Everybody knows it: our hands are shaking from time to time and we are not able to influence it. Most of the time it stops after a while and we don’t think much about it. The reasons for shaking hands can be simple: it is cold, we are nervous, overstrained or tired. To shake sometimes is quite normal, because tremor, like this shaking is called with the medical term, is a normal physiological process. Tremor can increase during the given examples, can become visible and noticeable.
If tremor increases regularly and without clearly obvious reasons, it should be monitored. It could be possible that the tremor is not in its standard range anymore. If that’s the case, the shaking is called pathological tremor. Mostly a pathological tremor is a symptom of an underlaying disease; therefor it is important to find out the cause of the tremor. Tremor can have diverse causes and there are many different tremor types.
The two most known diseases, where tremor occurs as a symptom, are the Parkinson’s Disease and the much more common but less known Essential Tremor. A tremor can also occur as aftereffect of overstrained muscles, e.g. after to heavy training in sports. If you have a frequent tremor, you should visit your doctor – it is not said that Parkinson’s is responsible for your shaking hands but a tremor needs to be clarified by a proficient medical expert.
So, what can be done to calm shaking hands? That always depends on how strong a tremor has manifested: while some people notice their shaking but have no restrictions because of the tremor, other people’s tremor can manifest so strongly that it restricts them in their everyday life. Think about simple things like eating or drinking, writing, brushing teeth or using a computer with shaking hands. Often people with tremor try to hide their shaking. The shaking hands are uncomfortable for them because many people do not know about tremor and draw wrong conclusions about why the hands are shaking: “alcohol addict on withdrawal” or “always so nervous”. Due to such stigmatisation people with a tremor often retract from social life and don’t speak about their suffering.
If a tremor has manifested very strongly, it should be considered together with the attending doctor, to treat it with a medication. Effective medication to reduce the shaking and increase the quality of life of people with tremor is available – if the tremor is under control, it won’t restrict in everyday life that much anymore.
In addition to the drug therapy, additional therapeutic approaches to calm the tremor can be considered: especially sports or movement show positive effects on tremor. Also a change in the diet (e.g. reduction of sugar), the omission of certain food (e.g. coffee) or a regular sleep rhythm can help to calm tremor. Because humans are all individuals, tremor manifests also individually; what helps to calm the tremor needs to be found out by each person on their own.
For a drug therapy a medication that should calm the tremor is chosen by the attending doctor. Patients take the medication for some time and need to tell their doctors how their tremor behaves under the influence of the medication. In the time between two appointments, patients need to monitor their tremor, but this happens on a subjective basis.
Until now it wasn’t possible to monitor tremor as objectively as it is possible with e.g. blood pressure. If someone is suffering from high blood pressure and gets a medication to treat it, it is common to monitor the effect with a blood pressure monitor. The results are written down, patients bring them to their next appointment and the doctor sees what changed between the current and the last appointment. This easy and uncomplicated sort of therapy monitoring is now also possible for tremor: with the Tremipen®, a handy measurement device that measures the shaking of the hands.
The Tremipen® is the first mobile measurement device for tremor that can be used by tremor patients themselves to objectively measure their shaking hands. The most special about the pen shaped sensor: it is as easy to use as a clinical thermometer and needs only 30 seconds for a measurement while it evaluates force and frequency of the shaking. Because of that it is possible to monitor the effect of a medication objectively with the Tremipen®: the tremor is measured daily, one measurement before the intake of the medication and one after, the results are written down. You can use a tremor diary to write down the results. Template sites for such a tremor diary are available on our website under Downloads.
Due to regular measurements a course of the tremor is created, and it is shown by the results how the tremor changes. If the shaking becomes less forceful, the medication takes effect, if nothing happens, a new therapeutic approach needs to be considered. But not only drug therapies can be monitored with the Tremipen®: alternative therapeutic approaches, like regular activity or sports, can also be checked with the Tremipen® – in every case it shows how the tremor changes.
Due to the objective results, doubts if the personal assessment of the shaking complies with the real severity of the tremor, can be wiped out. Worries that the tremor gets worse or changes unexpectedly may also be the reason for the fact that the shaking in the hands really increases. Due to the measurements with the Tremipen® such scenarios can be avoided: the shaking in the hands can be evaluated objectively and the worries about an unpredictable tremor can be reduced to a minimum. It is like with the mentioned example of high blood pressure: Certainty that the medication takes effect gains certainty in dealing with the own tremor and in choosing and adapting the individual therapy.
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