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Why is my hand trembling?

 

Shaky hands are commonly referred to as a hand tremor. A hand tremor isn’t life-threatening, but it can make daily tasks difficult. It can also be an early warning sign of some neurological and degenerative conditions. You should speak with your doctor if you experience hand tremors. 

 

Many people associate shaky hands with Parkinson's disease, but the most common cause of shaking hands is actually essential tremor.  It is a nervous system (neurological) disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking. It can affect almost any part of your body, but the trembling occurs most often in your hands — especially when you do simple tasks, such as drinking from a glass or tying shoelaces.

Common signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • Begin gradually, usually on one side of the body

  • Worsen with movement

  • Usually occur in the hands first, affecting one hand or both hands

  • May be aggravated by emotional stress, fatigue or caffeine

Essential tremor isn't life-threatening, but symptoms often worsen over time. If the tremors become severe, you might find it difficult to:

  • Hold a cup or glass without spilling

  • Eat normally

  • Put on makeup or shave

  • Talk, if your voice box or tongue is affected

  • Write legibly

When the tremor is associated with any other clinical sign, a medical consultation is always indicated. Given the variety of causes that can result in tremors, the best person to consult is a neurologist. Physicians evaluate tremors with clinical examination and/or diagnostic tests. #tremors #trembling #shaking #movement #movementdisorder #neurology #neurologist #specialist #winnielimkhoo #manila #philippines #health #advise #tips #help #treatment #medicine #manila #philippines 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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