Tremor is a nervous system (neurological) 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 — especially when you do simple tasks, such as drinking from a glass or tying shoelaces. The signs and symptoms :
• Begin gradually, usually on one side of the body
• Worsen with movement
• Usually occur in the hands first, affecting one hand or both hands
• Can include a ""yes-yes"" or ""no-no"" motion of the head
• May be aggravated by emotional stress, fatigue, caffeine or temperature extremes
HOW IS TREMORS DIAGNOSED?
A neurologist performs various tests to diagnose tremors:
1. Neurological tests which include the following:
• Tendon reflexes
• Muscle strength and tone
• Ability to feel certain sensations
• Posture and coordination
2. Laboratory tests which include the following:
• Thyroid disease
• Metabolic problems
• Drug side effects
• Alcohol levels
• Levels of chemicals that may cause tremor
3. Performance tests which include the following:
• Drink from a glass
• Hold your arms outstretched
• Draw a spiral
HOW IS TREMORS TREATED?
The treatment modalities include:
1. Medications with beta blockers, anti-seizure medications, tranquilizers, Botox injections
2. Physical and occupational therapy
3. Surgery in which deep brain stimulation is done for extreme cases of tremors.
DID YOU KNOW?
Not all tremors are related to Parkinson's disease