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What is essential tremor?

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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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


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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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What is essential tremor please?

What is essential tremor please?

Essential tremor: Essential tremor is a common condition that tends to affect the hands, the head, and sometimes the voice. It tends to affect the left and right sides equally. It is apparent during movement, and it is absent at rest. A good way to observe this is to ask someone to hold their hands in front of them or to pour a glass of water from a full glass to an empty glass. ...Read more

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Are there any cures for essential tremor?

Not exactly: The tremor can be controlled via several medications, and classically includes beta blockers, such as metoprolol, some sedatives such as alprazolam, primidone, and in some cases benefit from Parkinsonian drugs such as L-DOPA. Gabapentin has helped some, especially in the modified form in Gralise. But cure not present yet. ...Read more

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Is an essential tremor always progressive?

Is an essential tremor always progressive?

Rarely: The term essential tremor implies normal movements that are more prominent or brought out by effect of medication or drugs. Other forms of tremor may occur in progressive disease such as parkinsonism. Progression of the underlying disease may cause worse tremor. Continued use of drugs or alcohol can also make tremor worse. ...Read more

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What are the indications a tremor is an essential tremor?

Isolated findings: The hallmarks of an essential tremor are that it happens while holding a posture (as opposed to at rest or during movement), and that it is not associated with spasticity, difficulty initiating movements, weakness, or any other symptoms. That being said, a neurologist can help confirm the presence of an essential tremor and guide treatment. ...Read more

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Is essential tremor curable?

Is essential tremor curable?

No but managable: Essential tremors cannot be cured in total, but managed by betablockers and similar medications. ...Read more

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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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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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Essential tremor over-the-counter essential tremor control?

Maybe: If you look at tremor getting worse with caffeine or stimulants, and better with alcohol or sedatives, you might consider that otc preps, such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or dramamine could sedate and thus subdue the tremor. Maybe some homeopathic remedies can help. I am being creative here, as there is no real formulary of alternative meds for essential tremor, but why not try the above. Might work. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could smoke cigarettes if I have essential tremor?

Yes & no: Yes, that is ok- essential tremor is not influenced by cigarettes.

But cigarettes are so bad for your health. They increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and lung cancer. These are good reasons not to smoke. ...Read more

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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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Other than propranolol what would you advise to use for essential tremor as I find it has helped ease symptoms very little if at all?

Other than propranolol what would you advise to use for essential tremor as I find it has helped ease symptoms very little if at all?

Essential tremor: The other commonly used drug for essential tremor is called primidone. You should see a doctor who has experience managing the condition to have the best options presented to you. ...Read more

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I have essential tremor at the early age of 17.Medication is ruled out, as I can't concentrate. How can I reduce the tremor this in social situations?

Are you sure?: How sure are you that you have essential tremor? It is fairly rare at 17. Please be sure you have seen a capable neurologist or even a neurology specialist in movement disorders to confirm this diagnosis. There are many causes of tremor and lets make sure you correctly diagnosed first. ...Read more

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What are thd indications to dbs in essential tremor?

Variable: Not carved in stone, as we are assessing who would be the best candidate as time proceeds. My approach would include patients who seem not to respond well to current meds, whose tremors are so intense to be disabling, and those folks who just do not tolerate the adverse effects of their meds. ...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's benign essential tremor?

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

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Is essential tremor permanent?

Yes: There is no known cure so far. Only control is possible with medications and or deep brain stimulation and at times with Botox injections. ...Read more

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What is benign essential tremor?

Common type: These are tremors that occur on attempt to use hands such as eating with spoon or writing or trying to hold a cup as opposed to the tremors of parkinson which occur at rest and disappear with action. Benign is misnomer but these are not life threatening. ...Read more

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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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What does essential tremor feel like?

Shaking with use: Tremors of mainly hands which appear or intensify by attempt to use hands in activities like holding a cup or writing with a pen or use knife or a fork. Shaking subsides once the hands are rested on laps or well supported. An alcoholic drink often relieves tremors for several hours. ...Read more

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Benign essential tremor in young children?

Benign essential tremor in young children?

Second opinion: Unless your child was diagnosed by a pediatric neurologist, I would reccommend a second opinion. ...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 sort of disorder is an essential tremor?

Tremor: Essential tremor: is a tremor at rest. Usually on both side involving the hands, wrists, lower extremity, head, or voice.
Tend to be familiar. Propranolol (inderal) may help. ...Read more

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Can I die from essential tremor if I ignore it?

No: This is a benign but uncomfortable condition. ...Read more

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Spasms are a common symptom of essential tremor?

Not usually: Spasms unlikely to be caused by essential tremor, and more likely due to other causes. ...Read more

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Can essential tremor be treated with medication?

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Can essential tremor be treated with medication?

Tremors: Some medicines used for blood pressure such as Propranolol (inderal). Best to talk to your pcp. ...Read more

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