Difference Between Dystonia, Parkinsons and Essential Tremor
Dystonia is also in the group regarded as movement disorders. Dystonia differs from Essential Tremor and Parkinson's in that a person with Dystonia experiences muscle contractions which cause abnormal movements and unusual postures. Dystonia can affect any part of the body including the eyes, neck, arms, legs and eyes. When in the neck, Dystonia tends to twist to one direction or shake.
Incidence Of Dystonia
Dystonia affects both men and women with some cases starting in childhood while others experience the onset in adulthood with the onset usually being around age 40.
Cause Of Dystonia
It is thought that Dystonia may be caused by a problem in one area of the brain called the basal ganglia, this region of the brain controlls movement, indeed, some people who have suffered a stroke or brain tumour become affected by Dystonia.
Is Dystonia Inherited
Dystonia can be inherited and a parent with the Dystonia gene has a 50% chance of passing it on to a child although not all children who inherit the Dystonia gene display the characteristics of Dystonia.
Is Dystonia A Lifelong Condition
Dystonia sufferers sometimes report an improvement in the symptoms or even a complete end to the symptoms altogether, in some the distressing illness will return but in others they may be fortunate enough for their symptoms never to return.