7 Ways Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy Affects Patients


Duchenne and Becker are two of the most common types of muscular dystrophy (MD). Both types of the disease mainly affect boys, with Duchenne MD (DMD) usually being diagnosed between the ages of three and five, and Becker MD (BMD) between the ages of 11 and 25. Although they tend to differ in severity, the effects of the diseases are similar in many ways. We’ve compiled a list of the ways the disease effects patients based on information from the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia.


Pain and Sensation

Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy patients don’t tend to suffer from pain from their condition or loss of sensations, but they may experience cramps and general aching which can be treated with over-the-counter medications.

Find out more about the nine main types of muscular dystrophy.

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  1. Bob says:

    The statement “Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy patients don’t tend to suffer from pain from their condition” is false. Duchenne boys suffer from bone loss and many get painful fractures, especially spinal fractures. They also have pain from multiple falls prior to going into a wheel chair, and severe pain from constipation due to slowed bowel movement (that’s a muscle too).

    • Tim Bossie says:

      Thank you for pointing out the problem in the post. We try to make sure we are as factual as can be, but sometimes things are missed.

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