Users' questions

Can you have mild dystonia?

Can you have mild dystonia?

The condition can affect one part of your body (focal dystonia), two or more adjacent parts (segmental dystonia) or all parts of your body (general dystonia). The muscle spasms can range from mild to severe. They may be painful, and they can interfere with your performance of day-to-day tasks.

Can dystonia be intermittent?

Dystonia often progresses through various stages. Initially, dystonic movements may be intermittent and appear only during voluntary movements or stress. Later, individuals may show dystonic postures and movements while walking and ultimately even while they are relaxed.

When does dystonia affect only one specific action?

Over time, the symptoms may become more noticeable or widespread; sometimes, however, there is little or no progression. In some cases, dystonia can affect only one specific action, while allowing others to occur unimpeded. For example, a musician may have dystonia when using a hand to play an instrument, but not when using the same hand to type.

Do you have a family history of dystonia?

Hand dystonia may occur in conjunction with early onset generalized dystonia, which affects the limbs and multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Isolated hand dystonia occurs mainly in patients with no family history of the disorder. Only 5-25% of individuals have a family history of dystonia.

What kind of dystonia is a writer’s Cramp?

Writer’s cramp is a dystonia that is present when a person is writing. Hand dystonia may occur as an isolated focal dystonia or be a part of generalized dystonia. Focal hand dystonia is characterized by excessive, involuntary muscle contractions in the fingers, hand, forearm, and sometimes shoulder.

Which is the best treatment for dopa responsive dystonia?

Dopa-responsive dystonia (DRD) is a specific form of dystonia that most commonly affects children, and often can be well managed with levodopa. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) may be recommended for some individuals with dystonia, especially when medications do not sufficiently ease symptoms or the side effects are too severe.