Hamid R. Fadavi, D.O.


what is Cervical Dystonia?


Incredible, kind-hearted, doctors need to be recognized. My review of Mission Viejo Pain Management Specialist Doctor Fadavi is told in story form:


I met Dr. Fadavi while I was lying crooked on a hospital bed. 

The neck muscles on the left side of my neck had collapsed.

My body was hunched to the left side, I was in excruciating pain, the Emergency Room doctors did not know how to help me.

The E.R. doctors then admitted to the Mission Viejo Hospital.

I was sad, depressed, exhausted from my life as a professional patient.

Before Dr. Fadavi entering my hospital room, I felt my hospital stay was similar to my numerous hospital stays before.

Hospital doctors did not know what to do with me, the Zebra patient.

The different medical specialists come and go from my hospital room, each doctor did not have answers and left me feeling hopeless. 

Then, Dr. Fadavi walked into my hospital room as I laid crooked on a hospital bed. 

I felt like a true-patient, a person with Dr. Fadavi.

Dr. Fadavi asked me several questions, and then Dr. Fadavi quickly surmised my condition.

He then orders injectable steroids.

Several hours later, Doctor Fadavi arrives in my hospital room with an R.N. at his side and numerous waiver forms.

After I signed the forms, Dr. Fadavi began injecting syringes of steroids into the sore, tender areas of my neck.

Minutes after the steroid injections, I could turn my neck and lift my head.

The nurse was astonished by my rapid improvement.

Like myself, the R.N. was in amazement of Dr. Fadavi skill.

With immense joy, I began to move my neck.

I quickly blurted to Dr. Fadavi that he has magic fingers.

I believe Dr. Fadavi injected my neck with steroids because steroids are the first line of defense when treating Relapsing Polychondritis.

Because of Dr. Fadavi medical skill, I was able to leave the hospital the next day.

After several follow up treatments with Dr. Fadavi, he notices that I have a medical condition that so many other doctors had missed; Cervical Dystonia.

I have sought help from numerous medical specialists about the tightness, muscle spasms in my neck and upper shoulders.

I have told doctors that I feel like I am walking around with ice pick in my neck.

Unfortunately, numerous medical specialists seem to discount or pass over my neck symptoms.

My experience as a Zebra patient surmises that doctors are very concerned about my life-threatening conditions, but other non-life threatening conditions may be passed over.  

My HypoGal body is frequently in the rare disease category with medical conditions doctors have only read about but not personally treated.


I am not upset to learn Dr. Fadavi thought I had Cervical Dystonia.

In fact, I was relieved to have a diagnosis.

If you read about Cervical Dystonia in Medical Journals, every journal states Cervical Dystonia is a painful condition.

I agree, I feel my Cervical Dystonia is painful, very painful.

It has been frustrating to have most of the pain medically dismissed as Fibromyalgia.

I agree I have Fibromyalgia.

I also knew that stabbing, mind-numbing pain that resonated from my neck was not Fibromyalgia.

I thought maybe, it was Relapsing Polychondritis, but now Cervical Dystonia makes sense.

During my appointment with Dr. Fadavi, he asks me to sit naturally, and he takes several photos of my face with my phone.

He then asks me for my driver license.

Dr. Fadavi wants to look at my driver license photo.

After he looks at my picture, Dr. Fadavi asks me to stand against a wall.

He proceeds by taking several of my measurements and asking me to complete a battery of physical tests.

Once Dr. Fadavi completes my physical tests, he moves to sit down in a chair next to his computer.

He has a quiet demeanor as he types away on his computer keyboard.

Several minutes later Dr. Fadavi asks me to smile.

Feeling a bit self-conscious, I smile and wonder why?

Dr. Fadavi then requests that I open my mouth, wide open.

My curiosity intensifies as different scenarios run through my mind.

I open my mouth.

As Dr. Fadavi peers into my crossbite, he asks me if I have TMJ issues.

I answer, no.

However, I mention to Dr. Fadavi that my face looks distorted on a video I sent to a friend yesterday.

I feel silly saying my face appears like it is out of alignment.

I hear myself tell Dr. Fadavi; my face looks distorted.

As the words, my face looks distorted leave my mouth, I feel regret telling Dr. Fadavi.

I feel Doctor Fadavi is going think I am delusional.

Instead, Dr. Fadavi ask me if I still have the video.

I share with Doctor Fadavi, a video I have taken of myself.

