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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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im 27 and ive suffered with ET since i was 14. ive always carried on as best i can for years but in the last year my shakes have gotten significately worse my head, hands and sometimes legs and feet now shake. ive tried beta blockers but had bad side affects with them ive even tried anti convulsants but found i was worse the following day. its now effecting my ability to do my job and drive. i dont know wot else i can try im getting really down because of it.





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Joins a Facebook Essential Tremor group in your country UK/Australia/USA/Canada all have great friendly site I run the Essential Tremor Australia site..We work on Living as there is not much we can do about ET.If we don't learn to live them ET WINS.And we cant have that.Also we work with Anxiety and stress Control





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Hi. I am 61. I have had tremors in my voice and hands since I was in 3rd or 4th grade. I remember kids making fun of me. I love music and had a strong disposition to play an instrument. Unfortunately I chose the guitar.I have been playing professionally since I was 15. I became a good jazz, blues and fusion player. However, before I got on stage I had to drink. I became an alcoholic.It cost me my family and my job playing professionally. Propranolol doesn't help.





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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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I feel the same way... that the day there is a cure for tremor, will be the first time I will know what it feels like to be free from embarrassment. I manage living with tremor but it is hard work, mainly because I'm always trying to second guess situations so I can work around my tremor, in turn this probably causes me greater anxiety. It's all a vicious cycle. I wish I could stop caring so much about what other people think. Recently I have separated from my partner of 10 years and I find myself wanting to meet someone new but I just don't know how it is going to happen because I am so anxious and self conscious about having a tremor I really believe most people would run a mile. I'm 39 and I was born with ET, it runs in my family on my dad's side but other than my dad, who I am not in contact with, I don't know anybody else with a tremor. I would really like to meat others who have ET but I don't know how to go about it. I am a member of the national tremor foundation but it is not a very busy forum at all. Does anybody have any ideas?

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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Hello from Essential Tremor Australia..I am a ET and Anxiety sufferer. We talk about BREAKING THE GRIP that Anxiety and ET have on each other...Try and work on the ANXIETY. More anxious you are the more you shake. If we allow other to judge us we will stay home and THE DEPRESSION MOVES IN ASWELL. So now we have ET/ANXIETY/DEPRESSION..Don't let them get together. Work on one at a time.

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





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Hello what dosage. I take Inderal only 10mg a day. How do you feel after all these years.

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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Hello YES ANXIETY LOVE ET...Try and Forget about your ET...you must work on you ANXIETY FIRST..ANXIETY CAN BE CONTROLLED If you can slow down your Anxiety your fear will decrease and your Tremors will also slow down..I have both and found this works..Imagine being chased and trying to get that key into the door lock..SHAKE MORE.

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 hope by now someone has pointed out to you that the last word in your potential diagnosis is "tremor" meaning "shaky" and nothing to do with a tumour (a lump somewhere) in that particular diagnosis. Of course I't is very important for you to see your G.P. - I know this can be quite daunting especially if you don't currently have one If you don't then contact your local hospital to find a G.P. practice near to you to register. I'm not exactly sure when my tremors started( 3-5 years ago maybe more) but I finally felt the need to do something about it some 8 months ago. I was initially (and currently) prescribed Propanolol in various dosages and it has definitely helped me.

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?





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