Imagine not being able to hold a glass, tie your shoelaces or write a check. For people with the common movement disorder known as essential tremor, simple tasks requiring fine motor coordination become increasingly difficult, sometimes even impossible. Three times more prevalent than Parkinsons disease, essential tremor involves uncontrollable shaking of the hands, arms, head or voice. The largely hereditary neurological condition can begin in early adulthood and worsen with age.
In an effort to help physicians and patients best cope with essential tremor, the American Academy of Neurology has released the first guidelines for its treatment. The report, posted online, will be published in the June 28 issue of the journal Neurology.
Specific drugs commonly used to treat high blood pressure and seizures can be beneficial in the treatment of essential tremor, according to the guidelines. For limb tremors, surgery can be an option if drug therapy is ineffective.
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