Talk:Essential tremor

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I don't think harmanes are the chemical from grilled meats that are a potential cause. When you click on the link for that, you get redirected to a very specific plant. "Heterocyclic amines " seem to be the chemical made by high temperature grilling that people worry about causing cancer:

Also barbecued meats would not be the same as grilled meats - barbecuing is a process that involves cooking meat at a very low temperature for a long period of time. I know that in some parts of the globe barbecuing and grilling is considered synonomous, but for those who live in barbecue country (the US south), this would be confusing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:09, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Makes No Sense[edit]

"Essential tremor (ET) generally presents as a rhythmic tremor (4-12 Hz) that is present only when the affected muscle is exerting effort (i.e., it is not present at rest). Any sort of physical or mental stress will tend to make the tremor worse, often creating the false impression that the tremor is of somatic origin."

This sentence doesn't really make any sense. It seems to be trying to say that there is an impression that ET is of a psychological origin, but instead say "somatic origin." As I'm sure we all know, "soma" refers to the body, not the mind. I'm not changing it because I don't have any background in this topic, I just recognize this sentence as illogical.

It has been changed now. Zuiram 05:20, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

anecdotal vs. some[edit]

Anecdotal reports are case studies. "Some reports", as the entry read before, could also include group studies. No POV is implied either way. Pilatus 15:38, 10 September 2005 (UTC)

Speaking of anecdotal reports, one of my customers found that a delayed auditory feedback (DAF) anti-stuttering device helped his laryngeal tremors. But I tried this with another person with laryngeal tremors and the device had no effect. I vaguely recall that the first person had both stuttering and essential tremors.-Tdkehoe 23:44, 13 January 2006 (UTC)

spam, copyvio or something else?[edit]

There is a section in here that reads "At WE MOVE, we believe" and so forth. Since WP is not WE MOVE, it would appear this text has either been copied, or has been inserted by the organization in question. Otherwise, it's just unencyclopaedic. Could someone try to sort this out? Zuiram 05:24, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

I've cleaned that section up a bit. Chovain 06:44, 15 December 2006 (UTC)


Was googling information on this (I have it)...

The section that requires a source "Tremor intensity can worsen in response to fatigue, strong emotions, hunger, cold, or other factors and can be reduced with alcohol in approximately 50 percent of patients.[citation needed] However, an over-reliance on alcohol to control tremor symptoms can sometimes lead to alcohol addiction."

I found this same information at but I'm unsure if it's a valid source, if someone wants to check it and add, please do. Koptor 21:34, 26 February 2007 (UTC)


I noticed that the template regarding the citation style of this article had been added to the article page instead of the talk page (here). I have moved the template to the top of this page. *Vendetta* (user talk contrb) 05:41, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

Just an FYI[edit]

(I contributed much of the original body of the article (that you folks have vicously attacked ;) )

But anyway, my case of ET, while relatively typical in most aspects, shows no obvious genetic basis. However, I have learned that I probably had a mild case of polio as a young child, and likely this is the cause of my tremor. Since "occult polio" is fairly common in 50-60-70-something folks, I wouldn't be surprised if a significant fraction of the idiopathic cases are due to occult polio. drh 23:45, 5 May 2007 (UTC)

Surgical treatments (which are generally reserved for the most severe cases)

The case can be as severe as a doctor or patient might think it is, the surgeon can only help when there is something to operate. maybe it only seems wrong in the article to me so just because i'm not native english speaker? Avjoska (talk) 10:01, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

Alcohol as mechanism for ET/Memantine as a therapeutic drug[edit]

This page includes alcohol as a possible remedy for essential tremor. However, there is evidence that suggests alcohol can also be an agent in the development of the disease due to its negative effects on cerebellar circuitry. I edited this page to include this information so that it’s known that alcohol may play a dual role in the pathology of this disease. I integrated this information into the "causes" section.

I also provided a link under the “medications” section to a different page “Long-term effects of alcohol” so that people can get a more in-depth cellular mechanism by which alcohol exerts ameliorative effects. I included information about another potential drug, specifically memantine, that have been used in experimental studies that may soon be used in clinical trials for ET treatment.

Lastly, I added a section regarding the animal models used to study ET and what these studies have told us. JChanelo (talk) 01:33, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

Hepburn's tremor[edit]

A user asked me to provide a bit of detail about Katharine Hepburn's tremor, and the fact that it was only visible in her later years. Berg's mention of it can be seen here. The following source also writes (regarding her work on The Corn is Green, 1979) "More than one critic commented on the palsy that kept her head trembling":

Dickens, Homer (1990 edition [First published 1971]). The Films of Katharine Hepburn. New York City, NY: Carol Publishing Group. p. 31. ISBN 0-8065-1175-3.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

So that could be used to support the fact that the tremor became seriously pronounced in her early 70s. It was definitely visible before then (there are even hints of it in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, 1967) but I'm yet to find a source that states this outright. Also, the following source can be used to support the fact that she inherited in from her grandfather, if you like:

Healy, David (director) (18 January, 1993). "Katharine Hepburn: All About Me". Turner Network Television.

--Loeba (talk) 22:11, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, Loeba. I think I got it all now; how does this look? SandyGeorgia (Talk) 22:31, 3 November 2013 (UTC)
No worries. I tweaked the wording a bit, is it okay? --Loeba (talk) 22:42, 3 November 2013 (UTC)
Much better-- thanks so much! Smoother, nicer, better flow. I've just discovered (through "what links here") that Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts comics) and Robert Byrd (senate majority leader) had essential tremor, but per WP:MEDMOS we add cases of people who "lastingly affected the popular perception of a condition" ... it affected Schulz's signature, but I don't think most people know that, and I don't think most people think of Byrd's tremor in the same way as Hepburn ... that is, she is the notable person most people would associate with the tremor. Thanks again, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 22:52, 3 November 2013 (UTC)