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I am an 81-year-old male in very good health. About 6 months

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I am an 81-year-old male in very good health. About 6 months ago I developed a quiver in my lower jaw. My jaw does not quiver when I lower my head but becomes more pronounced when I raise my head or I am in a cold environment. When I first detected the quiver I immediately made an appointment with my family doctor and he conducted a series of tests to determine if I had Parkinsons Disease. All the tests were negative.
JA: Do you have a fever? Do you have any other existing medical conditions?
Customer: One possible contributing factor to my condition is the my lower jaw joints on both sides "pop" when I chew or open my jaw to the maximum..I have had this condition for many years as a result of serving as an Air Force fighter pilot, which required me to wear an oxygen mask while flying. In the early days (1960's) these masks were not well fitted for my face and to insure a seal of the mask I had to cinch the mask really tight, which put pressure on my lower jaw - the pressure was from front to back and over time my lower jaw began to pop.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I realize this is not a life threading condition but it would be helpful to know if there is anything I can now do to reduce or eliminate the quiver. For example, what kind of specialist would I need to see. Thanks
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

Hi, this is Dr Phil, here to assist you. I am Board Certified with over 10 years of experience. I will respond with my answer shortly. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

any other medical issues?

do you take any meds?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I take medications for glaucoma, atrial fibulation, and a hiatil hernia
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

what meds for glaucoma?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Timolol - one drop each eye twice a day.
Xalatan - one drop each eye once a day
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

This is due to a condition called essential tremor

it is a benign condition that runs in families

there are meds that can help but it is only necessary if it bothers you

is this helpful?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
If I wanted to have it checked out by a specialist what kind of doctor do I need to see?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

The best doctor is a neurologist

sorry about the late reply

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 7 months ago.

Thanks for this question

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