Essential Tremor | Diagnosis & Tests


How can my doctor tell if I have essential tremor?

Tell your doctor if you notice that your head or your hands shake, or if your voice quivers. You may find yourself having trouble eating with a spoon or fork, drinking from a cup, threading a needle or writing. The tremor may get worse with emotional or physical stress, tiredness or heat. Your doctor will do an exam to look for possible causes. If he or she doesn't find another cause of your tremor, you may be diagnosed with essential tremor.


Tremor by S Smaga (American Family Physician October 15, 2003,

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 11/04