What are the symptoms of essential tremor?

Shaking alone. The hallmark of essential tremor is shaking without any other signs or symptoms that would suggest parkinsons or another cause. The shaking is typically worst with movement or sustained posture (not at rest) and is exacerbated by stress. It is usually first seen in the hands or arms, but can involve the head or other parts of the body. While there is no cure, medications can reduce symptoms.

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What symptoms are typical of baseline essential tremor?

Postural tremor. Typical essential tremor is marked by a postural tremor (present when holding a position, but not at rest) that is worse with stress and caffeine and better with rest and small amounts of alcohol. When diagnosing essential tremor, it is important to make sure that there is no increased tone, stiffness, numbness, weakness or other symptoms suggestive of an alternative disorder. Read more...
Shaking of hands. Shaking typically occurs on attempt to use hands such as writing, holding a spoon, knife or a cup. Shaking subsides on resting the arms on laps, chair or any surface. Legs typically do not shake. Read more...

Spasms are a common symptom of essential tremor?

Not usually. Spasms unlikely to be caused by essential tremor, and more likely due to other causes. Read more...
No . By definition, tremor should be the only predominant sign/symptom of et. A person could tense up their muscles in a conscious effort to control the tremor and that could be perceived as muscle spasm. Read more...

Spasms are a symptom of essential tremor? If yes, deep brain stimulation surgery can improve spasms as well as tremor?

For ET possible. Depends what is causing the problem. Spasms can be caused by many things, usually peripheral and unlikely to respond to dbs. There is some evidence that dbs helps with refractory et (2008 american academy of neurology, practice parameter publication). Read more...
Possibly. Please get in touch with a neurosurgeon or neurologist who are involved with this procedure. The degree of tremors that you are affected with, as well as what causes them, will be very important in understanding wether you are a candidate for this procedure. Read more...

Spasms are a symptom of essential tremor? If yes, deep brain stimulation surgery can improve spasms as well as tremor?

Doubtful. Dbs is employed for advanced parkinson's disease, and dystonias, and rarely other tremors such as essential tremors which are highly disabling and not responsive to meds. There is no report that spasms or cramps will respond to this, and if you do have spasms look for associated peripheral nerve problems. Read more...
No. Dbs is effective at treating certain types of tremor (i.E parkinson's) but is not done for muscle spasms. Read more...
Possibly. Please get in touch with a neurosurgeon or neurologist who are involved with this procedure. The degree of tremors that you are affected with, as well as what causes them, will be very important in understanding wether you are a candidate for this procedure. Read more...

I have very light essential tremor. I went to the doctor and he gave a beta blocker (propanolol). How to use it? Does propanolol just acts on the symptoms, I mean, should I consume it when I want to stop 'shaking'? Does the continuous use of propanolol

Propranolol . Propranolol is a drug that was found to have an effect on essential tremor, but is also used at times in thyroid disorders and for hypertension. It lowers the blood pressure and slows a rapid heart rate. It has been in use for some time with a good safety record. Some performers use Propranolol for "stage fright". When i took my neurology boards many years ago, half of my colleagues had taken it the day of the test. If you are taking it for your blood pressure or for migraine prevention, you should take it daily. Your doctor would not have given it to you if you had too slow a heart rate since it can lower it more and make you light-headed. Read more...
Take continuosly . Propanolol must be taken regularly to control essential tremors just like one takes medications for high BP or diabetes. 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...