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    Hi has anyone had a tremor in their jaw making their teeth chatter? I have started with this recently. Am having blood tests to check my thyroid, but I am really concerned about the tremor. Also hands and sometimes arms have slight tremor. Many thanks.





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    Yes, my teeth chatter when my hand and arm are shaking badly. Glad to see someone else has this too..

    I have suffered with essential tremor for 40 years.I can't carry anything in my left hand but the most embarrassing is my head tremor. It feels like people are staring at me. I am on medication which helps, it's one of those conditions that never leaves you alone.





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    I know right, all the medicine i take, and not one helps with the head tremor, then your voice gets all shaky. The head tremor was like the last straw that broke the camels back with my depression. I don't want my kids to be embarrassed by me. :(.......The doctor says, head tremors are hard to even try to get a LITTLE BETTER!!!! I'm right there with you!!!!!

    I have an essential tremor and I also have Myotonia congenita, a rare muscular condition that delays the muscles relaxing. My hands often freeze and become 'stuck' alongside the tremor; it is increasingly difficult. I am finishing a degree in Journalism and some days I cant even hold a pen. What can I do?





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    It seems like you wrote this along time ago but if you still need some advice here it is: I also have Myotonia Congenita. My muscles get stuck all the time too. Just keep open and closing them which will warm them up, also the cold doesn't help so get something warm, like a heat pad, and hold them for a while. I hope this helps.

    Hi will yoga and meditation help my tremor?





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    I am 50 yrs. old & started with head trembling 5 moths ago( a no-no tremor ). I am being treated for GAD. Although I do have a lot of stress in my life, I'm not sure that's what's causing it. My question is- could this be a posisitional problem from the way I sit, with my neck stretched out on the back of the couch ?





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    I just started having head shakes also. I'm 65 and worried it will get worse rapidly at my age. I did seek a natural solution and found out that taking 1200 mg of Lecithin twice a day, and 100 mg. of CoQ10 once a day helps considerably. Just an idea.

    Can ET also cause pain in the joints? I got diagnosed last year with essential tremor, and i noticed I get pain in my joints before the shakes come, but as i am taking propranlol to stop the pain i am just getting the pain..is this normal? Also using a raised mouse on the computer is hurting my hand. could this be due to ET





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    I have essential tremor .it does seem to be getting worse..over the weekend iv had a fuzzy head my head feels heavy and shaky as does my arms and hands I was on medication but had to stop taking as I put on weight with side affects...I find e.t.not very publicized . It should be because it makes me feel alone .although I have a loving family who supports me ...any one else feels the same ??





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    I have been diagnosed with ET (2 yrs ago) and seem to have odd symptoms not publicised anywhere. My first symptoms were a 'bird wing tremor' in my left shoulder and numbness in my face and left arm, I thought I was having a stroke! It progressed from there to a head tremor but only when I wake up and ratchet feeling in arm and leg movements I also seem to take a long time to feel awake and focused. Not sure if the insomnia is a symptom. Not on medication yet but not happy about what I read on the drugs available. Anyone have anything positive to say about the available medication?

    I have recently been diagnosed with benign essential tremor in my legs (left more than right). It has been going on for over a year and is very embarrassing. I cannot stand still for any length of time at all without the tremors starting. It helps to lean against something if I have to stand in a line or something but it does not go away completely. I am having trouble finding information online about leg tremors. Most information refers to hands. Can you help? What type of testing should I expect when I see the neurologist next week?





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    I was asked to draw a spiral, it seems to be a common test for ET. I suspect your neurologist will ask you all kinds of questions about when you notice the tremor, where it occurs on your body etc. and then observe you to see the tremor. Don't worry there won't be anything painful or embarrassing as I am sure he has seen all this before. You will be fine. (The above is my personal opinion and experience I am not a medical professional)

    I have developed constant shaking in my hands, which sometimes affects my legs and started to take regular migraines on the left side of my head. I was extremely fatigued and found it hard to do anything with dragging tiredness. The symptoms are always worse the week before and during my period.I was admitted to hospital and had an MRI which was clear and epilepsy ruled out. They did not check my hormone levels.They are advising it is psychological with a deep rooted issue I am not aware of!!!! I am not happy with this as do not feel anxious or showing any psychological symptoms. I recently had a borderline abnormal smear after being on the OCP for approx 14 months. I decided to take a break from the pill and the headaches have subsided and my energy levels are starting to increase again but I do still have tremor in my hands, left more than right. My GP checked my thyroid (my mum has overactive thyroid)and glucose with a blood test which came back normal. Is it possible the OCP affected my hormones to cause this??





