Essential tremor or worse?

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Hi everyone,

I'll cut straight to the point, I've had a tremor, not debilitating by any means but, noticable slight movement for a few years, I'd say maybe four? I'm 22 now. This tremor is often in my hands, but when I go to the gym I can feel it all over, arms legs primarily, It becomes far more noticeable and I shake quite a lot after a session. On top of this, I often have eyelid twitches. Given that my dad had MS, obviously this is a worrying sign for me so, I'd appreciate some feedback. Will obviously make a docs appointment but was wondering if anyone on here could advise/feedback!

Thanks, everyone!

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    Hi Alexander.  Has your doctor diagnosed you with essential tremor? It's surprisingly not uncommon in young adults. I can understand why you'd be concerned, especially with your dad having MS.

    It may very well be something as benign as a vitamin deficiency. Low levels of vitamin B are notorious for causing the muscle symptoms you described . The only way to know is by having lab work done. 

    Best of luck to you!

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      Thanks a lot for getting back to me! Haven't been diagnosed with anything, I did get sent for CBT therapy which worked well on my mental health. This does, however, feel different, therapy taught me what is and isn't a good sign. This just seems odd, it's there always, even if I'm in a great place, which I often am. 

      I'll be going to the doctors within the week, so I guess I'll see then, none of my symptoms seem to have worsened over the years. But they're still there so, that nagging worry always remains.

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    Hi there

    just wanted to add that if your GP refers you to a neurologist it will save time if you are referred to a neuro who specialises in movement disorders,

    all the best

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    Hey guys, went to the doctors and she said it's probably a benign essential tremor but has sent me to a neurologist just to be sure, cover all bases, she said it was understandable since my dad had MS that I'm worried but that, given the test she carried out, BET seemingly the cause.



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