Arguments rage about the causes and symptoms among users of FD forums and medical practioners alike. It would be great to know the definitive tried and tested cures, but sadly there doesn't seem to be one path for everyone.
One of the first things I realised about focal dystonia were the conflicting opinions about why you have it and how you get rid of it.
The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation presently states there is no cure for focal dystonia, yet there are people out there who claim to be cured. Is there something the DMRF is missing, or is there just a gulf between some peoples idea of a cure and managing the condition?
Leon Fleisher, Billy McLaughlin and Mark Ashford are just three performers from many who returned to the concert stage, but all three have different stories to tell. Fleisher used botox to limit the symptoms of FD so he could make it through a concert, McLaughlin just side-stepped the condition by playing left-handed, while Mark Ashford seems to have reduced th effects of FD by years of re-training in his right hand.
As you can see, there is no one way to beat FD, There are many practitioners out there whose methods vary only slightly, and borrow ideas from each other to formulate effective treatment. This of course can lead to disagreements and there is a schism between those who believe focal dystonia to have purely physical or organic origins, and those who are convinced it's a psychological issue.
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