Is there a cure for essential tremor?

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.

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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...

What is essential tremor?

Hand tremor. Essential means that there is no known cause. 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...

Who gets essential tremor?

Anybody. No way to predict. There is usually a family history suggesting genetic link. 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...

What is an essential tremor?

Movement Disorder. A chronic progressive neurologic disease that may involve the arms neck chin and voice but rarely the legs. It is present during movement and often with sustained posture and rarely at rest. The disorder is partly genetic. Symptoms increase with advancing age, most prevalent cases are >60 yrs. Initially the tremor may be mild and may not worsen for years.Treatment: beta blockers +/- primidone. Read more...
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...
Plain old tremor. "essential" is a bad name. It is used in medicine to describe a condition that "just is", i.e. Not caused by some other underlying disease. Example: "essential hypertension" is high blood pressure that "just is" (i.e. Run of the mill hi bp), not caused by a different disorder. Essential tremor is the common condition that often develops at older ages, of resting tremor usually involving hand. Read more...

Whats benign essential tremor?

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...

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...