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How Long Will It Take To Recover From Progressive Supranuclear Palsy & How Long Does The Symptoms Last?

Progressive supranuclear palsy, which is abbreviated as PSP belongs to the category of uncommon disorder of the human brain. The problem often affects body movements, gait i.e. walking control and physical balance, swallowing of food, speech, mood, vision, thinking, and behavior. The disease takes place because of damages in the brain’s nerve cells. (1)

Signs and symptoms, which take place with the condition progressive supranuclear palsy, take place from brain cells’ deterioration present in the cerebellum, cerebral cortex, brainstem, and basal ganglia and other areas of frontal lobe and midbrain in humans. The deterioration takes place because of the presence of tau protein in abnormal amounts. (2)

Individuals affected with progressive supranuclear palsy often experience changes in their personality and cognitive impairment. Symptoms in most cases start after 60 years of age, but in some cases, they start early. Doctors often misdiagnose PSP with corticobasal degeneration, Parkinson’s disease, or similar others. (3)

How Long Will It Take To Recover From Progressive Supranuclear Palsy?

We know that progressive supranuclear palsy does not have any specific cure or treatment, because of which recovery is not possible. Accordingly, we should say that the average life expectancy of a PSP patient is about 6years to 7years right from the time his/her symptoms start. Even depending on individual conditions, the period of a PSP patient may belong.

In simple words, one can do nothing to stop the progression of progressive supranuclear palsy or the worsening of its symptoms gradually to achieve recovery.

Instead, doctors recommend for proper care and assistance to deal with PSP patients, so that they stay independent and enjoy an improved quality of life. However, in most of the cases, PSP eventually put patients at a big risk related to large numbers of severe complications. You should discuss with your doctor in advance about what you should do and what not to prepare yourself when your condition reaches an advanced stage.

Especially progressive supranuclear palsy patients suffer from difficulty in swallowing foods, which lead to inhalation or choking of liquid or food items in the airways. This leads to the life-threatening condition of pneumonia. You should take help from a language and speech therapist as early as possible to reduce your risk related to the occurrence of pneumonia and other long-term problems as much as possible. (4)

How Long Does The Symptoms Of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Last?

As mentioned before, the condition of progressive supranuclear palsy is incurable and its symptoms become complicated, as the disease progresses to advanced stages. PSP symptoms often tend to begin subtly and with time, they become noticeable as well as severe. In most of the cases, you face difficulty to balance yourself at the time of walking. Besides, you feel somewhat rigid or uncomfortable while you walk. Other than a patient of PSP experiences a few of the additional early signs and symptoms-

  • Becomes excessively forgetful or behave in a cranky way
  • Experiences unusual emotional outbursts, like laughing or crying at unexpected events or unexpected times
  • Becomes angry without any valid reason
  • Difficulty in controlling eye movements
  • Slurred speech, blurred vision, and tremors in their hands
  • Difficulty in swallowing of food items
  • Depression and dementia
  • Difficulty in directing the eyes wherever you want them to move
  • Difficulty in holding the gaze of someone
  • Inability to control the eyelids of PSP patients, like unable to open eyes or unwanted blinking of eyes. (5)


Based on the aforementioned points, we should say that recovery from the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy condition is not possible. Instead, the problem progresses to make the condition of patients worse. The same rule is applicable in the case of symptoms, as symptoms progress as PSP goes to its advanced stages. Overall, only patients can certain steps to manage their condition.


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:July 28, 2020

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