How Dangerous Are Essential Tremors?

Essential Tremors

Essential tremors are a neurological disorder that causes involuntary shaking. Although they are not considered to be a dangerous condition, they do, however, worsen over time and can be severe for some people. They tend to begin gradually and worsen with movement. People can find it difficult to hold a glass without spilling, eat normally, shave, put makeup on, talk, or write legibly.

Essential tremors are genetic and derive from a genetic mutation from a defective gene that can be passed on by a single parent. If you have a parent that has a genetic mutation for essential tremors, you have a 50 percent chance of developing the syndrome, according to the Mayo Clinic.

What Are the Signs of Parkinson’s Disease?


People who have Parkinson’s disease show symptoms of shaking hands, even when their hands are resting, unlike essential tremors.

Parkinson’s disease is known to cause stiffness or slow movement when you walk, as your steps may become shorter or you can find it difficult to get out of a chair. Another sign to watch for is a change in speech patterns and facial expression. You might begin to speak softly, quickly, slur or hesitate when talking, and your face can show little to no expression in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

You can also notice a back-and-forth rubbing of your thumb and forefinger. That is known as a “pill-rolling” tremor because it is like rolling a small pill. A decrease in automatic movement is another sign, as is the ability to perform unconscious movements like blinking, smiling or swinging your arms when you walk.

Parkinson’s disease occurs when nerve cells in the brain begin to break down or die gradually. The majority of the symptoms occur when there is a loss of neurons that produce a chemical messenger in your brain called dopamine, which leads to abnormal brain activity. Genes and environmental triggers like exposure to certain toxins can increase your chances of Parkinson’s. Be sure to consult with your doctor if any tremors should become noticeable.

Related: 10 Parkinson’s Disease Warnings


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