Philadelphia( CNN) For the past decades of my father’s life, his hands shake uncontrollably. Normal activities like eating and reading the newspaper were challenging. I don’t know whether his tremors were caused by Parkinson’s illnes. He didn’t have any of the other typical symptoms, like difficulty initiating movements or shuffling while walking. His doctors thought he had so-called intentional tremors, which is frequently less problematic than Parkinsonian tremors.
When my hands started to shake, about seven years ago, I thought that I also had intentional tremors. Eventually, however, I conveyed unambiguous symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.