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Dr. Eric Farbman
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Essential Tremor (Overview)

Kinetic tremor = neurological disorder that causes involuntary /rhythmic shaking.


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How rapidly does essential tremor progress and is there any way to slow the progression?

How rapidly does essential tremor progress and is there any way to slow the progression?

Referred to neuro: Thanks for your question. I have referred it to healthtap neurologists to answer. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Farbman
85 Doctors shared insights

Essential Tremor (Overview)

Kinetic tremor = neurological disorder that causes involuntary /rhythmic shaking.


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Spasms are a symptom of essential tremor? If yes, deep brain stimulation surgery can improve spasms as well as tremor?

Spasms are a symptom of essential tremor? If yes, deep brain stimulation surgery can improve spasms as well as tremor?

Possibly: Please get in touch with a neurosurgeon or neurologist who are involved with this procedure. The degree of tremors that you are affected with, as well as what causes them, will be very important in understanding wether you are a candidate for this procedure. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of essential tremor?

What are the symptoms of essential tremor?

Shaking alone: The hallmark of essential tremor is shaking without any other signs or symptoms that would suggest parkinsons or another cause. The shaking is typically worst with movement or sustained posture (not at rest) and is exacerbated by stress. It is usually first seen in the hands or arms, but can involve the head or other parts of the body. While there is no cure, medications can reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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What is an essential tremor?

What is an essential tremor?

Movement Disorder: Essential tremor is a movement disorder that is characterized by a tremor when you try to do something. This is in contrast to Parkinson's disease, in which patients have a tremor at rest. Parkinson's disease also is marked by slowness of movement and stiffness. ...Read more

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Have drooping eyelids what are the chance it is due to myasthenia gravis will that effect\ my afib or essential tremor if blood test is positive?

Have drooping eyelids what are the chance it is due to myasthenia gravis will that effect\ my afib or essential tremor if blood test is positive?

MG: It is quite possible that droopy eyelids could be myasthenia gravis but it shouldn't necessarily affect afib. However, tremor might be accentuated during periods of fatigue with mg. ...Read more

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How can you treat essential tremor?

How can you treat essential tremor?

Medicine: Commonly used medicines are inderal, (propranolol) my spline. Physical and occupational therapy. ...Read more

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I'm being treated for essential tremor but I'm worried it may be parkinson's. I'm on propranolol but they are no longer working and shakes are worse?

I'm being treated for essential tremor but I'm worried it may be parkinson's. I'm on propranolol but they are no longer working and shakes are worse?

Tremor types: Some factors which tend to point to essential (rather than parkinson's) tremor: young age, any benefit from Propranolol or beta-blockers, family history of tremor, tremor goes away during sleep, tremor is made worse with action (zippers, spoons, coins) but goes away when hands are at rest. You may benefit from an increase in med dosage or adding another med to reduce tremor. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for essential tremor?

Essential tremor: Possibly propanolol (dosis has to be gradually increased) or primidone. 50% pts do not response to medical treatment. Brain stimulation there is for very frustrated pts. Some tremors may improve after drinking alcoholic beverages. ...Read more

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Are there any promising treatments in the pipeline for essential tremor?

Already: There are few effective medication already for essential tremor. You can visit with a neurologist for the most appropriate one for your case. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for essential tremor?

Is there a cure for essential tremor?

No cure: Some patients require only intermittent tremor reduction, such as when attending a meeting or engaging in a social activity. For these patients, a cocktail or beer prior to the activity may be sufficient. An alternative is Propranolol (10-40 mg) approximately one half hour prior to the event. Alcohol consumption is not an appropriate maintenance therapy for patients who seek tremor reduction throu. ...Read more

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Can you prevent essential tremor?

Can you prevent essential tremor?

Treatment not cure: There are medications available for essential tremor, such as Inderal (propranolol) and mysoline. Alcohol will suppress the tremors. Taking medication, if tolerated will prevent the tremors, as long as the medication continues to be taken. ...Read more

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Who gets essential tremor?

Anybody: The condition is usually genetically determined but may not appear in all generations because of reduced penetrance of the gene. The tremor starts imperceptibly, often in one limb (usually upper) but almost always is bilateral. This is an action tremor, often functionally impairing. This can begin in the 20s or 30s but is most common in the 40s or later. Medications may help. But there is no cure. ...Read more

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As a normal healthy male is it safe to take beta blockers? I take 2/3 x 40mg for benign essential tremor? Am at risk of diabetes

YES: Betablockers are relatively safe. They are contraindicated in asthma and chronic bronchitis and rarely cause nightmares! betablockers are the choice medication for benign essential tremor. You can take the minimum dosage that make the tremor acceptable and even not take it any day that you like (e.g. When you are at home!) it is a control not a cure. ...Read more

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What is essential tremor?

Tremor of aging: It can occur in the wrists/hands or the head and neck (think of kaltheryn hepburn). Although it can cause a lot of problems for patients, it is not associated with a disease that effects someone's lifespan (such as parkinson's). It occurs when one holds the arms out and some with movement, but goes away when resting & supported. (parkinson's tremor is mostly seen when resting & supported.). ...Read more

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Who gets essential tremor?

Anybody: The condition is usually genetically determined but may not appear in all generations because of reduced penetrance of the gene. The tremor starts imperceptibly, often in one limb (usually upper) but almost always is bilateral. This is an action tremor, often functionally impairing. This can begin in the 20s or 30s but is most common in the 40s or later. Medications may help. But there is no cure. ...Read more

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What is an essential tremor?

Movement Disorder: Essential tremor is a movement disorder that is characterized by a tremor when you try to do something. This is in contrast to Parkinson's disease, in which patients have a tremor at rest. Parkinson's disease also is marked by slowness of movement and stiffness. ...Read more

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What's benign essential tremor?

Action tremor: Also called action tremor, senile tremor, or familial tremor, this is shaking, usually in the upper extremities associated with activity as opposed to a rest tremor as seen in parkinsons disease. Sometimes it is a central tremor presenting as head bobbing. "essential" means the cause is unknown. There are various medications that can help reduce the tremor. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Shaking Hands Or Tremor (Definition)

Shaky hands is a symptom in a person's hand or hands has a tremor (shakiness or small back and forth movements). Shakiness can be present at rest, all the time, or only when the person is trying to use his hands. Causes include, brain problems, nerve problems, muscle problems, medicine effects, drug abuse, etc. ...Read more


Dr. Prem Gupta
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Tremor (Definition)

Tremor = involuntary ...Read more