Hand tremor – What are the reasons?

Hand tremor can be a serious disease occurring at any age, but not all of us can identify the reason.

1. Autonomic dysfunction

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Autonomic dysfunction is considered to be the leading cause of tremor in young people, but it can also be present at any age with increased tremor symptoms when you are nervous, or stressed…

Alternatively, you may experience other symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, increased sweating in the palms and legs... However, it is possible to control shivering if you know how to regulate and balance your emotions.

2. Parkinson's disease

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Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects the patient's movement, balance and control of the muscles. So, if you see any sign of tremor, it might due to this disease.

Hand tremor caused by Parkinson's disease usually appears or increases while you are resting and may decrease as you work. At severe stage, the patient may have rigid joints, slow walking and difficult movement.

3. Side effects of medications

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Some medications will have side effects like shivering hands and feet. But when you stop using them, the symptoms will go away. Medications that can cause tremor include: anti-epilepsy drugs (gabapentin ...), drugs for anxiety disorders (tetrabenazine...), corticosteroid drugs (prednisolon...), depression drug (clopromazine...)…

If you are experiencing tremor at the time of using these drugs, talk to your treating doctor. In some cases, the doctor may replace them with other drugs, or use a combination of medications to help improve your condition.

4. Cerebellum damage

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Cerebellum is the brain region that regulates the balance and coordination of body movements. Cerebellum damage can be caused by a variety of conditions such as bacterial infections, traumatic brain injury, or cerebellar degeneration caused by inherited gene changes.

Therefore, if you have had a cerebellar injury, you may experience tremors later on and some other symptoms such as balance disorders, unsteadiness.

5. Hyperthyroidism

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Hyperthyroidism is an autoimmune disease that occurs because the body produces too much thyroid hormone, disrupting the activity of many organs. Suffering hyperthyroidism, you may experience symptoms such as tremor, palpitations, tachycardia, stress, discomfort...

Hand tremor caused by hyperthyroidism can be mitigated if the disease is treated properly according to doctor's advice.

6. Consuming too much caffeinated beverages

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Caffeine is one of the substances that help people to become more alert, but often over a long period of time, this substance will cause tremors, especially in young people.

Caffeine is found in many sources, including beverages like coffee, soft drinks, chocolate… and even some drugs like painkillers.

7. Other reasons

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In addition, tremors may be a symptom of a variety of conditions, including blood pressure, heavy metal poisoning (lead, mercury, arsenic...), osteoarthritis...

You may also have hand tremor when handling, grasping things or moving for unknown reasons. To be diagnosed correctly, you need to see a doctor and do some simple tests such as drawing, writing, holding a glass of water… Usual hand tremor, which is not caused by other diseases, is often benign. However, the disease still progresses gradually over time, so early detection and timely treatment are best way to ensure your health.

By: Anna Bennett

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