General Questions to Ask Your Physician and Potential Answers
There are a number of different types and causes of tremor. Sometimes Essential Tremor can be diagnosed by family history and a physical examination from your family doctor. However, Essential Tremor may be diagnosed by a physical examination from a specialized, Movement Disorder Neurologist.
Essential tremor is called a progressive disease. This means that it tends to become worse over time. It does not shorten expected lifespan and does not lead to any more serious brain disorders. Some people have a mild tremor which does not affect daily life very much. If your tremor is more severe, it may significantly disrupt your ability to carry out normal activities.
There are many types of tremor other than essential tremor. There are many things that can cause tremor that is different than Essential Tremor.
Other forms of tremor that are different from Essential Tremor include tremor associated with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or tremor associated with a Traumatic Brain Injury.
There is some variation in how certain people with Essential Tremor respond to various treatments but there are some clear similarities.
Some people with Essential Tremor can get significant relief from one of the 2 medications most commonly used. However, many of those patients that do get some tremor benefit from medication, have side effects from those medicines that they may find unpleasant. Therefore, a large number of patients either get no benefit from medicine or cannot tolerate the side effects of the medicine.
Most patients that have a confirmed diagnosis of Essential Tremor have similar positive responses to interventions such as, Neuravive or DBS.
Essential tremor can be easily misdiagnosed as another movement disorder, most frequently Parkinson’s disease. Essential tremor actually occurs eight times more often than Parkinson’s. A handwriting test is often used to distinguish between the two.
Tremors of the voice and head also do not generally occur in Parkinson’s but are commonly seen with essential tremor. A patient suspected of essential tremor should be examined while in a reclined or seated position with complete body support.
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