Whatever the cause, tremor is the name experts give to those shaky hands (and sometimes voice, head, mouth, and feet).Theyre more common than you might think, and the causes and outcomes can be quite varied.
ET isnt life-threatening, but it can get more severe over time. Stress, fatigue, and too much caffeine can worsen it. At some point, eating, drinking, writing, and all the other daily tasks you do with your hands can become a bigger challenge.
This condition can be hard to treat. There are medications, but none works consistently. Surgery is an option, as is a treatment called deep brain stimulation, in which doctors implant a device in your brain to help control the tremors. If shaky hands are a problem for you, ask your doctor if this might help. Learn more about deep brain stimulation to treat essential tremor.
Tremor is an early sign of Parkinsons disease, which affects 10 million people worldwide. Not everyone who has this disease gets shaky, but most people in the early stages will have slight movement in a hand, foot, or even a single finger
This disease, which targets your immune system, brain, nerves, and spinal cord, can also make your hands shake. Youre most likely to have a tremor in your hand or foot. MS can cause a variety of tremors. The most common, like Essential Tremor, happens when youre already moving. Learn more about tremors with multiple sclerosis.
Tremor is one of the first signs. If you werent too hooked, the shakes may last just a few days. If you drank a lot, or for a long time, they can go on for a year or even longer. Learn more about alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Drugs: The most common culprits are medications that block a brain chemical called dopamine. It moves information from one part of your brain to another. These drugs are used to keep your mood even. The tremors will go away when you stop taking the drugs.
B12 deficiency: Without it, your nervous system wont work like it should. You can find it in meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and milk products. If youre getting so little that your hands shake, your doctor will give you a shot.
Stress: From financial and job worries to relationship problems and health concerns, stress worsens tremors. Intense anger, extreme hunger, or sleep deprivation can all make your hands shake. This is known as physiologic tremor.
An overactive thyroid: This gland is in your neck, just above your collarbone. When its in overdrive, your whole body speeds up. You may have trouble sleeping, your heart may beat faster, and your hands might shake.
If an underlying condition, such as hyperthyroidism, is responsible for the tremor, it will usually get better when a person receives treatment. If a tremor is a side effect, it will often go away when a person switches medications.
This can improve muscle control, functioning, and strength while enhancing coordination and balance. An occupational therapist can help people living with tremors to continue to engage in daily activities.
DBS requires a doctor to place a small generator under the skin in the upper chest. It sends electrical signals to electrodes implanted in the thalamus, which is the part of the brain that coordinates and controls some involuntary movements.
This nerve disorder is the most common reason your coffee cup won't stay still while you hold it. It kicks in while your hands are doing something, but goes away when they're not. There's no clear cause, but it's sometimes traced to a change in a gene. If your symptoms are mild, you may not need treatment. If they get in the way of everyday tasks or your job, you may need medicine, occupational therapy, or surgery.
When you have this condition, your hand shakes because brain cells that tell your muscles to move get damaged. The shaking usually starts on one hand, but over time may spread to the other. You may also move more slowly, have trouble with balance, or find that your arms and legs stiffen up. The main treatment for Parkinson's tremors is medication and sometimes surgery for better muscle control.
This condition damages a coating on your nerves called myelin. When this happens, you may get symptoms that include shaking in your hands or other parts of your body. Medicine is the most common way to treat it. A physical or occupational therapist can help you learn ways to manage your symptoms.
Have you had your thyroid hormone levels checked lately? Shaky hands may be a sign of hyperthyroidism. This means your thyroid gland is working too hard and kicking your heart rate into high gear. You may also notice that you lose weight without trying, are sensitive to light, get a fast heartbeat, and have trouble sleeping. A simple blood test will help you and your doctor figure out what's going on.
Can't do without your morning coffee? Have a cup or two, then cut yourself off. Caffeine is a stimulant, so the same natural chemical that helps you wake up will also make your hands shake if you have too much. Coffee isn't the only culprit. You can also find caffeine in over-the-counter headache medicine, chocolate, and some sodas.
If you have an addiction to alcohol, you could get symptoms that include shaky hands when you quit. It starts as soon as 10 hours after your last drink and can last a few weeks. Some detox programs use medication to help you manage withdrawal symptoms.
You can't expect a car to run if you don't give it gas. And you can't expect your brain to send messages to all the right places without sleep. When you don't get enough shut-eye, it can cause your brain to mistakenly tell your hands to tremble. Luckily, you can snooze your way back to steady hands.