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    I am curious to how this progressed for you guys. My maternal grandfather always had shaky hands (tremors)that I recall. I just thought it was being older. My mother who is 62 now has pretty substantial tremors in her hands and probably has for the last 7 years or so. We lived out of state, so I wouldn't notice it so much, and my father had commented privately to me that it was my younger brother and sister that caused "her so much stress she would shake." Now we live in the same state, and I noticed she has it all the time. She is a very proud woman, and refuses to even visit doctors for physicals (don't get me started), I just don't feel right asking her about it, I think it may embarrass her. I am 36, and I've had little bouts of shakiness at different times in my life, usually either highly caffeinated, public speaking or nervousness, but lately I've noticed occasionally while at rest I feel what I would describe as an internal flutter of sorts in my hands. It doesn't last long, but it feels almost like when your eyelid twitches. My hands/fingers do shake a bit. Is this possibly the beginning stages of this? Does it get progressively worse? Or did you just wake up one day and it was full-blown? My aunt visited a few months ago and made an off-handed comment about the (her maiden name) family tremor. I didn't ask more, but perhaps this is just inherited. I also have chronically had cold hands and feet my whole life (to the point where I have to be very careful handling cold/frozen foods and cold temps outside). Wondering if any of you have suffered this as well- if it could be related in any way?





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    My husband is 27 and was just diagnosed with ET. His mom and grandma were always a little shaky and so was my husband but it wasn't a big deal. 2 weeks ago, he started getting significant severe tremors- within 4 hours they were full blown, both arms/ hands. They have began to subside after a week and he can function again. Neurologist said although this is rare, the ET can be dormant and all off a sudden flare up and be full blown. Neuro said sometimes a cold or flu can trigger it. Neuro also said for some the ET stays minor or never fully manifests, so it just depends on the person. See a neurologist if your tremors are concerning.

    Sasha, Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my question! Your input was really useful to me! I will continue to monitor (been under a good amount of stress the past few months), and if I need to go to a neurologist I certainly will. I wish you and your hubby the best! Glad to hear he's doing better! Take care Bella Ps I did order the black seed oil another poster mentioned. I've done some research and that stuff seems pretty potent and good for several reasons. I may take for a while and see if I feel any more relaxed or better.

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    I've been diagnosed with this tremor for almost two months now. I have no problem sharing my story with other but many people find it confusing and strange. I often get very light headed and feel unwell but i am not sure if this is related to the tremor. My teachers don't understand the tremor and get really frustrated about my handwriting being hard to read. I lately started to feel very panicy at times and stress myself out about the tremor. I just wanted to know from others, can the tremor stop you from doing certain jobs?





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    Hey there, I was diagnosed with Tremor 6 months ago and have tried many different ways to hold off the afflictions. I work as a waiter in a coffee shop in which to begin with it did strongly affect me. I couldn't keep hold of a coffee without spilling it. I also work as a van driver's assistant lifting furniture and moving stock. I've found that drinking a lot of water and also having a decent diet that tries to get my fat levels up and also avoiding sugary foods and steering completely clear of caffeine and energy drinks I can carry on with my normal jobs with complete confidence. There are times that I need to stop and have something to eat or drink, but explaining my condition and showing how shaky I really am to my bosses they appreciate that sometimes I may struggle. I don't think Essential Tremor can stop you from doing a lot of jobs, but of course there will be some that are simply impossible without a still hand. The diet I've been taking has helped tremendously in the past few weeks and has avoided me taking any strong medication to which causes other bigger problems whilst stopping the affects of Tremor. I wish you all the best in keeping the shakes at bay. :)

    Hi Emma ...I'm surprised that your teachers arnt more helpful and kind to your wrighting needs etc ..after all the teacher's must know you have E.T.from reading on this wall, I've realized that everyone has different versions of it .I think you all must have stress or anxiety with it as I have and I also get it in neck head mouth area's which leave me exhausted too.some people work with it ,but it does get worse as time goes on emma (in my opinion)I'd like to know what jobs there are out there that a person with bad E.T. can do .I must be unique s I have it quite bad at sleep and in the morning when I wake up ,does anyone else get it then ???

