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What causes one-sided body shivering when awake in an elderly man?

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Posted on Tue, 19 Jul 2016
Question: hello Dr. Rynne.

my father is 68. one side of his body shakes for the whole day while he is awake. he is not able to control it. because of this, he is not able to eat himself and manage his other daily chores himself.

has a family history of this ailment....mother, an elder brother, an elder sister. not all siblings have this issue.

this problem has been existing for many years but has increased significantly of late.

by nature, he is restless and impatient.

could you kindly suggest the treatment for him ?

- Thanks and Best Regards,
XXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (16 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Medical treatment is possible.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

I am Dr Sudhir Kumar, Neurologist, and would try my best to help you.

I have noted the symptoms of your father. Based on that, the possible diagnosis are: 1. Essential (familial) tremors, 2. Parkinson's disease.

An examination by neurologist would be able to confirm the diagnosis.

Medical treatment is available for both the conditions, but only after examining the patient.

Please get back with follow-up queries.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Veerisetty Shyamkumar
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Follow up: Dr. Sudhir Kumar (24 minutes later)
thank you, Dr. XXXXXXX
we had consulted a neurologist couple of years ago. he had advised him to stop smoking which he has done. will the line of action be still the same as you have identified now or can be different as well ?
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Medicines may be needed in addition.

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for getting back with additional information.

Advice of stopping smoking is good, as it has multiple health benefits.

In addition, medicines such as propranolol would also help in reducing tremors. However, it should be started after clinical examination by a neurologist.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Veerisetty Shyamkumar
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Brief Answer: Medical treatment is possible. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for posting your query. I am Dr Sudhir Kumar, Neurologist, and would try my best to help you. I have noted the symptoms of your father. Based on that, the possible diagnosis are: 1. Essential (familial) tremors, 2. Parkinson's disease. An examination by neurologist would be able to confirm the diagnosis. Medical treatment is available for both the conditions, but only after examining the patient. Please get back with follow-up queries. Best wishes, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology) Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX