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Essential Tremor (ET) is not a life-threatening disease. It is sometimes called benign essential tremor for that reason, but it can be a life-altering condition. People with ET often report changes to their lives because of the disease. Many activities might be disabled as a result of the tremors.Quality of life may be significantly affected.

Embarrassment is a major problem because people stop eating in restaurants, going to social or family functions, shopping and pursuing hobbies alone or with friends. The resulting isolation may cause problems and strain family relationships.

Some people with ET no longer drive—which can be a severe hardship in the United Sates. People with ET may be forced to leave their jobs if the tremors disable them or they may not accept promotions that would entail more personal contact.

Symptoms

ET’s effects extend to the most ordinary daily tasks. With ET, disabling tremors, make even the simplest tasks become daily struggles and if this happens then treatment is merited.

Treatment

The two medications that are prescribed most commonly for control of ET symptoms are beta-blockers: propranolol (Inderal) and antiepileptic/anticonvulsants: primidone (Mysoline).

For more severe cases, surgery, such as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), is extremely successful and can return the patient to a tremendously improved quality of life.has proven successful.

Minor cases of ET can be treated with physical therapy and development of the muscles in the sections of the body that are severe in their shaking affected areas.

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