Hello from Steamy Wisconsin. The humidity is so thick you could almost cut it with knife (old phrase my mother used to say). Not a breeze stirring either - downright miserable outside. Thank heavens for AC.
I've had a couple of questions regarding Essential Tremors and how it differs from Parkinson's. They are closely related.
In researching this in "The Parkinson's Disease Treatment Book" by Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog at Mayo Clinic and also webmd.com - Webmd sums it up the best.
* Essential tremor is almost always worse when the affected part of the body is in motion than when it is at rest. Tremor associated with Parkinson's disease generally decreases or disappears when the person moves the affected part of the body.
* Essential tremor is faster than the tremor of Parkinson's disease.
·* Small amounts of alcohol can noticeably reduce an essential tremor but usually have no effect on tremor caused by Parkinson's disease.
* Essential tremor does not improve in response to levodopa, but it may be relieved with other medicines (propranolol, primidone, phenobarbital, or benzodiazepines). (No kidding - I was on levodopa.)
* Unlike tremor caused by Parkinson's disease, essential tremor will sometimes occur in family members.
Hope you are managing to keep you cool this summer.