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.
Movement disorder. Dystonia is a movement disorder, in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Dystonia 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.
Dystonia? Dystonia is a condition where the brain causes abnormal contraction of the muscles of the body. Dystonia can be focal occurring in the neck, hand (writers cramp), arm, leg, abdomen, face, etc. Dystonia can also be generalized and genetic affecting the entire body. Muscles send sensory information to the brain and the brain sends the wrong signal back to the muscle (Sensory-Motor Integration).
Functional Spasm. An abnormal tightening and shortening of a muscle causing a misalignment of peripheral joint or spine, with or without pain, typically related to neurological basis.

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What causes dystonia?  

Many things. Dystonia is a neurologic syndrome characterized by sustained involuntary muscular activity producing sustained, abnormal and repetitive muscle contractions causing twisting movements, abnormal posture and functional disability. There are many different types and causes with different prognoses. Some remit, some stay the same and others get worse.
Various causes. There are genetic forms, acquired forms, toxic forms, and those without known cause. Dystonia muscularum deformans is a horrible progressive form that is devastating over time. Focal dystonia may occur only rarely in a small group of muscles with very specific movement. There is no cure but good management methods are available.

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.
Movement disorder. Dystonia is a movement disorder, in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Dystonia 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.

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.

What is dystonia and what causes it? Started lithium therapy 3 weeks ago and developed involuntary muscle movements mostly in back and all of torso 2 weeks later. Lithium level still below therapeutic, now stopped med 3 days ago

Hello.. Hello. Dystonia is a movement disorder which can cause painful involuntary muscle contractions involving one or more muscles. There can be a genetic predisposition for dystonia or it can be due to disease. There are many medications which can can cause dystonia - lithium is one of them. Please talk with your doctor about stopping lithium and your side effects.

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.
No one knows. It appears that no one is answering. I suspect that you have heard a term but have written it in a form that is different from what was intended. Dystonia is a condition of the muscles of the body. It can be very specific or very generalized. Ego is a term for the conscious self. I suspect that some people have rigid and dystonic egos. I have no treatment I could recommend.

What is cervical dystonia?

Muscle involvement. By which muscles are showing dystnia and neurological examination.
Read on! Cervical dystonia (torticollis) is the name given to the involuntary deviation of the neck ususally to one side that remains in that position for a while the cause is unknown Botox injections can help.
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.

Please tell me what dystonia & dyskinesia means?

Dystonia definition. Dystonia refers to a neurologic condition consisting of involuntary movements of the body due to abnormally prolonged and inappropriate muscle activity. Dyskinesia refers to involuntary movements but can encompass a larger range of movements including tremor, dystonia or chorea. The term "dyskinesias" is used in the setting of parkinson's disease and with chronic antipsychotic use (tardive).

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.