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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
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
Resting head tremor involved with benign essential tremor. Suggest rapid progression or something else? Or might it be nothing to worry about?
At: Your age should be caused of concern, need neurological evaluation. ...Read more
Essential tremor: Not to recommend excessive alcohol, but if your tremor transiently stops when you consume it, then any of the typical medications we prescribe can help but they all (propranolol, primidone, gabapentin, clonazepam) have side effects. There are natural remedies, less effective often. I avoid skullcap and valerian but they are recommended by many. Check my other answers on tremor for others. Dbs. ...Read more
Essential tremor: I get that question a lot and honestly do not have a great option for you. Sometimes magnesium can help, dosing with mg malate 400 mg per day if tolerated. Some people have used herbs like lemon balm, passion flower, and lavender and there are advocates for a number of homeopathic remedies. Deep brain stimulation is an excellent treatment if you are willing to consider. ...Read more
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 more
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
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
Other than propranolol what would you advise using for essential tremor as I find it has helped ease symptoms very little if at all?
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 Let's make sure you correctly diagnosed first. ...Read more
It is NEVER safe: To smoke cigarettes, with or without essential tremor. Essential tremor is unusual in someone your age. I am not aware of nicotine having any particular impact on tremor, one way or the other. You should be asking this of your neurologist, but considering that it is the number one preventible cause of death in the US (heart attacks, cancer, emphysema, bronchitis etc.) maybe you should be quitting. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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