Medical Definitions for Symptoms:
(These are not in alphabetical order at this time, but I will do that soon 😉
Aphasia: is a communication disorder usually caused by stroke or other brain injury. It can effect speaking, understanding language, writing, and reading. (http://www.aphasia.org/)
Choreoathetosis: involuntary movements in combination with migrating muscle contractions and twisting and writhing.
Dystonia: neurological disorder involving sustained muscle contractions which cause twisting and repetitive movements and abnormal postures.
There are different forms of dystonia:
Focal dystonia- the contractions are not large muscle groups by mostly the muscles of the hands and feet.
Action dystonia- painful muscle contractions with movements (ie..your hands cramp when you type or your legs cramp when you walk.
Dysphagia: difficulty swallowing, it can be foods or liquids
Spastic Quadirparesis: an entire body paralysis (ie locked in syndrome)
Micrographia: medical term for abnormally smaller, cramped handwriting due to neurological issues
Bradykinesia: slowness of movement, usually associated with Parkinson’s disease. It is apparent with repetitive movements and can fluctuate. It can also impact your speech.
Parkinsonism: Slowness of movement (bradykinesia), tremors, and rigidity. They’re three primary symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, but can be associated with other neurological disorders, like EPM.
Hypophonic: a weak and breathy voice due to lack of coordination associated with neurological issues, most commonly Parkinson’s Disease, also found in EPM.