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What is paroxysmal dystonia?

What is paroxysmal dystonia?

Paroxysmal dystonia: is muscle spasms and abnormal body movements that only happen at specific moments of the body. Paroxysmal dystonias do not affect the mind or the senses. ...Read more

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Dystonia (Definition)

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by sustained muscle ...Read more


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Does anyone have any ideas about controlling functional paroxysmal dystonia?

Does anyone have any ideas about controlling functional paroxysmal dystonia?

Dystonia: The clinical paroxysmal dystonia/dyskinesia can be managed medically with oral medications. these drugs are all by prescription. Functional movement disorders are in general managed with other therapies, which are usually life style modification techniques with or without psychiatric interventions. ...Read more

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Are medications used to treat dystonia? 

Yes: Several different kinds of medications can be helpful with dystonias, depending on the type of dystonia. Neurologists and psychiatrists generally have the most expertise for helping with dystonias. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to cure dystonia?

See below: In dystonia, your muscles contract involuntarily — causing uncontrollable repetitive or twisting movements of the affected body part. There are several options to treat this condition. Physical therapy is often used to help address the muscle spasms and restore normal range of motion. Botox injections can also be placed into the muscle the help it relax. ...Read more

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Someone explain to me what the symptoms of dystonia are?

Someone explain to me what the symptoms of dystonia are?

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 dystonia? Is it a hereditary problem or something that just happens randomly?

Website: http://www.dystonia-foundation.org/pages/genetics/87.php is a good website that explains what it is and has answers on genetics. It can be random, precipitated by external causes (one person got it after a flu vaccine...She was detoxified and recovered). There is presently no cure according to the website. It can have multiple causes so i would seek chinese medicine help as well. ...Read more

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How to diagnosis Dopamine respond dystonia?

How to diagnosis Dopamine respond dystonia?

Wise guy answer: I know this may seem like a wiseguy type of an answer to you but truthfully it is exactly to your point. The patient is given dopamine in the form of carbidopa levodopa usually and we see if the dystonia gets better. Hence, the name "dopamine responsive dystonia."some things in medicine are just that easy. Want to become a doctor? Cheers! ...Read more

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I have a disorder called dystonia. What is cause?

I have a disorder called dystonia. What is cause?

Several: Dytonia can be hereditary or caused by other factors such as medication , birth-related, physical trauma, or even certain infections. In some cases dystonia can be spontaneous with no known cause. ...Read more

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What's the differences between dystonia and dyskinesia?

What's the differences between dystonia and dyskinesia?

Stiffness & movement: In a parkinson disease (pd) patient, these two conditions are related. Dystonia is a sustained muscle contraction with twisting. Dyskinesia is an involuntary movement. In pd, in a patient who is having fluctuations from levodopa, a patient can develop dyskinesias or dystonia. There are also tardive dyskinesias which are involuntary movements that develop following neuroleptic exposure. ...Read more

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What causes dystonia in the muscles?

It varies: Dystonia is a movement disorder that is typically caused by a problem with signals in the brain that affect movement. Some forms are caused by injury to a part of the brain called the basal ganglia (like stroke or cerebral palsy), others can be hereditary. Rarely it can be triggered by trauma. Some forms like cervical dystonia (torticollis or neck dystonia) are of unlcear cause. ...Read more