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Are Tremors Normal?
In addition to the Post Vacation Blues, today my Mom told me that she is experiencing almost constant tremors all over her body. The doctor gave her Lorazepam but I am going to talk to him because it's not working anymore.
Also, today she wanted to know when she was going to get an appointment with the neurologist so she can get on some actual medication for Alzheimer's. She has her 3 month follow-up in 17 days. She was officially diagnosed in May of this year. It's like she did so good for 4 months and then because we took a trip and when she got home, she quit eating and exercising, she went back to where she was before she was when she was diagnosed.
I just want to know if the tremors are normal and if anyone else is out there dealing with the same issues that I am.
Dear BikerNurse --
You don't mention her diagnosis (what sort of dementia she's dealing with?). Tremors are more common with Parkinson's disease or Lewy Body Dementia. They could also be totally unrelated to the dementia and merely another issue going on for her.
So sorry you have yet one more thing to deal with and discover its origins.
Tremors are also a part of Alzheimers. "Intention tremors" usually occur in hands and arms as the person is trying to grab something. Once they grab it, the shaking usually stops. This is not always the same as the tremors in Parkinson's, which often occur when the arm is at rest. My neurologist told us that these tremors are part of "parkinsonism," which happens with ALZ patients, but it is not Parkinson's.
So, yes, some tremors are part of Alzheimer's. My wife has these.
Let the doctor know about the tremors and, at the least, ask about the possibility of Parkinson's/Lewy Bodies. If she has Parkinson's, different medication is needed to relieve those symptoms.
My wife was treated for ALZ for nearly six years with Namenda and Dolepezil. Parkinson's w/Lewy Body symptoms showed up in the last year of her life. At that point, she was pulled off the ALZ medication since it was now useless and switched to Parkinson's meds to relieve the new set symptoms.
My husband also had Alzheimer's. But tremors appeared. Then gait problems appeared. Then other symptoms. He got an added diagnosis for Lewy Body Dementia. Lorazepam can have paradoxical effects in Lewy patients.