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
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Magnesium Need
  • Stress
  • Dehydration
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Hypoglycemia

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:
poor muscular strength
much lower back pain
specific muscle weakness
slight afternoon/evening fatigue
slight tongue swelling
short-term memory failure
high iodine consumption
front-of-head headaches
highly elevated lymphocyte count
moderate afternoon/evening fatigue
severe tinnitus
bulging eyes from hyperthyroidism
... and more than 160 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
Hyperthyroidism 94% Confirm
Parkinson's Disease 29% Unlikely
Dehydration 22% Unlikely
Anxiety 4% Ruled out
Multiple Sclerosis 2% Ruled out
Magnesium Need 2% Ruled out
Hypoglycemia 2% Ruled out
Stress 1% 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.

Dehydration

Dehydration can cause a loss of electrolytes such as potassium and sodium, which are required for normal muscle control and nerve function.  Without these electrolytes, muscle shaking or tremors can be experienced.

Hypoglycemia

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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