Hand tremors

Posted by basketcase @basketcase, Dec 8, 2018

Hi Im not sure if this has been discussed before please point me in the right direction if it has. I ve been having hand tremors for a few years now and I reckon its getting worse. I have been on Chlolipmarine Hydrochloride for about 20 years for anxiety, depression and obsessive thinking. They have always worked for me but i think one of the side effects is hand tremors. Ive had blood tests and all ok there. the Doctor suggested coming off the CH and trying Sertraline, which I did but just felt like sleeping all the time, so back to CH. Its like Ive got too much adrenaline! It is worse in company and at work even though Im not stressed or anxious. As Im typing this my hands are shaking. It doesn’t stop me doing anything but its annoying and I often have to drink holding the cup or glass with both hands and my writing is awful. My Uncle had awful hand tremors but was also on antidepressants, my mother too but less so. Any advice would be most welcome.

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@jlind

Thank you for the information. I'm new to the site, but am seeking information on ET treatments. I've had a mild condition of ET in my right hand for about 25 years. Now it's in both hands. I am having some difficulty writing checks, but otherwise function pretty well. I'm lucky compared to many who have had severe ET. I tried Propranolol many years ago, but did not like the side affects. I'm retired now so I might check into the other medications you have tried.

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Hi, @jlind, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I can imagine that would be challenging to have difficulty with your right hand for over 20 years, and now in both hands, affecting your writing.

Since the medication you tried for your ET (I'm assuming here you are meaning essential tremor) years ago had side effects you did not like, what does your doctor suggest trying instead?

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@jlind

Thank you for the information. I'm new to the site, but am seeking information on ET treatments. I've had a mild condition of ET in my right hand for about 25 years. Now it's in both hands. I am having some difficulty writing checks, but otherwise function pretty well. I'm lucky compared to many who have had severe ET. I tried Propranolol many years ago, but did not like the side affects. I'm retired now so I might check into the other medications you have tried.

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@jlind– I have very similiar ET issues as you and for as long and my writing seems to be the only thing that has suffered greatly.
I've looked into several treatments and all were using another drug and decided against that for me.
Recently I met someone who told me that they have a family member who has ET that is a bit more severe than what I described I was dealing with and they said that Acupuncture was helping them quite a bit. I'm looking into that for me just to see if it will make a difference.
Jim @thankful

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@mrector l seeing everyone is talking about hand tremors and it can be from a variety of reasons. I have it sometimes when my ammonia levels are high and slurred speech. When l see the neurologist they would say stretch out you hand and my hand will tremor. Also it can be a deficiency. Which l am anemic and l was listening to doctors who talk about low magnesium or b12 so you don't always have to be on drugs. And even sometimes if your hands are cold it can be low iron. I think sometimes we take so many drugs they are interacting with each otherand we are finding out it can be worst then better. I would talk to my doctors and have them see first are you deficient in something and maybe it might be changing what you eat or adding something to your diet. We are sometimes just over medicated. I have went down from a lot of meds because of recalls or it was affecting my liver or even allergic reaction. And now l am looking for healthy recipes to cook. Last night l cooked Turkey and kale soup and l added beans. I working with young children on how to cook healthier meals. We were never as sick as we are now. And l believe sometimes we are trying to find an answer to a medical problem and it's really just simple adjustment of our bodies.

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I have dystonia (familial) from my Mom's side. Only takes one parent to transfer this monster to your children. My Mom came from a family of eleven brother and sisters. I have over 50 cousins. All of my aunts and uncles showed some form of hand tremors. Now I am witnessing my cousins with hand tremors. This is a monster disease.

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luky06.i had my right hand tremors than tremors it would be better all.and not go to a doctor.And i do not any worry.Now: İ think 3 days.What can be
do for undiagnosed diseases? we can do somethings unknowen diseases.İ am make some exersises,no stress.do not forget enougn sleep,B12 vitemin
be calm,no medication,do not get angry,ginger,cinnamon,cernation those triplets put in the pot 20 minutes boiled and than put its boiled water in a glas
and drink.Do this every day.Your tremors will be cut in 2 or 3 months.İf you apply these,i belive it would be better for all.

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@basketcase l was reading up one day on tremors and there's alot of illness with tremors. I notice it has to do with the brain. I also have tremors but only when my ammonia levels are elevated. People with seizures, MS, dementia, strokes and it goes on and on. I know when l was going to school for occupational therapy they said you have to have something weigh bearing to keep it from tremoring but you need to talk to your doctor. He might refer you to occupational therapy they have adaptive equipment to help with the tremors because it can be annoying. When my started and l go to the hospital with slurred speech they think l am having a stroke and it's only my ammonia levels
So you see it can be hard to pinpoint the illness and why it's happening. So see if you can get some therapy
Good luck

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@techi

@basketcase l was reading up one day on tremors and there's alot of illness with tremors. I notice it has to do with the brain. I also have tremors but only when my ammonia levels are elevated. People with seizures, MS, dementia, strokes and it goes on and on. I know when l was going to school for occupational therapy they said you have to have something weigh bearing to keep it from tremoring but you need to talk to your doctor. He might refer you to occupational therapy they have adaptive equipment to help with the tremors because it can be annoying. When my started and l go to the hospital with slurred speech they think l am having a stroke and it's only my ammonia levels
So you see it can be hard to pinpoint the illness and why it's happening. So see if you can get some therapy
Good luck

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Hi @basketcase. I have never heard of elevated ammonia levels and hand tremors. This is another dystonia disease. It mainly effects northern europeans. Blacks and Hispanics don't get this disease unless it's trauma related. It's originates in the brain, maybe the basal ganglia. Not sure. Stress may aggravate it. I had hand tremors for a while but mine spread to my neck and oral mandibular area. Not a nice disease. It's prevelant in Swiss Germans which I am. My mother was too. Not my Dad. But it only takes one parent to inherent this monster. The Amish and Pennsyvania Dutch have it really bad. Keep us informed.

