WHAT ARE TREMORS?

Tremors are defined as unintentional rhythmic muscle movements that occur in one or more parts of the body. These consistent oscillations can occur in the head, feet, hands, voice, trunk or other extremities. Hands are the most common place for tremors to occur. Tremors themselves are not life threatening but if they persist it is important to find the cause. Tremors are often a symptom of an underlying neurological disorder or a side effect of a drug. Depending upon the severity of the tremor they can be embarrassing and make life difficult.

TREATMENT FOR TREMORS

An experienced neurologist can help you manage your neuropathy; decreasing your symptoms and improving your quality of life.  It is very important to seek council from a trained specialist as soon as you can.  The sooner your neuropathy is treated the better chance you have of avoiding permanent damage to your nerves.

Treatment for the particular neuropathy depends on the root cause of the neuropathy.  Treat the cause and often the symptoms of neuropathy will decrease and possibly even be cured.  Unfortunately a large portion of polyneuropathy cases are idiopathic which makes it difficult to treat the underlying cause.  In these cases symptomatic treatment is used.

Often medications are used to help manage the symptoms of neuropathy.  Be advised that it may take time to find the right medication, or combination of medications, to handle your particular case.  Physical therapy, anodyne treatment, and referral to podiatry all may be ordered as a part of your specific therapy program.

It is very important for polyneuropathy patients to be aware of their lack of foot sensation.  This absence of sensation can be very dangerous; because it will mask pain (which normally acts as a warning sign for injury or infection).  A patient may not notice cuts or even a fracture in their foot. Therefore cuts may become infected; and fractures are less likely to be properly treated leading to deformity and possible function impairment.  A patient with polyneuropathy should inspect their feet on a regular basis for any concerns.  Seeing your doctor for regular foot care, nail and callous trimmings and foot inspection, is also recommended.   Wearing proper foot wear can also prevent against possible injury to your feet.

It is important to remember that research is ongoing in the field of neuropathies.  This means that new methods of treatment are being developed which might help in the management of your case.  New possible causes may also be discovered; which might allow previously idiopathic cases to be newly classified as having a specific cause.  Regularly seeing a neurologist can keep you updated on all new advancements in this field, and undoubtedly will improve the treatment and management of your neuropathy.[/accordion-item]