Cervical Dystonia (Torticollis)

Spasmodic torticollis, or Cervical dystonia, is a painful condition in which your neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing your head to twist or turn to one side, or forward or backward.

Though it is a rare disease, it can occur at any age from infancy to elderly years. Cervical dystonia most often occurs in those between the ages of 40-70, and predominantly in women.

torticollisA multitude of conditions may lead to the development of cervical dystonia or torticollis including:

Muscular fibrosis
Congenital spine abnormalities
Toxic or traumatic brain injuries

Continue reading

Placenta Previa

Placenta previa occurs when during pregnancy when the baby’s placenta partially or totally covers the mother’s cervix. Because the cervix is between the uterus and the vagina, placenta previa can cause severe bleeding and/or cramping before or during delivery.

Photo courtesy of http://www.webmd.com

The placenta is essential in providing oxygen and nutrients to a growing baby Continue reading

Generalized Seizures

Generalized seizures (a seizure produced by the entire brain) are changes in the brain’s electrical activity. This can cause dramatic and noticeable symptoms, or no symptoms at all. Seizures happen when the electrical system of the brain malfunctions. Normally the brain discharges electrical energy in a controlled manner. However, when the brain cells lose control, they keep firing, resulting in a  surge of energy through the brain. This can cause a wide variety of noticeable symptoms, or no outward symptoms.

There are six types of generalized seizures, listed in order of severity.

Seizure Type and Symptoms:

ecg for seizures Continue reading