Fixing things around the house, playing golf, painting or dinner with friends may allow us to balance stress in our lives. However, these activities may add anxiety and frustration to the daily challenges of people living with essential tremor.
A Frost & Sullivan survey of patients with ET, commissioned by INSIGHTEC, found that patients surveyed reported decline in self-esteem and quality of life and loss of independence and ability to pursue hobbies. Here we present the top 10 commonly expressed reasons why people decided to pursue Neuravive treatment for their essential tremor.
- Regain independence. Discussion of treatment options often begins when hand tremor impacts a person’s ability to eat, drink, write and perform other activities. Being able to do everyday tasks on their own may help restore a person’s feeling of independence.
- Doing the things I enjoy. Whether someone loves to paint, sew, golf, or simply cook a meal for their loved ones, treatment may allow them to return to their hobbies and life’s daily joyful moments.
- Quick recovery. When considering treatment, many people are interested in knowing how much time it will require for them to recover as they want to get back to their jobs and their life.
- Minimize complications. Some people who have had negative experiences with anesthesia or infections following surgery are interested in minimizing potential complications by choosing an incisionless option.
- Return to socializing. Being able to socialize is an extremely powerful motivator, whether an informal meeting with a friend for coffee or a momentous occasion such as toasting a daughter at her wedding.
- Rebuild confidence. There are so many things, small and large, that take away the confidence of a person living with essential tremor. People tell stories of having to ask a stranger to help fill out paperwork at a doctor’s office or to ask a spouse to cut up their food.
- Take care of my family. No matter your age, the ability to take care of your family is basic to quality of life.
- Avoid embarrassment. As one patient commented on Facebook – “eating and printing one’s name should not be an exercise in embarrassment.” We completely agree.
- Go back to work. If essential tremor forced an early retirement or a change of job duties, getting treated may open up the possibility to return to work.
- Get my life back. For each person this is different. It might be being able to shuffle a deck of cards, tee up in a golf game or being able to play with the grandkids. Whatever it means for you, it means enjoying what makes you…you.