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Hand tremors

Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub' started by brainstorm, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. brainstorm

    brainstorm VIP Member

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    I have started having tremors in my left hand recently and at times I have problems typing. It comes and goes but is starting to worry me. Has anyone experienced this? If so, have you had any success in treating it?

    I read online and most are not Parkinson's but something called Essential Tumors and the cause is not well understood. The medicines used have side effects and somewhat limited success. There is also a deep brain stimulator (used with Parkinson's) but they really don't want to use it until the tremors are really bad.
     
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  2. oragator1

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    It can also be a side effect of carpal tunnel.
     
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  3. 62gator

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    I have followed the story of Michael J Fox for some time now. He was on the set filming Doc Hollywood and noticed his hand shaking severely as he was holding a glass/mug drinking something. Shortly thereafter he was obviously diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

    About 3yrs ago I experienced a similar situation in a restaurant. It rocked me to my core because of what I knew about MJF. I went to see my primary who immediately referred me to see a Neurologist. I had bloodwork and a CT scan of my head done prior to my appointment. I went in and spent the first 45min with two fairly new junior Neurologist who examined me and asked a hundred or so questions. Then the lead Neurologist of the practice came in and did the same. They consulted and compared their findings and then shared them with me. The good news was I don’t have Parkinson’s, obviously my worst fear. They did diagnose me with a Essential Tremor though, I had never even heard of it. He explained to me what it was, they “essentially” don’t know exactly what they are or what causes them he said, hence the name. He advised against taking any medication for them at that time, if it gets worse and it really bothers you, we can down the road. He said it won’t cure or stop them, just maybe control them a bit. I have no plans of ever taking any of the medications though. It’s something I can live with but it does get very noticeable at times. Picking up a glass up with my left hand and pointing at something on a screen or paper with either hand is when it’s the most apparent. Hopefully this is all it will ever be but apparently in many cases it does get progressively worse. We’ll see how it goes.
     
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  4. mutz87

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    Sorry to hear that brain. I hope your doc figures it out soon. FWIW, although I completely understand a kind of immediate thoughts going to parkinsons, it is often not the case.

    I had something like this back in the early aughts. I had tremors in my feet and hands. I felt like my brain's electricity was going haywire, thought it was a brain tumor, and it frightened the freak out of me. Over about five months I must have gone to the emergency room seven or eight times, maybe more. Turned out that after a second trip to the VA Hospital in Syracuse, I saw the same doctor who treated me a months prior. He remembered me and was able to diagnose me as having an anxiety disorder. What I experienced were symptoms from that including panic attacks. Funny thing is, given how I was so convinced I had a tumor, he also let me get a CT scan just to put my mind at ease.
     
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  5. red4512

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    Well you can either say Im not a doctor but play one at home with google and webMD or you can say I'll find a quality MD and remove any doubts.
     
  6. lacuna

    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot Moderator VIP Member

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    If essential tremor is what you have it is likely not something to unduly concern you as it most likely will change little, if anything, in your daily routine. I would caution against self diagnosis, have a competent neurologist check you out to determine the extent it may be affecting your dexterity or other functions. I have a friend who has had it for almost 20 years and even though she has balance problems she has no car and rides a bicycle daily. It hasn't stopped her.

    If you've read my cancer thread you know my chemo treatments were limited to keep my neurological problems from worsening. Those problems started about 10 years ago, first manifesting as a vibration that came and went inside my core. It was a curious sensation, like a tuning fork humming inside me, but caused no problems. After a while tremors in the left hand came when I reached to grasp an object or perform some action, like turning on a light switch or picking up a newspaper. But the first symptom, appearing even before the tremors, was the vibration I was feeling inside my body.

    The tremors stabilized, but issues with my gait and balance worsened, the tuning fork sensation intensified and my body began to feel it was the tuning fork. Doctors at Shands conducted several tests, MRI scanned my brain, checked my blood for tell tale markers, but could not reach a consensus on what it was. I have symptoms consistent with MS but markers for Parkinson's and Lupus, but not enough of them to diagnosis me with either. Conclusion? I have 'idiopathic peripheral polyneuropathy." They don't know what it is exactly, or what caused it, but think it is an autoimmune disorder.

