The increased nerve signals cause spasms to occur which cause the head to be pulled pulled per the renderings to the left. Trying to do any or all of the common (taken for granted) everyday things such as sitting, standing, walking, or eating become very difficult.For years many physicians thought of ST as being psychological. Nor is it Parkinson’s disease, nor Wry Neck, nor Cerebral Palsy nor Muscular Dystrophy.ST affects movement only and is not life threatening.As a result of this chronic problem ST can affect personality.In approximately 50% of the ST population, there is a family history of hand or head tremors (familial or essential tremors).
The medications on the market today are anticholinergics, benzodiazepines, baclofen, dopaminergic agents/dopamine-depleting agents, and tetrabenazine.
If tremors are present, they will generally be in the head. Although genetic studies are ongoing, heredity, at this time, occurs in no more than 5-10% of those surveyed.
ST will usually plateau in 2 to 5 years and there is a chance for remission. An accident, or a trauma of some kind, can trigger its onset.
This confusion is why ST is often misdiagnosed and/or undiagnosed.
Symptoms will generally settle on one side of the neck; a shoulder may be higher; pain, numbness or tingling sensations may be felt in the arm or hand.