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)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
essential tremor (15) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mysoline)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
essential tremor (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (1)

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)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for essential tremor (21 evaluations)
Side effects
sinus bradycardia hair thinning 2 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
essential tremor (15) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mysoline)
Perceived effectiveness
for essential tremor (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
essential tremor (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive dry mouth fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
increased anxiety
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches swelling in feet 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty losing weight
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (1)
  • 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?

  • 5 new patients joined this month
  • 315 say essential tremor is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 26
30s 81
40s 116
50s 194
60s 263
70+ 183
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 98
20-29 years 45
30-39 years 59
40-49 years 71
50-59 years 64
60-69 years 35
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 277
Female 595

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 436
Not Diagnosed 41

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