QUESTION: Could my boyhood hobby of molding lead soldiers have caused my hand tremors as a 51 yr old? 04 Aug 2008 Virginia, USA
I am a 51 year old male. As a child, in the 1960s My parents gave me a lead soldier making kit which included molds, a hot plate for melting ingots and a supply of lead ingots. I used this kit quite frequently and took no particular precautions. Today, I experience trembling of the hands quite regularly and have no explanation for this. I see on your list of neurological symptoms, tremors is listed. Is it conceivable that I suffer from long range consequences of lead exposure? Would there be any way to diagnose this after so many years? Your reply would be most appreciated.
ANSWER: 04 Aug 2008
The unfortunate fact is that childhood lead exposure COULD be the cause of trembling hands now. The best way to find out if lead could be the cause of your tremors is to ask the doctor to investigate all possible causes of tremors including asking for a blood lead test.
I will also email you our Info Pack 45 - Case management after earlier lead poisoning - which goes into a lot more detail about your options for both lead exposure assessment and treatment.
You and your doctor may also be interested in the following journal articles:
All the best
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