I am 63 and first noticed it in my mid-fifties. Progression has been slow, which I am thankful for.
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I try to reduce stress by exercising daily, along with quiet time reading and slow deep breathing. I find that playing an instrument can be relaxing, for me it’s the piano. All of which I am able to do because I am retired. Finally, an evening glass of wine (1) also helps 🙂
I am in a similar situation. I have worn lenses for over 40 years, first Toric soft lenses and later Toric Rigid Gas Permeable mono-vision lenses. The RGP lenses last a long time, but the harder lenses take a little longer to get used to. I recently tried the newer Duette lense, but they didn’t give me good vision possibly because I have so much astigmatism. I also have cataracts, but the Dr. says they are not ready for surgery. I am looking forward to when I finally can have the surgery and just a pair of reading glasses, or one contact lense for close up. Good luck!
I have had Essential Tremor for 7 years, and didn’t require meds until 3 years ago. My Neurologist prescribed Propranolol twice daily. For me the dosage was too much and I had to decrease to one per day to alleviate dizziness from blood pressure going too low. I am surprised that your doctor said it would get much worse in three years, I haven’t experienced that fast progression. Research I have done talks about 1.5% yearly increase, but also says everyone is different. My Dr. also recommended not relying on just any medical websites, and said the only one he recommends is Mayo Clinic (he is not a Mayo Doctor). You may have already noticed that stress, fatigue and extreme temperatures makes the tremors noticeably worse. Like others have mentioned I mostly notice the tremors in fine-motor activities like writing, threading a needle, holding a small things like a paint brush, fork, pills, earrings. I try to avoid really stressful situations – but don’t we all. I hope you find what works best for you.
I have the same tremors in my thumb and pointer finger. It was diagnosed as Essential Tremor. The difference between E.T. and Parkinson’s tremor is usually whether the tremors are noticeable at rest or in action. A Parkinson’s hand tremor is usually at rest, and an Essential Tremor is an action or postural tremor. I first noticed it when holding a small jar upright to apply makeup, or holding a newspaper up, or trying to thread a needle. I take Propranolol for it an it does help. It can progress over time, but usually at a small, slow rate. Stress, fatigue, extreme temperatures, and caffeine make it more noticeable. I hope you get the help you need.
Thanks for asking. The reduced dosage of Propranolol doesn’t completely stop the tremors in my left hand, but it’s only noticeable to me so far. As the tremor worsens with time I will probably have to increase the dosage, and hope it doesn’t cause my blood pressure to dip too low.