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Dr. Eric Farbman
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Essential Tremor (Overview)

Essential tremor is a condition that involves an involuntary shaking movement caused by a brain disorder. The shaking is usually visible in the hands, but may also be seen in the arms, head, and eyelids. The voice may be affected as well. Although the shaking is involuntary, it also occurs during voluntary movements such as writing.


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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

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Dr. Eric Farbman
81 doctors shared insights

Essential Tremor (Overview)

Essential tremor is a condition that involves an involuntary shaking movement caused by a brain disorder. The shaking is usually visible in the hands, but may also be seen in the arms, head, and eyelids. The voice may be affected as well. Although the shaking is involuntary, it also occurs during voluntary movements such as writing.


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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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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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Dr. Prem Gupta
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Tremor (Definition)

A tremor is an unintentional trembling or shaking movement in a part of the body, and usually occurs in the hands. It can occur in healthy individuals, but tremors are also present in brain diseases ...Read more