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
22
Tried for
essential tremor (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
essential tremor (19) 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)

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

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (3) essential tremor (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
fatigue (3) depressed mood (1)
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 (10 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness depressed mood 7 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
essential tremor (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for essential tremor (25 evaluations)
Side effects
sinus bradycardia burning sensation 5 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
essential tremor (19) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive dry mouth fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (3) essential tremor (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
fatigue (3) depressed mood (1)
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 4
20s 27
30s 74
40s 120
50s 199
60s 249
70+ 167
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 97
20-29 years 44
30-39 years 58
40-49 years 71
50-59 years 62
60-69 years 32
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 267
Female 579

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 428
Not Diagnosed 40

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