Tremor, or uncontrolled shaking, is a highly disabling symptom of multiple sclerosis which is often associated with a more advanced disease course. Tremor, an involuntary, rhythmic, muscle movement caused by repetitive contraction and relaxation of paired muscle groups, has long been recognized as a feature of MS. The French neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893) categorized it with nystagmus and scanning speech (Rascol, 1982).
A study published in the open-access journal Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements reviewed recent advancements in the understanding of tremors in MS. The review explores the prevalence and clinical features of tremors in MS, including physical cause of tremors, and treatment methods, including surgery and/or prescription medications.
Reviewers searched MEDLINE with the terms “multiple sclerosis” and “tremor,” published between January 1966 and May 2012. My own search revealed articles dati...
TV ads, media conversations, magazine articles, even advice from the American Heart Association and USDA (a la Food Pyramid) all agree: eat more whole grains, get more fiber.
What happens when you follow the advice to add more and more whole grains to your diet?
Look around you: Appetite expands, people gain weight and balloon around their middle , blood sugar skyrockets , inflammatory responses are ignited, pre-diabetes and diabetes eventually develop.
Remember the kid's joke: Why did the man keep hitting his head with a hammer? Because it felt so good when he stopped.
With whole grains, we've exchanged a rubber hammer for a steel hammer. It still hurts, though not as much. The conversion from white, enriched flour products to whole grains is better for us?the data are clear on this. But it still is not good for the vast majority. We have simply traded for a lesser evil.
When we indulge in plentiful whole grains, abnormal lipid (cholesterol) and lipo...
Tremor - familial
Treatment may not be necessary unless the tremors interfere with your ability to perform daily activities.
How well medicine works depends on the individual patient.
Medications that may reduce tremors include propranolol, Mysoline and other anticonvulsants, and mild tranquilizers. If tremors are severe and do not go away with medicine, surgery to implant a deep brain stimulator (DBS) in the brain may be an option.
Caffeine (in substances such as coffee and soda) and other stimulants should be avoided because they can make tremors worse.
Alcoholic beverages in small quantities may decrease the tremors, but drinking should be carefully monitored to avoid alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence , especially if there is a family history of alcohol problems. How alcohol decreases an essential tremor is unknown.
A familial tremor is not a dange...
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