ST is an enigmatic disorder indeed. Consider the following mysteries.
- Why does ST affect women twice as frequently as men?
- Why does the onset of ST occur most often just after 40?
- Why do many people with ST have sensory tricks?
- Why does a significant fraction of people on neuroleptics develop acute dystonia?
- Why is ST often accompanied by TMD, ear problems, thyroid problems, and scoliosis?
- Why do people with ST have a specific set of character traits in common?
- Why do spontaneous remissions occur?
- And last but not least: what really causes ST?
When asked, a neurologist won’t be able to answer any of these questions.
In the Phenomena section of this blog – soon to be added – I will elaborate on the above mysteries, in order to provide a basis that will allow us to start unraveling them. Although I am a scientist by training, I won’t attempt to provide hard scientific proof for all statements made. (Hard proof requires costly, labour-intensive research.) But I will try to make my views plausible. I am sure that can be done with common sense and adequate gut feeling. And I will need your feedback to validate, fine-tune and/or amend my views.
Tomorrow is D-Day! I have been very busy preparing my departure and packing my things. That has caused some additional stress, nerves and lack of sleep – not good for my neck. But soon I’ll be able to settle down in my new environment. Dr. Lee sent me a message today, telling me that he will be able to pick me up at the airport, because he needs to drop off a family member at the time I arrive. That will definitely save me the trouble of finding my way through public transportation.
I can’t wait to meet him!