Trembling Hands

What Causes Hand Tremors?

Hand tremors can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose hand tremors, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "hand tremors" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Anxiety
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Brain Tumor
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Magnesium Need
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Stress
  • Hyperthyroidism

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
red palms/fingertips
occasionally feeling unusually cold
recent death of a loved one
craving and eating wheat
slight moodiness
frequent confusion/disorientation
occasional painful urge to defecate
diuretic use
occasional rapid, shallow breathing
being easily excitable
poor balance
slight stiff neck
... and more than 170 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of hand tremors:
Cause Probability Status
Parkinson's Disease 93% Confirm
Magnesium Need 30% Unlikely
Mercury Toxicity 19% Unlikely
Stress 1% Ruled out
Brain Tumor 1% Ruled out
Hypoglycemia 0% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 0% Ruled out
Anxiety 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having muscle problems / disease, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do your hands tremble or have a tremor?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, but trembling stops while I am using my hands
→ Slight trembling, only when I try to use my hands
→ Obvious trembling, only when I try to use my hands
→ Constant and obvious trembling
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either hand tremors or constant hand tremors, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Parkinson's Disease

The main symptom of Parkinson's disease is a pronounced tremor affecting the extremities – notably the hands, chin or lips.  The tremor is most evident at rest and disappears with movement and sleep.


Early symptoms of hypoglycemia, such as hand tremors, are similar to those which occur as the result of experiencing a sudden and violent fear.

Magnesium Requirement

Early symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include fatigue, anorexia, irritability, insomnia, and muscle tremors or twitching.

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