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#391072 - 03/27/12 09:46 PM shaky
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For several weeks now i've been really shaky - both emotionally and physically. I'm jumpy and on edge. But the biggest problem is - my hands especially tremble uncontrollably - sometimes it's hard to keep a cup or glass from spilling.

It's not only embarassing, but makes some of my tasks more difficult - keyboarding is more full of errors, shaving - nicks and cuts, handwriting is hard to read, it's not easy to do anything that takes fine motor coordination. i used to work as an artist and this would make that impossible. fortunately i now am teaching so its not as essential that i have a steady hand - but it is still very inconvenient. I'm sure it is connected to all the emotional/psychological turmoil. I'm not THAT old!

Has anyone else had this experience? how did you handle it? did it pass? how long did it last?

Lee
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#391077 - 03/27/12 10:24 PM Re: shaky [Re: traveler]
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I don't know Lee. I do that a lot, but that's more physical on my part, or maybe it's the coffee. Still, you may wish to think about getting it checked out if it continues much longer.
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#391086 - 03/27/12 10:55 PM Re: shaky [Re: Jim1104]
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Jim, i tried decaf for a few days with no discernable difference.

i was assuming it was all psych-related. scary to think there might be a medical cause. maybe i'll switch to panicking over that!
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#391097 - 03/28/12 12:21 AM Re: shaky [Re: traveler]
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How have you been eating?

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#391100 - 03/28/12 12:32 AM Re: shaky [Re: Fidex]
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sometimes don't feel much like eating but my wife takes good care of me and once i start i finish and usually manage to eat enough (even more than enough) that it wouldn't be the cause.
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#391109 - 03/28/12 01:09 AM Re: shaky [Re: traveler]
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Don't panic, just get really scared. No, just kidding. It may well just be emotional, but might be worth getting a physical. Could be an easy fix. Take care of yourself. You mean to much to me to get sick.
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#391114 - 03/28/12 01:20 AM * [Re: traveler]
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Edited by Smalltown80sBoy (04/28/13 04:52 PM)

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#391120 - 03/28/12 01:42 AM Re: shaky [Re: Smalltown80sBoy]
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Don't be scared Lee,
it can be related to stress, medicine etc.
Here is couple lines from one web page, please don't panic about it smile :
"Call your doctor if:
Your tremor is worse at rest and gets better with movement, like when you reach for something.
Your tremor is prolonged, severe, or interferes with your life.
Your tremor occurs with other symptoms, such as headache, weakness, abnormal tongue motion, muscle tightening or contractions, or other movements that you cannot easily control."

As your writing is essential to you and as well to some other survivors form MS, please think about medical check. Don't be scared because of that. It is nothing, just regular check... And we all need you capable of writing, so if there is some tool under your arm to make it easy why not try to take it. Please don't panic but think on calling or talking with your doc about it..

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#391192 - 03/28/12 02:38 PM Re: shaky [Re: traveler]
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Hi Lee,

Been having severe shakes - mainly when out of public view & a bit more 'relaxed' when watching TV etc, but also during body memory episodes - daily for many months now. The official diagnosis is C-PTSD in my case & I'm early 50's. Hope you get some respite as time passes.
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#391209 - 03/28/12 05:03 PM Re: shaky [Re: claretblue]
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Hey Lee:

I hope I didn't upset you with my last comment. Don't want you to worry. Just take care of youself.

Jim
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#391211 - 03/28/12 05:26 PM Re: shaky [Re: traveler]
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What I've heard, during years of PTSD hassles, is that prolonged elevation of stress hormones, regardless of the reason, can cause a variety of physical problems ranging from "stage fright" to diabetes, inner ear damage and thyroid disease. An emotional response to trauma or stress is just part of an overall physical response.

Me, I've had something the doctor calls "exaggerated startle response" as far back as I can remember, and it got much worse when the flashback era started. Things that would cause just about anyone to react--bumping my foot into something or otherwise being touched unexpectedly, hearing a sharp noise--can make me jump, shake, twitch, grunt... even lose consciousness for a second. Who knows, maybe my "ESR" is inherent, but what a coincidence that it's strongly associated with childhood abuse survivors. Other such coincidences include my tinnitus, balance problems, low thyroid.... From friends' reactions I gather that the startle thing is a big laugh to watch, but I think it's no joke. I don't climb ladders any more, since my balance is poor and I'm afraid I'll startle.

I've gotten these problems checked out by physicians, who have ruled out dire diseases, and I suggest you do the same with regard to your shakes. The first thing a good shrink does is rule out non-psychogenic disorders that might cause such symptoms. Meanwhile, peace!

John

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#391214 - 03/28/12 05:41 PM Re: shaky [Re: unhappycamper]
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Your first hunch is probably the right one, Lee, emotional. In my case, I began to get eye twitches, and individual muscle twitches in my large thigh muscle and in my thumb muscle. When I began using calming techniques, I noticed a decrease in the activity. Alternatively, I took a high stress job in December, and the twitching became more prominent. The cure was to get back to my relaxation routine, three times a day. The twitches come and go now, but with much less intensity and frequency.

May I recommend a relaxation routine, and a change in diet, and see a doctor?

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#391233 - 03/28/12 08:02 PM Re: shaky [Re: SamV]
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Jim, Sam, Pero, John, S80sB, fidex, & claret -

thank you all for your concern and suggestions. I'll try to follow up and see what happens...

There are lots of stresses at work and home right now - in addition to the CSA stuff i'm working on. i used to be able to handle all the outside things just fine and didn't even acknowledge the CSA but now it's impossible to do that. i'm just not accustomed to the physical manifestations of the psycho condition being so directly affected.

an old dog trying to learn some new tricks!
Lee
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Something deep inside...
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Now I know my life has meaning
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#391325 - 03/29/12 05:35 AM Re: shaky [Re: Jim1104]
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Traveler,

It sounds like stress. Stress can be debilitating. It made me physically collapse at times. Get checked out by a doctor. Get a full physical. If nothing is wrong, it's stress. When you're running on adrenaline for decades like I have, it can do some weird shit. I know it caused my hyperthyroid. You may need a chill pill. I pop a Lortab (got lots for knee injuries) once a day because I don't have access to a psychiatrist anymore to get my Valium scripts. Yeah, one. Some have called me a druggie for it. Kinda funny I went to one NA meeting 12 years ago and they said, "You're a saint compared to us. Hell, raise your hand if you take Valium." 90% raised their hand and most had done every hard drug known to man. They said it was rare to turn down a potential member but I did not need to be there and follow my script and go home. I told people what they said and they shut up. Haha!
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