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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 18 and have been playing the piano for almost 8 years. Recently, my left hand has had tremors and it is harder to play the piano. My fingers in the left hand miss the target key or they slip off. I also have the same problem when I type. My parents think it is from the ADD medicine I am taking, but it has never been this bad. I have also played the violin for 12 years, and it seems harder to play. When I hold something or just hold my hand up, it really shakes a lot. It sometimes tingles. Is this benign essential tumor or not? and is there a way to fix it?





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I'm 25 and have had a tremor since I was around 16. It has run in my family on my father's side with quite a few of them having the same issue. It didn't bother me too much in my younger days, but the past couple of years it has really gotten to me. I find being in any social situation extremely nerve racking and stressful. Even simple things like drinking a beer with mates makes me uncomfortable as I often feel the need to use two hands to hold the cup. It does subside after a couple of drinks but the first couple always stress me out. I am not sure if it is getting worse as I get older or if I am just paying a lot more attention to it. I have always wanted to do kickboxing but after giving it a shot, my hands were so shakey after it I couldn't even use a pen for 2 days. I have strongly considered giving beta blockers a test to see if it helps my situation. Can anyone give some insight into their use of beta blockers? Some of the side effects sound pretty horrendous.





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I am 73, I have had trembling hands since the age of 22, I was able to deal with it until just recently when it seems to get worse under stress or when I am cold. Sometimes it is uncontrollable. I play a string instrument and at times I can hardly play. Very embarrassing.





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Hi, I am 32 yrs old lady from nigeria.I get this weird sensation all over my body when someone makes body contact with me then that part of my body where there is contact begind to tremble. Its so embarrasing that am always in a hurry to alight from a cab bcos the person seating close becomes uncomfortable. I can't sleep close to my hubby, he can't lay his hands on my body I can't touch or hold him for long becos I wil start shaking. I avoid gatherings because I can't seat close to someone. I always get anxiety whenever I'm about to board a cab. Its so sad pls help me out I want to be able to lay beside my hubby pls





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I was diagnosed with ET in my 30's although I had the shakes in my late 20's, it is very embarrassing when you are young so I do empathize with everyone who has commented here. I think as I have gotten older it isn't quite as big a deal to tell anyone who mentions my head shaking as "Oh I have essential tremor" most people don't know what it is so I really think it's important to tell them, it's the only way we are going to get recognition that we are sufferers and perhaps someone will find a remedy that really works for us. I have been on beta-blockers for years but they only lessen my shakes they don't stop them completely. Good luck to us all.





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Hi, I need advice on mine. The ast few years has been very stressful, my career, marriage, and finances took a nose dive. I recently lost a baby, landlord threw me out. Had to endure this for 3years but with all this I managed to bounce back saving my marriage and buying a house all the expense of my health. Now I easily forget things..i hardly focus and I have tremors particularly with the muscles of my arms...during eating, sex or writing...my friends tell me I'm aging quickly....im worried. Any advice please. I'm 42,years. Thanks





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I have recently been diagnosed with benign essential tremor in my legs (left more than right). It has been going on for over a year and is very embarrassing. I cannot stand still for any length of time at all without the tremors starting. It helps to lean against something if I have to stand in a line or something but it does not go away completely. I am having trouble finding information online about leg tremors. Most information refers to hands. Can you help? What type of testing should I expect when I see the neurologist next week?





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I was asked to draw a spiral, it seems to be a common test for ET. I suspect your neurologist will ask you all kinds of questions about when you notice the tremor, where it occurs on your body etc. and then observe you to see the tremor. Don't worry there won't be anything painful or embarrassing as I am sure he has seen all this before. You will be fine. (The above is my personal opinion and experience I am not a medical professional)

Hi, my name is Olivia. I am 13 years old and I live in the UK. I sometimes find that I am shaking uncontrollably and am unable to complete daily task(Writing, playing the piano, etc.). I also get really bad migraines and muscle weakness, as well as signs of breast and colon cancer elsewhere on my body. I am scared to tell my parents and don't know what to do. What if the possible cancer has metastasized to my brain?





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I am 20 yrs male experiencing moderate tremors when I am in a certain body position or when I am lifting and gets severely exagerated by fear. And I have Asthma controlling it with inhaled cortisol . What should I do ?? and I need help very much..





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Hello im 48,I have very bad tremors in my left hand. When I wake up in the night or when I get up in the morning it's so bad it shakes uncontrollably like it's having a fit. My head also shakes. I take propranolol 20mls a day I'm also on levothyroxine 75ml a day.this is getting worse by the week and makes me not want to go out on my own cause I feel like I'm going to have a panic. Could this be the start of MS.





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