Essential Tremor

Monday, March 25, 2013

Essential tremor is a type of involuntary shaking movement in which no cause can be identified. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about essential tremor in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Essential tremor, sometimes called benign or familial tremor, is an uncontrollable shaking of the hands, forearms or head. You might notice this tremor when your arms are extended in front of your body.

No one knows why some people get essential tremor. You may be more likely to have a tremor if a parent or other close family member has a tremor. Tremor can start at any age but often happens in the teen years or in the 50s. It can get worse as you get older.

Tell your doctor if you notice that your head or your hands shake, or if your voice quivers. Your doctor will do an exam to look for possible causes. If everything else is normal, you may be diagnosed with essential tremor.

Your doctor will ask you to avoid caffeine, cold pills and some other medicines if they seem to make your tremor worse. Your doctor may prescribe medicines such as beta blockers or primidone.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.