    Hi I'm Daniel 40 yrs old. Last September I was working abroad I was under a considerable amount of stress. After a month I developed a slight tremor in the left hand which then moved fairly quickly to the right and in the legs. I went to neurologist and he told me that I have ET .none in my family has it. I decided to quite my job and come back to UK. I was not happy with this diagnosis so I sought two more neurologist. Both of them they found a fine postural tremor or enhanced physiological tremor exaggerated by stress. today I still have the tremor in both hands. It's not a rest tremor but action tremor and Can you please advice me if someone else has the same condition? Many thanks I have been to





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    Hi I am Val and I have had ET most of my life I have been lucky as it has not changed much until now and Iam looking for treatments I have found clinics that do treatments with ultra sounds and I am wondering if anyone has tried this treatment and what were there results

    I feel the same way... that the day there is a cure for tremor, will be the first time I will know what it feels like to be free from embarrassment. I manage living with tremor but it is hard work, mainly because I'm always trying to second guess situations so I can work around my tremor, in turn this probably causes me greater anxiety. It's all a vicious cycle. I wish I could stop caring so much about what other people think. Recently I have separated from my partner of 10 years and I find myself wanting to meet someone new but I just don't know how it is going to happen because I am so anxious and self conscious about having a tremor I really believe most people would run a mile. I'm 39 and I was born with ET, it runs in my family on my dad's side but other than my dad, who I am not in contact with, I don't know anybody else with a tremor. I would really like to meat others who have ET but I don't know how to go about it. I am a member of the national tremor foundation but it is not a very busy forum at all. Does anybody have any ideas?

    Hello, I'm a 20 year old female and I too have just been diagnosed with a functional tremor in my right hand and leg! My tremor does not stop even when I'm sleeping. But like your daughter they said it is heridatory however there is no one in my family who suffers with the condition. There is a website online which provides support it's the ENT foundation. My tremor doesn't calm down after alcohol either. I have been referred to a physiotherapist to help me with deal with it. Did your daughters tremor suddenly just come on? How is she coping day to day? Look forward to hearing from you.

    Hand tremor is way better than head tremor you can hide it easily. This s..t tremor is killing me





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    Yes either is debilitating an can make you feel unwell .it can take over your life if you let it .try to see a Dr or neurologist .who can help with medication .as I said in yesterdays comment at last I'm taking 3tablets a day and they are helping ..but I have the tremors at night an wakes me from sleep.it's something that we have to get used to as it doesn't go away.

    I have a tremor which is improved by taking propranolol. But this is the least of my problems - I also have an affective disorder. I have decided to accept the tremor - being embarrassed about it makes it worse and when I am feeling well, I am not going to let the tremor spoil things for me. I think acceptance is the key to a stress free life. I am a 46 year old female.

    Hi, I'm Mindy and 45 and have an essential tremor of my head, but sometimes it affects my speech (sort of like a stutter.) It has progressively gotten worse in the past six years and is becoming more noticeable, especially if I am upset or stressed or really tired. I had a dentist actually tell me (and not very nicely) to keep my head still, even after I told her I couldn't control it. I haven't experienced severe tremors in my hands yet, and hope I don't, but it does concern me that my head tremor is getting worse. I'm not sure I'm ready to be on medication for this though. Just not sure what to do. Is there anyone else out there with just a head tremor or a head tremor with intermittent stuttering?





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    Im 33and the tremors only affect my head and sometimes my hands mostly head.

