Greater Burden for Younger Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

A recent study by PatientsLikeMe, the leading health data sharing community for patients with life-changing conditions, reveals Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD) patients (individuals with symptom onset at 40 years or younger) experience more non-motor symptoms than those with “classic” Parkinson’s disease (PD). The study, based on a survey of more than 300 patients, questioned PD and YOPD patients about 30 “non-motor symptoms” including thinking, digestion and mood. Survey results indicate YOPD patients had an average of three more non-motor symptoms than their older counterparts.

  • The average age of symptom onset for respondents with classic Parkinson’s is 54, and the average age at onset for YOPD respondents is 33 years old.
  • YOPD patients report suffering from a number of symptoms, which could interfere with work or driving such as daytime sleepiness (33 percent) or dizziness (52 percent).
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