Closely related to Parkinson’s disease, dystonia is an incurable neurological muscle disorder that causes uncontrollable, painful spasms in one or more parts of the body. While not widely known, dystonia affects an estimated 500,000 people in North America alone - more than muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined. Different forms of the disorder affect the face, neck, throat, eyelids, hands, legs or torso. This devastating disorder can appear in children and adults alike.
Michael J. Fox (left) has been diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. Jake Silverman (center) has been living with Dystonia for over 10 years now. Bonnie Strauss (right), Founder of the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation, has experienced Parkinson’s Disease in both her grandmother and mother. Bonnie knew dystonia and Parkinson’s were connected in someway after she was diagnosed with dystonia.