between the obstacles. Once you have been walking over them for five or ten minutes, you'll usually find it easier to walk and may be able to walk short distances without the obstacles. Another thing you can do is to get a walker (a rollator), and practice walking using it (in a mall, on your driveway, around your neighborhood on the sidewalk).
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Muscle strain, Soreness, Fatigue

Oct 17, 2009 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Slowness)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Balance problems)
  • side effects
    Mild (Soreness, Muscle strain, Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Walking can be either standard walking or racewalking. The latter is more strenuous than jogging at the same speed, but without the pounding of running or jogging. Once you're in good shape, it's a nice change to try racewalking for a few hundred yards in the middle of a walking workout. It also helps your speed, which is probably something all of us Parkinson's patients could use.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Muscle strain, Soreness, Fatigue

Aug 23, 2009 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Balance problems)
  • side effects
    Mild (Soreness, Muscle strain, Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Treatments and drugs can interact with each other. In my case, there was a positive interaction with walking, Mirapex, and Azilect. See "About Me" in my profile. In late 2008, when I walked fast for several minutes (during exercise) I often tended to freeze, and would have to stop walking. A few months later, when I started to freeze I would be able to continue walking, just slower for a few minutes, and then resume. By Oct of 2009 even if I started to freeze while running fast, I would be able to slow down (still running) and keep from freezing. I believe that pushing yourself - hard - on a regular basis (once a week or so) can help alleviate your symptoms and improve you functioning.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Muscle strain, Soreness, Fatigue

Aug 16, 2009 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Balance problems)
  • side effects
    Mild (Soreness, Muscle strain, Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Muscle strain, Soreness, Fatigue

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Missy180
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Missy180
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Missy180's full Walking history

Feb 22, 2016 (Started Mar 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for exercise)
  • side effects
    Mild (Foot drop, Numbness in feet)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Mar 18, 2015 (Started Mar 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for exercise)
  • side effects
    Severe (Foot drop, Numbness in feet)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: M,W,F
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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giantsfan4ever
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giantsfan4ever
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Jul 1, 2012 (Started Jun 05, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Weight loss)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Ischemic Cardiac Dysfunction)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Muscle and joint pain, Pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 90 min Daily
Advice & Tips: BAH HUMBUG!
Cost: < $25 monthly

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