mom has had parkinson like tremors 1 month following broken hip is this common?

she is 78 years old with advanced senile dementia and alzheimers

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  • Mags
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    1 decade ago
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    Tremors associated with older-age dementia are not unusual. I know that you are concerned that yet another issue has been added to the mix and if it is an Essential Tremor you are correct.

    It is also possible that this might be a medication-induced tremor if your mother received meds following the broken hip:

    .http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/00...

    Here is an abstract with a bit of information:

    http://www.neurology.org/cgi/content/abstract/66/1...

    You can also combine symptoms with the symptom checker at Wrong Diagnosis:

    http://symptoms.wrongdiagnosis.com/cosymptoms/alzh...

    It is difficult to provide more information because we don't have more information about these tremors - when they occur, are the bilateral or unilateral - hand tremors only, foot, leg, head?

    There is some good information about tremors at the Cleveland Clinic:

    http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/di...

    To help evaluate the tremor, here are 2 lists of tremor types

    In the first there are three main types of tremors:

    Resting or static tremors occur when your hand or affected body part is at rest.

    Kinetic and intention tremors occur when you are moving your hand or affected body part, and disappear at rest.

    Postural tremors occur when you are holding your hand or affected body part in a particular position for a period of time.

    Or you can break them down this way:

    ACTION TREMOR rhythmic, oscillatory, involuntary movements of the outstretched upper limb; it may also affect the voice and other parts.

    COARSE TREMOR one in which the vibrations are slow.

    ESSENTIAL TREMOR a hereditary tremor with onset usually at about 50 years of age, beginning with a fine rapid tremor of the hands, followed by tremor of the head, tongue, limbs, and trunk.

    FINE TREMOR one in which the vibrations are rapid.

    FLAPPING TREMOR asterixis

    INTENTION TREMOR see: action tremor

    PARKINSONIAN TREMOR the resting tremor seen with parkinsonism, consisting of slow regular movements of the hands and sometimes the legs, neck, face, or jaw; it typically stops upon voluntary movement of the part and is intensified by stimuli such as cold, fatigue, and strong emotions.

    PHYSIOLOGIC TREMOR a rapid tremor of extremely low amplitude found in the legs and sometimes the neck or face of normal individuals; it may become accentuated and visible under certain conditions.

    PILL_ROLLING TREMOR a parkinsonian tremor of the hand consisting of flexion and extension of the fingers in connection with adduction and abduction of the thumb.

    RESTING TREMOR tremor occurring in a relaxed and supported limb or other bodily part; it is sometimes abnormal, as in parkinsonism.

    SENILE TREMOR that due to the infirmities of old age.

    VOLITIONAL TREMOR see: action tremor.

    There is the possibility that the medications you mother was given for pain of the broken hip had an interaction with another medication she is taking for the dementia (Alzheimer's is just one type of dementia)

    This is a list of possible drug interactions which can cause tremor - it's long but you might want to take a look with a list of everything you mother takes or had taken within 2 weeks of any new meds added with the hip fracture.

    http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/t/tremor/medic.htm#d...

    The next step is to take a look at medications you mother has taken over the past several year. Here's a different take on this history:

    http://www.wddty.com/tremor.html

    Once you have your research - prescription medication history - and yes take a look at vitamin and herbal supplements as well, then you can have a meaningful conversation with her doctors especially if she is exhibiting any other new symptoms.

    Best wishes, we all know this is very stressful for you.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hi Angel,

    Although considering the age, such tremors can be attributed to Parkinson's, but whether it is Parkinson's only, should be diagnosed by her Doctor only.

    Muscle rigidity and seizures are actually a part of symptoms of Alzheimer's as well.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    I am sixty four and I have tremors because of cure. I do not believe them internally nor do my arms shake while protecting a tumbler. Tremors are prompted from more than a few matters and I believe you must see the health care professional simply in case.

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