Has anyone ever heard of benign essential tremor?

What is it?What causes it?Who is affected by it?and are there any alternative medical cures for it? And if so what exactly is the alternate.

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  • ilse72
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    1 decade ago
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    A benign essential tremor is the involuntary movement of a part or parts of the body. It is the most common type of tremor and movement disorder. These tremors are uncontrollable, rhythmic, up-and-down movements that are painless.

    The cause is unknown but is inherited. Who is affected? Those who were born to parents who have the disorder.

    There is no "cure" either medical or alternative. Treatment does not consist of medical intervention unless all non-medical methods are ineffectual. Treatment consists of:

    avoiding caffeine

    avoiding stress

    staying well rested

    avoiding stimulants

    avoiding extreme in temperatures (weather)

    If these strategies don't work, then medications may be prescribed. Believe it or not, alcohol is found to improve the tremors but is not recommended as a treatment for obvious reasons.

    In cases where the tremors are disabling, treatment may include a contralateral thalamotomy (destroying the thalamus gland on the opposite side) or unilateral high-frequency thalamic stimulation.

    Source(s): I'm an R.N.
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    I have an Essential Tremor, I was diagnosed in high-school(I was 13, I'm 19 now). Good news I find that my tremors come less often, when I was younger my hands would shake nearly all the the time. Bad news my tremors have gotten worse, when I was younger I could work through them, now I have to stop what I'm doing or really struggle. This will be a life long thing for your brother, I hope that he is able to do what he loves for as long as he can. P.S There are medications for Essential Tremor, but nobody knows how well they actually work for people

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