Your nerves and muscles are powered by blood sugar. When they don't get enough, they tell your hands to shake. Low blood sugar can be caused by diabetes, certain medications, too much alcohol, or not enough food. A doctor can help you narrow down what's happening and why.
When something stresses you out, like giving a speech or watching a scary movie, your nerves kick into overdrive. Your hands shake and your heart beats fast. The shakiness will go away when the stress does. Try stress relief techniques like deep breathing or meditation.
Twitchy hands are a common side effect of many different types of prescription drugs. Among the most common are medicines for your mood, seizures, migraine, neuropathy, and asthma. Some antihistamines cause this problem, too.
Though some people do it because they hope it will ease stress, smoking can cause anxiety. Nicotine, the addictive drug in tobacco, gets into your bloodstream and makes your heart beat faster. This can make you feel anxious and cause your hands to shake. Talk to your doctor to get ideas on how to quit tobacco.
B12 plays big role in keeping your nervous system healthy. If you don't eat meat or eggs, dont drink milk, or if you take certain medications, you might have lower-than-normal levels of this vitamin. This can cause your hands to shake or make your arms and legs feel numb and tingly. Your doctor can tell you if you need to take supplements.
This is a long word for a rare tumor that grows in your adrenal gland. Though the tumor is usually benign, it makes your blood pressure go way up. It could make you shake as well as cause heavy sweating, shortness of breath, and headache. The tumor can also lead to heart disease and stroke, so it's best to remove it with surgery.
Shaking is a symptom of a few liver disorders, like Wilson's disease. In this genetic condition, a buildup of copper in your body damages your liver and brain. You'll also feel tired and get jaundice -- a yellow tint to your eyes and skin. Doctors treat Wilson's disease with medication and diet changes.
If you've had a stroke or a traumatic brain injury, the muscles in your hands may have a mind of their own. Ask your doctor about medication or occupational therapy to manage shakiness. And steer clear of caffeine, nicotine, or anything else that makes the symptoms worse.
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If youve ever wondered why your hands are shaking during a terrifying job interview, first date, or other extremely inopportune time, well, welcome to the club. Weve all been there, wanting to shake our...well, shaky fists at our bodies for the poor timing, or the simple WTF-ness of it all.
The interesting thing is that your hands actually shake way more than you might realize. In fact, youre experiencing a teeny hand tremor all the time. If you put electrodes onto peoples fingers...you can record a very, very fine, tiny tremor, Andrew S. Feigin, M.D., co-executive director of the Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinsons and Movement Disorders at NYU Langone Health, tells SELF.
A tremor is when your muscles contract rhythmically and unintentionally, and one or more of your body parts end up shaking, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Its most likely to occur in your hands, but it can also affect your arms, head, torso, legs, and vocal cords. (Hi, shaky voice! So nice of you to show up, usually when youre not at all welcome.)
Even as you read this, youre experiencing whats called a physiologic tremor. That may sound a little worrisome, but its really not. It just means that your body, that endless source of surprises, trembles a bit as a result of the physical work required to keep you alive, like your heart beating, the NINDS explains.
The issue comes when your tremor gets to the point that your hands are basically vibrating in a way that concerns you. Here are a few potential reasons that might happenand when you should see a doctor for evaluation.
Sleep deprivation can heighten your body's usual tremor, Pinky Agarwal, M.D., a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and a clinical professor of neurology at the University of Washington, tells SELF.
This is what experts often call an enhanced physiologic tremor, which is when your bodys normal inconspicuous quivering becomes more noticeable for some reason (as opposed to your body shaking perceptibly because of an underlying health condition, which well get to in just a bit).
When you think about it, it makes total sense that sleep deprivation might result in an obvious tremor. Sleep is a cornerstone of your health, and not getting enough (thats at least seven hours a night for people 18 and over) can greatly affect your autonomic nervous system (ANS). Also called your involuntary nervous system, your ANS governs how your internal organs work, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, doing so much to keep you alive that it basically deserves a medal. Your ANS regulates processes like your heartbeat and blood pressure, which may rise if youre sleep-deprived. This can ultimately result in more noticeable tremors.
In that case, getting rid of the tremor may just require sleeping more, says Dr. Agarwal, who is also a movement disorders neurologist at Evergreen Health in Kirkland, Washington. This is obviously easier said than done for some people. If you were cutting way back on sleep because of something like a huge work project and can get back to your normal routine ASAP, definitely do that. If youre dealing with a larger sleep problem, like chronic insomnia, talk to your doctor for help.
