Many people are unaware that Essential Tremors effects roughly 5% of the United States population (Over 10 million people). There is a high chance that a relative, work colleague or friend is suffering from Essential Tremors and they may not even know it themselves. Essential Tremors is the largest and most common movement disorder.
What is Essential Tremors?
Essential Tremors (ET) is characterized by uncontrollable shaking (tremors), it is a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling and can effect areas such as our hands, arms, head, larynx (voice box), legs, or body. more commonly the upper half of your body and head. In more severe cases it can stop your ability to function and do simple things we take fro granted, such a pouring a cup of coffee.
Symptoms can include a shaking voice, nodding head, uncontrollable shaking for brief periods of time, stress related shaking and balance problems. Essential Tremors does not discriminate against age, it can occur at any age, often striking for the first time in adolescence or in middle age.
People are often mistaken when meeting people with Essential Tremors, thinking they may have Parkinson’s Disease or often assuming they are alcoholics.
What Causes Essential Tremors?
Considering ET effects a large portion of our population little is know about the cause of ET. Researches believe that he abnormal electrical brain activity that causes tremor is processed through the thalamus. The thalamus is a structure deep in the brain that coordinates and controls muscle activity. It is thought that genetics is responsible for 50% of people with Essential Tremors . A child born to a parent with ET will have up to a 50% chance of inheriting the responsible gene, but may never actually experience symptoms.
Where Can I Learn More?
Diann Shaddox, who suffers from Essential Tremors created the Diann Shaddox Foundation in order to raise awareness and endure to find a cause and cure for Essential Tremor. Her website is full of information about Essential Tremors and the research which is being undertaken to find a cure and cause. She also has information for people living with ET and how changing your lifestyle can improve your condition, from diets to exercise.
How is HBH involved?
When Handmade By Heroes introduced our Medical ID & awareness range Diann approached us to educate us about Essential Tremors and the need for Essential Tremors awareness and medical ID bracelets.
We created the Essential Tremors Medical ID bracelet. A portion of each sale is donated to the Diann Shaddox Foundation.