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Offline JimmyFr

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Shaky hands
« on: October 05, 2021, 11:58:12 am »
First of all since I just joined this forum let me introduce myself real quick, Im 22 Years old and I''ve been playing guitar for years now, Justin's videos have been huge help for me and thanks to that Im now at least Intermediate level guitarist :D.Anyways lets get to the subject, I''ve been having tremors for atleast 5 years now, It gets better or worse depending on my physical and mental state, but I noticed as I'm in my twenties now its starting to get more out of control then before, this massively impacted my guitar playing, now the thing is when I practice by myself and this tremors go out of control I can put it down relax and pick it up again later when I'm feeling more calm and relaxed, however when I'm about to play in a band or in front of an audience my playing really gets crippled by this and because of that I''m no longer attempting any bands or live gigs in front of an audience because I just dont want to embarrass myself since I get way to nervous in front of an audience because I know the tremors are gonna kick in and I cant to nothing about it.Does anyone have this kind of problem and if so how did you deal with it?Thank you!

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Re: Shaky hands
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2021, 01:00:13 pm »
There are a few things that you could try, Meditation, CBT, Hypnotherapy and lastly (but the least desirable) medication.
I have a similar problem that is caused by a physical problem - I have peripheral neuropathy (as a result of other medical problems). All can help with varying degrees of success, it’s a matter of trying them - not for a few days, a few months, it takes time!
In your case it looks possible that you’re getting worked up enough to trigger what’s happening, if you can keep below the trigger threshold it should gradually go away.

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Re: Shaky hands
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2021, 01:41:31 pm »
To preface, I am a neurologist and take care of a lot of people with tremor. I am not a movement disorder sub specialist, however.

Although there are medications that can be effective, they are a last resort. Still one that many people choose for various reasons. The most effective (propranolol) can sometimes also be used as needed (or scheduled), so that helps. But has side effects of low blood pressure and low heart rate, so exercise intolerance and fatigue.

I do not recommend alcohol to treat your tremor.

Non-pharmacological treatments are “cognitive Behavioral therapy”, biofeedback and other stress and anxiety management techniques. Wrist weights, wearable devices (Steadiwear) and training devices (Cala Trio). These latter require prescriptions in the US.

Surgical treatments include deep brain stimulation and soon ultrasound lesioning (available outside the US) of specific deep brain nuclei. Only in desperation, I say.

So, speak to a neurologist. Ideally a movement disorder specialist. You may have some success.

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Re: Shaky hands
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2021, 02:55:22 pm »
Hi Jimmy and welcome to the forum  :)
Asking strangers on a forum for medical advice is a risky strategy.
You describe your tremor problem as being exacerbated by anxiety, so that's probably a good place to start.
I would advise making an appointment with your primary health care provider (that would be your GP in the UK) and see what they suggest after a consultation. It might well be that they recommend one of the above mentioned pathways.
By all means share with us how you are getting on and use the forum for encouragement and anxiety-reduction if that's helpful.
Good luck.

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Re: Shaky hands
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2021, 01:02:02 pm »
Great advice so far Jimmy. I'd also suggest looking at options for live performance that are in themselves possibly less stressful. Whether that is with family or may be that the slightly detached location will reduce the anxiety and hence tremors....worth a try anyway.
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