Essential tremor

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What is essential tremor?

A relatively common disorder characterized by a fairly specific pattern of tremors which are most prominent in the upper extremities and neck. The tremor is usually mild, but when severe may be disabling. An autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance may occur in some families.

Common symptoms reported by people with essential tremor

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with essential tremor

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Mysoline)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
essential tremor (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
essential tremor (23) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (3) essential tremor (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
fatigue (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)

Data from patients with essential tremor, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with essential tremor

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Mysoline)
Perceived effectiveness
for essential tremor (11 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness bipolar rapid cycling 8 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
essential tremor (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for essential tremor (26 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation decreased appetite 6 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
essential tremor (23) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue memory problems
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
auditory hallucinations balance problems 21 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (3) essential tremor (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth excessive thirst (polydipsia) 8 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth hunger
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (4 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches swelling in feet 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (4)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with essential tremor, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has essential tremor on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 28
30s 72
40s 124
50s 193
60s 232
70+ 156
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 97
20-29 years 43
30-39 years 56
40-49 years 71
50-59 years 61
60-69 years 31
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 254
Female 561

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 423
Not Diagnosed 40

These charts show data from essential tremor patients who have completed their condition history
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