How do symptoms progress?
The most common symptoms of 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.
Then and now
"I know who I am now - I didn't know who I was then because I was scared. But as the years go by you feel different."
In this video, Caz reflects on how she felt when she was first diagnosed with Parkinson's and how far she has come in 2 years.
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.
Last updated July 2020. 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]