Essential tremor is a disorder of your nervous system. It is marked by uncontrolled rhythmic tremors (shaking) in different areas and on different sides of your body. Uncontrolled means that you are not trying to shake.
Essential tremor occurs most often in your hands. However, it may also affect your arms, chin, tongue, head, larynx or voice box (makes your voice sound shaky). Essential tremor does not usually affect your lower body, but it can.
Essential tremor can make it difficult to do some simple tasks. You may have trouble doing things like writing, drinking from a glass, shaving or tying your shoelaces.
Essential tremor is known by other names. It is also referred to as ET, benign essential tremor, hereditary tremor and familial tremor.
Essential tremor is a common disorder that affects around 10 million people in the United States. It affects 4 to 5% of people between the ages of 40 to 60. Essential tremor affects about 6.3 to 9% of people over the age of 60.
Even though essential tremor primarily affects elderly people, it can also affect middle-aged people and children. This disorder is not gender or race specific.
There are several signs and symptoms that may be an indication of essential tremor. Some of these are:
§ Shaking that is usually small, rapid movements that occur more than five times a second
§ A quivering or shaking voice
§ Difficulty doing simple things like writing, drawing or using tools
§ Nodding of your head.
The shaking (tremors) may:
§ Start gradually
§ Be aggrevated by fatigue, caffeine, temperature extremes or emotional stress
§ Occur and be more noticeable when you move and be less noticeable when you rest
§ Not affect both sides of your body in the same way
§ Come and go, but usually get worse as you get older.
Essential tremor is often confused with Parkinson’s disease. However, there are some key differences in the two conditions. These include:
§ Associated conditions – Essential tremor does not cause other health problems, but Parkinson’s does.
§ Parts of your body that are affected – Essential tremor affects more parts of your body than Parkinson’s.
§ When tremors happen – Essential tremor usually occurs when you use your hands, while Parkinson’s usually occurs when your hands are at rest.
You or a loved one may have essential tremor. This disorder and/or complications that have resulted from or other conditions that you may have along with it may be why you are disabled and in need of financial help.
You or your loved one may have applied for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by essential tremor and/or complications that have resulted from or other conditions that you have along with it. Have you or your loved one already applied and been denied?
If you or your loved one reapplies or appeals the denial, consider this. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer on their side.