What diseases give you shaky hands?

Answered by Robert Dupre

There are several diseases and conditions that can cause shaky hands, also known as tremors. Here are some of the most common:

1. Essential Tremor: Essential tremor is the most common cause of shaky hands. It is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary shaking, typically in the hands but can also affect the head, voice, and other parts of the body. The tremors may worsen with movement or stress and can vary in severity.

2. Parkinson’s Disease: Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects movement. Tremors, including shaky hands, are one of the primary symptoms of Parkinson’s. These tremors often start in one hand and then spread to the other side of the body. Other symptoms may include stiffness, slow movement, and balance problems.

3. Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. Tremors, including shaky hands, can occur as a result of damage to the nerves that control muscle movement. Other symptoms of MS may include fatigue, difficulty walking, and numbness or tingling in the limbs.

4. Overactive Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism): Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces an excessive amount of thyroid hormone. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, including shaky hands. Tremors caused by hyperthyroidism are often accompanied by other symptoms such as weight loss, rapid heartbeat, and anxiety.

5. Too Much Caffeine: Consuming excessive amounts of caffeine, such as through coffee, energy drinks, or certain medications, can cause shaky hands. This is because caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, leading to increased muscle activity and tremors. Cutting back on caffeine intake can help reduce shaky hands in these cases.

6. Alcohol Withdrawal: Heavy alcohol consumption followed by sudden cessation or reduction can result in alcohol withdrawal symptoms, including shaky hands. This is known as alcohol withdrawal tremors or “the shakes.” Other withdrawal symptoms may include anxiety, sweating, and insomnia.

7. Lack of Sleep: Sleep deprivation or chronic insomnia can contribute to shaky hands. When we don’t get enough sleep, our nervous system can become overstimulated, leading to tremors and other physical symptoms. Getting adequate rest and practicing good sleep hygiene can help alleviate shaky hands caused by lack of sleep.

8. Low Blood Sugar: Low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, can cause shaky hands as a result of the body’s response to low glucose levels. This is often seen in individuals with diabetes who take medications to lower blood sugar levels. Eating a balanced diet and managing blood sugar levels can help prevent shaky hands due to low blood sugar.

It’s important to note that shaky hands can have various causes, and this list is not exhaustive. If you or someone you know is experiencing persistent or worsening tremors, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.