Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Dystonia and pain relief.

(This article includes links to three sites providing good information about paracetamol.)

Although spasmodic dysphonia is not painful, it is very uncomfortable when attempting to speak through spasming vocal cords. The effort of speech for a spasmodic dysphonia sufferer leads to frustration, fatigue and possibly, tension headaches. Unlike vocal cord spasms, cervical dystonia causes spasms that may contort a persons head and neck area into painful positions. This condition results in greater levels of pain if the person also suffers from arthritis. In addition to Botox treatment, one of the safest pain relief medications for dystonia and arthritis is paracetamol.

The on-going use of paracetamol for chronic medical conditions needs to be monitored by your physician. However, there is good information available giving tips for safe use of paracetamol for all ages.

When taken as directed, paracetamol is both safe and effective. It is also possible to overdose on paracetamol. In event of extreme doses taken, it is necessary to seek medical intervention immediately, even if no symptoms are evident. Overdose of paracetamol can lead to liver damage. If medical assistance is sought promptly, it is possible that no long term ill-effects will be experienced.

If you would like to leave a comment, please do. I will reply. Meanwhile stay well, stay safe and stay informed about health matters. We are all responsible for our own wellbeing. After all, life is so full of wonderful experiences. Who wants to waste time being a pain!

Sue Bayliss. Cairns, Australia.

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