Bill Clinton And Tremors

I was catching up on the “news” this morning when my I spotted this little gem “Bill Clinton’s Hand Tremble Raises Health Questions”. First, I think they meant “Tremor” not “Tremble”. Second, Mr. Clinton has said in the past his hands tremor as a simple condition of aging. He also denied having Parkinson’s Disease.

Let me tell you why this annoys me. This subject shouldn’t even be a headline and has nothing to do with the state of his cognitive skills. He’s still an intelligent, competent man.

As people get older, many develop tremors. There is a genetic disorder that happens to many called Essential Tremors. Essential Tremors typically involve the arms, hands, head, vocal chords, and sometimes other body parts during voluntary movements like eating, writing, or dressing. It’s often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s Disease.

One of the main differences between the two is with Parkinson’s the tremor is usually constant even when the affected muscle is at rest. With Essential Tremors the tremor only worsens with your intent to use that affected muscle. The more stress, fatigue, low blood sugar, caffeine and other outside influences in your life you have the worse they will get.

I was diagnosed with Essential Tremors at the age of 37. That is extremely young for an Essential Tremors diagnosis. The other problem was no one else in my family had them.

A few years went by and I received another diagnosis of Conversion Disorder. Supposedly that was causing the tremors and a newly developed stutter.

Since these diagnoses my father who is 72 has started to have tremors. We never thought about his side of the family. His father had passed away at an early age so we wouldn’t have known if he would’ve developed tremors. Essential Tremors usually do not start until you are in your mid 60’s or later.

I have also learned that Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease not an allergy, can cause early onset tremors. I have Celiac Disease. Which if people looked at it like an autoimmune disease NOT AN ALLERGY we would all be a lot better off.

I thing the media needs to educate itself before writing an article specifically dealing with medical issues. Do you not have to take journalism classes anymore to be hired by a well known publication? Rolling Stone did have Sean Penn write his story so I guess not.

So as not to be a hypocrite this is a blog. I do not get paid for my thoughts and opinions. No one takes what I say as fact because a well known publication is sponsoring me. I am not a journalist. I don’t know what I am. I do know I am sick and tired of the lying and scheming and self-righteousness I keep seeing everyday. So I ramble and spew until I feel better.

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I have lived with Bipolar Disorder since my early teens. I have lived with Social Anxiety Disorder for even longer. I self-medicated with alcohol for over 20 years, that's how long it took to get a diagnosis. I'm open and honest about my mental health so hopefully one day the system will change. View all posts by darie73

10 responses to “Bill Clinton And Tremors

  • tedgiffin

    I guess the point at hand is really not so much the cause, as how a person can cope with the tremors. Yeah, the media is not as educated. Indiana University shut down it’s school of Journalism . Sean Penn seems like he snorts or snorted too much of that stuff at some point. I always like his psychotic method acting though.

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    • darie73

      There are several of his movies that I put in my top 50, Mystic River is amazing. The WAY he tries to get his viewpoint across is what annoys me I think. Plus he has NO sense of humor.

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    • tedgiffin

      The movie that struck me the most was the first one I saw him in, think it was called Bad Boys or something to that effect. A story of violent young men in a youth prison.. Came out in the early to mid 1980’s.

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    • darie73

      LOL! Yes! His hair was huge but it was the first movie to really touch on the subject of how brutal some of those places really were. I’ve seen so many movies my years in retail were managing a video rental chain for 15 years.

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    • darie73

      Hand tremors can be embarrassing at times. When mine get bad and I’m at a store trying to pay with cash and the people behind me are sighing because it’s taking me too long to get my money together for the cashier it’s frustrating. So I go slower and count out the exact change too.

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    • tedgiffin

      My nerves used to be so shot. I couldn’t handle going thru a line. My brain would freeze if I went to the self check out where the damn machine talks and I have to press buttons..

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    • darie73

      I just wrote an entire story and pressed a button by accident and don’t know if it went through. lol

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    • darie73

      I did self check out once. Had a problem with a bag of chips I thought I scanned. The supervisor came over and asked if I planned on paying for them. I wasn’t in a good mood that day and told her if I was going to steal it would’ve been a steak not a $2 bag of chips. She was not amused. I never did self check out again.

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    • tedgiffin

      Lol! Grab a roast and bolt! I had a friend who got to a point where he just didn’t give a damn. He literally really did, walk down the store aisles grabbing chips opening them and eating them as he waltzed out of the store. He was off the chain and didn’t get in trouble. Blew my mind.

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