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What causes tremor?

Tremor is generally caused by problems in parts of the brain that control muscles throughout the body or in particular areas, such as the hands. Neurological disorders or conditions that can produce tremor include multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative diseases that damage or destroy parts of the brainstem or the cerebellum. Other causes include the use of some drugs (such as amphetamines, corticosteroids, and drugs used for certain psychiatric disorders), alcohol abuse or withdrawal, mercury poisoning, overactive thyroid, or liver failure. Some forms of tremor are inherited and run in families, while others have no known cause.

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Comment from: Gail, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

My tremors started getting worse after back surgery. It's embarrassing, and at times l have difficulty walking. I also have jerking in my arms and back, and in my knees. I've been taking primidone. My tremors are worse when I'm tired.

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Comment from: kev, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 09

I started to get a slight tremor in my right arm 12 or 13 years ago. About 5 years ago it got so bad I couldn't use my hand to do anything, and being right handed I had to give up my job as bricklayer. Shortly after that my head started to shake. I was referred to a neurosurgeon who gave me injections in my arm and neck. My head stopped shaking afterwards for 3 or 4 months which is fantastic, but after 3 treatments to my arm there hasn't been any improvement to my arm. He told me it would take time to find the best place to administer the injections to my arm; here's hoping.

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