iStock 529114228Diagnosing tremor

To be diagnosed with tremor it is best to see a doctor, who understands tremor, or a neurologist.

There are a number of ways in which tremor can be diagnosed:

  1. The diagnosis will typically begin with the person’s medical history being taken.
  2. The doctor will be looking not only for offending drugs (drugs prescribed for other medical conditions which can cause tremor as a side effect).
  3. The doctor will also ask about the family history.
  4. While the diagnosis of essential tremor remains a visual one, Brain scans Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computerised Tomography (CT) may be helpful in eliminating any other conditions which also produce tremor as a symptom.
  5. Blood samples may also be taken to rule out thyroid or copper metabolism problems.
  6. DATScan a diagnostic test can distinguish between essential tremor and tremors of Parkinson's disease.