Do you sometimes feel that your body or a body part moves or shakes uncontrollably? If so, you are not alone. An ‘Intention tremor’ is common among people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It usually happens during movement and not at rest. For example, the arm shakes when you try to grab something from a tall shelf.
Some people with MS may experience postural tremors, which occur while sitting upright or standing, but not lying down.
Tremors can be frustrating, debilitating, and have a significant emotional and social impact. They can interfere with gait and balance or make simple daily activities -challenging.
What can you do?
If tremors affect your quality of life, it is important to discuss it with your health care team, who can diagnose and treat the condition accordingly.
- Your neurologist might suggest prescription medications or surgical treatments.
- An occupational therapist can suggest techniques or equipment that help with writing, cooking, working, or other tasks. For example, adding small weights to pens, pencils, or utensils and using a straw for drinking.
- A physical therapist (PT) can demonstrate exercises to strengthen muscles, increase range of motion, improve balance, posture, and stabilize the body.
- A speech & language therapist can help when tremors in the lips, tongue, or jaw interfere with swallowing or speech.
- A psychologist or counselor might assist if tremors interfere with social life and cause loneliness or depression.