|Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On!|
ET is a neurological movement disorder. It causes rhythmic tremors of the hands, arms, head, legs and voice. You can have the tremor in one, or all or a combination of places, on one side of your body or on both. It can be an action tremor (you only shake when you "do" something) or a positional tremor (it only occurs when your body is in a certain positions). Lucky me, I have it all!
It's what the actress Katherine Hepburn had (if you are of an age to remember her!).
When I was a baby my parents noticed that I shook. Our local family doctor told my parents that I had "senile palsy"....my father always thought it was funny that a tiny baby was "senile". ET was known at the time, but was called palsy. It was usually only seen in the elderly. Many people only develop ET as they age, now it's known that a large percentage have it from birth. Because ET is not terminal there is little research into it even though it's the most common movement disorder in the world. There are no drugs designed specifically for ET. It's not known what causes a person to get ET, however it is genetic and can, but not always, run in families.
There has been enough research to know that ET causes balance issues. There is evidence, though not proven research to indicate that ET can also cause memory problems and depression. It is not known if ET can "turn into" Parkinson's but a larger than normal percentage of people with ET develop Parkinson's.
Benign....oh, so benign! ET has made my life miserable, but I've tried to keep a good attitude and sense of humor about it. Some days it's damn hard. As a child I was unable to color inside the lines. I found it next to impossible to write between the lines on school paper. My handwriting was horrible. Art's and crafts were a challenge. I can't roller skate, ride a bike or any other activity that requires balance. I fell down a lot. Great confidence booster for your impressionable childhood years. ET is probably the main reason I have been an introvert most of my life. I'd much rather sit home and read than socialize.
This is your introduction to ET, I will be writing more about it in my next post.