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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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Hello im 20 I noticed my hand are shaking,my heart beat is so fast and blood pressure is also increase many time.i cant concentrate or focus on any work,I'm facing problems in conversation,head ache also.so,tell me what is my disease and its solution? Help me,thanks





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I have had shakes ever since I was very young. I am in my 30s now and I find it difficult in most cases to work on anything over head. My son just 10 shakes as bad or worse than I do. I hate it





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Hi William .I've just had the worst attack ever.so noticeable and horrid .it makes you feel weak and conscious .even when your not..couldn't put a cup to mouth .or just do anything.my upper body head and shoulders arms etc was so trembling couldn't even string a sentence together ..but I'm concerned that my three sons could have this dreaded disability as they seem to THINK it could be inherited by your genes.I hate it too .x Jan

I don't know what to do,I live in the US and no one seems to know. They just say its anxiety but taking valium makes me feel sick or worse. I have tried everything to help sleep, I can't even meditate because my mind can't stop. It started overnite. I had had a facial procedure 5 yrs before that destroyed my skin but i thought after so many years it would get better but it hasn't & it's on my mind day and nite. Then after 5 yrs of putting up with it and i thought i had hope it would get better it didn't Then one nite it started, the not sleeping, the constant shaking. I don't know how my body has lasted this long without sleep and the constant anxiety from the stress and not sleeping. If anyone knows of anything to help please share. I lay on the couch each day hoping the shaking goes away for at least 5 min but then the nite comes and I'm back to square one. This is not living.

I am 50 yrs. old & started with head trembling 5 moths ago( a no-no tremor ). I am being treated for GAD. Although I do have a lot of stress in my life, I'm not sure that's what's causing it. My question is- could this be a posisitional problem from the way I sit, with my neck stretched out on the back of the couch ?





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Hi. I'm 16 and I have essential tremor. I notice that my hands tremble and shake a lot since 5th grade. My mom told me that she noticed that when I was only 5 years old, sometimes I can't hold and eat with my spoon properly because my hand shakes. Now, my classmates notice that and they ask me if I'm nervous or I'm cold or whatever and when I explain it to them, things get awkward.





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I have been under a lot of stress for the last 7 yrs. 2 1/2 yrs ago I stopped sleeping I couldn't get to sleep no matter what I did. I started shaking so bad inside everywhere. Like a nervous condition. I was on so many sleeping pills & some only worked for a short time. Now I'm on Seroquel & that sometimes works. I went for a Parkinson's test & it came back ok but I still can't sleep & every inch of my body shakes everyday. Nothing I take helps, I was on Ativan but stopped & now I take a little valium but that doesn't work either. I also have pain in my lower back & neck. I know I have some buldging discs too. I went to a neurologist & he didn't find anything. I am at my wits end. I can't even go out because of how I feel. So tired all the time since I don't sleep, I toss & turn all nite long. I can't even write my name without it looking a mess. Has anyone ever had this happen to them overnite & anyone find anything to help?? I'm a hermit & even when I'm alone I still feel it all over.





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Hi Sharon, I am so glad I found someone experiencing what I am. I started having internal tremors a few months ago. They are so annoying. They begin at my legs a few minutes after I go to bed and work up to my head. My head actually feels like it is going to explode. I have tried antihistamines and sleep aids of all kinds. I am now stopping all pain relievers and coffee. This started after 6 surgeries. I am very sensitive to things and have allergies. I just had a checkup and everything is perfect, but, you as say, this makes my nights a nightmare. I do not sleep well and am at a loss at what to do.

Hi Sharon, I have had constant internal shaking for the last 15 months. Thought I was in an earthquake the first time it happened. Have been taking Propranolol (20mg) per day and this more or less stops it. Have tried to cut it down to 15mg a day but sometimes shaking gets worse. Am ok usually all day as am moving about (go swimming, zumba, aerobics) but it starts as soon as I lie down or even am watching tv or reading quietly sometimes. Have seen a neurologist who ruled out neurological disease. Don't think he really knows what it is. Had routine blood tests and an ECG and all ok. I worry about it all the time and wish it would go away. I have not been on holiday for 18 months as every time I think about going the shaking gets much worse which leads me to agree with my doctor that it is anxiety induced.(I'm also very scared of flying). My doctor told me 15 months ago it was too much adrenaline and cortisol in my body. I live alone and think of it constantly which doesn't help. I am nearly 64 and retired. I,too,have trouble sleeping and wonder if that is at the root of it. I used to sleep about one night in 5 when it started.When it was at its worse it felt as though people were throwing me up on a trampoline. It is not that bad now but but it has never gone away even for one day. If it did I would start to feel confident that it might go. I get very worried about my health and the night before it started had been looking up lots of stuff on the Internet about health issues so don't know if that started it off. Let me know how you get on. Whereabouts are you?

Hello Sharon. First of all I recommend that you get a second or third opinion about the tremours from a good neurologist who specializes only in movement disorders. I hate to say this, but Seroquel and any new antipsychotic may worsen tremors. Ativan only helps minimally. GPs and psychiatrists are quick to give patients sleep meds. I know because I've been on them for years. Like you, I experience these tremors and I think I'll return to my neurologist for another assessment. My psychiatrist knows nothing about Dystonia, diagnosed many years ago. Back to you. You need adequate sleep. Maybe imovane which is supposedly non addictive. I'll keep you in my prayers. You are worth a second opinion!

Hi ! I wanted to post a msg on here purely because I can identify with a lot of the Peoples comments. I have MS ! It started with severe trembling many yrs ago ! But improved a lot from the initial episode, I am 66 now and its getting bad again - My main problem was trembling when I was standing on the spot, but not too bad when I was moving ! Over the yrs it has worsened to the point I cant do much at all ! Even holding a cup is a problem, so its affecting my upper body now. My neurologist seems to think its the MS ! But I have a trapped nerve in my neck caused by osteoarthritis, so I don't think its the MS. Does anyone else have shaking from neck problems ?





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Hi my name Is Nora 28 years old i live in Manila Philippines I been struggling from shaking whole over my body my back is sore my hips, arms legs including my muscle is weak, but if I'm happy it goes away temporarily, It all started when I was depressed...too much stress could not sleep thinking problems i haven't sleep well since my childhood was stressful i committed a relationship at teenager girl whenever the problem cost me i didn't eat well or i always think to much I see five doctors here they gave me different kind of medication but it wont help me at all. Im tired of shaking now for over 7 months now pls I need your advise.I also felt muscle stiffness,muscle cramping, and dizzy but i still can control those attract including blurred version maybe i have MS or Parkinson deases..





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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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I have had all your symptoms since i was 20. I am now 65. I have been diagnosed with BENIGN ESSENTIAL TREMOR.It is an incurable genetic condition. A medicine called Propranolol checked my shakes for many years. Recently, This was followed by Primidone. Also before dining out,an alcoholic drink helps. It is not associated with Alzheimer's or Dementia.

I know your pain. I hate my shakes..





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