Are your Essential Tremor symptoms impacting your quality of life?
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Essential tremor is a nerve disorder characterised by uncontrollable shaking, or ‘tremors’, in different parts and on different sides of the body. Common areas affected are the head, larynx, tongue, chin, arms and hands. The lower body is rarely affected. Essential Tremor is more common than Parkinson’s: in the UK population of 64 million, research suggests that up to one million people have essential tremor.
The exact cause of essential tremor is unknown but it is thought that there is a change within the thalamus overtime. The thalamus is a structure within the brain that coordinates and controls muscle activity. Majority of cases are genetically inherited and occur more commonly in the elderly.
Shaking in voice
- Shaking that cannot be controlled and may occur for just brief periods of time
- Shaking voice
- Nodding head
- Tremors that worsen during periods of emotional stress
- Tremors that get worse with on-action, such as when you pick up a cup of tea
- Tremors that lessen with rest
- (In rare cases) balance problems
The symptoms from Essential Tremor could be impacting your quality of life. There are some treatment options that could help reduce your tremors.
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