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Benign Essential Tremor

Benign Essential Tremor

Benign essential tremor sends your hands to jelly. Tremor quite simply causes your hands to shake – considerably and constantly, thus shattering any aspirations of a career in brain surgery. Whilst it might not sound that serious if the condition deteriorates those afflicted may find it increasingly problematic to carry out the simplest of tasks such as writing, using cutlery, and – let’s not shy away from it – wiping their bum. Benign Essential Tremor has a habit of flaring up and becoming worse when a person is stressed, tired, angry, anxious, hot or cold. A high level of adrenaline in the body can also heighten the shaking as can caffeine and some prescribed medicines. It isn’t just the hands that can be affected; infrequently the voice, face and upper body have known to suffer too though there is some release as tremor usually fades when resting or moving. If the tremor is so bad that it’s affecting your day-to-day life then there are a few things that can ease the symptoms. Beta blockers, anti-convulsants or even a deep brain simulator have all proven affective in a high percentage of cases and (whilst it should in no way be relied upon) one or two units of alcohol have been shown to temporarily relieve the tremor completely, which can be particularly helpful before you give that important speech, or go out on that big date.

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I am 73 and I noticed my tremor when I was 47ish. It's in my hands, and I think my singing voice, but my speaking voice mostly ok. I find eating with my hands much easier than cutlery. I can't put on eye make up, or write without a shake anymore. Thank goodness for computers. I have tried beater blockers but they make me so breathless, I would rather shake. I do not feel embarrassed about it, and my friends and family ignore it. I feel sure one day I will cut myself, chopping vegetables, but I try to carry on my life as normally as possible. I also have AF so am on digoxin and warfarin. My shakes are getting worse as I age. If it's the worst thing I get then I am lucky





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I was diagnosed with ET a year ago. My hands tremor all the time. People don't notice until I show a relative or close friend. I have tremors throughout my body. Such as my legs, arms, lower trunk. I'm 32yrs old and I'm not sure what to look forward to later down the line. It's scray knowing that this can change your life for the worst. As far as meds, I've tried propanol, athenol, and etc. None seems to help. I even have tremors and my face when I smile. My muscle in my body are always sore. Especially in my knees.





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Hi, I'm 37 and my arms and legs have been shaking for the past 6 months. Even when I bend over from the waist. My hands aren't too bad but sometimes difficult to type or text. It all came on at the same time in the middle of a sinus infection. My neurologist just prescribed propranolol 2 weeks ago and it doesn't seem to work either. Shakes are especially bad after working out in the gym. I go back in 2 weeks for a follow up. Hopefully they will try another medicine. Sorry to hear you haven't had any luck with your meds. Have you. Den back to see if they have any it other suggestions?

Hi, I have had tremors in my hands since I was 8/9 years old and I am now 45. I have been to a few neurologists and each says something different. The latest shows no Parkinsons and no MS. I got told it is from childhood trauma. All I know, they never gave me any meds either. I am concerned as I struggle to eat with a knife and fork, struggle to drink anything as I mess all over myself, I cannot write neatly, unable to shave but also unable to pee in the toilet properly standing up. They suggested Neurophtschiatry, but if that does not help I do not know. My shaking is most of the time, even while relaxing. Hey, guess I am not the only one. Robby





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It can be quite embarrasing especially when u remember u have the tendency to shake while making a presentation like reading something out to others,one of ur hands holding the paper and the other hand holding a microphone.people may think u are afraid but it is not actually fear,though the tremors are usually not seen if nobody is watching u,like when u are reading similar thing in privacy.so if fear is not the cause in ur case,think benign essential tremor nd this runs in families.Alcohol and propranolol calms mine,but it sometimes makes me feel worried I must take these to control them,stealing myself out to do that before a presentation.That said,am still thankful to God that at least something can control it.u shld however see a doctor as there are other numerous causes of tremors.Good luck!





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I am suffering from tremors from many years bt now the situation is going worst my whole body shakes sometimes. My voice is also affected nowadays doctor have advised me that I m having action tremors kindly provide medication and other ways so I can get rid of this problem





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Hi my son is 15 years old and his hands shake a lot people are telling me that it could be parkinson I don't want to believe that can it be something else





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Hi Maria the only answer I can give you is that your son must see a neurologist .he/she will do tests on him ..it's probably essential tremors .as a sufferer.it won't be easy as iv tried lots of different medication an none have helped ,I have good an bad days.my boys hands shake too but that's all an he's an electrician .so it could be just nerves good luck to him though x

Hi,My name is Roy and I have been a Manager for 20 years, 3 years ago I went to my doctors as I found that the slight shaking in my right hand was getting so bad my writing was becoming corrugated and looks as though a child wrote it. I was after tests told that I had a benign tremor and put on primidone 250mg one twice a day. Having taken them for about a year I found that there was no change and my hand still shook, I have stopped taking any medication for this my hand still shakes and due to my writing I am no longer able to hold a job as a manager. I now have developed a sharp stabbing pain in both parts of this arm upper & lower and not sure if this is connected. thanks





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Hi Roy I too suffer pain in my lower and upper arms .usually before a tremor attack.they feel heavy and painful .an I know an attack will be soon ,although it's worse at night while I sleep .also on waking I'm shaking all over..bit concerned because my neurologist said it doesn't happen at rest .I'm praying it's not Parkinson's.look after yourself Roy hope you get medication that works for you .xx Jan

Hi I am 57 and for the last few week noticed a hidden tremor, I can feel the tremor inside my body all over moor when i am laying in deb relaxing, but it is not visible unless I hold a piece of paper over my hands and then you can see the sheet moving. I have been to my Dr and am awaiting results from a blood test. I am under a neulogical hospital as I have a trapped nerve on one side where I have a disc prolapse this happened 3 years ago so have not linked the tremors to that. I also suffer from pins and needles in my left hand (same side as my prolapse) I have tried gabapentin and pregabalin but not helped so now on tizanidine which I have just started to help with the cramps, the hospital said the medication might help my other problems as this medication is a muscle relaxant. Will let you know if any thing helps. Good luck everyone with finding something that helps you





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Due to those meds that you mentioned, I got severe stomach bleeding with those. I use 2.5ml of oral morph each night for any pain.

Hi I am 57 and for the last few week noticed a hidden tremor, I can feel the tremor inside my body all over moor when i am laying in deb relaxing, but it is not visible unless I hold a piece of paper over my hands and then you can see the sheet moving. I have been to my Dr and am awaiting results from a blood test. I am under a neulogical hospital as I have a trapped nerve on one side where I have a disc prolapse this happened 3 years ago so have not linked the tremors to that. I also suffer from pins and needles in my left hand (same side as my prolapse) I have tried gabapentin and pregabalin but not helped so now on tizanidine which I have just started to help with the cramps, the hospital said the medication might help my other problems as this medication is a muscle relaxant. Will let you know if any thing helps. Good luck everyone with finding something that helps you





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Hi, My dear late husband began to get shaky hands around a year before he died in June, two months ago. I often saw his hands shake and wondered why, especially four days before his death, when we were playing Pitch and Put with our older son and granddaughter, when he should have been very happy. You mention about stress being a cause, which could have quite easily been the cause, as he was also suffering from financial problems. He had been taking medication for blood pressure from his mid thirties also cholesterol medication. If stress was the cause I am happy that he is now at rest from his concerns. Catherine





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