    Hi Your symptoms sound exactly like mine, I too have head tremors, but mine are every night while im in bed relaxing, my head shakes side to side, but not during the day when im moving around, but if I get really nervous or stressed then my head does shake. I have told my Dr and all that they can say it may be a tick, and cant do much to treat it. I have been looking for answers for years and nothing has come up as yet, I just wish there was some kind of treatment for it, as it does affect my normal life, and its very embarrasing. If any one reading this can shed any sorty of light it would be greatly appreciated.

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    I have had essential Tremor since childhood I have movement activated tremor and postural tremor I have it in my arms hands and legs my head has recently started if really stressed after recent research in America they have dropped the benign because it is misleading because it can be quite debilitating in some physically and emotionally they have also found it can cause cognitive problems difficulty with word finding you will find this information on the ietf site (international essential tremor foundation )and i have found it helpful joining their online support group there is also a UK support group online (essential tremor uk)I would highly recommend this for anyone who is feeling alone with this illness





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    I was diagnosed with benign essential tremor when I was 16 (now 38). Six years ago having been on medication for 20 years I was offered brain surgery. The surgeon succeeded in reducing the tremor to only 5% of what it was. I have never let my shake rule my life. If people want to stare, laugh or think I'm putting it on (there have been many) that is their issue. Now the proud father of a 20 week old boy I'm left wondering if I could have passed my tremor onto my son. Can anybody help?





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    I have inherited E.T from my mother who inherited it from her father so this is certainly something you should watch your children for. I have been lucky so far as my 3 children aged 30yrs, 29yrs and 23yrs have not yet shown any signs of having it.

    I noticed my tremor back in 1971 and at the time it involved a career change and although I suffered with it getting worse I also had to put up with those I worked with who had no tremors and who were perfect. I was diagnosed as having a Benign Tremor and over the next few years it gradually got worse. I was prescibed Proprananolol and have been taking it since 1989. I now take 2x80mg Sustained Release Capsules, it helps considerably but in 2008 my tremor got worse and after a Consultation with a Neurosurgeon I decided to have deep brain stimulation, but for right hand only. Almost at once my Consultant switched me on and the next day I was re-tuned and sent home with a non-existance tremor in my right hand only, but still with a tremor in my left. I did notice a change in my personality, a slight slurring of my speech but I got over that by thinking before I spoke. I can recommend this procedure because I know it works and it enabled me to get on with the rest of my life.





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    My daughter is 19 & has had tremor for as long as we can remember, but she was only diagnosed 4years ago, we've been told on numerous occasions that her condition is hereditary?? we have no one on either side of the family that has any form of a tremor, should we be worried that shes been mis-diagnosed?? daughter has tried bb which worked initially but dont work now & her tremor is unaffected by alcohol? would be grateful for any replys





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    Hello, I'm a 20 year old female and I too have just been diagnosed with a functional tremor in my right hand and leg! My tremor does not stop even when I'm sleeping. But like your daughter they said it is heridatory however there is no one in my family who suffers with the condition. There is a website online which provides support it's the ENT foundation. My tremor doesn't calm down after alcohol either. I have been referred to a physiotherapist to help me with deal with it. Did your daughters tremor suddenly just come on? How is she coping day to day? Look forward to hearing from you.

    Please try not to worry. I am 46 and always had this. My dad and eldest brother had it and my only child also has it. My other brother and his kids don't have it. I definitely think it is hereditary but clearly not guaranteed. I am sad that my 10 year old son has it as I hoped he wouldn't but I hope that I can inspire him and show him that people like us for our good qualities and that potential girlfriends and employers will understand. My symptoms can be severe and are the same as those of others here. I shake from my head to my toes! However I have worked as a trainer and spoken in front of 45 people. I have learnt to be confident at least on the outside. Sometimes it will come up about my shaky hands in conversation and people just smile understandingly. They notice it but are too polite to notice it. I was more embarrassed when younger and would never go out to dinner with a man until I fell in love with my husband because it didn't matter he loved me! As it is now getting worse I take propanalol if meeting someone for the first time. It calms the shakes a bit. Once I have formed a business relationship or friendship with that person I feel happier to let them see me with the shakes. People thinking I am nervous doesn't worry me as those people are usually extra nice because if it! People love us for our good qualities so please remember to continue to tell your daughter that and let her know how proud you are of her, continue to love her and make her feel safe and hopefully she will grow into a confident woman. There truly are people far worse off than us shakey lot

    @Ellie It is very very rare that Essential Tremor is benign, so rare in fact that the name was changed. My point is that this article is mis-titled as 'Benign' Essential Tremor is not the recognised name of the condition. For anybody suffering from ET look up The Tremor Foundation, they have a website and are on Facebook. Very Very Helpful.





