Movement Disorder (Tremor)

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Niamh's Journey

Observations

At aged two and a half we noticed that during the time Niamh was awake she was almost constantly moving - with a very mild tremble/tremor. After prolonged periods of continuous movement Niamh became distressed.

EEG's confirmed that this movement was not seizure related but was likely to be another neurological phenomenon - a movement disorder.

What is a Movement Disorder?

When the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain get of sync, the brain is not able to correctly fine tune the body's movements. This loss of fine tuning in can present itself in many ways, but in Niamh it was initially represented by a constant tremor.

Movement disorders of this type are believed to be caused by the depletion of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. This loss, causes the level of dopamine to become out of balance with other neurotransmitters.

The treatment for this condition was therefore one of trying to re-dress the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.

How can they be treated?

There are no cures for movement disorders, the only current appropriate treatment is drug therapy to reduce the distressing symptoms.

Outcome

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