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A 24-year-old male asked:

Hi doc, i'm currently experiencing shaking in the hands as if it were parkinsons, bad body shakes and jerks and difficulty breathing when the body does that. could it be stress? anxiety or panic attacks?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Many causes: At your age, Parkinson's is lowest on the list, but other neurologic conditions can cause shaking. Stress can too. Do you have a fever? You need a simple, office based neurologic exam. Either your family doctor by an experienced neurologist if the cause isn't obvious.
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Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 56 years experience
Anxiety: At age 24, with the symptoms you have-does not indicate Parkinson’s. These are likely Anxiety symptoms due to stresses which could be: • Relationships • Separation/Breakup • Loneliness • Finances • Work • Alcohol and Drugs can cause Anxiety. Please see a Psychiatrist for: •Diagnosis •Therapy for stresses in your life •Discuss Medications •Breathing Relaxation •Guided Visual Imagery
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor and discuss if you may be depressed. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, exercise may help. Start with low intensity exercise such as walking and gradually increase the intensity as tolerated. Drink more water. Wish you good health!
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Last updated Nov 25, 2020

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