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Will tizanidine help control or reduce dystonia?

Will tizanidine help control or reduce dystonia?

Sometimes: Zaneflex is indicated for muscle spasticity due to MS or spinal cord injuries. It has been found to help with dystonias (20%). The most commonly used muscle relaxant is baclofen. Side effects include sedation, infrequent tolerance, and dysphoria - depressive mood. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Tizanidine (Definition)

Is a drug that is used as a muscle relaxant. It is a centrally acting α2 adrenergic agonist. It is used to treat the spasms, cramping, and tightness of muscles caused by medical problems such as multiple sclerosis, spastic diplegia, back pain, or certain other injuries to the spine ...Read more


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Aftr 9 mnths of TB meningitis my 22 yrs old fiancee stil feels terrible pain during her physical therapy of legs? She HS mild dystonia of right nd mild hemiparesis of left, taking baclofen+tizanidine

Aftr 9 mnths of TB meningitis my 22 yrs old fiancee stil feels terrible pain during her physical therapy of legs? She HS mild dystonia of right nd mild hemiparesis of left, taking baclofen+tizanidine

Neuropathy/neuralgia: Your fiancé has suffered a serious neurological condition. Clearly at nine months she is still working through significant neurologic deficits –hemiparesis, spasm and pain. Baclofen and tizanidine are primarily for spasms. Additional pain related medications include Neurontin or lyrica (pregabalin). She should be under neurologic care and treatment – hopefully already is. Avoid narcotics as possible. ...Read more

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Who gets dystonia? 

Who gets dystonia? 

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. ...Read more

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Is dystonia painful?

Is dystonia painful?

It can be.: Dystonias can be both painful and scary, especially when they first start and are unexpected. They essentially are like a severe muscle cramp that goes on and on. ...Read more

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What is ego-dystonia?

Inconsistent behavio: A condition in which a persons actions, thoughts and behavior are not consistent with patients personality. In short, a lie. Politicians live by this. ...Read more

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Symptoms of dystonia?

Symptoms of dystonia?

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. ...Read more

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What is "axial dystonia"?

Affects mid line mus: When dystnia affects midline muscles near spine then it is called axial dystonia. ...Read more

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Can you die from dystonia? 

Very unusual to: It would be very unusual for dystonia to be a proximate cause of death, though it can be disabling and lead to complications like clots going to the lungs, infections, or other complications from immobility. ...Read more

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What are the tests for dystonia?

Depends on factors.: Get a good general physical and neurologic exam. Discuss the nature of your dystonia: age onset, bodily distribution, the progression, triggers, present at rest-any suppressing factors. History and family history will dictate other "tests." blood, spinal fluid, electrical recording techniques, biopsies, eye exam, and thorough neuro and possibly imaging studes may be considered. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is dystonia?

What sort of disorder is dystonia?

Abnormal contraction: Dystonia is often a somewhat generic term for abnormal muscle contraction. True dystonia is thought to be abnormal muscle contractions due to a problem in the spinal cord or brain. Sometimes the exact nature of the problem in the spinal cord or brain cannot be diagnosed. Mri is often used to try to help diagnose this. Any muscle in the body can develop this problem. ...Read more

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What are the different types of dystonia?

Primary & Secondary: Primary - originating from within the central nervous system to include brain injury. Secondary - other causes to include medications. ...Read more

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What is the probability inheirting dystonia?

See below: There is a generalized dystonia that is an autosomal dominant trait. So there would be a 50% chance. ...Read more

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Im suffering from dystonia, whether it be cured ?

Dystonia treatments: Your question did not mention where the dystonic muscles were located. There may be a reason for the dystonia that is treatable, but medications like Botox and anti-spasticity agents may be very helpful treatments that allow restoration of muscle length, especially when accompanied by physical therapy. Diagnosis for cause, and location are essential to answer your questions fully. ...Read more

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What is differences between mioclony and dystonia?

Myoclonus & dystonia: Myoclonus is characterized by a fast jerky movement of a limb or any other part of the body. Dystonia is characterized by a slow continuous movement disorder with a sustained abnormal posture of a limb or body part. Both are involuntary movement disorders with different etiologies and treatments. ...Read more

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Is dystonia fatal?

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. ...Read more

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Is dystonia psychogenic?

Yes: Some patient exhibit psychogenic dystnia also.

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What is cervical dystonia?

What is cervical dystonia?

Cervical Dystonia?: Cervical Dystonia causes neck pain and/or neck deviation due to involuntary contraction of muscles.The Brain tells the muscle the amount of muscle tone to provide (contract or relax).We don't know how but the message gets changed by the time it gets to the muscle and the wrong action occurs.It is a problem of Sensory Motor Integration between the brain and muscle. We don't know the cause. ...Read more

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Is there are cure for dystonia? 

Sometimes: Dystonias come in many forms. Some are chronic, some progress over time, and some are transient. Some dystonias are reactions to other medications. "swimmer's cramp" is a type of dystonia. A variety of treatments are possible, and even with no treatment, they may get better spontaneously. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: tizanidine?

Please describe the medication: tizanidine?

Zanaflex (tizanidine): Is a drug that is used as a muscle relaxant. It is a centrally acting ?2 adrenergic agonist. It is used to treat the spasms, cramping, and tightness of muscles caused by medical problems such as multiple sclerosis, spastic diplegia, back pain, or certain other injuries to the spine or central nervous system. ...Read more

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Dystonia musculorum deformans symtoms, what to do?

?DBS: There has been a lot of work with deep brain stimulation units and dystonia. Find a specialty center and see if this may help. ...Read more

Dr. Chan Hwang
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Dystonia (Definition)

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


Dr. Tipu Sultan
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Zanaflex (Definition)

Zanaflex is a muscle relaxant which is a ...Read more