Shaking Hands

Shaking hands usually occur as a result of a neurological disorder. However, it may also be due to thyroid disorders resulting in a rapid heartbeat. In addition, avoiding alcohol, coffee, and lifestyle modifications can help improve the condition.

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I have difficulty in writing legibly and signing. Is this a symptom of nerve problem?

Query: Hello doctor, My age is 23 years and I am a student. Since the past one year, I find my handwriting to be abnormal. In other words, I am not able to write in a way that I used to before. I earlier thought that this was because of lack of constant practice. However, even after continuously writing fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In most cases, this is normal. There is nothing to worry as such. However, I would recommend you go for vitamin B12 levels and thyroid test. Get the tests done and write back with results. I hope this helps. Thank you.   Read Full »

A 72-year-old has an uncontrollable shaking of his hand. How can it be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, My father who is 72 years old has a problem of uncontrolled shaking of his right hand for the past three years. The problem has increased over the years and now he finds it difficult to hold the toothbrush also. Some works he can do without much difficulty like riding a scooter, sweepi...  Read Full »

Dr. Shivam Om Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on the symptoms you have described, your father likely has an "essential tremor." This is a very common neurological condition affecting 4% of the elderly population. Yes, it is not Parkinson' s disease but it has to be differentiated from Parkinson's disease b...  Read Full »

What causes headaches, shaky hands and nervous tics?

Query: Hello doctor, Please see my symptoms: 1. Headache.2. Hands slightly shaking.3. Nervous ticks (meaning I make a flinching motion). Please also note that I feel anxiety daily.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since when are you having anxiety? Sweaty and shaky hands are a manifestation of anxiety. Though headaches can be associated with anxiety too, a headache needs more detailed history: 1. In which part of the head it is? 2. Is it severe or mild? 3. Do you ...  Read Full »

How to reduce the dosage and gradually stop my medicines without side effects?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 23 year old male. I want to quit my medicines permanently. I am taking Valkem OD 500, Soltus 100 mg, Flunil 20, and Ativan 2 mg. How to reduce the doses and completely stop taking these medications without any side effects?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post. You are on Divalproex (Valkem) which is used for epilepsy; in addition, you are on antidepressants and antipsychotic meds. Firstly, if you have a seizure disorder, for which you are taking Valkem, then your EEG (electroencephalogram) shoul...  Read Full »

Why do I have shaky hands and a fast heartbeat a few hours after consuming alcohol?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, I went out to drink with my friends and had only two pegs of strong alcohol. The next day, at 12 pm, I had two slices of toast with chocolate spread and coffee for brunch. My next meal was at 4 pm. When I started cooking a few hours later, I felt my hands shaking, and I had ...  Read Full »

Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your symptoms are vague, and it could be due to many reasons. I suggest you check your sugar levels with glucometer sticks when you have the symptoms again, as Hba1c levels indicate values over two to three months. As these symptoms can oc...  Read Full »

I experienced trembling in my hands the afternoon after I had consumed alcohol the night before. Could I be hypoglycemic?

Query: Hello doctor, Just recently, around 15 days back, I went out drinking with my friends. I only drank 2 pints of beer that night at a normal rate. The next afternoon at about 12 PM, I had two slices of toast with chocolate spread and coffee for brunch. The next meal was at 4 PM (4 hours later). Howeve...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You had two episodes of similar symptoms. The first episode happened after the intake of alcohol. Alcohol is one of the etiological factors that can cause hypoglycemia. In the first episode, you had symptoms of a feeling of fainting, increased heart rate, and tremors...  Read Full »

How should I manage the hand tremors that I frequently get when I am around people?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 47 years old and have had tremors in my hand for many years, especially when I am around people. But, now it is happening more often. What is it, and what should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Intentional tremors occur due to stress, anxiety, and fear of people. Do you have any stress, fear, or anxiety?  Read Full »

I have been taking Olanzapine 2 mg for the past two years. Can this drug cause symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking Oleanz 2 mg for the past two years. Can this drug cause Parkinson's disease? I started experiencing symptoms such as shaking hands, difficulty walking, nightmares, and sleep disturbances only after taking this medication. Are these symptoms due to the drug which I am t...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is rare to have Parkinsonian symptoms due to tablet Olanzapine 2 mg, but sometimes it may cause. If you are stable, I suggest tapering off and stopping your tablet Olanzapine. There is no alternative medication for it. I hope that you get your answer. Please let m...  Read Full »

Why are my head and hands shaking randomly for the past year?

Query: Hello, I have been experiencing random shivering for the past year. Mainly my head and hands shake. It has been getting worse and worse for the past few months.  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hi,Welcome to read your query and understand your concern. I am sorry for such discomfort you are having.I will try to guide you in your case.Please provide me with more details about your condition.Thanks.  Read Full »

I have been experiencing generalized tremors worsening with overexertion and stress. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am unable to get a specific diagnosis for the symptoms listed. They are worsened upon overexertion and stress. I do not drink or smoke. I am unable to sleep because of it. Please help, doctor. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Abhaya Kant Tewari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 1. Unfortunately, you have not listed the symptoms. The only fact mentioned by you is worsening upon overexertion and stress. It is not possible to comment on this.2. I suggest you mention all the symptoms and problems you face in detail in a follow-up to this query. That...  Read Full »

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