Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Familial Tremor Treatment

Benign essential tremor slowly worsens over time. There is no cure. Treatment for benign essential tremor syndrome includes avoiding stimulants and medications to control the tremor. Surgery may be an option in severe cases that do not improve after treatment with medication.

Treatment for benign essential tremor syndrome includes:

Familial Tremor Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of benign essential tremor syndrome.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Familial Tremor Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat benign essential tremor syndrome:

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Last Updated: May 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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