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Diagnosed with Essential Tremor 8 yeas ago.  Tremor in left hand /arm only. Magnesium helped initially. Worse with anxiety or stress.  Started taking  10mg Propranolol with some affect but not  eradicated.  Resting tremor but  tremor worse when arm fully extended  Some days more pronounced than others. Twitching left index finger, thumb and ring finger during this time.

 

About 18 months ago diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and excellent response to thyroxin but last test showed need for increased dose.

 

Taking 200mg Zoloft for last 12 years, after starting on 50 mg in 1996.

 

About 12 months ago noticed decreased flexibility in left hand. Unable to tap with left foot or left hand with same speed or flexibility as right which is unaffected.  Noticed stiffness in left leg lately when walking but that only lasted a few days.  Can still stride out for my morning 40 minute walk. 

 

GP noticed reduced arm swing on left side.  

 

Emotions are all over the place since her concern, prior to that had reduced Zoloft to 150mg without problems.

 

No smell problems, no constipation, sleep well.  If  I settle in bed with arm in right place, tremor stops and only restarts when I move.  

 

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Go for a second opinion as this could be Parkinson and not essential tremor.  The tremor in only one arm and some of the features suggest PD but a second opinion will help.

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This doesn't pertain to me, but I just want to say again how lucky all of us are to have someone with Dr. Okun's knowledge give of his time to help us out.

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Thank you; please feel free to ask questions about Parkinson as it is our pleasure to help.

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