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Tremors and shaking are involuntary movements, that are typically limited to one area of the body at a time. Tremors most commonly occur in the hands, arms and head and severe tremors can make everyday tasks, such as writing, drinking and typing, very difficult.

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Symptoms of Tremors

Although there are no typical symptoms for tremors, common characteristics include:

  • Rhythmic shaking of the hands, arms, legs, and head
  • Shaky voice

Tremors and shaking can affect patients at any age, though it is more common in older patients. The tremors may be constant, occasional, or can increase with stress.

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Causes of Tremors

Tremors can be caused by a number of neurological conditions that impact the parts of the brain that are responsible for movement, including:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Degenerative brain diseases

Other medical conditions that can result in tremors include:

  • Excessive use of alcohol or recreational drugs
  • Thyroid issues
  • Liver failure

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Treatment of Tremors

It is difficult to treat temors, especially when the root cause of the issue is unknown. If Parkinson’s is the cause, there are specific medications that can address that issue. In other instances, physical therapy and medication can help to manage tremors.