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

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Treatments taken by people for essential tremor

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

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
225
Tried for
essential tremor (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Mysoline)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
164
Tried for
essential tremor (13)

Data from patients with essential tremor, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (22 evaluations)
Side effects
sinus bradycardia hair thinning 2 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
essential tremor (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Mysoline)
Perceived effectiveness
for essential tremor (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
essential tremor (13)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with essential tremor, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has essential tremor on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 2 new patients joined this month
  • 318 say essential tremor is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 25
30s 77
40s 115
50s 197
60s 266
70+ 188
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 99
20-29 years 45
30-39 years 59
40-49 years 70
50-59 years 65
60-69 years 35
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 279
Female 598

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 438
Not Diagnosed 41

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