#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Tremors


Q: Doc. I am 41 years of age and My hands and my head is shaking uncontrollably, what can I do to remedy the situation. I heard it’s called Tremor.

A: There are a few causes of shaking or tremors as they are called medically. Tremors may be familial i.e. runs in families, with the shaking noticed more when stretching out the hands or carrying out an activity; in this case, there are usually no other problems associated with it.

Tremors could also be a sign of some abnormalities in the body’s functioning – endocrine abnormality. In this case, there is shaking (especially in the hands), fast racing heartbeat, which the individual can hear/feel, sleeping problems, excessive sweating and possibly a neck swelling.

Other causes include:

  • Certain drugs
  • Liver, kidney or long standing lung diseases
  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Withdrawal from hard drugs
  • Parkinson’s disease (a disorder of certain substances in the brain)
  • Anxiety or panic attacks (fear of places, situations or circumstances, which exceeds that which can ordinarily be explained)

Remember when you had to write an exam, which was all important to you and your parents, or present something in front of the class or assembly for the first time…shaky, weren’t you?

I may not be able to identify the cause of your symptoms, but I would advise you take some time off. Stress, if you are undergoing any form of it, (physical, emotional, or psychological) could also be the source of this problem. It’s time to sit back, identify the likely causes and address them from within you to the outward.

For those things/issues you cannot resolve immediately, remember the serenity prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference

Exercise is also a good way to relax and relieve stress. But most importantly visit your doctor who would evaluate you, identify the possible cause of the shaking, and recommend appropriate treatment.

Hope this helps. Best wishes.

***** This post was contributed by a doctor guest blogger.

Have a great week ahead, people 😀

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