What is the relationship between dystonia and tremor?

Researchers continue to examine the relationship between tremor and dystonia. Tremor is frequently, but not always, seen in conjunction with dystonia. For instance, many patients with cervical dystonia will also have an associated head tremor and some patients with writer's cramp will have an associated writing tremor of the hand. Dystonia, by definition, is primarily characterized by an involuntary sustained twisting or cramping posture. If someone began having a tremor, a doctor would not necessarily expect dystonic postures to follow.

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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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