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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 have had tremors since 7th grade. It all started in my hands moved to my legs, hands and head. Now I'm 22 and its mostly tremors from my head. My head moves constantly. I need to hold my head when I speak with someone or lay my head on my hand. Some days, it seems better than others. I don't drink caffeine because it becomes way worst. I have learnt to deal with it even thought I would love to cure it. I have a very serious job that requires me to deal with stressful situation in the social work field. I bought a house last year, have a long term boyfriend and a step son. My life seems well put together but because of my tremors I feel like I cant be fully happy even thought I am. I never talked to my family doctor about it because I am scared. Every time I go to the doctor my blood pressure is really high because I get really anxious. I live in a small town and feel like everyone would know about it. My family or friends don't know about it. I recently went for a teeth cleaning and I told my hygienist because my head was shaking sometimes. I feel like I cant get married or have children because of it and I would LOVE to have a child NOW. I know that I can take care of a child but the thought of having to hide my tremors is making me anxious. My neck is always stiff. When I wake up in the morning I feel more shaky. Sometimes during the night I wake up and my head shakes. I get really anxious in social situations I always need to hold my head. My friends don't know about this. I am viewed has a really funny and social person. I have a lot of friends. I am not sure how I managed to survive high school and college but I did. I am not sure how I managed to get a very good job with a high salary. I am not sure how I managed to find the love of my life and buy a house together but I did. I am not sure how I survive everyday but I do. I read about beta blockers but not sure if it would work with me?. I hope that one day...there will be a cure for this...the day there will be a cure is the day I will feel freedom for the first time in my life.





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Hi myself and my sister who is 3 year older than me both have ET tho she is worse than me,the neurology is now looking into testing her more as he thinks their is more to it than just ET,she won't go out for a meal now as she's too embarrassed,her head and hands shake constantly now and I'm following behind her,we feel we are loosing our independence.





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Can you tell me the side affects of beta blockers, I've been on them for 20 years.





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iam a male 24yrs i have avery strong fear from dealing with people with anxiety . this make to me in voluntary muscle movement &i cannot set beside any body . are this tremors from anxiety or not . i went to neurologist he said i had nothing and give me betolvex amp . my analysis showing increase in cortisol level . what is the possible drug for me ?





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My mum had a slight head tremor for as long as I can remember however 3 years ago it became uncontrollable and is now in both arms hands and head. She lost her job for health and safety reasons and lost her drivers licence through the shaking. She had all the neurological tests done and nothing was found. Like a lot of people she feels embarrassed to go out and when she does get nervous the tremor goes into overdrive. She was put on medication to try and slow it down but nothing worked and she is already on alot of other medication so it's hard trying new ones. It's nice to know that there are alot of other people that feel the same way.





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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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Hi Daniel , I was diagnosed with benign essential tremor ten years ago and was prescribed beta blockers , I was cured within 24 hours and have had no problem since. Just lately though I do worry about long term effects but quality of life is a big factor. Hope this helps.

Thanks for your story Sue. Have you been on them long? Did you encounter any of the side effects along the lines of Depression etc?

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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