Tremor can be described as a trembling or shaking movement that you cannot control.
There are 2 kinds of tremor - intention tremor (that comes on when you want to reach for something) and postural tremor - when you have a tremor as you sit or stand.
In MS, there is damage to the protective material – called ‘myelin’ – around the nerves in the brain and the spinal cord.
MS tremors are usually caused by damage to myelin in an area of the brain known as the ‘cerebellum’, and the nerves leading to and from it.
If you experience tremor as the result of a relapse, you might find that you are still left with some level of tremor once the relapse is over.
Tremor might be so mild that no one else notices it, or it might be more pronounced, causing a drink to spill when a cup is full, for example, or affecting handwriting.
For a small percentage of people, it is more severe, causing limbs to shake so that you need help with everyday tasks like eating and drinking.
Managing tremor is an ongoing process. As there is no single approach that works for everyone, you will probably need to try different things before you find what works best.
Specialists like physiotherapists and occupational therapists can assess the problems that tremor and other movement difficulties are causing you.