What is tremors?

i am told that i have tremors cause my hands twitch and shake when i hold them out or when i hold something light.....is tremors something serous? what causes it and is there a way to get rid of it?

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  • purple
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    Essential tremor (ET) is a nerve disorder characterized by uncontrollable shaking, or "tremors", in different parts and on different sides of the body. Areas affected often include the hands, arms, head, larynx, or voice box (making the voice sound shaky), tongue, chin and other areas. Rarely, the lower body is affected.

    ET is not a life-threatening disorder, unless it prevents a patient from caring for him/herself. Most people are able to live normal lives with this condition -- although they may find everyday activities like eating, dressing or writing difficult, which leads them to withdraw socially. But it is only when the tremors become severe that they actually cause disability.

    The term "tremor" is used to describe the uncontrollable shaking associated with ET, but that's a symptom that can be caused by a multitude of different factors and diseases -- including Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, fatigue after exercise, extreme emotional distress, brain tumors, some prescription drugs, metabolic abnormalities, and alcohol or drug withdrawal.

    Tremors can be classified as those that occur when:

    A person is moving (action tremor).

    A person is not moving (rest tremor).

    A person attempts to maintain posture against gravity (postural tremor), as in holding arms out in front of his/her body.

    Essential tremor is a postural tremor, so symptoms are usually relieved with rest. But as the disorder advances, the tremors of ET may begin to occur when the muscles are relaxed.

    What Symptoms Indicate That I Have Essential Tremor Rather Than Another Type?

    Uncontrollable tremors that occur for brief periods of time.

    A shaking voice.

    Nodding head.

    Tremors that worsen during periods of emotional stress.

    Tremors that get worse with purposeful movement.

    Tremor lessens with rest.

    Tremors are the only symptom, although rarely a person with ET may suffer from balance problems.

    When essential tremor (ET) significantly interferes with daily activities, long-term drug treatment is needed. Drugs most commonly used to treat ET include beta blockers and an epilepsy drug called Mysoline.

    With the use of medication, people with ET may see improvement in their ability to control tremor, improving functions like drinking from a cup or using food utensils. More specialized motor functions, such as being able to thread a needle, may not improve.

    Your health care provider will determine which treatment is best for you based on your medical history. The goal of treatment is to provide maximum improvement in function while minimizing the side effects of drugs.

    For people with mild ET, drug therapy may not be necessary. Tremors may be lessened by minimizing exposure to emotional stress and avoiding substances, such as caffeine and nicotine, which may increase tremor. In social situations, a person with mild tremor can take a beta blocker or drink a small amount of alcohol, if such treatments are approved by a doctor.

    Beta Blockers

    The beta blocker Inderal has been used to treat ET for many years. Other beta blockers such as Lopressor also may be effective.

    It is not clear how beta-blockers reduce tremors, but they may work by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles. Approximately 50%-60% of people taking Inderal experience some improvement in function, but total tremor suppression usually is not achieved. The greatest improvement is in hand tremors and voice tremor. The drugs may be taken once a day (for longer-acting formulation) or twice a day depending upon the formulation used

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    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).

    Occasional tremor is felt by almost everyone, usually as a result of fear or excitement. However, uncontrollable tremor or shaking is a common symptom of disorders that destroy nerve tissue such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis. Tremor may also occur after stroke or head injury. Other tremor appears without any underlying illness. Tremor may be a symptom of an underlying disease or it may be caused by drugs. It may also exist as the only symptom (essential tremor).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Call Kevin Bacon he'll get rid of all the tremors.

  • 4 years ago

    I heard and felt it in Roundhay, Leeds. The room shook and my pc visual show unit wasn't a million/2 shaking. i became particularly trembling with the marvel of it too. almost a alleviation to show to on line interior of sight radio to verify there'd been an earthquake/tremor. Had visions of my domicile crumbling!

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  • 1 decade ago

    tremors is just another word for the shakes. it might be a sign of low blood sugar or you just might be holding whatever it is that you are holding for too long.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    tremors is a shaking or vibrating movement

    Source(s): dictionary
  • 1 decade ago

    Sometimes Medications Do It. Or You Could Be Just Nervous About Something.

  • 1 decade ago

    i thought tremors was a movie?

  • 1 decade ago

    tremors can be caused by a multitude of things, including low blood sugar (not eating enough), parkinson's disease..

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