Stages of Parkinson’s

The Stages of Parkinson’s

By following the conventional medical approach, you can expect to go through what healthcare professionals call the different stages of Parkinson’s. These are set out below.

Before you go there though, bear in mind that there are people who have elected to take responsibility for their Parkinson’s, pursued alternative therapies and are living well with minimal symptoms.

In the meantime, their peers, who have followed the conventional route, have rapidly gone through the first two stages and have reached or are approaching the Advanced Stage.

The Four Stages of Parkinson’s

  • Early Stage

This is when initial symptoms become apparent and a person receives their Parkinson’s diagnosis. Symptoms are customarily mild and there should be little or no requirement for medication. However, increasingly doctors are prescribing medications, including levodopa, which was always considered a medication of ‘last resort’.

  • Middle or Maintenance Stage

Symptoms have begun to multiply but they are still being controlled to some extent by medication. However, that control is rarely total and symptoms increasingly encroach upon your quality of life. Your doses of medication will likely be being increased as lower doses will be less likely to be effective in controlling your symptoms.


  • Advanced Stage

Generally, the time when symptoms have multiplied either through the disease’s progression or through continued drug use. Your medication will likely have been increased substantially and you’ll possibly be experiencing ‘off’ spells when the medication ceases to be effective between doses.

The symptoms are more likely to be having an impact and medication becomes less effective.The side effects of the Parkinson’s drugs may be far outweighing their benefits.

You may find you need assistance with certain tasks, such as washing and dressing.

  • Latter Stages

Parkinson’s has by and large taken over control of your body, and you need care and assistance for most daily activities. The best that doctors can do now is to try and provide relief for your symptoms and the pain of the condition.

How long in each Stage?

There is no typical timetable. Some people stay in the early stages for years. Increasingly, though, whether through lifestyle or as a consequence of medication, or a combination of both, people are reaching the latter point of Middle Stage or the early part of Advanced Stage within 4 or 5 years of diagnosis.

It is worth considering that changing lifestyle, adopting a new diet or pursuing an alternative therapy could reverse symptoms and hold back the disease’s progression for a considerable time, if not for all time.