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How long does dystonia usually last?

How long does dystonia usually last?

Dystonia: If you are asking about dystonia as a side effect of taking medication, the dystonia will last as long as you are taking the medication. If this is a side effect, the dystonia can be relieved by using benedryl. Speak to your doctor for help with this. ...Read more

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Dystonia (Definition)

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


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How long does acute dystonia last if you are on benadryl (diphenhydramine). ?

How long does acute dystonia last if you are on benadryl (diphenhydramine). ?

No firm guideline: Dystonia can be the result of your medication, your genetics or activity related muscle problems. Seek a neurologist and a physiatrist opinion (with a full examination) to better guide your care. ...Read more

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Do cervical dystonia patients often have a long history of pre-existing neck problems, including significant stiffness that may last for days/weeks?

Do cervical dystonia patients often have a long history of pre-existing neck problems, including significant stiffness that may last for days/weeks?

Often: It can begin sporadically then progress in stages. Depends on when it started, What are you taking for it? I've heard some good things about Botox-like injections for it. Maybe you could get some wrinkles removed at the same time! But, just make sure a doctor (like a neurologist) has cleared you for other possible causes of the stiffness!! ...Read more

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How long will the difficulty swallowing after botox injection last that I received for cervical dystonia? Is this temporary?

It is temporary: The length of time this last will vary AT some usages will be effective for a month. Others will last two months and continue to be effective . You may well have to put up with this for several weeks 6-8 weeks. Call the doctor tomorrow in the AM and ask to be seen tomorrow. Be careful as eat as you could aspirate. Do not use a straw and take small amounts at a time. ...Read more

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I had Botox injection for dystonia near my neck. Now I have difficulty swallowing. Is this a normal side effect and how long will it last?

I had Botox injection for dystonia near my neck. Now I have difficulty swallowing. Is this a normal side effect and how long will it last?

A bit of a problem!: Because Botox weakens muscles, it may be that some of the medicine got into muscles you use for swallowing. The effect is usually about three months.... ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Valium for dystonia for long term?

Is it safe to take Valium for dystonia for long term?

Valium: Valium can be used as a muscle relaxant and if a neurologist presribed it for your condition it can be taken daily and would be safe as long as you followed instructions and be seen regularly so that your condition and medication can be monitored. You shouldn't stop the medication abruptly nor change the dose on your own. ...Read more

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How long until botox shots take effect for cervical dystonia?

How long until botox shots take effect for cervical dystonia?

About five days : Botox takes about 4-5 days to cause muscle relaxation in most areas. That's why most clinicins will have you return in two weeks to reevaluate treatment. Dosing can vary based on the muscle size and you would rather under treat than over treat. ...Read more

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How long does Levodopa take to work with Dopamine-responsive dystonia? what's the usual dose for this?

How long does Levodopa take to work with Dopamine-responsive dystonia? what's the usual dose for this?

Depends: There is a titration period where your body equilibrates with the new medicine which depends on the dose titration and goal dosage. If you're at those goals then you should be able to tell whether it's helping as Levodopa only lasts around 12 hours in your body ...Read more

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I have been expericning acute dystonia for about 4 years. I just recently got Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and my symptoms have got better but they aren't gone. How long?

I have been expericning acute dystonia for about 4 years. I just recently got Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and my symptoms have got better but they aren't gone. How long?

Sorry, you: Haven't provided us with adequate information to try to figure out the reason for the dystonia. You only have Benadryl (diphenhydramine) listed as a medication. Are you taking another medication that may have triggered the dystonic reaction? Encourage you to clarify this ; re-ask. Take care. ...Read more

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How long does it take to rehab limb dystonia and restore all movement and "normality" to the limb?

Uncertainty: Dystonia may be defined as "a syndrome of sustained muscle contractions, frequently causing twisting and repetitive movement, or abnormal postures." (cardoza). The primary management approach for dystonia is pharmacologic, using systemic medications and botox. Unfortunately, most cases of focal dystonia develop reoccurrence even with treatment. ...Read more

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9 month aftr TB meningitis my fiancee has mild dystonia wch disappears while she sleeps. Why? And it is also getting better in last months and also having mild hemiparesis. Are these sign of recovery

9 month aftr TB meningitis my fiancee has mild dystonia wch disappears while she sleeps. Why?  And it is also getting better in last months and also having mild hemiparesis. Are these sign of recovery

Healing: Dystonia and hemiparesis are common while recovering from TB meningitis and can improve totally or have some residual effect depending on the type and location of damage to the brain from the infection. I hope she had a ct scan or MRI to evaluate her brain which can help predict the amount of damage. People usually get worse while healing then slowly improve. ...Read more

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Mechanic sir, my 22 yrs old fiancee recovered a lot physically in last 9 months after TB meningitis bt she has mild dystonia and hemiparesis which got better in past months, can I expect her recovery?

Mechanic sir, my 22 yrs old fiancee recovered a lot physically in last 9 months after TB meningitis bt she has mild dystonia and hemiparesis which got better in past months, can I expect her recovery?

Age advantage: At 24, she has a far better chance to continue to achieve some degree of recovery, and typically, spontaneous brain healing will proceed for about 18-24 months after the acute event. Suspect she will always have some degree of dystonia and weakness, but this will be less apparent over next few months. Would use physical and occupational therapies to aid coping. Suspect continued improvement. ...Read more

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I'm now hypothyroid plus I had cataract surgery last year. Is generalized dystonia related or playing a role to all these medical conditions?

I'm now hypothyroid plus I had cataract surgery last year. Is generalized dystonia related or playing a role to all these medical conditions?

Recommendations: It is conceivable you possess a genetic disorder causing your problems, and best you find out what has prompted your multiple problems. ...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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Whether mild hemiparesis and mild dystonia due to TB meningitis can be cured? How long it's gonna take, it's been already 9 months for my 22 yr old fiancee and she still can't walk, will she be fine?

Whether mild hemiparesis and mild dystonia due to TB meningitis can be cured? How long it's gonna take, it's been already 9 months for my 22 yr old fiancee and she still can't walk, will she be fine?

Hard to say...: I'm very sorry to hear your fiancee is so ill. It is really difficult to say without knowing the details of her case, records, labs, imaging, etc. But the damage from any meningitis, including TB, can sometimes be permanent, I am sorry to say. ...Read more

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Everytime I swallow my neck contracts one side and gets stiff last few months. ENT normal. Head is even and X-ray cervical normal. Can it be dystonia?

Everytime I swallow my neck contracts one side and gets stiff last few months. ENT normal. Head is even and X-ray cervical normal. Can it be dystonia?

Possibly: I assume by "ENT normal" you have been evaluated by an ENT with a full head & neck exam and fiberoptic laryngoscopy? A barium esophagram may also be helpful given the association with swallowing. Assuming all normal, I would see a neurologist who specializes in movement disorders. Botox injections can be helpful in cervical dystonia. Deep brain stimulation is also showing promise in severe cases. ...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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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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