Essential Tremors

Essential tremors are the widely prevalent trembling neurologic disorder characterized by uncontrolled and rhythmic shaking of the head, arms, legs, body, and voice. It is gradual in onset, and more noticeable on any one side of the body, aggravated with movement, stress, fatigue, or extreme temperature, and a 'yes-yes' or 'no-no' motion of the head. Though it does not produce serious complications, it interferes with day-to-day activities.

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I have been experiencing generalized tremors worsening with overexertion and stress. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am unable to get a specific diagnosis for the symptoms listed. They are worsened upon overexertion and stress. I do not drink or smoke. I am unable to sleep because of it. Please help, doctor. Thank you.   Read Full »


Dr. Abhaya Kant Tewari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. Unfortunately, you have not listed the symptoms. The only fact mentioned by you is worsening upon overexertion and stress. It is not possible to comment on this.2. I suggest you mention all the symptoms and problems you face in detail in a follow-up to this query. That...  Read Full »

Can an acoustic neuroma cause headaches?

Query: Hello,I am a 52 year old female with a 2 mm acoustic neuroma on the right side. There is no hearing loss, but I do have dizziness, imbalance, pulsatile tinnitus. Also, an essential tremor developed seven years ago. I get migraines with aura occasionally. Ten months ago, I developed a coccyx pain whi...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. You need to ask your neuro-ophthalmologist the following questions: What he suspects about the nature of the acoustic neuroma? Is there an involvement of the ophthalmic nerve or of any other nerve supplying the eye m...  Read Full »

Why am I having tremors in my hands?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32 year old male nurse, and I started having tremors in my hands when holding small objects like needles and catheters, since 3 to 4 years. It made me anxious as the tremors got worse every time I inject. Before, I had to hold my head still to hear the Korotkoff's sound while meas...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query with keen interest, and understand your concerns. From the available description, I am of the opinion that you are suffering from essential tremor. My observation is based on the following facts. Exacerbation of symptoms when you are distressed.  Wo...  Read Full »

Whenever I get angry, my body shivers. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Whenever I get angry, my body shivers. What should I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Shobhit Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you get a thyroid profile done. It is probably due to anxiety. Do you have a history of anxiety? Revert with more information to an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician  Read Full »

Will essential tremor cause post-micturition dribble with a diminished sense of smell?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old male who was diagnosed with essential tremor six years ago. Presently, I have tremors only in my right hand and thumb, but it feels like my entire body wants to move. Before, I used to get tremors on some movement, but nowadays, it is present even while at rest. I am...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshuman Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on the history which you have provided, it seems to be a progressive neurological condition. Essential tremor is diagnosed when there is no pathology in the brain, and the cause is idiopathic or unknown. But in your case, it is a bit of concern as you have developed...  Read Full »

Do beta-blockers help in treating tremors?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 28 years old. I am suffering from the tremor. Initially, the tremor was not so severe and now, it is severe with shaking hands and head. I came to know that beta blockers are helpful in curing it. Is that true? Can you please suggest if there is any medication for it.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. First of all, I would like to inform you that it is not possible to tell whether beta blockers are effective as the presence of tremor can occur due to various medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism, alcohol abuse, anxi...  Read Full »

Are essential tremors hereditary?

Query: Hi doctor, The person I am taking about is having severe tremors in the hand and fingers while going to new places. So, the person avoids huge crowd and sound. The person is 30 now and said that the problem was there from his childhood. All of the siblings have this tremor in the hand and finger. If...  Read Full »


Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your question with care and understand your doubts regarding essential tremors. If not treated, the person will not be able to do or will do with much difficulty works involving fingers like writing, mixing food, button shirts, etc. Activities which require co...  Read Full »

What are the specific symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 29 years old. What would be the specific symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy? I am having some nerve issues, they conducted two separate neurological exams (no conductivity testing just the general exam) but the neurologist did not find anything abnormal. I am a mild to moderate dri...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read carefully your question and would explain that your symptoms are not typical of alcoholic neuropathy. Anyway, tremor is very common after years of alcohol intake. I would first recommend checking vitamin B1 plasma levels and vitamin D plasma levels for possib...  Read Full »

A 72-year-old has an uncontrollable shaking of his hand. How can it be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, My father who is 72 years old has a problem of uncontrolled shaking of his right hand for the past three years. The problem has increased over the years and now he finds it difficult to hold the toothbrush also. Some works he can do without much difficulty like riding a scooter, sweep...  Read Full »


Dr. Shivam Om Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on the symptoms you have described, your father likely has an "essential tremor." This is a very common neurological condition affecting 4% of the elderly population. Yes, it is not Parkinson' s disease but it has to be differentiated from Parkinson's di...  Read Full »

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