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May 15, 2005

Dystonia

Dystonia is a neurological disorder that is characterized by involuntary muscle contractions, which force certain parts of the body into abnormal, sometimes painful, movements or positions.

This article describes one woman's eight tear long struggle before being diagnosed with dystonia resulted in her eventually having selective denervation.

The surgeon severed nerves from four muscles in the back of my neck. It helped the dystonia tremendously, but it was not without complications. We give it an 85 percent improvement. By knocking out the use of these four muscles (these four are the dystonic ones), the neck is pretty weak, causing great pressure and exhaustion at times.

The other types of dystonia: Blepharaspasm (eyes), Oromandibular (jaw), Dysphonia (voice box), Writer's Cramp (hand), Musician's and Generalized, which usually starts in childhood or adolescence, beginning in an arm or leg. There also are less common types, but severe in many cases.



Posted by linda at May 15, 2005 9:27 AM

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