Many people with multiple sclerosis experience some form of tremor, or uncontrollable shaking, which can occur in various parts of the body.
There are several types of tremor, including:
Postural tremors. A person who has a postural tremor will shake while sitting or standing, but not while lying down.
Intention tremor. Means there is no shaking when a person is at rest. The tremor develops as the person attempts to reach or grasp something or move a hand or foot to a precise spot. This is the most common and generally the most disabling form of tremor that occurs in people with MS.
Nystagmus. A tremor that produces jumpy eye movements.
The tremors of MS can have a tremendous emotional and social impact on a person. Unfortunately, people with severe tremors tend to isolate themselves to avoid embarrassment. Isolation can lead to depression and further psychological problems. A psychologist or counselor may be able to help a person with MS deal with these issues and become more comfortable in public. Talk to your doctor if you are having trouble coping with tremors.