Anyone have tremors?

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    Dec 01, 2011 8:16 AM GMT
    I have had essential tremors since I was a kid. They have gotten worse over the past few years. I try to avoid working out around other people because of the shaking. I've learned to cope very well but last week I got stopped at the airport and questioned because I looked to nervous. It was quite embarrassing. Anyone else deal with this? If so how do you cope at say the gym?
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    Dec 01, 2011 3:34 PM GMT
    This is quite a common and annoying problem. If uv seen a dr and he/ she has excluded any other possible causes...... They can prescribe a low dose beta blocker which works quite well.... In the mean time you wanna avoid stimulants such as caffeine
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    Dec 01, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    I have them and I used to take beta blockers for them, but I don't think I have them as badly as you do. Get beta blockers and see if they work for you.
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    Dec 01, 2011 7:42 PM GMT
    I have occasional tremors in my left arm and hand as the result of a spine injury. Though the doc's say it's not stress related, it tends to show up when I'm doing presentations.

    I tried several different strategies for dealing with it before a psychologist named Robert Cialdini eventually recommended a coping strategy based on how peoples' minds work. It works beautifully. It relieves me of any stigma and defuses the distraction, curiousity and awkwardness that others feel.

    The simple trick is to call attention to it myself by saying something like, "By the way, if you notice a tremor in my left arm, pardon the distraction. It's the result of an injury."

    Maybe some version of this approach would be helpful to you. Good luck!
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    Dec 01, 2011 7:42 PM GMT
    They are only action tremors, when I am relaxed they are also hard to notice. Any fine tasks such as when I am in the lab are becoming difficult. Also any adrenalin producing situation aggravates the hell out of them lol. I only lift weights at night, otherwise I can barely hold a glass for hours during the day. Thanks, I am going to ask about taking beta blockers and see if I can take them as needed.
    I usually so start off with trying to explain them when I am in front of people. I still get the why are you so nervous thing all the time haha.
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    Dec 01, 2011 7:55 PM GMT
    my left hand shakes...sometimes a lot and other times very little. it can make dissecting under a microscope very annoying!
    I'm trying not to have caffeine because I do think it makes it worse

  • Dec 08, 2011 4:53 AM GMT
    Haha Cainy, the exact same thing has happened to me. I have very bad hand tremors and I've been detained at the airport THREE times. Once was in Italy and it was very scary being screamed at in Italian while a couple of security guards searched my bags. The other two times were going through customs in the U.S. Each time I just told them I have a bad hand tremor/anxiety and they let me go without any trouble.

    I've had tremors all my life so I know what you mean with all the comments. "Are you okay?" "Do you have Parkinsons?' (I ALWAYS get that one). Most of the time I joke around and tell people that I just smoked some crack.

    If it's not anxiety related then I'm not sure what medications would help. Beta blockers possibly. I'm actually starting physical therapy next semester to help make my hands more steady. Gotta take advantage of the student health insurance while it lasts. Maybe you could look into some physical therapy options if it you can afford it.
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    Dec 08, 2011 11:05 AM GMT
    I also have mild ataxia and spasticity, which I am learning can go along with the tremors. I have been to physical therapy for that on and off, I have great insurance thank god lol! The funny thing is one would never know meeting me in person, I am really good at concealing everything. I workout a lot and run almost everyday, I have noticed more control of the tremors with this. I also use the elliptical to help with my gait and it does! Thanks for the advice my dr. prescribed me xanax as needed, he thinks the beta blocker will make my spasticity worse.
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    Dec 08, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    I will now know, had no idea about this ...
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    Dec 14, 2011 11:20 PM GMT
    I have essential tremor too, it mostly comes out while working out at the gym when I'm pushing hard, it makes working out at that level near impossible.

    I also have a problem with the amount of adrenaline I produce, until they found the cause of it I was on a really tiny dose of a medication that helped reduce how much adrenaline I was making but didn't stop it completely, I'd never felt so calm and sleepy for the first few days hahaha.

    anyway, I can mostly hide it unless working out really hard or I'm super stressed although painting a straight line sucks arse hahaha
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    Dec 14, 2011 11:27 PM GMT
    Taking beta blockers has been no fun for me. They've had a negative effect on respiration in swimming and make internal control of body temperature difficult in the summer. My advice is not to take them, unless there is no other alternative.
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    Dec 14, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    sometimes i have tremors as i am finishing a piss.
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    Dec 14, 2011 11:49 PM GMT
    AvadaKedavra saidsometimes i have tremors as i am finishing a piss.



    ewwww
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    Dec 15, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    Never heard of them before, but they sound like an advanced version of restless leg syndrome (which I have).
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    Dec 16, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    Essential tremor is a progressive neurological condtion that used to be believed to cause just tremors. Its now understood to be associated with dystonia, myoclonus, ataxia, dementia, and even parkinsons. Its believed to be cause by the breakdown of GABA producing neurons.

    Beta blockers are difficult if you exercise or have low blood pressure. I just take a benzo as needed. They do have neurosurgery called deep brain stimulation but I won't pass my federal physical and security testing if I receive it.
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    Dec 16, 2011 5:58 AM GMT
    According to Wikipedia moderate alcohol consumption can help with essential tremors.
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    Dec 16, 2011 6:03 AM GMT
    That is true. Their was a clinically studied medicine called octanol which has the tremor reducing effects of alcohol but without the intoxication. It never made it through the pipeline. There is no long term benefit or safety of alcohol though.
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    Dec 16, 2011 6:18 AM GMT
    I didn't know so many others had this issue too. Thanks for starting the post. I've had essential tremor my whole life, of course, and if it's getting progressively worse I haven't really noticed. The comment about drawing a straight line made me laugh -- yup, know that one. If I hit the gym or any form of physical exertion really hard then I barely have control or not of my hands to tie my shoe. Weirdest challenge is if I'm also nervous on a date and I go to carry a beverage in each hand, the mug starts swaying like on a ship and the liquid starts flying -- I can't seem to control my thumb to index finger movement at all. So I stopped getting the drinks. As a kid I had the restless leg thing going, and sometimes still do. In the end I just manage my activities where I know it's going to show up as an issue. Not taken anything for it. Oh and sometimes I just practice deep, slow, long breathing to get through a task without it going off.
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    Dec 16, 2011 6:22 AM GMT
    dekiruman said
    AvadaKedavra saidsometimes i have tremors as i am finishing a piss.



    ewwww


    How is that ewww? icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 16, 2011 6:22 AM GMT
    Oh, Tremors, not Trevor(Mark)... never mind, carry on with your mutual masturbation. icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 16, 2011 6:27 AM GMT
    Its a relatively common problem, Its almost universal in old age. I am sure their are plenty more of us lol! I remember when I was in junior high school and home economics was mandatory. (most disintresting class ever lol!) I was always reprimanded because I could not thread a needle. I worked in a lab setting and managed well except for DNA sequencing! Its not all bad Ive passed all my government physical exams and Ive learned to do trauma intravenous procedures without a problem.
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    Dec 16, 2011 6:29 AM GMT
    PS oh yeah, I got these. icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 16, 2011 6:30 AM GMT
    CHIdude saidPS oh yeah, I got these. icon_redface.gif


    im not surprised
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    Dec 16, 2011 6:31 AM GMT
    archon said
    CHIdude saidPS oh yeah, I got these. icon_redface.gif


    im not surprised


    Lol!