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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I haven’t been following this discussion so excuse me for butting in but I’m just curious about an ad I ran across today for a Neuromodulation unit for the treatment of Essential Tremors. I was interested if these devices are actually helpful. This particular one must be quite costly since the minimum monthly payment is $159.00. However it only costs $99.00 to try for 60 days.
I don’t have Tremors, my nemesis is Epilepsy and there are Neuromodulating devices to control seizures however research is showing it works better over time and I was wondering if the same was true of these devices.
Here is the ad I saw,
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/new-device-worn-on-the-wrist-may-help-people-with-hand-tremors#4
Thank you,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

I haven’t been following this discussion so excuse me for butting in but I’m just curious about an ad I ran across today for a Neuromodulation unit for the treatment of Essential Tremors. I was interested if these devices are actually helpful. This particular one must be quite costly since the minimum monthly payment is $159.00. However it only costs $99.00 to try for 60 days.
I don’t have Tremors, my nemesis is Epilepsy and there are Neuromodulating devices to control seizures however research is showing it works better over time and I was wondering if the same was true of these devices.
Here is the ad I saw,
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/new-device-worn-on-the-wrist-may-help-people-with-hand-tremors#4
Thank you,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 I don't suppose Medicare covers it.

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@jimhd

@jakedduck1 I don't suppose Medicare covers it.

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@jimhd
No, not covered by Medicare or any other insurance from what I read.
Jake

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I have been prescribed 300 mg Gappapentin 9 per day for hand tremors for about 9 months with no improvement. My Neurologist recently added 25 mg Primidone 3 x per day, which I'm waiting for any improvement. Does any one suffer from hand tremors and have any information to share?

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@douglasebaker

I have been prescribed 300 mg Gappapentin 9 per day for hand tremors for about 9 months with no improvement. My Neurologist recently added 25 mg Primidone 3 x per day, which I'm waiting for any improvement. Does any one suffer from hand tremors and have any information to share?

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Hi @douglasebaker, you'll notice that I moved your post about hand tremors to this existing discussion. I did this so that you can connect with @basketcase @jimhd @waterboy @thankful @kathystl @bettyusa @oakbourne @sadnancy and others, and share treatment options. Click VIEW & REPLY to scroll through the past messages.

Douglas, how long has it been since your added Primidone to the treatment with Gabapentin?

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@douglasebaker

I have been prescribed 300 mg Gappapentin 9 per day for hand tremors for about 9 months with no improvement. My Neurologist recently added 25 mg Primidone 3 x per day, which I'm waiting for any improvement. Does any one suffer from hand tremors and have any information to share?

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@douglasebaker

I've had fairly mild essential tremor for many years, and have never had a doctor recommend any kind of treatment. It's worse some days more than others. It's trouble for me when I'm painting window frames and other trim work. It can help if I can steady my painting hand with my other hand, or rest my hand on or against a fixed site.

I wouldn't mind knowing of any kind of treatment.

Jim

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@douglasebaker

I have been prescribed 300 mg Gappapentin 9 per day for hand tremors for about 9 months with no improvement. My Neurologist recently added 25 mg Primidone 3 x per day, which I'm waiting for any improvement. Does any one suffer from hand tremors and have any information to share?

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@douglasebaker, @basketcase– I was diagnosed with ET over 20 years ago and I would say that any progression has been minimal. It really only affects my left hand (I'm left handed) I'm retired now, but worked as a carpenter running my own company for over 40 years prior. I really never felt it affected my carpentry skills, but my writing at times is atrocious. I find that if I've been at all physical and then attempt to even sign my name on a check it's hardly readable. I've elected to not take any of the scripts available to help for now. If it were to get much worst I would consider it, but for now if I need to sign any checks or cards I find the mornings my best time for that. Jim @thankful

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I have had hand tremors for about 3 years now. Started on occasion to now full time. I have trouble writing cursively and printing as well. In addition, I have trouble with PC mouse or using tools like s screw driver. I've been seeing a neurologist for about a year and have been on various dosages of Gabapentin;
I do not get substantial relief from the med. I've an appt with a neuro movement specialist coming up. I made sure through due diligence to get the best Dr. for this and affiliated with a major hospital that this is specific to Parkinson's through hand tremors. Will let you know findings.

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Gabapentin does not stop the hand tremors at all, it is useless, I am suffering not so much as you do, for the last 20 years, I'm still the same since it started, I am seeing a movement specialist from NY Presbyterian here in NYC, he has give me as needed Propranolol 10 mg up to two times a day. I have used the medicine some times not all the time, at dinner with friends my right hand tends to move a lot so I take it, stops the movement and I can eat. I strongly suggest that you see a movement specialist, let us know the findings

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I've hand hand tremors for approximately 4 years now. I had been on an antidepressant (Nardil)for approx 30 years which worked fine until 2 years ago when I began having severe sleeping issues. I saw a neurologist about my hand tremors who advised me to get off Nardil so as she could prescribe tremor medications without worry of issues related to interaction with Nardil. I have been off Nardil for 2 years now and tremors remain, although prescribed Gabapentin and Primdone which have not worked. Another drug offered for tremors was Topiramate which I declined due to stated side effects. I am familiar with the brain surgery option, but will defer to last result.

So, 2 years later, with no relief after being on multiple anti depressants and anti anxiety drugs these disorders remain including hand tremors .I will be seeing a neuro movement specialist at NW University in Illinois in November and a new Psych at end of October. I hope These specialists will be able to help, One last ailment has been fainting spells. It started out in January and continued one episode a month for several months. Now I notice when bending over for short durations while performing lawn care, I get dizzy, have to sit down and then my anxiety increases. So, currently I cannot to lawn chores, continue with hand tremors and anxiety. I have had my heart thoroughly checked with multiple tests and procedures which were all ok. I have a full regiment of blood and urine tests which were all ok. I am hopeful my upcoming appointments will be of some help.

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