Tremor Gram – May 2022

Posted on May 2, 2022

Differentiating Between ET and Parkinson’s Disease

Most everyone has heard of Parkinson’s disease, but essential tremor is not as well known. The two conditions often get mixed up because they share the “tremor” symptom. However, there are distinct differences.  

Dr. Rajesh Pahwa, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center, compares the two conditions and shares some tips to help people distinguish between them in our new video “Differentiating Between Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Disease.”

Special thanks go out to the Jerry Taylor and Nancy Bryant Foundation for their generous gift to the IETF which helped make this video possible.

A quick reference fact sheet, “ET vs Parkinson’s” is also available on the IETF website.

Dine with Dignity with Meal Lifter

Mealtime presents one of the biggest challenges for people with essential tremor. Shaking makes it difficult to steady a fork or spoon full of food, and some foods become completely off limits.


Anne Royer believes everyone deserves to dine with dignity. That’s why she created the Meal Lifter. Meal Lifter is a sturdy platform that holds and elevates a 9-inch plate, decreasing the distance from the plate to the mouth when eating. The mission is simple: to give every person the ability to eat independently, with ease and dignity.

The Meal Lifter is the subject of our latest Talking Essential Tremor podcast, “Dine with Dignity with Meal Lifter.” IETF Executive Director Patrick McCartney visits with Anne as she discusses the features of the Meal Lifter, which was originally created for her mother-in-law who had tremors from Parkinson’s disease.

After listening in, go to the Meal Lifter website to learn more. 

Pay Tribute to Loved Ones with a Memorial Gift

Memorial Donation Tulips

Memorial Day is a time to pay tribute to and honor those who have served our country. Over the years, it also has become a day of remembrance of loved ones who have passed.

As Memorial Day approaches, consider honoring a loved one with a memorial contribution to the IETF. There is no set minimum contribution and all memorials are posted on the IETF website and in Tremor Talk magazine.

We often see memorial contributions this time of year and also around birthdays and anniversaries of loved ones.

As with all donations to the IETF, memorial donations are tax-deductible.

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8 thoughts on “Tremor Gram – May 2022

  1. I.appreciate these news letters on Essential Tremors .is there any news on new insights and test ent. Of those who have brain stimulators placed insidethem

    1. I had DBS in 2005 and was very happy to have my head stop shaking, my hands and a voice tremor. I saw the Nuero every 6 months and they would tell me when I needed to have a new battery so the last time I was checked he said the next time I was going to need a new battery in June of 21(6 months) so in the meantime my husband got sick so we had to cancel the June appointment. He passed away Aug 30,21. I continued to use my remote control to turn my battery off at night until one night it said EOS. SEE Dr. which meant end of service. I made an appt in Jan and she did the usual check up and said “YOU DON’T NEED IT ANYMORE ” I was NOT shaking and still am not months later. Thank you GOD 🙏

    2. A good source of information about essential tremor studies is Just key in your topic to find any research in this area. Tremor and Other Kinetic Movements is another site you can try.

  2. Where can I learn more about the Meal Liftor”?? Not much of a problem yet as my tremors are mostly my HEAD, no one can help me find a solution for these head tremors, all meds just gave me a headache & no energy,,any suggestions?? I am trying
    CBD oil with .oo3 THC plus gummies to sleep at night.

    1. Speak to a movement disorders specialist about Botox injections for head tremors.

    2. I have a head tremor and I was helped by taking a medication originally developed for glaucoma. However, it was discovered that it helps reduce tremors as well. It is called Methazolamide, generic for Neptazane. It comes in 25 mg Tabs. I take 3 pills a day and my head tremor is almost imperceptible.

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