For people with dystonia, a neurological disorder, involuntary muscle contractions are part of everyday life. It can be isolated to one muscle in the body (focal) or affect a series of muscles (generalized), causing violent-looking movements and abnormal postures.
Dystonia – affecting only about 1-percent of the population—can come on slowly and progress, eventually severely impacting normal functions and quality of life, although there are some treatments to slow it down. Here are six things to know about dystonia…
1. There are Early Warning Signs
WebMD says early symptoms of dystonia may show up in the form of a dragging leg, foot cramping, pulling of the neck, uncontrolled blinking and difficulty speaking. These symptoms can be exhausting, which can in turn make the symptoms worse, adds the source.
It notes that if dystonia presents itself in childhood, they usually first affect the hands or feet, but then rapidly progress throughout the body. The spread tends to slow down after adolescence. If the disorder begins in early adulthood, it tends to affect the upper body first, it adds.