Posted by Marge H. on March 26, 2000, at 9:05:48
In reply to Re: Shaky hands?, posted by Elizabeth on March 26, 2000, at 1:12:48
> > > > Hi Bill,
> > >
> > > You may have essential tremor a common movement disorder that often runs in families (like mine). There are some effective medications for this condition; I was given Primidone for this by a neurologist, he said it works better than Inderal. Check out this webiste for more information.
> > > http://www.wemove.org/et_pat.html
> > > PS I don't treat mine because it's not that big of a bother to me.
> > James here....
> > Although I don't have essential tremor I too find my shakey hands to not be a bother to me, except when working on computers or in some public situations, like being on stage.
> I echo James's recommendation of propranolol. I have essential tremor too. Mostly I only need to use propranolol when the tremor is very bad or when I'm in lab. It takes maybe 20 minutes to kick in. There's also a slow-release preparation that you can use if you need it around the clock.
> I don't know about primidone; that's interesting. (Primidone is an anticonvulsant that I believe is a precursor to phenobarbital.)
1. If you smoke: STOP --My hands stoped shaking after I quit smoking. OR...
2. Use an artist's trick: balance the heal of your hand on your other forearm or a stick.