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What is a tremor?

Tremor is an unintentional (involuntary), rhythmical alternating movement that may affect the muscles of any part of the body. Tremor is caused by the rapid alternating contraction and relaxation of muscles and is a common symptom of

diseases of the nervous system (neurologic disease).

Tremor may occur as an isolated symptom and usually of unknown cause (essential tremor) or a part of the symptom constellation of another disorder (Parkinson's Disease). Tremors may occur at rest (Parkinson's disease), during voluntary movements (cerebellar lesions) or during excessive activity of muscles (essential tremor, hyperthyroidism). In Parkinson's disease, the tremor occurs when muscles are resting. For example, people with Parkinson's disease will watch their hands shake when they rest quietly in their lap, but when they reach out to grab or hold something, such as a cup of coffee, the shaking stops. Just the opposite happens in people with essential tremor. Their tremor begins when they use their hands, for example, when holding a pen or pencil. Essential tremor often begins in the dominant hand (the one used for writing).

Tremor often accompanies neurological disorders associated with aging. Although the disorder is not life-threatening, it can be responsible for functional disability and social embarrassment. Tremors may increase with anxiety and caffeine and cease during sleep. Medications are used only if tremor interferes with daily life activities. Some of the drugs that can be used are clonazepam, mysoline, and propranolol.

More information on tremor

What is a tremor? - Tremor is an unintentional (involuntary), rhythmical alternating movement that may affect the muscles of any part of the body.
What's essential tremor? - Essential tremor is a nerve disorder characterized by uncontrollable shaking, or tremors, in different parts and on different sides of the body.
What is a familial tremor? - Familial tremor is a neurologic disorder that tends to run in families, involving involuntary shaking (tremors).
What causes a tremor? - Tremor is caused by Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. Other causes include stroke or head injury; Wilson's disease.
What're the symptoms of tremors? - Intention tremors can occur at rest. Essential tremor most commonly affects the head and hands. Parkinsonian tremors occur at rest.
How are tremors diagnosed? - Close attention to where and how the tremor appears can help provide a correct diagnosis of the cause of the shaking.
What is the treatment for tremors? - There is no cure for tremor and, in most cases, there is no need to treat essential tremor. Propranolol is often used to treat severe essential tremor.
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