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Involuntary Shaking of Hands and Forearms: Benign Essential Tremor

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Some illnesses that can cause tremor are hyperthyroid, Wilson’s disease, pheocromocytoma, or Parkinson’s disease.

There are organizations where you can find information and support:

International Essential Tremor Foundation
Tremor Action Network
We Move: Worldwide Education and Awareness for Movement Disorders


Medline Plus: Essential Tremor
National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: Essential Tremor Information Page

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Benign Essential Tremor is basically a disorder of the nervous system in which a patient experiences rhythmic shaking and it can affect any part of your body. In this sort of disorder the shaking usually occurs in the hands therefore it is known as the tremor of hands. It gets very difficult to perform even the easiest routine tasks like drinking water, eating, driving, writing, shaving or other activities that involve major participation of your hands. It is not a very hazardous medical condition but it does get worse with time therefore needs immediate medical supervision so that the disaster can be avoided.

September 15, 2012 - 12:55pm
EmpowHER Guest

Thank you for including Tremor Action Network as a resource.

July 8, 2010 - 10:33am
(reply to Anonymous)

You are so welcome! Thank you for visiting the site.

July 9, 2010 - 6:47am
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