Shaky Hands-Symptoms and Treatments

Shaky hands are a common symptom that can even occur in healthy people. There are many causes of shaky hands and sometimes there is no known cause. The most common cause is an essential tremor, which often is considered and inherited benign. Diseases that commonly cause shaky hands include overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism),Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

Shaky hands also may occur after using  certain drugs or substances, such as caffeine and alcohol. Shaky hands can also result from emotions stimulated by the nervous system, such as anger or fear,anxiety and from the aging process that effects on the nervous system. Low blood sugar is also a common cause of this symptom.

Shaky hands may accompany other symptoms related to taking or withdrawing from a drug including:

  • Unusual sweating
  • Convulsions
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizure
  • Anxiety
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Worsening of the shaking when you are tired, stressed or excited
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Headache
  • Increased appetite

What are the potential complications of shaky hands?

Because shaky hands can be caused by serious diseases, failure to seek treatment can result in permanent damage and serious complications . It is important for you to follow the treatment plan that you and your health care professional design specifically for you to reduce the risk of potential complications including:

  • Brain damage
  • Inability to perform daily tasks
  • Paralysis