Dystonia Specialist Chickasha OK

Dystonia is the third most common movement disorder, next to Parkinson’s disease and Tremor, affecting at least 300,000 people in North America. It is a neurological condition that results in sustained and involuntary contractions of opposing muscles, which leads to spasmodic movements, twisting, and abnormal stances.

Dr.Frank Zimba
5604 SW Lee Blvd # 357
Lawton, OK
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M
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Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston
Year of Graduation: 1981
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Neurosurgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Kalarickal J Oommen
(405) 271-3635
711 S L Young Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Joel Thomas
(405) 271-4912
1000 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Neurosurgery

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Dr.Carissa Candler
(405) 971-4105
3330 Northwest 56th Street
Oklahoma City, OK
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Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1997
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Neurologist
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Ernest Gregor Warner, MD
(405) 945-4285
Edmond, OK
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Neurology, Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1955
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Hospital: Integris Baptist Med Ctr, Oklahoma City, Ok; Deaconess Hosp, Oklahoma City, Ok
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Fadi F Nasr
(405) 748-3300
4120 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Neurosurgery

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James Russell Couch Jr, MD
(405) 271-4113
711 Stanton L Young Blvd Ste 215
Oklahoma City, OK
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Neurology, Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1965
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Hospital: Presbyterian Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok; University Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok
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John David Dewitt, DO
(918) 743-1337
4415 S Harvard Ave Ste 206
Tulsa, OK
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Neurology
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Male
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Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1968

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William Emery Reynolds, MD
(405) 755-3540
4120 W Memorial Rd Ste 208
Oklahoma City, OK
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Neurological Surgery
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1981
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Hospital: Presbyterian Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok; Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City, Ok
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Allan Spencer Fielding, MD
(918) 294-0080
8803 S 101st East Ave Ste 305
Tulsa, OK
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Neurological Surgery
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1977
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Hospital: Hillcrest Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok

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Life with Dystonia

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By Ellen L. Weisberg, PhD

Dystonia is the third most common movement disorder, next to Parkinson’s disease and Tremor, affecting at least 300,000 people in North America. It is a neurological condition that results in sustained and involuntary contractions of opposing muscles, which leads to spasmodic movements, twisting, and abnormal stances. Like Parkinson’s disease, dystonia is believed to be due to an abnormality in the basal ganglia of the brain, where movement is controlled.

The symptoms of dystonia first surfaced when I was in the middle of a radio shift, getting ready to record what I thought would be another effortless 30-second broadcast in a string of reports. Halfway through it, the left side of my mouth started twisting inward, making it difficult for me to talk. At the time, I remember wondering if there was something with my delivery style that had- over time- become subtly different… Was my chair too high or too low and I was straining my neck to get to the microphone? Did it have to do with the amount of gesturing I was doing with my hands when I talked?

As time went on, though, the difficulties I was having with my broadcasting increased, and getting the job done comfortably and in a timely fashion was becoming more and more of a struggle. My coworkers thought that maybe I was having sudden “stage fright,” or that it was simply stress that was causing this, since my conversational speech away from the microphone seemed normal. It was only when I saw a neurologist that the situation became clearer: I was diagnosed with a “focal dystonia,” which targets a specific part of the body and usually afflicts people at mid-life. My condition, “task- specific oromandibular dystonia,” causes the jaw to either be clamped shut or held open and is brought on at least in part by repetitive movements. I had been doing two and a half years of daily broadcasting for hours on end, repeating similar phrases and articulating in a way that was different from my regular, away-from-the-microphone speech. I tried to return to broadcasting several times when the symptoms of the dystonia had temporarily quieted down, only to have to quit again when the condition would relapse. The symptoms eventually slipped over into my conversational speech, and there were times they were so debilitating that I thought I’d never be able to hold a normal conversation again.

I had consulted a second neurologist who prescribed Artane, an anticholinergic agent that improves muscle control in Parkinson’s patients. After a brief honeymoon, “fool’s gold”-kind of experience with the drug that lasted only a few days during which my speech seemed more effortless, the Artane lost its effects. My neurologist also tried administering Botox injections on the side of my mouth where muscles were twisting in such a way as to make speaking difficult. However, it was shortly after the injections that the condition relapsed to the point where I could barely talk at all. Continuing...

Author: Ellen L. Weisberg, PhD

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