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Essential Tremor Parkinson Disease
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
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
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 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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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