Hand shaking uncontrollably or trembling hands.
Anyone at any age can experience trembling hands, depending on the activity being undertaken. It may not be anything, but it would not hurt to anticipate it, especially if this condition often happens, regardless of the activity.
The elderly often experience trembling hands, especially when pouring a drink or while reaching for a particular object. These symptoms may indeed be a sign of natural ageing that occurs normally, but on the other hand, shaking hands risk becoming early symptoms to the possibility of more dangerous diseases.
In severe cases, trembling hands can be a sign of degenerative disease or neurological disorders. A sufferer of degenerative diseases will decrease the function of related organs. In severe cases, the patient will experience paralysis.
Hand shaking is generally caused by a disturbance in the brain that controls the movement of the body. This unconscious and unwanted movement can be severe or mild, chronic or temporary, depending on the underlying cause.
Pay close attention to some of the mild to severe conditions below which can begin with trembling hands. Shaking hand uncontrollably or tremble may be a sign of serious health issue. Dr Mathew Tung, neurosurgeon may explain the possible cause of shaking hand involuntarily:
- Essential tremor: neurological disorders are thought to be due to impaired cerebellum brain function. The most common conditions experienced by adults today are unknown causes and treatments. People with this essential tremor will experience trembling hands or other body parts shaking as muscles in related organs are being used.
- Parkinson’s: a chronic disease that affects the brain’s coordinating and limb capabilities. People with Parkinson’s have tremor when muscles are rested.
- Huntington’s disease.
- Overactive thyroid gland.
- An increase in adrenaline levels when anxious or angry.
- Excess caffeine consumption. Addiction or alcohol abuse.
- Side effects of consumption of certain drugs.
- Low blood sugar levels.
- Multiple sclerosis: a disorder of the nervous system, the brain and the spine, which affects the movement of the body.
- Dystonia: a disorder that triggers an unconscious muscle spasm.
- Peripheral neuropathy: damage to the peripheral nervous system.
- Brain tumour.
- Muscles tired.
- Natural ageing.
Trembling hands on Parkinson’s disease have distinctive properties that can be distinguished from essential tremors. But the condition of the symptoms of these two diseases can worsen over time if not treated promptly.
In addition to the hand, people with essential tremors may experience tremors in other limbs, such as the eyelids, lips, head, arms, to the vocal cords. These essential tremors can be genetic.
Stop Habits That Can Affect The Hand Tremble
Symptoms of trembling hands may worsen and interfere with daily activities. This condition may worsen if a person is accustomed to smoking, caffeine consumption, fatigue due to lack of sleep or excessive activity, cold or overheating, and taking certain medications such as asthma or antidepressants. Check with your doctor if the hand is shaking suddenly in a short time or if accompanied by other symptoms. The doctor may apply CT scan, urine test, MRI, EMG, blood test, glucose test, thyroid function test to detect the possibility of a disturbance that underlies shaky hands. Handling trembling hands will be focused on the underlying conditions. If the shaking hands are considered to be very disturbing daily activities, doctors can prescribe medicines. In very rare cases, severe tremors that can not be treated with medication need to be treated surgically. Replacing some things in everyday life can help ease shaking hands. For example by replacing glass cups with a cup with a handle to drink or replace cooking furniture that is not difficult when the hands shake.
Having hand shaking uncontrollably or hand trembling? Please call 64762106 or SMS 84998384 for an appointment with our neurosurgeon, Dr Mathew Tung for proper check up.