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Essential Tremor

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.


An essential tremor

is uncontrolled muscle shaking that has no known cause. Your healthcare provider can diagnose essential tremor based on your signs and symptoms. Other tests may be used to make sure another condition is not causing the tremors. Essential tremors can happen at any age but are most common after 40 years of age.

Common signs and symptoms of essential tremor:

Signs and symptoms may be mild or severe. You may have tremors when you try to hold still or when you move. Any of the following may get worse slowly, over time:

Contact your healthcare provider if:


may not be needed. If your tremors are severe or keep you from doing daily activities, the following may help:

Manage your symptoms:

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may be referred to a neurologist (nerve specialist). Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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