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What are the indications a tremor is an essential tremor?

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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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

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