Just like excessive fatigue, having too much caffeine can enhance a normal physiologic tremor. Nicotine can do the same thing. This comes down to their nature as stimulants, Dr. Feigin explains. Since factors like your heartbeat can cause an enhanced physiologic tremor, overdoing it on stimulants that affect those processes might make your tremor more noticeable.
There are actually a lot of medications that can cause drug-induced tremors, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which explains that these tremors typically happen when you move or try to hold your hands, arms, or head in a specific positions.
A wide range of drugs can cause these tremors by affecting your nervous system and muscles, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. This includes some anti-seizure medications, asthma drugs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, the most commonly prescribed kind of antidepressant), and more. If youve started taking a new medication and are experiencing tremors that concern you, chat with your doctor about your options.
If youve ever delivered a presentation and noticed your notes trembling like a leaf in your hands, this one wont surprise you. Anxiety can enhance normal physiologic tremors, Dr. Feigin says. In addition to controlling your bodys involuntary processes, your autonomic nervous system also affects your flight or fight response, which can get activated in response to nerves.
When youre stressed, your sympathetic nervous system (part of your autonomic nervous system) releases norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that can do things like can raise your heart rate. That, in turn, can make your hands shake in an obvious way.
There are a lot of tremors that dont fall into that enhanced physiologic category. The most common type is essential tremor, Dr. Agarwal says. Essential tremor is a movement disorder with an unknown cause, according to the NINDS, though some experts think it might be due to a slight deterioration in the parts of the brain that command movement. There may be a genetic component; the NINDS notes that if one of your parents has essential tremor, you have a greater chance of having it, too.
The biggest sign of essential tremor is noticeable shaking in both of your hands and arms, which may start on one side or be more intense in your dominant arm and hand. The tremor can be apparent whether youre doing something or standing still. With that said, In some people, it can be very action specific, Dr. Agarwal says. That means an essential tremor may get worse when youre doing an action like bringing up a cup of water to your mouth, writing a note, or using your computer. (This is a major way to differentiate an essential tremor from Parkinsons, when shaking is at its worst if your hands are at your sides or in your lap, according to the Mayo Clinic.) An essential tremor might also cause your head to make a yes or no motion, or lead to a shaky voice.
While an essential tremor usually isnt harmful to your health, it can get worse as you age, making it hard to do everyday things like eat or hold things properly, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you think you have an essential tremor, see your doctor for testing and a diagnosis. There are various medications that may help to keep your tremors at bay, or at least relieve their intensity.
This kind of tremor is a bit of a mystery. People with a psychogenic tremor typically have an underlying psychiatric disorder like depression or PTSD. When someone with this kind of condition experiences a psychogenic tremor, its whats known as a conversion disorder, which is when a psychological issue causes physical symptoms for unknown reasons.
A psychogenic tremor might affect your entire body, including your hands. It can also come and go abruptly, potentially getting worse when youre feeling stressed and better when youre feeling distracted, according to the NINDS. "A person might have a tremor, and then you have them do some other task that requires their attention, and the tremor can disappear, Dr. Feigin says. Usually if anything is actually distracting someone with a physiological type of tremor, it will actually enhance the tremor.
If you think youre dealing with a psychogenic tremor, the biggest form of relief will likely come in treating the underlying issue, Dr. Agarwal says. That might be via therapy or medicationsyour primary care physician or a mental health professional can help you figure out whats best.
Parkinsons disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that impacts movement. It happens when nerve cells in your brain degenerate or die, according to the Mayo Clinic. A specific cause isnt clear (researchers believe genetic and environmental factors could play a role, among others), but the biggest identified risk factor for Parkinsons disease is age. Its by far most common in people over 60.
Its important to note that not every person with Parkinsons disease has a tremor. But if they do, it might start in just one finger or limb and eventually affect one or both hands, typically when theyre at rest. Its sometimes called a pill-rolling tremor because it might look like youre rolling a small object in your hands, according to the NINDS.
Besides a tremor, Parkinsons disease affects balance and coordination and can cause stiffness and slow movement. The disorder can also bring about non-movement-related symptoms, such as cognitive impairment, depression and other mood disorders, sleep issues, and more.
