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symptoms of dystonia?

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Dr. Susana Duncan
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Involuntary movement: Dystonia symptoms will vary with type you have. Most frequently there is cramping, or tightening of muscles after heavy use or during stress. Handwriting may worsen after a line or so of writing, a foot may turn inward, head may turn as the neck muscles tighten.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is dystonia fatal?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Never: Dystonias can be painful and disfiguring, but they are never fatal. Some disorders that produce dystonias such as huntington's chorea may be fatal, but they are quite rare. Most dystonias are self-limiting.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Does dystonia get worse over time?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Depends: Dystonia is a neurologic syndrome characterized by sustained involuntary muscular activity producing sustained, abnormal and repetitive muscle contractions causing twisting movements, abnormal posture and functional disability. There are many different types and causes with different prognoses. Some remit, some stay the same and others get worse.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if someone I know may have a form of dystonia?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Horacio Capote
Specializes in Psychiatry
Visit a Neurologist: This is best evaluated by a neurologist as there are different types of dystonia.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who gets dystonia?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology 24 years experience
Various factors: Genetics plays a role (e.g. Dyt-1 and many similar childhood onset dystonias, etc). It may also come about from injury to certain parts of the brain (esp. The basal ganglia areas) from stroke, head injury, toxic exposure, certain diseases, and other causes, but for many (esp. Most adults who develop dystonia) there is no clear cause.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Someone explain to me what the symptoms of dystonia are?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susana Duncan
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Involuntary movement: Dystonia symptoms will vary with type you have. Most frequently there is cramping, or tightening of muscles after heavy use or during stress. Handwriting may worsen after a line or so of writing, a foot may turn inward, head may turn as the neck muscles tighten.

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