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What if I Have Focal Dystonia

What if I have focal dystonia? The reason why you are asking this question is probably because you have this disorder, and it and/or complications resulting from the disorder or other debilitating conditions in addition to it have caused you to be disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. filing-for-disability-in-america Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by continued muscle contractions. Twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures are brought about by these muscle contractions. There are several kinds of dystonia. One of these is focal dystonia. Localized area The kind of dystonia you have depends on the area or parts of your body being affected by the disorder. Focal dystonia affects a localized area of your body. In most instances, focal dystonia affects your vocal cords, eyes, neck, hand and/or arm, mouth and/or jaws. The muscle contractions or movements that focal dystonia produces are involuntary (unable to control), and they can be extremely painful. Focal dystonia is usually what is known as a primary disorder. This means that it has not occurred as a complication of another ailment. However, there are instances when focal dystonia is a result of another larger neurological or medical disorder. Several kinds There are several kinds of focal dystonias, just as there are numerous forms of dystonia. These forms of the disorder depend on the area of your body it is affecting. Some of these are: Cranial dystonia, which affects your face, jaw or mouth Spasmodic dystonia, affecting your vocal cords WriterÂ’s cramp or hand dystonia affects your hand or forearm Torticollis, which affects your shoulders and neck Blepharospasm affects your eyes. Focal dystonia is caused by a dysfunction of the basal ganglia of your brain, but why this happens is not known. However, there are things that may cause this dysfunction including: Trauma Infection Vitamin B12 deficiency Some kind of birth injury Stroke Heavy metal poisoning Adverse reaction to medications Carbon monoxide poisoning Inherited abnormalities Other diseases. Signs and symptoms you experience with focal dystonia depend on the part of your body being affected. These include: A strained, hoarse, whispering or strangled quality to your voice Unusual chewing and tongue movements Your eyes blinking rapidly at a blinding rate Handwriting that becomes progressively worse Constant, painful closure of your eye resulting in functional blindness Involuntary turning of your neck into unusual positions or postures Forceful contractions of the muscles of your lower face that cause your mouth to open and close. Again, you may have focal dystonia. The disorder and/or complications resulting from it or other debilitating conditions in addition to it have caused you to be disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. Have you applied for the financial assistance you need by applying for Social Security Disability from the Social Security Administration? Were you denied? Important fact If you intend to reapply or appeal your denial, think about this important fact. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one at, are approved more often than claimants without a disability attorney. The wise thing to do is to contact the disability attorney at, and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. Article written by James Shugart Connect with James on Google+