Is it Essential Tremor or Parkinson’s Disease?
Most everyone has heard of Parkinson’s disease (PD). In fact, when someone shakes, it’s often assumed that PD is the culprit. But essential tremor (ET) is eight times more common. So how
do you know which is which? Here are a few determining factors:
- In ET, tremors are seen mostly during action (when trying to use your hands to eat, write or perform tasks), while in PD, tremors are seen mostly at rest.
- In ET, a family history is reported in more than 50 percent of cases, while in PD family history is around 10 percent.
- Drinking an alcoholic drink often improves tremor for people with ET, but in PD patients alcohol has no impact on their tremor.
Want to learn more? See a side by side comparison of the two conditions in the IETF’s, “ET vs Parkinson’s. How Do They Differ?” handout online.
Most importantly, don’t hesitate to see a movement disorder specialist who can ensure you get the right diagnosis.
Order Your FREE ET Awareness Posters
We invite you to get involved in raising awareness about essential tremor (ET) with our FREE ET Awareness Posters.
March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month (NETA) and we’re gearing up for our annual campaign to help achieve a greater understanding and acceptance of ET. This year’s theme is “Let’s Take the Mystery Out of ET.”
Our annual awareness posters have been printed and are ready to be shared. The poster defines ET and gives some overall facts. The posters can be hung in the workplace, local community center, library or other public places. Just complete the online form to receive yours.
We’re also looking for your stories. Share how ET impacts your life to educate others. We’ll share these as blog posts on our website. Send them to Tammy Dodderidge, IETF Marketing and Communications Manager, email@example.com.
Watch for more information about our 2024 NETA Month campaign or go to our ET Awareness website page to learn more.
Become Our Newest Trailblazer
ET Trailblazers are dedicated to finding answers and lending critical support to the ET community. Their generous monthly contributions allow us to respond quickly to grant and research opportunities and develop helpful programs and outreach services.
Please join the Trailblazers today by becoming a monthly donor to the IETF. It’s convenient for you because you won’t have to worry about initiating an annual donation, and you’ll never miss and issue of Tremor Talk magazine. Plus, you’ll be making a significant and ongoing impact on the lives of people coping with ET.
Sign up today!
Sign Up for a Clinical Trial
If you want to make a difference in the search for better treatments for essential tremor (ET), consider participating in a clinical trial. On our website, we keep an ongoing list of clinical trials recruiting participants.
Here are some of the most recent ones:
- Praxis Precision Medicines Essential3 At-Home Phase 3 Research Study in Essential Tremor. The Essential3 study is an at-home research study evaluating an investigational drug, to see if it may improve your ability to complete everyday tasks, such as eating, drinking and dressing. The Essential3 study has been designed so that you may participate from the comfort of your own home. There is no travel or trips to the doctor’s office required. If you would like to learn more about this study and see if you qualify, visit www.essential3study.com.
- Researchers in the Voice Lab at The University of Texas at Austin invite individuals with essential tremor to participate in a study of voice. The goals of the study are to understand how speakers control their voice and to develop therapy that improves vocal control. For more information contact the UT Voice Lab, (512) 232-4428, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.