Essential tremor has been designated as a “clinical tremor” – meaning that we can observe it but not yet explain it
It may be referred to by several names including essential tremor, familial tremor, benign tremor, hereditary tremor, etc. The name most often used by the medical community, however, is “essential tremor.”
Generally, essential tremor is described as a movement disorder that causes involuntary, rhythmic shaking, especially in the hands, but can effect multiple parts of the body including arms, legs, feet, head and, in some cases, the voice.
Essential tremor is most commonly observed in day-to-day activities such as eating, drinking, or writing and is not typically observed when the body is at rest.
Essential tremor is not Parkinson’s disease, nor is it the tremors resulting from or associated with head traumas.
SOME RELEVANT FACTS
Among many observations, here are some key facts to be aware of:
• Essential tremor does not shorten your life-span.
• Essential tremor can and does interfere with motor skills that are employed in day-to-day living.
• Essential tremor symptoms are often aggravated by emotional stress, anxiety, fatigue, hunger, caffeine or cigarette smoking.
• Essential tremor can manifest itself at most any age – but research has shown that it becomes more prevalent with age.
The primary symptoms associated with essential tremor include:
• Uncontrollable shaking that occurs for brief periods of time
• Shaking voice
• Nodding head
• Tremors that worsen during periods of emotional stress
• Tremors that get worse with purposeful movement
• Tremors that lessen with rest
• Balance problems (in rare cases)
• The uncontrollable shaking associated with ET is not unique to this condition. Many different factors or diseases can also cause tremors, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fatigue after exercise, extreme emotional distress, brain tumors, some prescription drugs, metabolic abnormalities, and alcohol or drug withdrawal. Continue reading “Essential Tremor- Meaning,Cause ,Effect and Treatment”