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Does dystonia get worse over time?

Does dystonia get worse over time?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Chan Hwang
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Dystonia (Definition)

A neurological movement disorder characterized by sustained muscle ...Read more


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Could cervical dystonia get worse if i bench press or do heavy lifting at a gym?

Yes: Light weights until the symptoms subside. Why did the dystonia develop? Too hard. A workout can injury tissue and cause problems. ...Read more

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Which drugs make dystonia worse?

Which drugs make dystonia worse?

Depends: Depending on the type of dystonia it can be made worse either by drugs that block Dopamine (e.g., neuroleptic medications such as haloperidol, risperidone, etc.) and certain antinausea medications (e.g., metoclopramide, etc) or drugs that enhance the effect of Dopamine such as levodopa. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dystonia from multiple concussions?

Is it possible to get dystonia from multiple concussions?

Unlikely: Dystonia does not usually occur as a result of concussion. It is usually genetic or from particular medications. Concussions specifically have not been shown to cause dystonia, and there is great debate whether trauma itself can cause true dystonia. ...Read more

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Can you really get dystonia.from a flu shot?

Very, very rare: There were reportedly 5 cases of dystonia from influenza vaccine over an 18 year period. ...Read more

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I get slight twitches occassionally. So I have dystonia?

I get slight twitches occassionally. So I have dystonia?

Localized slight: twitches do not fit with dystonia, which is characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that cause slow repetitive movements or abnormal posturing. See photo. Dystonic movements can cause pain or occur with tremors or other neurologic abnormalities. Benign Fasciculation Syndrome fits better, but is a diagnosis of exclusion, so medical & neurological exams are needed to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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Could accupuncture help with cervical dystonia or could it make it worse?

Could accupuncture help with cervical dystonia or could it make it worse?

Could help: Shouldn't make it worse that I am aware of. But always make sure the person is certified and has formal training to do acupuncture. ...Read more

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On the leg or arm I get slight twitches. Do I have the disease called dystonia?

On the leg or arm I get slight twitches. Do I have the disease called dystonia?

Localized slight: twitches do not fit with dystonia, which is characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that cause slow repetitive movements or abnormal posturing. See photo. Dystonic movements can csuse pain or occur with tremors or other neurologic abnormalities. Benign Fasciculation Syndrome fits better, but is a diagnosis of exclusion, so medical & neurological exams are needed to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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I am taking Tegretol for Dystonia(4x200mg).Its getting better slowly. Does exist a limit time when I should give up on the treatment?

I am taking Tegretol for Dystonia(4x200mg).Its getting better slowly. Does exist a limit time when I should give up on the treatment?

3 months: If your symptoms are improving slowly, please continue the medication prescribed for at least three months or until it is clear your improvement has plateaued at which point you should speak further your physician. ...Read more

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I dont have dry eyes . I have dystonia. I dont know why but I need to use artificial tear in a daily or dystonia gets worse.Why is that?

I dont have dry eyes . I have dystonia. I dont know why but  I need to use artificial tear in a daily or dystonia gets worse.Why is that?

Interesting: Dystonia in of itself does not cause dry eyes but dystonia can cause blepharospasm thinking outside of the box, and any medication you taker for the dystonia can have a side effect of dry eyes. I think a referral to an ophthalmologist is in order in addition to your family physician. ...Read more

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I diagnosed cervical dystonia. But muscles not always spasm I can relax it when i am alone, or focus on someth When i with someone it worse it's tics?

I diagnosed cervical dystonia. But muscles not always spasm I can relax it when i am alone, or focus on someth When i with someone it worse it's tics?

Muscle spasm: Your description may be either cervical dystonia or tic. The muscle contraction in cervical dystonia is more slow and sustained. Tics usually have quick and short movements. ...Read more

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I have psychogenic dystonia.When people look at me, symptoms become worse. I feel lack of self-confidence. Any medicine for me? antidepressant work?

I have psychogenic dystonia.When people look at me, symptoms become worse. I feel lack of self-confidence. Any medicine for me? antidepressant work?

Anxiety: is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. See your PCP for evaluation and referral. ...Read more

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Is torticollis the same as cervical dystonia/spasmodic torticollis? I have pain & spasms in neck and minor involuntary movemnt. Will it become worse?

Is torticollis the same as cervical dystonia/spasmodic torticollis? I have pain & spasms in neck and minor involuntary movemnt. Will it become worse?

Yes; Possibly.: Cervical dystonia is an imbalance in muscle activity of the neck muscles, which can cause abnormal postures or shaking. It is also known as torticollis or spasmodic torticollis. Most cases get slowly worse over time, though some cases have been reported of spontaneous improvement. Oral medicines and injections of Botox may be helfpul. ...Read more

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Could the fact that I have cervical dystonia account for the almost daily migrains that i live with? They start w/ocular migrain and develop over about 30 min time into full blown, knock your head against the wall, migrains that can last for days at a tim

Yes, possibly: A cervicogenic headache is one which starts as referred pain from neck muscles in dysfunction, and can develop into a migraine-type of headache. Perhaps a dentist with training in neuromuscular dentistry and/or Botox treatment of migraines could be of assistance. ...Read more

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I am a 17 yr. Old girl & have been diagnosed with peripheral dystonia mainly affecting my right arm/shoulder. How quickly can I get my strength back?

Can not answer: Without knowing full details about your case and authenticity of diagnosis i can not answer your question. Best option is to go to movement disorder specialists at mt. Sinai or columbia university hospital in nyc for 2nd. Opinion. Assuming that diagnosis is correct Botox injections may possibly help. ...Read more

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I saw a video of a girl getting dystonia 10 days after she got the flu shot & she can't even walk or talk now. I'm scared to get the shot now...

I saw a video of a girl getting dystonia 10 days after she got the flu shot & she can't even walk or talk now. I'm scared to get the shot now...

Important concept...: Every year, a certain number of americans die tragically in car wrecks, shortly or within a week or two after getting a flu shot or other vaccination. They surely died, and they surely got vaccinated, but did the doctor visits cause the fatal car wrecks? No. So, don't be fooled (don't believe everything you see or hear). The lesson here is that unrelated things happen to each of us every day. ...Read more

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I get foot and hand cramps, i might have dystonia. What tests will a neurologist do to diagnose. Age 23 male?

I get foot and hand cramps, i might have dystonia. What tests will a neurologist do to diagnose. Age 23 male?

Examine you: Dystonia is a class of movement disorders characterized by involuntary movements, tremors, or spasms. The causes of these disorders include medications, genetics, or degenerative or traumatic brain injuries. The most important test that your neurologist will do is a careful physical exam. Tests in addition to this should be considered only they improve your treatment in some way. ...Read more

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What is dystonia?

Muscle contractions: Dystonia is a disorder where involuntary muscle contractions result in slow repetitive movements or abnormal postures. It can effect individual muscles, groups of muscles or the muscles throughout the body. ...Read more

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