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Post by Theresaann »

Sorry that you might have to join our "group". If you don't get OT as a diagnosis, get another opinion, and another.It could be that it isn't OT, but I'd get the other opinions if necessary. Many physicians haven't even heard of the condition. It's a miserable condition. Luckily, I don't have pain with it (three years into the diagnosis) and the tremors stop when I sit down. Heat is a definite adversary - makes my symptoms worse. Fatigue is another aggravating situation with OT. Weight gain is a bummer because I can't walk more that a few minutes without having to sit down. (And my history is climbing New England mountains, hiking for miles with my husband over Class 1-4 trails, and riding our bicycles for 35 or so miles each time.) I tried a cane at the onset of the diagnosis but found I couldn't balance. My neurologist suggested using a rollator - a walker with four wheels, a seat, hand brakes. My balance is much better. Personally, I don't give a care what others think about my using this. If asked, I use it as an opportunity to educate others about this RARE condition. So far, there is no actual, discernable cause, no positive treatment, and no cure. I find no relief from any medication. Medications are just experiments by neurologists. Many of them are for Parkinson's (which I thank God every day that it ISN'T Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis). But each patient is different in their response to meds. If you find one mentioned in OT sufferers discussions, look the med up on the internet. Meds in one country might not have the same name as in other countries. (Only you can decide if you want to risk the side effects listed.) Good luck in your search for answers and your fight with the symptoms.
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Post by Ernesto »

My name is Ernesto...I currently live in Cincinnati.
I began developing symptoms about three years ago. I was finally diagnosed with OT January 3 by a physiologist.She listened to my symptoms and conducted a EMG. Strangely, she asked me if I had googled my symptoms...I told her that I had but OT was so rare that I disregarded the results.
I guess my next step is to see a neurologist..but as rare as this is...I don’t see a clear way to find a treatment. Anyway..if there are any recommendations..would appreciate.
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Hello I am Jim Kraynik age 71 and very active. Diagnosed with OT about 5-7 years ago. Now hinder with standing for short periods of time but not walking. Have to be careful with feet placement when in tight areas or trying to gain tight access.
Currently taking Clonazepam 0.5 3 times daily, Rytary 23.75/95mg 2 times a day and Gralise 1,800 mg once a day with dinner meal. Rytary has just been added a month or so ago and seems to help.
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Post by ATLMarsha »

I have been dealing with these symptoms for 15 years. I thought I was doing something wrong. I need to find a neurologist in Atlanta who understands my condition. I have been misdiagnosed with several Parkinsons and Essential Tremor. A friend helped me find this diagnosis based on her observations of me. This is all new to me. Im not sure if I feel better or worse knowing there’s a name for this and other people have it. I am 71 and very active. I appreciate any advice anybody can offer.
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Post by Soon Lye »

Good Morning,
I am a new member ( from Melbourne , Australia ) and I am not sure which is the best 'section' to post - so excuse my ignorance. I am a volunteer researcher helping People with Disabilities ( PWD) and since Mar 2019 I have been working on a concept - a "Potential OT Reliever ( POTR) " to try to help OTers. It is now about 16 months since I started and I have now made a prototype " OT Reliever " which I would like to trial. So, I need a few OTer volunteers to test the system. The prerequisites are that the OTer :-
a) must reside in Melbourne , Australia - because the trial equipment and trial monitoring can only be done at my home
b) is able to stop taking any medication for a few days - to ensure any effects can be attributed to the POTR only .
Here is a YouTube link with some background of what has been done : ... If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask on this forum or drop me an email at : Thanks in advance. Soon Lye
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Researcher in Australia

Post by Lake of the Woods »

I had the good fortunate to meet Soon Lye via zoom sessions this past summer. A lady from the U.S. contacted me to advise that he was doing research and wanted to get information about OT from people who have this.
I contacted Soon Lye and we set up zoom sessions with 5 other people with OT and I have to say it was very impressive what he is doing. He asked a lot of questions and gave us very professional presentations on what his work entails.
He has helped people with essential tremor and now has turned his attention to trying to help us.
Soon Lye is a very intelligent, caring man; he showed much patience dealing with our questions and if I lived in Australia, I would be the first OT person knocking on his door to sign up for these clinical trials.
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Post by FairBelle »

Hello everyone! Thank you for accepting me in your forum.

I'm from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I've been experiencing OT symptoms since November 2016 (at age 60). I can't say that I noticed the tremor at first, only a great discomfort when standing and an insurmountable desire to sit down by fear of falling or fainting. It's only in June 2017, while singing with my choir, that I noticed that my legs were shaking. I procrastinated until December 2017 to talk to my family physician about this, hoping that it would go away by itself, whatever THAT was. She knows nothing about OT but, to her credit, she quickly referred me to a neurologist specializing in movement disorders. I saw him in January 2018. He was pretty sure that it was OT at the outset and he confirmed the diagnostic in March 2018 after some tests conducted at the hospital by another movement disorder specialist to rule out PD and ALS.

It is a very disabling disease and I wish, like all of you, I did not have this. However, when I see how long it took for many people to get the correct diagnostic of OT, I consider myself fortunate to have had an answer so quickly. I also feel very fortunate not to have been given a wrong diagnostic along with some disabling medication as has been the case--and probably is still the case--for may OTers.