Parkinsons can obviously be a frightening illness, but a wide range of treatments to treat symptoms is available, and lifestyle changes may help alleviate some signs of the condition as well. If youre concerned you may have Parkinsons, see your doctor as soon as possible.
If you can tell your tremors are tied to something you think you can tackle on your own, like sleep deprivation or your caffeine intake, go for it. Otherwise (or if you try to solve the problem on your own and it doesnt work), schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. In the time leading up to your visit, keep track of whether you become tremulous when using your hands, when theyre resting, or a mix of both, Dr. Agarwal says. You should also note if it seems like your tremors are related to things like your latte habit or sleep patterns. Beyond that, ask around to see if anyone in your family has a tremor and, if so, what their diagnosis is and what medications they use, if any.
When you go to your doctor, take your notes along with a list of any meds youre on and anything else you think they need to know to fully understand your tremors. Based on your medical history and your symptoms, they may recommend you see a specialist like a neurologist to find the cause of your shaky hands and best course of treatment, Dr. Feigin says. The right medical professional can help you quell the problem at hand.
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A tremor is an unintentional rhythmic movement of any part of the body. When hands are shaking or trembling, this is typically a tremor of the hands. Tremors are usually caused by problems with areas of the brain that control movements. Neurological problems can cause tremors, but they can also be caused by metabolic problems and toxins (such as alcohol) that affect the brain and nervous system. Shaking hands and tremor can also be a side effect of different medications. Shaking hands can occur as a solitary manifestation or can be accompanied by tremor or neurological disturbances in other parts of the body. Depending upon the underlying cause, shaking hands can be mild or severe, temporary or chronic. Shaking hands can occur at rest or during directed movements. Related Symptoms & Signs TremorHand Tremor Other causes of shaking hands (hand tremors) Alcohol Withdrawal Benign Essential Tremor Liver Failure Medications Movement Disorders Multiple Sclerosis Poisoning Toxins Wilson's Disease
A tremor is an unintentional rhythmic movement of any part of the body. When hands are shaking or trembling, this is typically a tremor of the hands. Tremors are usually caused by problems with areas of the brain that control movements. Neurological problems can cause tremors, but they can also be caused by metabolic problems and toxins (such as alcohol) that affect the brain and nervous system. Shaking hands and tremor can also be a side effect of different medications.
Shaking hands can occur as a solitary manifestation or can be accompanied by tremor or neurological disturbances in other parts of the body. Depending upon the underlying cause, shaking hands can be mild or severe, temporary or chronic. Shaking hands can occur at rest or during directed movements.
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Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension and fear characterized by symptoms such as trouble concentrating, headaches, sleep problems, and irritability. Anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect approximately 19 million American adults. Treatment for anxiety may incorporate medications and psychotherapy.
Brain and spinal tumor are diseases in which cancer (malignant) cells begin to grow in the tissues of the brain. Tumors that start in the brain are called primary brain tumors. Tumors that start in the brain and spread to other organs are called primary brain tumors. Symptoms may include headaches, personality changes, dizziness, and trouble walking. Treatment depends upon the type and grade of tumor.
A brain tumor can be either non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant), primary, or secondary. Common symptoms of a primary brain tumor are headaches, seizures, memory problems, personality changes, and nausea and vomiting. Causes and risk factors include age, gender, family history, and exposure to chemicals. Treatment is depends upon the tumor type, grade, and location.
Drug addiction is a chronic disease that causes drug-seeking behavior and drug use despite negative consequences to the user and those around him. Though the initial decision to use drugs is voluntary, changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can affect a person's self-control and ability to make the right decisions and increase the urge to take drugs. Drug abuse and addiction are preventable.
Fatigue can be described in various ways. Sometimes fatigue is described as feeling a lack of energy and motivation (both mental and physical). The causes of fatigue are generally related to a variety of conditions or diseases, for example, anemia, mono, medications, sleep problems, cancer, anxiety, heart disease, and drug abuse.Treatment of fatigue is generally directed toward the condition or disease that is causing the fatigue.
Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. Some of the symptoms of Graves' disease include hand tremors, rapid heartbeat, trouble sleeping, enlarged thyroid, thinning of the skin or fine brittle hair. Causes of Graves' disease are thought to be multifactorial such as genes, gender, stress, and infection. Treatment for Graves' disease is generally medication.
