How does Parkinson's progress?
Parkinson's affects everyone differently.
The symptoms someone might have and how quickly the condition develops will differ from one person to the next.
For many people, the condition can take years to progress to a point where it has a real impact on daily life.
How do symptoms progress?
The symptoms most often associated with Parkinson's are tremor, rigidity (stiffness) and slowness of movement.
Not everyone with Parkinson's experiences the same combination of symptoms – they vary from person to person.
Also, how Parkinson's affects someone can change from day to day, and even from hour to hour – symptoms that may be noticeable one day may not be a problem the next.
Many of the symptoms can be treated or managed with medication and therapies.
Many people with Parkinson's lead active and fulfilling lives. An important part of coping with Parkinson's is understanding how it affects you and how to work around it.
It may not always be easy to maintain a positive outlook, especially immediately after diagnosis, but we can give you help and support.
Can you die from Parkinson's?
Most people's life expectancy won't change much because of Parkinson's.
But, some of the more advanced symptoms can lead to increased disability and poor health, which can make someone more vulnerable to infection.
The most important thing is to try to manage your condition as best as you can with the support of specialist healthcare professionals.
Helpline and local advisers
Our helpline and Parkinson's local advisers are here to answer any questions you have about how Parkinson's progresses.
Call us on 0808 800 0303.
Nicotine and Parkinson's
Nicotine is overwhelmingly bad for you. But, it turns out, it might help to protect dopamine cells.
Nothing is worth the risks that come with nicotine, but Dr Shaoib and Dr Iravani have another idea. What if we could make a compound that acts like nicotine, with all the benefits but none of the risks?
Last updated April 2017. We review all our information within 3 years. If you'd like to find out more about how we put our information together, including references and the sources of evidence we use, please contact us at [email protected].