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Essential Tremor Parkinson Disease
Postural tremor: Usually hereditary and benign, it is a tremor of arms, lesser head (no-no type), perhaps legs when elevating or sustaining limb. Often self-limited, but can be assoc on occas with parkinsons, and we now have found some pts with this who have peculiar cognitive and gait problems due to frontal-cerebellar projection problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The motor symptoms of parkinson's disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain; the cause of this cell death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related; these include shaking, rigidity, slowness of ...Read more
Tremor: The difference between the two ironically is tremor. Wereby essential tremor has a tremor, atypical parkinsonism such as that caused by progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasilar degeneration and multisystem atrophy tend not to have tremor. Also, in parkinsonism the tremor is usually at rest. In essential tremor the tremor is noticeable with use. ...Read more
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?
Parkinsonism?: There is a significant difference between essential tremor and that of parkinsons disease. It is not uncommon for a need to alter treatment for essential tremor over time. Consult you doctor and/or a neurologist to discuss how the diagnosis of parkinsons disease is made and if you have any indication of pd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have read some scary stuff about people with essential tremor having cerebellum disease. My tremor is worsening. Will gabapentin help?
Sign vs disease : Tremors are a symptom/sign that can have many potential causes. Parkinson's is a disease due to a defined pathology (degenerative loss of Dopamine producing cells in the brain) that usually has a particular type of tremor as a symptom/sign. Essential tremor (aka familial benign tremor) is an even more common disorder than parkinson's, and it's tremor usually looks much different from pd tremor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prob not: The symptoms of Parkinsons are 1) resting tremor, a tremor at rest, normally on one side 2) slowness of movement 3) increased muscle tone 4) unexplained falling If you have all of these, there is a good chance of PD. Do you have any of these? Most people with a tremor have essential tremor. It is quite different. The tremor is on both sides and obvious when the hands are held up. ...Read more
Eval tremor: There is no test for parkinson's disease, the diagnosis is a clinical diagnosis based upon history and physical findings. Though tremor is one of the core features, other features are required for the diagnosis. There are multiple reasons that you may have a tremor other than pd., including age, essential tremor , medications, too much caffeine, etc. If the tremor is concerning have it evaluated. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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