Archive for September, 2010

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

Hypoglycemia is a clinical disorder caused by low blood sugar. The symptoms and severity depend from one person to another and it is easily reversed once the blood sugar level is back to normal.

Usually hypoglycemia starts developing around the age of 60 when the body is beginning to have difficulties in processing the chemicals, but in also occurs at any point in life and we all had at least one episode of low blood sugar so far.

The symptoms for low blood sugar are:

-         Intense hunger Read the rest of this entry

Alcoholism known also as alcohol dependence is and addictive disorder. It is characterized by massive and uncontrolled consumption of alcohol regardless of its negative effects. Like any other addiction, alcohol is defined as a treatable disease.

The risk factors that trigger alcohol addiction are social environment, stress, mental health, age, ethnicity and sex. Long-term abuse causes significant damages to all body organs especially the brain.

Long-term alcohol abuse has physical and psychiatric symptoms as:

-          Physical – fetal alcohol syndrome in pregnant women, liver failure, pancreatitis, heart disease, epilepsy, sexual dysfunction, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. It can damage the central and peripheral nervous system that can Read the rest of this entry

Stress has been called recently “The disease of the century” and it is affecting more and more people every day. Stress has 4 categories of symptoms:

-          Cognitive: memory loss, anxiety, inability to concentrate

-          Physical: headaches, hand tremor, nausea

-          Emotional: agitation, depression, a sense of loneliness

-          Behavioral: isolation from society, using alcohol, cigarettes and even drugs to relax, nervous habits

But there are 20 easy steps that can help you diminish the stress level in your life:

  1. Always plan ahead, it reduces the risk of unforeseen problems on the way of development
  2. Do a “to do” list, it helps you organize you day at sets your priorities
  3. Finish your tasks on time, don’t bulk up on unfinished business Read the rest of this entry

Hand tremor is a condition determined by multiple causes like stress, alcohol and drug use, neurodegenerative diseases. But there is always essential tremor that doesn’t seem to have any conclusive cause. It appears between the ages 40 and 60, but also, in isolated cases, in childhood.

According to medical journals manifestations of hand tremor worsen if stress, tiredness, caffeine or diet changes appear in the subject’s life.

In order to improve the living of a patient suffering from essential hand tremor certain groups of medications can be administered:

- Tranquilizers – Tranquilizers such as primidone may be used to decrease patient’s anxiety and tension. This can also Read the rest of this entry

Essential tremor is a disease that generally is not associated to a neurological problem as it can appear on apparently healthy people. Normally it is transmitted genetically and the symptoms appear between the ages of 40 and 60 years old, but in some rare cases it can also appear in childhood.

Clinically speaking, the essential tremor has the following symptoms: hand tremor and head tremor. The voice becomes rushed and unsure. The amplitude of hand tremor is usually lower at first and ignored by the patient, but in time it can accentuate and impair his daily activities and become annoying. This is usually the time the patient goes to Read the rest of this entry

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