- Q Are some types of dystonia hereditary?
Types of dystonia that affect the whole body are often hereditary. Dopa-responsive dystonia is a rare dystonia that is hereditary. In most cases, children develop dopa-responsive dystonia, and symptoms get worse over time. Symptoms usually begin in one... Full Answer
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with dystonia?
The severe symptoms that often accompany dystonia can impact a person's ability to manage day-to-day activities. If you are caring for someone with dystonia, help them manage their symptoms and find a support group so they can meet others who share in... Full Answer
- Q Can I have dystonia in my neck?
Spasmodic torticollis is a type of dystonia that targets the muscles in the neck. In fact, it is one of the more common forms of the condition. Neck muscles spasm uncontrollably, which can force the neck and head into uncomfortable and unnatural... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for dystonia?
Some types of dystonia may be inherited, so if you have family members with the condition, you may be at a greater risk. Having certain disorders such as Parkinson's disease or Huntington's disease can also increase your risk. People who take certain... Full Answer
- Q Does dystonia shorten one's lifespan?
For most people, the answer to this question is no. A diagnosis of dystonia will not affect how long you will live. Although there is no cure for the condition, treatments usually help to manage and control symptoms. Full Answer
- Q What causes dystonia?
The exact cause of dystonia is not known. Hyperactivity in certain areas of the brain seems to trigger symptoms of the condition. Genetics may play a role. In addition, people who take antipsychotic medication or who suffer from other disorders... Full Answer
- Q Can dystonia be prevented?
Because the cause of dystonia is unknown is many cases it is difficult to prevent the condition. In some cases, genetic factors may be the cause, while in others, other disorders or certain medications may be triggering dystonia symptoms. Talk to... Full Answer
- Q How do I manage dystonia on a daily basis?
Many people with dystonia develop severe symptoms that can impact their day-to-day activities. Find a strong support system and talk to others with the condition for tips and advice. In addition to taking any medications or pursuing any treatment options... Full Answer
- Q What are the complications that can arise from dystonia?
Complications from dystonia can vary from person to person. Physical disability or deformity may result for people with severe symptoms. Pain and exhaustion often accompany dystonia because of the continuous muscle spasms, too. Full Answer
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about my dystonia symptoms?
Initially, the symptoms of dystonia may occur only when a person engages in a certain activity. The first symptoms can be so subtle that people do not think a visit to the doctor is necessary. However, it is important to talk to your doctor about your... Full Answer