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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.

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What is focal dystonia?
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Dystonia may affect a specific part of the body, or it may affect muscles all over the body. When dy...
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What kinds of doctors typically treat dystonia?
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Individuals with dystonia are encouraged to seek out a neurologist with training in movement disorde...
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Can I have dystonia in my neck?
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Yes, dystonia affecting the neck muscles is among the most common types of dystonia. Dystonia in the...
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Is dystonia a mental disability?
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Dystonia does not affect a person's mental ability. In some cases, people mistake those with dystoni...
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