Dystonia has no cure, but you can do a number of things to minimize its effects: Sensory tricks to reduce spasms. Touching certain parts of your body may cause spasms to stop temporarily.
Is dystonia a lifelong?
Dystonia is the name for uncontrolled and sometimes painful muscle movements (spasms). Its usually a lifelong problem, but treatment can help relieve the symptoms.
Is dystonia a serious disease?
Dystonia is a very complex, highly variable neurological movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions. As many as 250,000 people in the United States have dystonia, making it the third most common movement disorder behind essential tremor and Parkinsons disease.
Are you born with dystonia?
Some children are born with dystonia. Dystonia may also appear as a child or an adult gets older.
Can lack of sleep cause dystonia?
Interestingly, in a study of focal and generalized dystonia patients, trouble sleeping did not appear to correlate to severity of motor symptoms. Abnormal brain plasticity during sleep may be implicated in the development of movement disorders, particularly dystonia and Parkinsons disease.
Is dystonia a form of autism?
Dystonia in childhood may be severely disabling and often unremitting and unrecognized. Considered a rare disorder, dystonic symptoms in childhood are pervasive in many conditions including disorders of developmental delay, cerebral palsy (CP), autism, neurometabolic, neuroinflammatory, and neurogenetic disorders.
What is dystonia depression?
This article was published in the Dystonia Dialogue. Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes excessive, involuntary muscle contractions. These muscle contractions result in abnormal muscle movements and body postures, making it difficult for individuals to control their movements.