A tremor is an involuntary shaking of parts of the body. A tremor is essential if it is not caused by another disease, drugs or toxic substances.
Symptoms of essential tremor / ET
The shaking of the essential tremor has often a certain frequency and can affect the whole body over the years. ET can range from slight to very strong shaking, from small movement amplitude to a huge one in the extremities (especially the hands), the head and sometimes also the vocal chords. Many actions, especially those requiring fine motor skills, like writing, painting or in general doing things with the hands can become difficult or even impossible. Holding or moving object like moving the spoon to the mouth or holding a cup may become very difficult due to the trembling or shaking movements of arms and hands. People with an essential tremor do often also suffer severely in their mind because ET is visible for all the people around them during activities that used to natural and easy.
Symptoms of the essential tremor in short:
- trembling and shaking of extremities (especially hands), head or vocal chords
- shaking while holding or moving objects
- psychic suffering because ET is visible for anyone