Tremors can be worrisome and frustrating, especially when they involve your whole body and affect your ability to perform tasks efficiently. Finding the underlying cause of your tremors is the first step to finding a cure or treatment, and is key to getting your life and health back on track. Visiting your doctor is the best way to get the information you need on tremors, of course going prepared with an idea of what might be going on is a good idea, helping you understand the terminology and possible outcome.
The type of tremor you are experiencing will make a big difference in the diagnosis, and is the first step to getting to the bottom of the problem. There are about 7 different classifications of tremors, from essential tremors (that are the most common), to psychologic tremors that occurs in every normal person as a result of hypoglycemia, hypothermia, heavy metal poisoning or substance abuse. The first step will be to determine what classification to give your tremors, so if you are able to videotape the incidents it will be very helpful.
During the examination the doctor will also determine when the tremors occur – when you’re resting? All the time? When you move or do certain things? These clues will help point to the underlying cause of the tremors, and give the doctor one more piece of the puzzle.
If a simple problem, such as low blood sugar, isn’t found, then you will probably need a neurological exam to check your nervous system for potential causes. This might include an EEG, and depending on the severity, and MRI or CAT scan to rule out any physical abnormalities.
The good news is that there are many potential treatments for your tremors. In some cases medications can help to control the tremors, in other cases if the tremor is psychological, treatment could cause the tremors to disappear completely. Physical therapy and surgical intervention are also available for extreme cases where other therapies didn’t work.
Full body tremors can be frustrating, but a visit to your physician and a little info can help you be on your way to diagnosis and effective treatment. If possible record your tremors or have a family member do it for you to help you doctor see what you are going through. This will help them piece the symptoms together much more quickly, for a quicker result.