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Doctor insights on: Dystonia And Tizanidine

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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. Gregory Moneta
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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?

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?

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"?

Whole body problem: The body axis involves the center of the body and the ability to stand and maintain balance. Dystonic problems that affect the center of the body and the balance can be considered as a form of axial dystonia. The patient can be thrown off balance and can fall or crash into walls and objects without much control. This form is dangerous and hard to treat, and may need deep brain stimulation. ...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

Dr. Chan Hwang
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Dystonia (Definition)

Dystonia is 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