Dystonia Specialist Oskaloosa IA

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. Russell VanHemert
Van Hemert Health Partners P.C.
(641) 628-2099
1310 Washington Street
Pella, IA
Specialty
Chiropractor
Conditions
Back pain,Chronic pain,Leg pain,Lower back pain,Neck pain,Upper back pain
Treatments
Chiropractic adjustment,Chiropractic care,Spinal manipulation

Dr.Wendy Waldman
(515) 282-2200
1801 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci
Year of Graduation: 1997
Speciality
Neurologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
2.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Teresa B Rosales
(712) 542-6105
1800 North 16th St.
Clarinda, IA
Specialty
Neurology

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Harold P Adams Jr, MD
(319) 356-1616
200 Hawkins Dr Ste 4
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1970

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Matthew Rizzo
(319) 356-8758
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Neurology

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Dr. Kenneth Van Wyk
Van Wyk Chiropractic Center
(641) 628-3511
911 Washington St
Pella, IA
Specialty
Chiropractor
Conditions
Back pain,Chronic pain,Geriatric care,Leg pain,Lower back pain,Migraine headaches,Neck pain,Neuropathy conditions,Sports injuries,Upper back pain,Whiplash
Treatments
Acupuncture,Chiropractic adjustment,Chiropractic care,DiathermyMyofascialDecompression,Natural healing,Spinal manipulation,Ultrasound
Proffesional Affiliation
Iowa Chiropractic Society (ICS),American Chiropractic Association (ACA)

Jon M Tippin
(319) 356-8758
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Neurology

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Teri Ronelle Thomsen, MD
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 2001

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Jeremy D Greenlee
(319) 356-2771
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Kevin Nathaniel Brown, DO
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 2002

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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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