Essential Tremor and Fatigue

July 17, 2018

Essential tremor is a kinetic tremor that causes rhythmic tremors most commonly in the hands, trunk, head, vocal cords, and other parts of the body. The lower parts of the body are rarely affected by essential tremor. Essential tremor is not life threatening, but people may find everyday activities difficult depending on the severity of the tremors. Tremors are caused by many other diseases and factors, but essential tremor is different than all of these. Essential tremor is familial and can be passed on genetically, but it can also be caused by neurological issues between communication of the brain and the nervous system. 

Because essential tremor is kinetic, it is made worse by movement and usually improves when the patient is stationary. Things such as anxiety, fatigue, stress, and other mood factors can also trigger essential tremor and make tremors more intense. Fatigue can even include tired muscles after the gym. Because of this, managing fatigue for essential tremor sufferers can be hard, because tremors will worsen, making it harder to rest. 

There are some things that have been recommended as far as fatigue and essential tremor go. First, it is recommended that some sort of relaxation or calming techniques are practiced regularly. Whether it be yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, or stretching, it is important that there are practices that can be used to calm down during times of stress, or in times of fatigue so that your muscles can get the rest they need and the tremors can lessen. 

Secondly, essential oils have been found to help with essential tremor, and there are a few that are used to promote calm and relaxation. The most common essential oil used for relaxation is lavender. This can be used for massage, diffused in a diffuser, or spread with lotion for relaxation. With research and trial and error, you can find which essential oils work best for you, and apply them or diffuse them as needed to help you relax and be able to calm down during stress and fatigue. 

Third, it is important that you are getting enough sleep. Those with essential tremor have been found to have a lower quality of sleep in general than those without. Make sure that you are doing everything you can to promote restful sleep, and see a medical professional if you feel that you are not getting the sleep you need because of essential tremor or other factors. They will be able to prescribe a medication or give helpful information about how to get over fatigue and feel more rested. 

Overall there are many techniques you can use to make sure that you are fighting fatigue and preventing your essential tremor symptoms from worsening. Before starting medication, make sure to consult your doctor about what may work best for you to get your body the rest it needs. Essential oils and relaxation exercises are great natural methods for controlling fatigue, and can be used to limit essential tremor symptoms on a daily basis to improve the quality of life for those suffering from essential tremor.