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I have had tremors in my hands years, but lately they

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I have had tremors in my hands for many years, but lately they seem to be getting shakier. I have been having a markedly more difficult time with my short term memory. I've also had chronic bowel problems in the last year or so. I'm a dancer and I notice that I tire much more quickly than my peers. Is this constellation of symptoms pathognomonic of something?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
This is Dr. David
Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is characterized by problems with movement and thinking ability
this is a rare condition and most likely you don't have it
you need to see your doctor to get blood testing to check for low potassium or low thyroid, low vitamin D, low iron, low B12 which could be causing your symptoms.
what sort of bowel problems have you had?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Diarrhea, constipation, mucus in stool, yellow liquid diarrhea, all varying in intensity as time goes by but occasionally I'll have relief from symptoms without any notable change in diet or lifestyle.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
your bowel symptoms could be from IBS or irritable bowel syndrome
or from anxiety which can cause bowel symptoms
or from food sensitivities such as gluten wheat protein sensitivities or milk lactose food sensitivities
taking a daily probiotic could possibly help your bowel symptoms
eating more fiber could help
do you have excessive anxiety symptoms?
excessive anxiety can cause tremors and short term memory problems as well.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I'm anxious in social situations except when I'm around people that I know well. To the point that I find it difficult or incredibly uncomfortable to have to talk to anyone with whom I'm not familiar. Even ordering food over the phone makes me anxious.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
I see
there are treatments for social anxiety symptoms
medications like paxil and zoloft can help your symptoms
you should talk to your doctor about them to see if they will help
let me know if you have other questions.
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