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 anti-psychotic medications may develop dystonia, 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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