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    Hand tremors

    My question is in regards to hand tremors. So, if this is the wrong page, please redirect me. The tremors to date, are not associated with Parkinson's disease. If anyone has any experience with this, any medication suggestions or specialist in Pennsylvania would be Very much appreciated.

    #2
    I've had "essential tremor" or "familial tremor" all my life. Klonupin helps the most. First specialist I saw was at Montpelior (sp?) Hospital in Pittsburg...but that was 45-50 yrs ago.

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      #3
      Tremors can be associated from side effects from medications you are taking. What are your meds?
      pbr
      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        #4
        Dilacor XR Lasix Januvia Zestril Lopressor Singular Oxybutynin Inderal LA Coumadin Potassium

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          #5
          Off the top of my head those medications don't cause tremors
          Have you had lab work recently?
          might be a good idea to check in with a neurologist if they are significant tremors

          pbr
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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            #6
            When did the tremors start? Did you have a change in any medication around the time they started?

            A general neurologist or a neurologist specializing in movement disorders is the best doc to advise. But talk with your primary first.

            Tremors are common and most are not associated with a serious problem. Fatigue, stress, dehydration, caffeine, medication side effects will often make tremors worse. Alcohol often makes them better. Interestingly, your medicine indural is a treatment for one type of benign tremors. But a neurologist is the best person to advise on how to treat them, if at all.

            My Dad's tremors are usually worse late in the day, when he is more tired. When he tries to do fine motor tasks, like sign a check, those things make it worse.

            what major city are you near?

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              #7
              Unfortunately, the tremors are not new. Just increased throughout the last few years and even more so within the last three months. The largest area we are near is Pittsburgh, PA. There are a few body movement specialist/neurologist that I found listed on the essential tremors website.

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                #8
                UPMC has the best reputation in your area.

                I looked at that Essential Tremor website. How about Valerie Suski? She is at UPMC, is a movement disorder specialist (interest in tremors is listed) and her patients seem to like her.

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                  #9
                  I would also suggest being seen by a neurologist at the University of Pittsburg. They have a SCI program too, but tremor is not associated with SCI, so you must be dealing with a separate issue. It may be a benign tremor but you should be worked up for other possible causes of tremor as well.

                  (KLD)
                  The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                    #10
                    I ran around to various doctors with this problem. Final diagnosis was familial tremor [I have tremors because my dad had them]. The course of treatment suggested was to ignore them until they become bothersome enough to make taking meds with significant side effects worthwhile.
                    Tom

                    "Blessed are the pessimists, for they hath made backups." Exasperated 20:12

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                      #11
                      Went to an orthopedic doctor for carpal tunnel last year and she asked how long I had hand tremors. I told her my whole life and I asked what caused them. She said she didn't know. I have had them since I was a kid.

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                        #12
                        Yes, benign familial tremor is fairly common, but it should not be assumed to be such without an exam that rules out other possible causes. Resting and intention tremors can come from different causes, and diseases such as Parkinson's Disease (PD) need to be ruled out. I have seen PD co-exist with SCI.

                        (KLD)
                        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                          #13
                          Would poor dietary compliance with Diabetes affect tremors?

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                            #14
                            Is there a relation with tremors and under managed diabetes?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by tinern View Post
                              Is there a relation with tremors and under managed diabetes?
                              Possibly...

                              A tremor is the most common type of involuntary movement, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Your risk for hand tremors increases with age and can also be influenced by diseases you may have, including diabetes. A sudden onset of a hand tremor may be a sign that blood glucose is too low. However, chronically high blood glucose can also cause a condition known as diabetic neuropathy, which may lead to hand tremors as well.

                              https://www.livestrong.com/article/493618-diabetics-hand-tremors/

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