Why is the age at which my dystonia symptoms started significant?

There are several forms of dystonia, and dystonia may be a symptom of many diseases and conditions. To accurately describe the form or type of dystonia that you have, your doctor needs information, including the age at which your symptoms started.

The age at which symptoms begin is referred to as age of onset. If an individual develops symptoms prior to approximately age 30, it may be referred to as early-onset or childhood-onset dystonia. If the dystonia occurs during the teen years, the term adolescent-onset may be used. If symptoms develop after the age of 30, it is called late-onset or adult-onset dystonia.

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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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