After Dr. Fadavi reviews my video, he sits down in front of his computer and then again clicks away.

A few seconds later, he turns to me and says, I believe you have Cervical Dystonia.

Immediately, I ask numerous questions to Doctor Fadavi about Cervical Dystonia.

I ask the doctor, What is Cervical Dystonia?

Is there a test to confirm Cervical Dystonia?

Is there a cure for Cervical Dystonia?

What is the treatment plan for Cervical Dystonia?

Kind-hearted doctor Fadavi addresses my questions and concerns with great patience and compassion.

Dr. Fadavi shares with me the photos of my face he has taken with my iPhone.

As I look at the photos, there is little doubt in my mind that Dr. Fadavi diagnosis is correct.

My face, particular my jaw/ chin area appear twisted in each of the photos.

I am almost in disbelief as I look at the pictures of my face.

I ask Dr. Fadavi how he would rate my case of Cervical Dystonia.

He replies, moderate.

Dr. Fadavi goes on to inform me of my options to reduce the muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders.

The first line of treatment with Cervical Dystonia is Botox.

I eagerly agree to try the Botox treatment.

I come back to Dr. Fadavi office a couple of weeks later to have Botox injections.

Doctor Fadavi uses an ultrasound machine to locate the areas that need Botox injections.

The ultrasound machine should be quiet as Doctor Fadavi runs probe over my neck and upper shoulders.

However, the ultrasound machine is buzzing with noise as Dr. Fadivo places the probe near my spastic muscles.

Dr. Fadivo tells me the buzzing noise is from my muscles spasms.

With the aid of his nurse, the doctor injects the Botox into my neck, shoulders, and left jaw.

I notice an immediate improvement.

Dr. Fadivo informs me that the injected Botox will continue to spread for the next couple of weeks.

He reminds me that if I have trouble with shortness of breath or swallowing to call him immediately.

I leave his office with a follow-up appointment scheduled for next month.

The day following my Botox treatment, my neck and shoulders are still in pain, but I notice the rapid improvement. 

I feel blessed that Dr. Fadavi walked into my hospital room.

I am incredibly fortunate that Dr. Fadavi is a Mission Viejo Hospital doctor and he has a private practice. 

The following is Dr. Fadavi's office details:  

Mission Pain and Spine Institute 

26932 Oso Parkway #275

Mission Viejo, CA. 92691

Phone: 949-916-8100


Dr. Fadavi is truly magically; hence, my name for Doctor Hamid Fadavi is, "Magic Fingers."

I hope my review of Mission Viejo Pain Management Specialist Doctor Fadavi has been insightful.

Below you can find answers to Cervical Dystonia questions.


At this time, there is no cure for cervical dystonia, and the best treatment options for Cervical Dystonia are limited.

For some patients affected with Cervical Dystonia, find the condition can resolve without treatment.

However, long remissions of Cervical Dystonia are not common.

The Injection of botulinum toxin (Botox) into the affected muscles often reduces the signs and symptoms of cervical dystonia.

Surgery may be appropriate in a few cases.


  • Cervical dystonia causes abnormal muscle contractions in the neck Abnormal neck muscle contractions can cause head and neck twisting (torticollis) or the neck being pulled forwards (anterocollis), the neck contacts backward (retrocollis), or the neck contracts sideways (laterocollis)
  • Neck muscle contraction increases during stress
  • The symptoms of Cervical Dystonia increases during the day
  • Symptoms of Cervical Dystonia improves with rest
  • A person with Cervical Dystonia may feel improvement when they apply pressure on the chin or different sides of the neck

Doctors may mistakenly diagnose Cervical dystonia as:

  • A pulled neck Effects of head trauma Slept in a poor position
  • Muscle strain
  • Psychological Issues
  • Fibromyalgia

A doctor usually refers a patient with Cervical Dystonia Symptoms to a Neurologist.

A Neurologist can rule out Parkinson’s, Ataxia, and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Another sign for a medical specialist to indicate a patient may have Cervical Dystonia is:

  • Talk therapy does not improve symptoms
  • The patient still has symptoms with pain killers
  • Cervical Dystonia symptoms do not resolve over time
  • A patient feels relief with sensory, e.g.; the patient places their finger on their chin or on areas of the neck where the pain radiates
  • A medical specialist witnesses the patient’s neck movement when the patient is not aware of being observed 

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