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Athetoid movement of the whole body. History of minimal brain

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Athetoid movement of the whole body. History of minimal brain trauma.

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She would best be served by getting evalauted by a neurologist who specializes in movement disorders.

If this is actual athetoid movements, then there would be an issue with the functioning of the basal ganglia - the area within the brain that helps to coordinate movements.

Some overuse of medication, such as antipsychotics, can cause this. Other issues with excessive copper, or liver problems can also cause this. Other diseases, such as cerebral palsy (which would have been present since birth) or Huntington's (which generally affects older 40s and up), or Parkinson's (also older).

The minimal brain trauma should have nothing to do with this.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
She has had heaps of blood tests with no abnormal findings. She doesn't always have the athetoid movements all the time mostly only when she is tired.
This has been going on for many years. She will not take medications, only for pain. She gets really tired and very sore in the joints and manily down the bottom of her legs swell and go purple. They found the veins incompedent and for her to excerise. She gets dizzy when she gets up to fast and is in pain all the time. Thats where the Fibromyalgia diagnosis came from. She can hardly walk to the mail box and back. She can not drive, she doesnt take drugs, smokes or drinks and she lives at home.
Is it worth getting an MRI of the brain. We have seen so many Doctors and Specialist with no answers for her condition. An Optometrist found she has tracking and focus problems and was not able to balance on a balance board as well as nystagmus. She is hypersensitive to caffeine eg coke, coffee, sugars and prodeine. And her sleep pattern is all over the place.
It is surprising that she has neurologic symptoms and has not had any imaging of her brain.While it is unlikely to show anything (most MRIs of the brain do not find anything), certainly if these are considered athetoid movements, then imaging of the brain would be helpful to see if there were any structural brain issues as a potential cause.

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