Tourette syndrome, or shortly called TS, it is a neurological disorder discovered by French pioneer neurologist Dr. Geroges Gilles de la Tourette in 1885. TS is characterized by repetitive involuntary movements and vocalization also called tics.

The first signs of TS are noticed in childhood between the ages of 7 and 10 years. Even though Ts is an incurable condition, most patients experience the worst symptoms in their teens and they discover an improvement into adulthood. It affects all ethnic groups and is encountered in men three times more and in women. Read the rest of this entry

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive autoimmune disease and it is considered to be the most common neurological disease encountered in young adults. Is attacks the central nervous system and causes extensive nerve damage. The effects of multiple sclerosis start from hand tremor, muscle weakness and lack of balance and progress into inability to walk and even paralysis.

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Lithium is a soft, silver-white metal which belongs to the alkali metal group of chemical. It is used in the electrical and electronic devices, chemical and industrial components, nuclear industry, but also in for medical purposes.

In medicine it was used firstly to treat gout in the 19th century, but nowadays it is used to treat bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and major depression. As any metal, lithium intake can have side effects, the most common being hand and muscle tremor, twitching, and hypothyroidism. In large dosage lithium can be highly toxic and can cause severe damage.

As with all toxic intakes, it is very important to determine the amount, time and reason for the intake. There are 3 categories of lithium poisoning:

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Hand tremor is a symptom caused by a range of different disorders or diseases. It normally occurs in adults, but it can also appear in children. This can be a sign of a serious disorder or it can only be an isolated event with no medical content. Five of the most encountered causes of tremors in children are:

  1. Essential tremor – it normally affects the hands but it can also appear in other parts of the body such as arms or face. The essential tremor is usually inherited from family members with known essential tremor and it worsen with emotional stress and activity. The essential tremors does not require treatment. Read the rest of this entry

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by muscle contractions that cause hand tremor (in the most incipient faze) , twisting and abnormal posture. The disease can be hereditary or caused by some other factors like physical trauma, poisoning, infection or bad reaction to neuroleptics.

There are 5 types of dystonia:

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Hand tremor can be diminished or even stopped depending on its cause. You can find below some useful tips on how to do that:

-         As you may all know different bodies react differently to medicine and so they can cause an entire range of symptoms including hand tremor. So if a certain pill causes you a hand tremor you should stop its administration and call your doctor. Only he can decide if the treatment can be continued, if he should lower the dosage or change the prescription.

-         Don’t take drugs! Please be advised that in drug use, hand tremor is the lightest symptom. Drug use decays the body and causes death.

-         If you have a drinking problem, get treated for alcoholism. Alcoholism is a disease just like any other addiction Read the rest of this entry

Tremors such as hand tremor, heard tremor and voice tremor are classified by cause and symptoms. Below you can find 5 of the most common types of tremor along with their symptoms.

-          Essential tremor, also known as benign essential tremor, is the most common type out of over 20 kinds. It usually occurs after the age of 40 and it can be non progressive but in some cases the hand tremor is progressive starting on one hand and within 3 years it will affect the other hand too. The tremor can become more sever along the years and it can be severe enough to affect daily activities. Due to the fact that the essential tremor is not associated with any pathology the most frequent causes are stress, high emotions, low blood sugar or exhaustion.

-          Parkinsonian tremor is caused by damaged neurons in the thalamus, the part of the brain that controls body movements. Read the rest of this entry

There are certain diseases like Parkinson’s that can be cured with surgical techniques. These techniques can improve symptoms like hand tremor, lack of balance and other uncontrolled movements.

Surgical procedures like deep brain stimulation or thalamotomy are the most used in easing tremors. These procedures are performed only when the hand tremor is sever and all medication treatment had failed.

Deep brain stimulation or DBS is based on the implantations of electrodes in the part of the brain called the thalamus. The electrodes send high-frequency electrical impulses to the thalamus. The patient uses a magnet to turn on and off a pulse generator. The generator is implanted under the skin usually in the chest area. The Read the rest of this entry

Parkinson disease, also know as PD, Paralysis agintans or shaking palsy, is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the nervous central system and neurons in the part of the brain responsible for body movements.

Parkinson’s is part of a group of conditions generically called movement disorders and has as main symptoms hand tremor, muscle rigidity and, in extreme cases, a slowing and even loss of physical movements. As well as motor symptoms PD also has non-motor symptoms like dysfunction, sensory and sleep difficulties and cognitive problems.

The diagnosis in Parkinson’s, like in any other movement disorder is based on 2 evaluations: the neurological examination and diagnosis tests.

In order to evaluate a patient with PD, during the neurological exams, the doctor considers the medical history and Read the rest of this entry

The thyroid gland is an organ located in the front of the neck, over the trachea and has a butterfly shape. Its main role is that of producing hormones that include iodine and regulate the rate at which the cells use energy and produce heat. All body’s tissue development depends on the thyroid’s accurate function. If it is underactive or overactive it may create major health issues.

Hypothyroidism is the condition when the gland is producing a smaller the normal secretion of the hormone. The normal symptoms for Hypothyroidism are coldness, dry skin, very little hair growth and a general symptom of slowing down. In more severe cases there is the thickening of the skin, condition called myxedema. The most frequent causes Read the rest of this entry

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