    All this to say, it's best you see a doctor for tests to determine for sure what you are dealing with, as treatments vary accordingly.
     
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  7. brainstorm

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    Thanks, everyone. I will go to my doctor to get started. It is also possible one of my medications is causing the issue. As a side note, I went on several BP medications earlier this year and suddenly was dizzy and nauseated all the time. I could not eat a lot at any one meal. I waited too long to go back to my doctor - lost 30 pounds in several months - feel much better now, lol. He changed the medication and things improved.
     
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  8. g8rtrucker

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    Please do see a doctor soon. Do not let this condition linger. However, not to belittle your situation in any way(and as you may know, Lacuna is my wife) but quick, tell what that med was that caused you to lose 30 pounds. My desperation to lose weight has reached epic proportions.
     
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  9. gatorknights

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    I'm down 40 lbs from last year because the doctor told me to cut back on fluids and the 3 basic food groups: fat, salt and sugar. Bummer. I haven't been to restaurant or fast food place in over a year. The ones around here aren't that good anyway, and what comes off my grill is delicious. There was another contributing factor, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

    I experienced some shaking in the 2000's as well, and come to find out it was because I had a sneaky feeling the wife at the time was messing around. I then came home early one day and found her in bed buck nekkid with our trainee. Did I mention she is an ex-wife?
     
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    I'm not quite that desperate that I would give up the real reasons for living--particularly if you included coffee in that list.:mad::D Explosive vomiting is so much easier to handle as a diet plan:eek::devil:
     
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  11. WhattaGator

    WhattaGator "Where's The Beef"?? (Or the crabcakes, etc.)... VIP Member "Cook Shack Chef"

    Question for ya'...

    Have you had any head trauma?? Not just recently, but at all..
    My slip and fall back on 2000 caused an injury to my brain, and I have to keep an anti-tremor medication with me, because if my right hand starts to tremor, and i don't take that medication, the tremors will "grow" into my arm, and if left unchecked, can cause a seizure... I'm not epileptic....it started because of a head injury.
     
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  12. brainstorm

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    Yes, I have had four brain surgeries and have four tumors. Perhaps that might have an effect but I'm still thinking (hoping?) that it is some of the medication I am now on. I plan to get into the doctor to discuss this. I'm sorry about your brain injury - hang in there.
     
  13. About ten years ago I noticed that the index finger on my right hand was shaking and I couldn’t make it stop. Long story short I went to a neurologist who initially diagnosed me with essential tremors. After a year or so some other symptoms began to appear and I was correctly re-diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The point I’m making is that an initial diagnosis of essential tremors needs to be watched. Unfortunately there is no blood test for Parkinson’s disease. It’s more of a clinical diagnosis made by a neurologist and the symptoms of essential tremors are very similar to Parkinson’s in the early stages. My advice is go see a neurologist who is also a Movement Specialist. They are specially trained in movement disorders like Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. If you do have Parkinson’s (and I certainly hope you don’t) the sooner you get correctly diagnosed, the sooner you can take action to slow down the progression of the symptoms and fight the disease. Good luck, PM me if you want to talk about it.
     
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  14. gatorjack

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    I experienced the same symptom, but in the right hand. I was fortunate to be able to get a complete work-up from the neurology department at Mayo Clinic Jax, because my wife and I feared Parkinson’s. The diagnosis was essential tremor. Please understand that I have huge sympathy for you, but you will learn to live with this if it is your final diagnosis. I am taking medication that helps, but does not eliminate, the symptoms. There have been no side effects, but there is no cure.

    You will have some life-style changes ahead. My right hand is dominant (these symptoms tend to be greater on the dominant side), so I have learned to eat soup with my left hand. But tasks not requiring fine motor skills are still doable. I do expect to carve the Thanksgiving turkey this year, as I have done every year for about 50. Your family and friends — those who love you — will understand your condition and support you. Just do the best you can, and you will adjust well. And know that there are many of us who care about you.
     
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