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I have ET in my left hand and take Propranolol. I agree it is worse when stressed, fatigued, and at extreme temps. Has anyone else experienced a change in their vocal cords related to this? It’s like I lose my voice on certain sounds and at certain tones. I asked my doctor if the ET could be related to overuse of my hands with hand-stitching or computer use. She said there haven’t been studies related to this issue. I feel like it is more than coincidence that it is my dominant hand that is affected. I am also of European descent, but don’t know of a familial connection to this disorder.

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@kathystl

I have ET in my left hand and take Propranolol. I agree it is worse when stressed, fatigued, and at extreme temps. Has anyone else experienced a change in their vocal cords related to this? It’s like I lose my voice on certain sounds and at certain tones. I asked my doctor if the ET could be related to overuse of my hands with hand-stitching or computer use. She said there haven’t been studies related to this issue. I feel like it is more than coincidence that it is my dominant hand that is affected. I am also of European descent, but don’t know of a familial connection to this disorder.

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Hi Kathystl, your parents could be a carrier and not effected. I have 10 aunts and uncles and most have dystonia, but three do not…but carry the defective gene.My doctor in Jacksonville, FL, the guru of Dystonia, said mine was 100% GENETIC, and I agree with him.

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@oakbourne

Hi Kathystl, your parents could be a carrier and not effected. I have 10 aunts and uncles and most have dystonia, but three do not…but carry the defective gene.My doctor in Jacksonville, FL, the guru of Dystonia, said mine was 100% GENETIC, and I agree with him.

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True they could have been carriers, plus my Dad died young so no telling what he may have had. Did any of you have vocal cords affected also?

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Hi Kathystl, that's one dystonia that my family did not have. It's called Dysphonia and I have seen one of JFK's nephew speaking with Dysphonia. Plus another politician has it. Dysphonia effects everyone differently. Nobody is the same.One size does not fit all. At symposiums, I've noticed many with Dysphonia.

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@kathystl

I have ET in my left hand and take Propranolol. I agree it is worse when stressed, fatigued, and at extreme temps. Has anyone else experienced a change in their vocal cords related to this? It’s like I lose my voice on certain sounds and at certain tones. I asked my doctor if the ET could be related to overuse of my hands with hand-stitching or computer use. She said there haven’t been studies related to this issue. I feel like it is more than coincidence that it is my dominant hand that is affected. I am also of European descent, but don’t know of a familial connection to this disorder.

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@kathystl – I too have ET and it affects my left hand. Being left handed and also very ambidextrous as a carpenter that came in very helpful.
I was diagnosed just over 28 years ago and just recently have retired. I always wondered if this was a result from heavy use of my hands. I have never taking any medication for it, but would be very interested in your feedback of taking Propranolol? What is the dosage you take and have you had good results? How about any bad side effects? The worst thing I encounter is trying to write. If I'm stressed or been physically active I really can hardly write. In the morning I have the best luck. I have no issues using a keyboard. I too are of European descent and I have looked into any familial connections and have found none with this disorder. I look forward hearing back from you regarding your experiences with Propranolol.

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@thankful

@kathystl – I too have ET and it affects my left hand. Being left handed and also very ambidextrous as a carpenter that came in very helpful.
I was diagnosed just over 28 years ago and just recently have retired. I always wondered if this was a result from heavy use of my hands. I have never taking any medication for it, but would be very interested in your feedback of taking Propranolol? What is the dosage you take and have you had good results? How about any bad side effects? The worst thing I encounter is trying to write. If I'm stressed or been physically active I really can hardly write. In the morning I have the best luck. I have no issues using a keyboard. I too are of European descent and I have looked into any familial connections and have found none with this disorder. I look forward hearing back from you regarding your experiences with Propranolol.

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I have only had ET for 7 years, with Propranolol for the last 3 years. I take 20 mg in the morning, but the Dr. originally prescribed twice daily. I was having dizzy spells because I have low blood pressure even without meds. I am of small stature and weight so some meds affect me more. So I cut it back to once daily. I have noticed the tremor getting worse lately but hesitate to go back to twice daily because of the dizziness that seems to follow. If you have normal or high blood pressure Propranolol could work well for you. I do think there is an ethnic and occupational issue involved.

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@oakbourne

Hi Kathystl, that's one dystonia that my family did not have. It's called Dysphonia and I have seen one of JFK's nephew speaking with Dysphonia. Plus another politician has it. Dysphonia effects everyone differently. Nobody is the same.One size does not fit all. At symposiums, I've noticed many with Dysphonia.

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Thanks for your help!

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I have ET for 30 years and getting worse. Recently I started research on CBD oils to relief symptoms. Does anyone have experience with using oils?

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