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FAQS: Understanding Essential Tremor & How GNI Specialists Can Help

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tremorsThere are many different types of tremors; however, essential tremor (ET) is the most common tremor that is found in adults. It is most often found in adults over 40-years-old and can increase in severity over time. Fortunately, this condition is not life-threatening, but it may make simple tasks such as eating, drinking, and writing difficult to accomplish. Consider the following frequently asked questions about ET and how the doctors at Georgia Neurosurgical Institute can help:

What are the symptoms of essential tremor?

Interestingly enough, if you are suffering from an essential tremor, your upper body will be the part of the body most affected. Very rarely does the lower body suffer from ET symptoms. If you have ET you may have a quivering voice, nodding head, shaking hands, and other motion-related symptoms.

Can certain activities worsen the tremor?

Yes, certain activities can worsen your symptoms and certain activities can relieve your symptoms. If you have ET, you may experience an increase of symptoms after exercising vigorously, enduring a very stressful period of time, consuming caffeine, and taking certain medications. Fortunately, a little rest and relaxation is not only good for the soul but also a good way to relieve ET symptoms. The tremors associated with ET will lessen during periods of time that you are relaxed.

Why do people get ET?

Because most people that experience tremors are older adults, people wrongfully believe that it is a natural part of the aging process. This is far from the truth. Most people who are diagnosed with ET have a family member with the same condition. It is also believed that ET is caused by abnormal activity in the part of the brain that controls muscle activity.

The neurosurgeons at GNI are highly specialized in nerve conditions such as essential tremor. If you have experienced symptoms of ET and want relief, contact us today.