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I have essential tremor that mainly affects my hands particularly my left hand. This becomes worse during times of stress and makes it difficult to deal with such situations as the shaking is so bad.
In in normal situations you can see that my left hand has a slight shake. I do not notice this but sometimes my colleagues and friends do.
My job involves, on occasion, having to deal with people who may become angry, upset, and agressive. I have developed coping techniques to deal with these situations.
Despite the use of coping techniques, my tremor has held me back professionally and in general life. I would like to deal with such situations without experiencing the tremor.
I discussed this with a doctor many years ago and he said that if there was a severe impact on my life I should consider medication. I chose not to take that option and have attempted in the meantime to live with the condition.
I would like to know if anyone has any advice on medications that would be appropriate for essential tremor and whether these could be taken long term.
It is also important to add that my mother has the condition which appears to be worsening as she gets older. She is also not taking any medication.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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