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A tremor can be described as a rhythmic, trembling or shaking movement that you cannot control voluntarily.

For some people, the tremor is so mild that they’re the only person aware of it. For others, it’s more obvious. 

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. 

Find out more about tremor.


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. 

Find out more about the causes of tremor.

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.

Find out more about the effects of tremor.

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.

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