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12/30/11 4:43 P

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Fran - I hardly ever have tremors now, and when I do, it is usually when I am really tired or overly stressed. That money I couldn't really afford, either, but it is amazing how with a bit of shuffling the budget around, I could just manage to fit it in. Mind you, part of it I got back because I am on a Disability Allowance and medical costs are reimbursed up to a certain amount per year. It also gave me a much needed day out .

That "sweet tea" sounds like a really interesting treatment, and good for those with a sweet tooth - LOL!

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12/30/11 1:22 P

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Chris, are you still free of tremors? I wish I could tolerate the acupuncture (and pay for it)

I have recently had a surprise with regard to the tremors. I have been avoiding caffeine for years because I thought they caused the tremors - didn't know then about ET - but one day a few months ago I had a glass of 'sweet tea' (not good for the diet, but I guess I just needed it) and surprise - the tremors lessened. I can't imagine why, but if it works I'm willing. What's even stranger, nothing else has the same effect. Not coffee, not my morning tea (I use caffeine free now), not chocolate - just 'sweet tea'. (Sweet Tea is a southern drink, made with tea and a syrup made up separately - not just tea with sugar in it. One can make it, or buy it. It's made by Arizona and Lipton).

Don't know if it will help anyone else, but I thought I'd toss it out there anyway. It's totally illogical, but oh well.

Have a happy and safe new year.
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12/29/11 10:27 P

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Chamomile could be beneficial in that it has a calming property to it. Just be careful with herbal teas or natural remedies, tho', because you are on medication, and some medication/herbal or natural remedies together could spell disaster - as in a very ill person.

I have had acupuncture with very good success because I couldn't have medication due to asthma - the meds for both could be fatal.

Learning relaxation techniques can work wonders! If you have a lot of ongoing stress, then perhaps this is an avenue you could look at. When I was having Acupuncture (performed by a qualified medical Dr) I found it very relaxing - to the point of dozing off - LOL! I was also suffering depression and a lot of extra stress at the time, which in turn hindered the healing process.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.

Kris xx

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Hello. i have been on sparkpeople for about 6 months, and love it. As for the essential tremors the diganosis come about 6 weeks ago but going to a neurologist just to make sure. For years I though i had issues with hypoglycemia but found it odd that sometime i would have the shakes with out sweating or even though i just ate.

In 2007 i was in a accident and broke my coccyx, when i went back to work i would get head twitches (the no-no thing). During this time i also was under alot of stress with 2 teenage kids and marital problems. By 2008 things had calmed down and all the twitching stopped.

around May of this year i started have back issues again, and again i have been under a lot of personal stress. and the no no's came back.

I am currently on primidone and clonazepam (I have low blood pressure and can not use the other med) it is some help but not much. I am pretty much at a loss for what to do about all this. from what i have read there is not telling if i would get worst, better or stay the same.

I have seen that camomile tea is good for the tremors. has anyone else heard of natural remedies

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