Hands trembling? The most common causes
Perhaps the tremor has started recently. Or maybe it is getting worse gradually. Usually I have a gradual onset. It occurs mainly in stressful or when you feel angry situations. Or it can be the indicator of a disease.
Whatever the cause, “trembling” is the name that experts give to this phenomenon, whether it dealt with the hand tremor that it is trembling at the feet. These phenomena are more common than you might think and the causes and outcomes can be very different.
Essential Tremor: What is it?
The essential tremor is one of the most common movement disorders and also the most common cause of tremor.
Defined by industry professionals, essential tremor is the most common disease affecting the nervous system. Usually the tremor starts from the hands and then move on to the arms, head, voice and other parts of the body.
Essential tremor affects the hands when they are already in motion. Other types of tremors occur however when it is quiet.
The cause exact of the disease are unknown, but you suspect there is a genetic predisposition, probably a genetic mutation. Which means that if one of your parents is affected have a higher chance (than the general population) suffer even you?
According to recent studies, the toxins in the environment could be the cause of these events, but more research to understand the connections at the bottom are necessary.
Another risk factor is age. Although this disease can occur at any age, it is more likely to strike people over the age of 40.
It is not a disease that puts life at risk, but over time, it can become debilitating. Stress, fatigue and too much caffeine can worsen these symptoms. Eating, drinking, writing and other daily activities can become very difficult to accomplish.
This condition can be difficult to treat. There are some medications but none of them has a decisive effect on the symptoms. Although surgery may be a treatment option. The intervention consists in a deep brain stimulation, in which is implanted a device that helps to keep under control the tremors.
If the tremor is a problem for you, the advice is to contact your doctor to evaluate the options of treatment best suited to your needs and to your case.
Parkinson’s disease: How it manifests?
The tremor is one of the early signs of Parkinson’s disease, a disease that today affects approximately 10 million individuals in the world. The hand tremor does not apply to all individuals who are affected, but it is very common especially in the early stages of the disease short movements of tremors in the hands, feet or toes.
Most of the time, the tremor affects only one part of the body. It is a by relaxation tremor that occurs when the muscles relax and when you move, the tremor subsides. Even a slight bending of a finger can help stop the tremor.
Stress or particularly exciting stimuli can worsen the tremor.
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Multiple Sclerosis (ALS) and tremor
The multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the immune system, brain, nerves and spinal cord, and as a result can also cause trembling of the hands. It is usually located on the hands or feet. But it can cause other types of tremors, of which the most common is essential tremor.
Tremor: This is not always a disease
The tremor is not always synonymous with disease. Sometimes the tremor is a physiological response of the body to something like:
- Drugs: Are the main responsible of tremors, in particular drugs that block dopamine. These are used to stabilize mood. The tremor in these cases, fuck when you stop taking these drugs.
- Lack of vitamin B12: Without this vitamin, the nervous system cannot function, as it should. This vitamin is contained in meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products. If you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, your doctor may possibly prescribe a cure to make up for this lack.
- Stress: Whether it be of economic, labor or health worries, stress worsens the tremors. Anger, hunger or sleep deprivation can cause tremor, also known as physiological tremor.
- Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar: The hypoglycemia active in the body a natural physiological response that the tremor is one of the possible manifestations.
- Hyperthyroidism: The thyroid is an endocrine gland, which is located at the height of the fifth vertebrae in your neck. When overworked whole body speeds up its functions and this can cause problems to sleep, tachycardia and tremor.
- Nerve damage or problems to the central nervous system: They can cause tremors, whose scientific name is peripheral neuropathy. These tremors can strike both hands and feet.
Since the causes and treatments can vary widely, it is important to consult a doctor to evaluate your medical history and your symptoms in order to show you the treatment best suited to your case.