Hello, everyone, I’m not responding to any particular person. I came across these posts and glad I did. I’ve been diagnosed with ‘Benign Essential Tremor’ AKA ‘Familial Tremor’ by a neurologist. It started several years ago, and was mild at first and only in one hand. Fast forward about 7 years and it’s in both hands, and noticeable, especially when I’m eating or doing things that require dexterity. I also have mild tremors in my head, which only my doctor has noticed so far. My father has it in his hands too. His followed the same course of intensifying over time, and is especially self-conscious when eating, and that only makes it worse.
For the time being, I’m not taking medication specifically for the condition other than 5MG diazepam occasionally to mask the tremors when I’m around people, as long as I don’t need to be alert for driving, and that helps some. I have chronic pain from degenerative disc disease, and don’t want to add another medication. The doctor has offered deep brain stimulation, which doesn’t appeal to me either.
I’d like to follow this forum to learn more about the condition. Thanks for reading.