In the United States, head injuries are one of the most common causes of death and disability. Head injuries due to bleeding are generally classified by the location of the blood within the skull, these include: epidural hematoma, subdural hematoma, subarachnoid bleed, intracranial bleed, sheer injury, edema, and skull fracture. Some common symptoms of a head injury include: vomiting, bleeding from the ear, speech difficulties, paralysis, difficulty swallowing, and body numbness. Treatment of a head injury depends on the type and severity of the injury.
Hyperthyroidism is an excess of thyroid hormone due to an overactive thyroid gland. Symptoms can include increased heart rate, weight loss, heart palpitations, frequent bowel movements, depression, fatigue, fine or brittle hair, sleep problems, thinning skin, and irregular vaginal bleeding. Graves' disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Many other health problems or taking excess thyroid hormone medication can cause an overactive thyroid gland. Treatment for the condition is with medication, radioactive iodine, thyroid surgery (rarely), or reducing the dose of thyroid hormone. No diet has been shown to treat hyperthyroidism or its symptoms and signs.
Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, is a syndrome in which a person's blood sugar is dangerously low. People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are at risk for this condition. There are other diseases that can cause a person's blood sugar levels to go too low, for example, pancreatitis, Cushing's syndrome, and pancreatic cancer. Symptoms and signs that your blood sugar levels are too low include palpitations, trembling, intense hunger, sweating, nervousness, and weakness. If your blood sugars become too low, use these nearby as a quick treatment table sugar, soda, juice, and glucose tablets.
Parkinson's disease is a slowly progressive neurological disease characterized by a fixed inexpressive face, a tremor at rest, slowing of voluntary movements, a gait with short accelerating steps, peculiar posture and muscle weakness, caused by degeneration of an area of the brain called the basal ganglia, and by low production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Most patients are over 50, but at least 10 percent are under 40.
Drugs commonly abused by teens include tobacco products, marijuana, cold medications, inhalants, depressants, stimulants, narcotics, hallucinogens, PCP, ketamine, Ecstasy, and anabolic steroids. Some of the symptoms and warning signs of teen drug abuse include reddened whites of eyes, paranoia, sleepiness, excessive happiness, seizures, memory loss, increased appetite, discolored fingertips, lips or teeth, and irritability. Treatment of drug addiction may involve a combination of medication, individual, and familial interventions.
Tremor is the involuntary movements of one or more parts of the body. Causes of tremor include neurological disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, drugs, mercury poisoning, overactive thyroid and liver failure. There are several types of tremor. Treatment depends upon the type of tremor and availability of medications for the condition.
Youre not alone. A shaking or trembling body partalso known as a tremoris the most common type of movement disorder, according to a 2011 study in American Family Physician. And your hands are the most likely part of your body to suffer.
Whats causing your shakes? A hand tremor can stem from a number of underlying causes, ranging from diseases like Parkinsons to a benign caffeine overload, says Joseph Jankovic, MD, a professor of neurology and distinguished chair in movement disorders at Baylor College of Medicine.
For example, you might have an action tremor, which is the type that manifests when youre lifting or manipulating something with your hands, Jankovic says. This sort of tremor may be most obvious when youre working against gravitylike when youre eating or drinking, or trying to pick something up and hold it in front of your face. You could also have a rest tremor, meaning your hand moves or trembles when its immobile or at your side, he says.
Regardless of the type of tremor youre dealing with, if your shakes are interfering with your ability to function or are causing you embarrassment around other people, its time to see someone, Jankovic says. (Psst! Here are the 7 worst things people lie to their doctors about.)
By far the most common form of chronic hand tremorup to 1 in 25 people, or4% of the population, may experience itessential tremor is a shaking that comes on when youre trying to perform some kind of work or action with your hands, saysGordon Baltuch, MD, PhD, a professor of neurosurgery at theUniversity of Pennsylvaniaand associate director of theParkinsons Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center.
If your hand shakes when youre trying to type or write, or you notice it most when youre reaching to pick up a salt shaker or your drinking glass, thats indicative of this form of tremor, Baltuch explains.
It can be mildalmost unnoticeableor so pronounced that you cant complete daily tasks. But theres one easy way to tell if what youre experiencing is essential tremor: Have a stiff drink. If you do and the tremor goes away, theres your diagnosis right there, he says.
In fact, drinking has long been a way for people with essential tremor to manage their shaking. Baltuch says patients have come to his office inebriated, and his office staff tried to send them home. I had to tell them no, the patient has to drink in order to function, he says.
