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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)

Dystonia is 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?

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 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