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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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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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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?

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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