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....... could be over!!!  Seriously!  Just got back from visiting my GP about an issue that has become prominent with me. My left arm has developed tremors. Got told its what is known as 'Essential tremors'. Nothing that serious as yet but having one arm that shakes and  essential holding a model while painting or decalling is a bad thing for me.  Very bad!! No real cure for it apparently and it could spread to the other arm and parts of the body.   I noticed this progressively getting more in the past 3 or so months.   Its happening to me right now as I type.   Worrying but its not Parkinsons which is good to know.

So chaps, Don't expect too much coming from my shed in future to adorn these pages. In any case, since my long trip overseas I still have not had the mojo re appear either.  And I was feeling quite chipper having reached my age with no illnesses or things bad until now. Signs of age catching up and no escaping that either. What I dread is what will I go down with next?? Am still working despite being past retirement age for me  so when I eventually do retire, end of the year is the plan, maybe all that spare time will not be spent kit bashing as much as I had thought. 

Oh well. :clif:  :pipe:  and slippers time....😟

 

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Keep your chin up, where's there's a will there's a way. Making some jigs to help stabilise the kits may help. A Maulstick / mahlstick could help support your painting hand like sign painters use. Best wishes :like:

 

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Sounds like you need a new doctor. My Mum has the same thing and she's on tablets to control it. They work pretty well- won't cure it, but they do control it. I can't recall the name, but I'll ask if you're interested.

 

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I’ve had ET for around ten years, won’t bore you with the details but I ended up seeing a neurologist, I was put on propanol,the effect was amazing went from being unable to write,spilling drinks etc, to now were I’ve fairly normal hand control and coordination,not perfect but I am now once again able to model.

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Was given some paperwork about it . A plus side is It says I can take some alcohol( in moderation) which eases it. But That doesn't mix well with modelling for me . Will see if I get the mojo back and see how I cope,   My Tiger Moth I posted here recently was the last I made and thats when the shakes came to the fore ...especially when trying to keep things steady while rigging.

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Sad to hear but it does look like there are steps that can be taken to improve matters. I'd certainly research what drugs could be used to help. And I think that using some sort of model/parts holding tool, such as a "Helping Hands" type device might be useful.

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Sorry to hear this Paul. Hopefully you can carry on with some different medication or "helping hands".

 

Take heart in whatever you can finish in the future will be head and shoulders above my poor efforts! 

 

All the best mate. 

 

Neil.

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Hello @Paul J ... I suffer from “Essential tremors” as well. Its not perfect and i still have some so/so days. However rest assured there is a medication that works quite well for me. If you need to P/M me, and i can give you a bit more detail. I really don't like discussing meds and scrips openly. 

 

Dennis

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Hi Paul, my wife sufffers with this in her hands.Doc said it was age related shaking and there was nothing to do about it. She has got to the stage where she will not eat out as I have to cut her food up more often than not.

 

Me  I have carpel tunnel syndrome and arthritic hands so my modelling days are done.

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11 hours ago, paul178 said:

Me  I have carpel tunnel syndrome and arthritic hands so my modelling days are done.

Paul, obviously I don't know as to what extent your conditions have reached, but I had both wrists operated on, 20 years ago for CTS and it worked a treat. I also have RA and OA, but the medication is keeping it at bay sufficiently enough that I can still do my model building and (when I get the chance), play football with my 7 year old grandson. There are some very good treatments for arthritis now.

 

John.

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Its not getting any better. Loathe to try drugs but trying to get an appointment with the local Doc is  a challenge.  At odd times it gets really bad. Being realistic I think I may well have to gradually wind down my kit bashing quite a bit. Will persevere with stuff I have started in Gb and others but will be slow in appearing here.  Also having to cull more from my stash of all sorts.  

 

Oh well onwards and upwards.

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That’s really bad. I know what you are going through. I have trouble with my hands: I drop things all the time and get terrible pains and spasms at times. I soldier on (at a snails pace) with models but it has become a struggle and a chore.

 

Im sick of going the the doctors about it, one even said “try getting an eye test.” Once that was said I gave up and suffer in silence, even though it’s getting worse. 

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I'm so sorry to hear about your health issues Paul, but seriously, if medication offers any form of relief, I'd give it a go if I were in your shoes. 

I hope things turn around for you soon. 

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Many thanks to all your messages of support. Will try and get another appointment from local GP and see what he prescribes  Its a bit annoying ... even affecting me at work when it kicks off .

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If your local GP is disinterested, try another. Getting second opinions (or even third) on medical matters is not unusual and is also worthwhile. I'm amazed at how lazy some GPs are. 

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Essential tremor can not be cured but can be improved with drugs like propranolol which is a beta blocker. I would suggest discussing this further with your GP. Propranolol should not be used for people with asthma, and should start at low dose initially as it tends to lower the blood pressure (don't want you falling over!) Having said that, it can work very effectively for so-called benign essential tremor. I hope this gives some useful info to take back to your doc to start a proper discussion. If you feel you're not getting anywhere, you could push for a referral to a neurologist for confirmation of the diagnosis and specialist advice on its management.

At the end of the day it's all about quality of life, and our hobbies definitely fall into that category.....

All the best.

Quack (no law-suits please, I'm retired!)

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On 8/16/2019 at 8:22 PM, Eric Mc said:

If your local GP is disinterested, try another. Getting second opinions (or even third) on medical matters is not unusual and is also worthwhile. I'm amazed at how lazy some GPs are. 

Sounds like this might be good advice for @Sean1968 too. Some times its necessary to be quite forceful with Drs when you feel you're just being fobbed off & if you don't get success, as Eric says, vote with your feet.

Steve.

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Slight topic swerve here, and I've said this before, so apologies for the repetition, but it illustrates why you shouldn't accept the first thing that you're told by a GP. Many years ago after returning from a holiday in Thailand, I began to feel unwell and had pounding headaches. I woke up one morning covered in a rash and immediately got an appointment with my GP. To cut a long story short, his diagnosis was measles. No tests or sending me to hospital, just stay off work for a couple of weeks. By the time evening had come around, I felt like :poop:and knew that I was running a temperature (turned out to be 105), so I took myself off to A&E. Thankfully, they took it seriously and isolated me before transferring me to the Tropical Disease hospital in St. Pancras  where I was diagnosed as having scrub typhus. If I'd have just accepted the measles diagnosis, I hate to think what might have been the outcome. 

So my advice to you Paul is push for the GP to get you to see a specialist. As has already been said, they won't cure it, but they can possibly make life a lot more tolerable for you.

 

John. 

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Went to see a neurologist today... after a series of tests and questions etc the diagnosis was I have Parkinsons....  to be confirmed when I have a nuclear data scan in 3 week s time.( the process explained to me is scary enough...( reminds me of  the Simpsons programme where Homer glows from his work at a Nuke plant... ) Been given some pills to take to see if they slow down the shakes....So it does look like the modelling could be affected as I use left hand to hold builds while right hand does all the cutting and painting etc...might even have to retire from work sooner than planned....

 

What more can say...trying to rise above it  but at least I am still sane and the disease is not a killer and it could have been worse news......

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My late father-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinsons. He was never a modeller, but strangely enough, he took up ship modelling in his late 60s, in cardboard from scratch, to keep his mind and his hands occupied and supple. Knocked up a 1/200 scale P/S Waverley, and an Invincible class carrier.  Don't give up hope yet.

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