Stress is difficult on everyone, but when I am dealing with this emotion it affects me in a whole different way. These past couple of weeks, I've experienced an increase of muscle cramps, tremors, balance issues, etc. I'm not sharing this as a way to complain or vent, but rather give you a look into the other aspect of me dealing with Dopa Responsive Dystonia.
As other people with Dystonia explain, we deal with flare ups form time to time. Mine are always dependent on how much sleep I'm getting, my stress levels, hormones as well as if I'm sick with a cold or other virus/infection. I work really hard to keep these annoyances at bay. For example, I do some time of exercise every day in order to keep my muscles strong. I try really hard to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night (not easy with three kids) and take a nap in the afternoon. This is my life. Some days are better than others. I'm just glad that these days are so much better than the "old days."
After living the first 33 years of my life thinking I had Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebal Palsey, I was correctly diagnosed with Dopa Responsive Dystonia (DRD). I am on new medication and doing things that I never imagined possible. This has changed the lives of my husband and two daughters. I truly believe that I am living a miracle each and every day. Life can't get any better than this!