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What is the differences between essential tremor and atypical parkinsonism?

What is the differences between essential tremor and atypical parkinsonism?

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

Dr. Eric Farbman
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Essential Tremor (Definition)

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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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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I suffer from moderate depression and benign essential tremor and want to undergo brain scans to determine brain disease. Should I and which ones ?

I suffer from moderate depression and benign essential tremor and want to undergo brain scans to determine brain disease.  

Should I and which ones ?

Go to your doc: Tests are very rarely abnormal and are usually unnecessary, Your primary doc should do a compete regualar and neurologic exam and refer you to a neurologist if he finds anything. MRI of the Brain with and without contrast are the most common, but without a definite need you'll be wasting money and time. ...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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How does parkinson disease affect the body?

How does parkinson disease affect the body?

Many possibilities: Physical symptoms: resting tremor, slow movements, rigidity (stiffness) of muscles & posture. Causing slow walking, masked face, decreased blink rate, softer/mumbled speech, poor hand agility, small handwriting, potential falls & injury. Non-physical symptoms: cognitive decline, hallucinations/delusions, anxiety/depression, insomnia, sleepiness/fatigue, constipation, low bp, erectile dysfunction. ...Read more

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Advise possible options to control parkinson disease?

Advise possible options to control parkinson disease?

Many are available: There are numerous drugs and treatments available. Consult with a neurologist to review your medical condition and get started on the correct road to control. ...Read more

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Why in parkinson disease symptoms start asymmetrical ly?

Why in parkinson disease symptoms start asymmetrical ly?

Parkinson's: Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disease of the basal ganglia. As a degenerative disease, different areas of the brain die at different times which causes asymmetry of symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of early or mild parkinson disease?

What are the symptoms of early or mild parkinson disease?

Slow progression: These symptoms typically involve resting tremor, slowness of body movements & rigidity of muscles & posture. They always begin on one side, then effect the midline (face, voice & balance, & finally do spread to involve the other side. Early pre-motor symptoms include: rbd (acting out dreams while sleeping), anosmia (loss of smell), constipation & depression. Also, slow mental clarity/st memory. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Parkinson Disease (Definition)

Parkinson's disease is a condition in which a person has a degenerative brain problem in which dopamine-containing cells in a part of the midbrain die off. Early symptoms include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, ...Read more


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