Revenge of the Tremors

Like many others, I first started experiencing tremors when I began taking Lithium. My knees would wobble, my hands would shake, and suddenly my handwriting looked like that of someone in grade school.

Since starting Lithium in early 2011 though, the tremors have mostly disappeared. I would say for the first six to eight months they were pretty significant, but then they faded away (to my pleasant surprise).

Yesterday I was on a mission to take Luna to the vet. The vet’s office is about a mile and a half away, and for reasons I will spare you, I needed to get Luna there without letting her walk around. That meant carrying the 16 pound dog up a very steep hill, waiting for a bus, and then carrying her from the bus stop to the vet’s office on the other end of the ride.

Not a big deal, right? I am young(ish). I’m by no means strapping, but I thought I would just suck it up and handle it.

After five minutes of standing and holding (a very confused) Luna at the (wet) bus stop I began to have second thoughts about my plan. I could see that the muscles in my arms were becoming strained, and not only was Luna shaking from the cold, but I began shaking from the weight.

By the time we made it to the vet, the tremors had returned with a vengeance. Something about the combination of fatigue and strain left me with hands that were fluttering wildly. I tried to itch my nose and instead slapped myself in the ear as onlookers in the vet’s office pretended not to notice. Using the touch screen on my iphone was a definite impossibility.

As time wore on yesterday (and I didn’t carry anything else around) things settled down, but I was shocked at how quickly and severely the tremors returned in a time of strain. I guess I’d have to say now I know better, and I will definitely be on the look out for similar situations again.

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One response to “Revenge of the Tremors

  1. I hear you. I have the same issue in my hands with significant lifting. Or my legs after a heavy workout or bike ride. I guess our muscles just don’t have same strength with the lithium coursing through our veins.

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