Essential Tremor

Friday, April 14, 2017

Essential tremor is a nerve disorder characterized by uncontrollable shaking, or tremors, in different parts and on different sides of the body. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Essential tremor is a nervous system disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking. It can affect almost any part of your body, but the trembling occurs most often in your hands.

Essential tremor may also affect the head, causing shaking of the head in a side-to-side or up-and-down manner.

The underlying cause is not fully understood. The condition can run in families, and about half of people with essential tremor have a family member who also has tremor.

Its usually not a dangerous condition, but essential tremor typically worsens over time and can be severe in some people. Other conditions dont cause essential tremor, although its sometimes confused with Parkinsons disease.

Treatment depends on how severe the tremor is and whether it is interfering with activities. If the tremor is mild, it can be monitored over time by a doctor without treatment. Medications used to treat essential tremor include a class of medicines also used for controlling blood pressure and some medicines also used to prevent seizures.

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