What's that shaking? Tremor symptoms now distinguishable from
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[March 30, 2012]
The U.S. House of Representatives declared March to be National Essential Tremor Awareness Month. An
estimated 10 million people in the United States have essential
tremor, or ET, a neurological condition that causes shaking of the
head, hands or voice.
ET is not life-threatening, but it is a serious and progressive
condition that can significantly affect a person's quality of life.
People with ET often have difficulty with everyday activities, such
as eating, drinking, writing and speaking. As a result, they often
experience embarrassment and withdraw socially, professionally and
Since some of the symptoms are similar, ET is
sometimes mistaken for Parkinson's disease, but recent research has
concluded that ET does not lead to Parkinson's. ET is also known as
familial tremor, since it is believed to be genetic and often
appears in several members of the same family.
If you or someone you know has symptoms of ET, consult your
family physician or a neurologist for diagnosis. There are
medications that reduce the symptoms in many patients, and for
extreme cases, a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation is
now being performed regularly in Springfield.
For additional information, visit the website of the
International Essential Tremor Foundation at
or call toll-free 888-387-3667. If you are interested in
communicating with someone locally who has been diagnosed with ET,
you are welcome to contact Lincoln resident Alan Kline at
[Text from news
release received from Alan Kline]