If you experience tremor, it’s easy to overreact and become fearful. Finding the right diagnosis is important. Tremor is an area of specialty for neurologist Salman Saeed, MD, FAAPM, of West TN Neurology Clinic PLLC in Bartlett and Dyersburg, Tennessee. Dr. Saeed has the expertise needed to get to the bottom of your tremor and create a customized care plan to address your specific needs. Book an appointment at the first signs of unprovoked tremor. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a convenient appointment time, or you’re always welcome to stop by or call the office to check availability.
Tremors Q & A
What is tremor?
Tremor is a term used to describe rhythmic muscle contraction that is involuntary. It commonly occurs in the hands, but can also happen in your arms, vocal cords, head, torso, or legs.
You might only notice tremor from time to time, or the condition can be constant. It’s most common among older men and women, but can develop at any time.
Tremor itself is not life-threatening, but it can be inconvenient and embarrassing. It can also indicate a more serious medical condition.
What are some common causes of tremor?
Tremor occurs due to issues with the portion of your brain that controls movement. Many types of tremor have no cause. Other types stem from a neurological condition or other issue, including:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Traumatic brain injury
- Alcohol abuse and withdrawal
- Panic or anxiety disorder
Determining the cause of your tremor is the first step in creating a treatment plan.
What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder affecting a specific portion of your brain known as substantia nigra. This is the area of your brain that produces dopamine, a neurotransmitter that regulates your emotional responses and movement.
Complications from Parkinson’s disease is the 14th leading cause of death in America. There’s no cure, but treatment can slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease develop slowly. By the time you notice them, the disease may have already caused significant damage to the neurons in your substantia nigra. Symptoms include:
- Rigid limbs
- Problems with balance and gait
Dr. Saeed completes a thorough neurological examination and assesses your symptoms to reach a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
How is Parkinson’s disease treated?
There are many medications that treat Parkinson’s. Most focus on addressing dopamine deficiencies brought on by Parkinson’s disease. Some drugs are converted into dopamine, some mimic dopamine, and some prevent dopamine from breaking down.
Your treatment will likely include a combination of medications and lifestyle modifications that help relieve symptoms. These include dietary improvements, increased physical activity, yoga, and meditation.
There are also many support groups, both in person and online, to help you cope with Parkinson’s disease. These groups are a great source for tips and techniques for living with Parkinson’s. They can also be a good place to vent frustrations or express your emotional reaction to the disease.
Tremor Treatments in Bartlett, TN
If you’re concerned about tremors and looking for answers, schedule a consultation with Dr. Saeed online or by phone.