What are the complications that can arise from dystonia?

Dystonia symptoms may make it more difficult to accomplish daily tasks, and this can complicate day-to-day living. Depending on the part of the body affected and severity, symptoms may affect mobility, speech, vision, and other functons. Fatigue is common; some types of dystonia are painful. Specific treatment may be needed to prevent loss of motion in joints and/or curvature of the spine due to dystonic postures and movements. Individuals with dystonia may be more vulnerable to depression and anxiety disorders, including social phobia. A treatment approach that takes the whole person into account, and his/her specific needs, can help lessen the impact of these complications. 

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.

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When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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