Friday, March 2, 2012

Essential Tremor Awareness Month

Everyone March is our 2nd Annual Essential Tremor Awareness Month if you are not familiar with this dibilating disease please check out the information provided by International Essential Tremor.
What is Essential Tremor?

Also known as familial tremor, benign essential tremor or hereditary tremor, essential tremor (ET) is a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk. It is often confused with Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. Because of stereotypes and a lack of awareness, many people with ET never seek medical care though most would benefit from treatment.

To learn more about ET, visit the links on the left for Facts about ET, coping tips, assistive technology, medications, and surgical treatments. The IETF addresses frequently asked questions. You can also request an information packet about ET.

Essential Tremor vs. Parkinson's Disease: How Do They Differ?
Members of the IETF Medical Advisory Board created a simple reference guide that lists basic distinctions between ET and PD signs and symptoms.

There are many of us with ET that cope well enough to be very productive. On the IETF website under the heading ET Stories you will find several stories of creative people with ET. Also on Facebook International Essential Tremor Foundation has a wonder page for conversation with others that have ET and makes for a great online support group.

Please join us in our effort to spread the word about Essential Tremor.

Elizabeth Guthrie

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