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    Essential tremor is a medical diagnosis that basically means 'a tremor without a known cause.' Recommend you investigate neurogenic tremors (www.traumprevention.com) as often western medicine has pathologised what is actually a restorative function of the human nervous system to restore us towards homeostasis whenever the nervous system is over charged - which is why the tremors increase with stress and why others may tremor with excitement. Please note this doesn't exclude there are many forms of pathological tremor, but many people find that by learning to deliberately invoke involuntary tremors regularly in a controlled way, these so called 'essential tremors' tend to dissipate significantly.





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    Hi. Im nearly 20, like most people i've grown up with my essential tremor and always just put it down to being nervous. One day i dropped boiling tea on myself, this is when i thought i should get it checked out. I went to the doctors and described my symptoms, she sent me to a neurologist who ruled out everything else and diagnosed me with an essential tremor. I was told if it started to really affect me I could go on Beta Blockers. I'm actually now a second dental student, my shakes started to affect my practical work and so i was started on propanolol, which is gradually helping but I have a feeling my tremor is getting worse, but hopefully an increase will maybe help. I just wanted to say that I think coping with an essential tremor is extremely difficult and nothing is a miracle cure, but with a great GP and having it diagnosed has really helped me, I never thought I'd make it to 2nd year... hopefully I'll qualify with no problems :)





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    We do not call it an essential tremor in the uk. It is called a benign tremor.

    I was dx with Benign Essential Tremor 9 years ago aged 41, at the same time as dx with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E. My tremor initially was in my right hand, however, when I was fatigued, I felt the tremor in my head, and voice and down my body. Thankfully by resting up I avoid the full shakes unless Im ill or fatigued. However over the past few years I am finding that I am bothered with Head/Neck tremors which are mainly through the night, and really bad first thing in the morning. Does anyone else have this problem? Cant take meds as have low blood pressure, and vertigo/balance problems





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    My hand shakes are bad, but my voice is the worst - does anyone know if speech therapy can help this; I am 69 years old and the tremor has become worse over the last five years, although I have had essential tremor to a greater or lesser degree since my late teens.





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    Hi All, I was diagnosed by my GP with Essential Tremor at the age of 19. While it was never particularly bad compared to some of the anecdotes I have read online, I have found that taking up kickboxing recently has helped reduce the symptoms. Directly after training the tremor is worse due to exertion, but in day to day life it has almost disappeared. Hope this helps :D





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    Hey.. nursing student, I am in the same situation too.. I just graduated B.tech, and recently diagnosed with Benign tremor. I remember my hands shivering and voice trembling when i gave my final presentation.. I should tell u, the doc that treated me was very good. He suggested Propanalol, but Also suggested that ITS BETTER "NOT" TO TAKE THE PILLS, IF U HAVE NO SERIOUS PROBLEMS".. u have to be very careful when taking neurological drugs.. Most of them have many side effects and if u use them continuously, u cant live without them, and the situation worsens at fast rate...(I KNOW THIS, from the case of my father) First, u correctly diagnose the tremor.. Test for benign tremor is simple... try to draw a archimedian spiral...

    I am a physician. I have had this tremor for probably over 20 years. It became apparent when I was in my first year of medical school and my classmates asked why my hands always shaked. it became obvious when I was doing AIDS research using vials of super concentrated HIV, and I could not write clearly on the vials. Diagnosed by a neurologist at the NIH, and he told me then, it gets better with a drink of Alcohol. Started on Propranolol, which over the years, I progressively increased the dose. I have had to be drug tested at a hospital because of my tremor acting up while I was going through my divorce. I wish the term benign essential tremor had been called, the condition of inherent shakiness, because it does not just affect your hands, it can affect your confidence, and public interaction.





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