What causes essential tremor? We dont know, he says. We know that it runs in families, so there seems to be a genetic component, but we dont really understand the cause of it. He says it may be related to the way the cerebelluma part of the brain that controls motor skillssends and receives information. But the details are murky.
Essential tremor usually starts in one hand, often a persons dominant hand, and eventually moves into the other hand. While your risk for essential tremor climbs as you age, it can show up at any time. I have kids who come in with essential tremor, Baltuch says.
What can you do about it? If its very mild, you dont have to do anything. It may grow worse with age, or it may not. But leaving it untreated likely doesnt lead to any issues down the road, he says. (These are the6 best brain foods to eat as you age.)
While essential tremor is apparent when your hands are active, the type of hand movement associated with Parkinsons is called a rest tremor because it shows up when the hands are idle, saysMichael Rezak, MD, PhD, director of theMovement Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases Centerat Northwestern Medicine.
Also, while essential tremor looks more like shaking, the type of tremor associated with Parkinsons often has a kind of rhythmic quality to it, he says. For many patients, the tremor starts as a kind of pill rolling motion between the thumb and index finger. (This YouTube videodemonstrates what that looks like.)
Parkinsons is a neurodegenerative disease in which certain brain cells gradually die off. While its not well understood why that cell die-off starts, itleads to a shortage of the brain chemical dopamine, which eventually produces tremors, as well as other motor symptoms like facial tics, poor posture, and difficulty speaking. (This is what it's like when your spouse has Parkinson's.)
Parkinsons tends to show up during a persons 60s or lateralthough a small percentage of patients develop it younger, Rezak says. There is no cure for Parkinsons, but medicationsand physical activitycan help.
Every living person has a very mildbasically, invisibleform of tremor that results from their heart beat, blood flow, and other processes going on inside their bodies. This is called a physiologic tremor. But under certain conditions, this tremor can become more pronounced, Jankovic says.
One of those situations: periods of high stress or anxiety. If your hands or voice have ever started shaking before a public speaking engagementor if your leg was trembling when you looked over the edge of a tall buildingyouve experienced this sort of tremor, which is known as enhanced physiologic tremor, Jankovic explains.
It may be annoying or embarrassing, depending on the situation. But unless youre experiencing it all the time, and so feel like its negatively affecting your life, you dont have to do anything about it, he says.
If you feel like this kind of stress-induced tremorisa major problem for you, tell your doctor. Stress-relief activities likemeditation,yoga, or listening to musicas well as anti-anxiety medscan help. (Try these10 supereasy ways to de-stress in under a minute.)
Just as stress can heighten your normally undetectable physiologic tremor, so can caffeine, Jankovic says. If you notice your hands shaking after coffee or other sources of caffeine, its time to cut backor switch to half-caff. (These 6 physical symptoms mean you're drinking too much coffee.)
Like stress and caffeine, some medicationsnotably, asthma medications like bronchodilatorscan lead to hand tremors, Jankovic says.Amphetamines, some statins, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors(SSRIs) can also cause hand tremor.
If you notice your tremors after using your meds, or if the shaking seemed to come on when you started on a new prescription, your primary care provider should be able to offer an alternative drug that wont make you shake. (Here are6 medications that cause weight gainand how you can fight back.)
Whether youre tired due to a lack of sleep or because you completed a long, grueling workout, both muscle fatigue and exhaustion are associated with tremors of the hands and other body parts,research shows. Ditto anything that can mess with your sleeplike a night of heavy drinking.
But again, fatigue can also make essential tremor more pronounced, Jankovic says. So if your hands always shakebut it becomes really bad when youre tired or sleep-deprivedthats worth mentioning to your doctor.
This article was co-authored by Jurdy Dugdale, RN. Jurdy Dugdale is a Registered Nurse in Florida. She received her Nursing License from the Florida Board of Nursing in 1989. There are 12 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 32,738 times.
Hand shaking can hinder your day-to-day life, but there are ways to control it. Hand shaking may be mild, moderate, or sever. Mild hand tremors are often caused by lifestyle choices can be reduced through simple lifestyle changes, such as getting more sleep and cutting back on caffeine or nicotine. If you are suffering from more severe hand tremors, see your doctor to get a diagnosis and discuss your options, as these are more often a symptom of a medical issue. In some severe cases, where it's difficult to do things like hold a cup, medication, therapy, or surgery may help to calm your shaking hands.