Treatment Options for Essential Tremor

August 24, 2018

After years of studies and research, treatment options for essential tremor have become more diverse and effective. Since essential tremor affects each individual differently and at a different time of life, treatments need to be adaptable for each patient and their needs. Treatment options for essential tremor should be discussedwith your medical professional before being considered, so that it is ensured that the treatments are safe and increase the chances of having a successful outcome in symptom management. 

The first of the most popular treatment options for essential tremor are home remedies. Essential oils, diets, exercises, aromatherapy, and herbs. All of these things are accessible and mostly affordable to most people, and can fit into any lifestyle. Because these treatments are not very potent or tailored to individual needs, they tend to be less effective than any medical treatment, but are much more gentle and less invasive. Though medical professionals should be included in decisions to perform home remedies, there is a lot of trial and error that comes along with treatment options of this nature. There are lots of variables as well as different types and brands of products to use. 

Medication is one of the more intense treatment options for essential tremor. Usually, medications are not prescribed unless symptoms are persistent and fairly severe. Medical professionals will screen you and your symptoms and then determine if you are a good candidate for medication. The use of medication is also limited by pre-existing conditions and how they may be affected by side effects of the medications prescribed. Having a separate condition may prevent the use of medication to treat your essential tremor. Side effects for the medication used can be severe, while the at-home remedies discussed previously don’t have many negative side effects that would be severe enough to stop use and treatment.  

Surgery is the most invasive and severe of the treatment options for essential tremor.It is very rare to have symptoms severe enough that medical professionals begin to search surgical options. While surgical options have come a long way, and now contain non-invasive options, surgery is still a high-risk treatment option, though it has been found to have highly successful results. It is a toss up to whether the results outweigh the risk, and really depends on the individual and their current health concerns and status. Surgery is also the most expensive treatment option, costing upwards of $10,000, without including recovery time and treatments. 

There is no guaranteed treatment option for essential tremor. Whatever you choose, it is important that you consider your lifestyle, your current health concerns, and your symptoms from essential tremor. Trial and error as well as consulting with a medical professional will yield a treatment method that works best for you and your symptoms. With more study and research, maybe one day there will be a more successful and guaranteed treatment option, but for now treating symptoms is the best we can do. Choose the treatment that works for you!