Take good care everyone and stay safe. Nobody needs COVID-19 on top of OT.
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Post by Whatnow »

OT came on fairly quickly for me. One shaky leg occasionally to 6 mo later both shaky every time I stand. I am 67 and very nervous about the progression.i am very sensitive to drugs and am not sure that my doctor and I can find one that works with out awful side effects. To be honest this disease makes me feel stupid. Why can’t my brain control it. Thanks for giving me a chance to vent. I love my friends,but they can’t really understand how this is impacting me. I think it the I can walk, but I can’t stand thing.🥴
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Post by cisco38 »

Hello fellow OTers,

I have had OT for about 30 years, and was able to manage it with Fycompa 2 mg at night & Gabapentin 400 mg 3X a day. Unfortunately, in September 2018, I had a panic attack after I held a door open for a slow moving woman with a walker. Standing too long was the culprit. My neurologist who is well versed in OT, recommended seeing the psychiatrist on staff at the University of CA in San Francisco. It was excellent advice. She recommended CBT (cog-nitive behavioral therapy ) with mindfulness intervention. I still see the psychiatrist and the therapist periodically on Zoom. I am so much better mentally.
Physically the OT seems to be a bit progressive. Sometimes it is hard to tell if the fear of falling is due to anxiety or to the OT progression. I am currently in Physical therapy to problem solve the safest way to fall, to evaluate for any assistive equipment and to learn some strengthening exercises.

It has been quite a journey. I'd love to hear from you.

Stay safe, everyone.
Marianne M. Poppas
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Post by Librarycarol »

Hello everybody. I am happy to find your group. I was diagnosed a week ago after only a month of shakiness when standing. I had broken my right ankle 10 months ago which is still not healed and just thought of my weak legs as being caused by no exercise for so long. I got a bone stimulator 4 months ago to wear 3 hours a day on that ankle. Has anyone else used one of these medical devises before developing OT? I have also broken my left ankle and leg 5 years ago and have a rod and screws in it. I have been on propranolol for constant lightning strikes in both eyes with mild essential tremor. I have diabetes ISIPDUS from a high fever as a kid that damaged my pituitary gland yet I feel so blessed that these are not deadly diseases. I am 68 years old and looking forward to getting to know you.
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Hello Everyone, I wanted to ask if any other OT person has tried Walkasins External Shoe insert for better balance. Originally designed for those with Nephropathy but from the sounds of it, it could be of use for us and balance. I did 25 sessions of Gait and Balance along with some home use of those exercises and I feel it made me stronger.
On the bad side, after 10+ years of OT, I find I must think about moving in and exiting tight places instead of just reacting prior to OT. One other effect of the OT is my thought process in speaking is slowing down a great deal.
My drugs are 0.5 of Clozepan 2 times a day and 1 at night along with 1,800 mg of Gralese with my dinner meal. Merry Christmas to All and STAND TAL!!!!
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Post by DonnaJean »

I am 56 y/o female, started having symptoms in June 2020 and went to my physical therapist and asked her for her opinion and help with my balance issues, standing in shower was when I noticed I was not steady like I used to be, running for exercise caused my legs to ache and weak after going a very short distance, shaky in my exercise class, can’t bend over without unsteadiness in my legs when I was doing yard work. Therapist said it appeared to be more than balance and her observations was that I needed to go to doctor to get blood work and tests to figure out what is causing my symptoms. Primary doctor ordered MRI brain, blood work but all normal. She didn’t have a neurologist to recommend in the medical group so I went to do my own research on internet and I chose to go to a neurologist who specializes in movement disorders. He diagnosed me in August 2020 after looking at blood work, mri, observing me, asking questions. I went to get a second opinion and neurologist wanted to dig deeper. I had mri of neck and spine and more blood work. All normal but she said it would be good to get a comprehensive review and be seen for second opinion, get tertiary care from Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN.

Will repost what happens with Mayo Clinic testing since I am here at Mayo this week. So far I could have orthostatic tremors or orthostatic myoclonus but the EMG testing will prove what I have.
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Post by DonnaJean »

EMG confirmed that I have primary orthostatic tremors 15-16 HZ along with postural tremors in arms.
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Post by Betty »

Hi DonnaJean,

So sorry to hear you also have OT, but as you can see, there are a lot of us.

If you have any questions, we would be happy to try to answer them for you. You will find a lot of support here.

Good luck and stay in touch.

Betty in Florida
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Post by Mupe51 »

Hola a todos!!
En el año diagnosticaron OT.
en todos estos años ha habido de todo..unos días estoy mejor y otros, no tanto...te tengo que decir ,que hoy en día estoy mejor que hace unos años... quizás es porque estoy aceptando mi enfermedad.. y me da igual que me vean que necesitó sentarme.. porque es lo que tenemos que hacer, nuestro cuerpo no puede sufrir intentando aparentar que podemos estar de pie.. porque no podemos.. pero si podemos vivir.. de otra forma ....pero vivir...tengo que decir que he probado mucha medicación y ninguna me ha funcionado...hasta ahora lo único que me ha funcionado es mi fuerza de voluntad ,de luchar contra mi enfermedad...y puedo asegurar que es lo único que funciona....para eso tenemos que estar fuertes de ánimo, por lo menos para mí, DE MOMENTO es la única arma qué tengo....
Lo que no podemos es estar parados. cuando más sentimos el temblor más necesidad tenemos de luchar contra el.... porque si no, es él ,el que puede con nosotros...
Yo salgo con un carrito que sirve para hacer la compra y para poder sentarme..porque ... me pasa a mí....y creo que nos pasa a imposible hacer una cola ..
Ahora, lo que no permito es que si siento el mínimo malestar por estar de pie, inmediatamente me siento...mi consejo es que tenemos que evitar que el temblor y que el miedo se apodere de nosotros... porque es lo que sentimos.. miedo e impotencia..
Esperó que mi comentario pueda servir .
!!!Un abrazo para todos !! !
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