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Shaking Hands Or Tremor (Definition)

Shaky hands is a symptom in a person's hand or hands has a tremor (shakiness or small back and forth movements). Shakiness can be present at rest, all the time, or only when the person is trying to use his hands. Causes include, brain problems, nerve problems, muscle problems, medicine effects, drug abuse, etc. ...Read more


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Why do my hands shake? I have had shaky hands since my teenage years (now in upper 20s). My arms shake too if I am lifting weights. No shaking at rest

Why do my hands shake? I have had shaky hands since my teenage years (now in upper 20s). My arms shake too if I am lifting weights. No shaking at rest

Essential tremor is: A nervous system disorder that causes a rhythmic shaking, is not a dangerous condition but can worsen with time. ET can affect almost any part of your body, but the trembling occurs most often in your hands — especially when you try to do simple tasks, such as drinking from a glass, tying shoelaces, writing or shaving.
Please get exam with your doctor to rule out other causes & poss Rx. ...Read more

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What can I do to address shaky hands / weakness?

What can I do to address shaky hands / weakness?

Analysis needed: If weakness is present first, this can result in shaking during attempted exertion. If shaking and weakness occur together, then conditions such as parkinson's disease, hyperthyroidism, excess stimulant use/abuse are possible causes. Essential tremor rarely begins at this age, and is not associated with weakness. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Got epilepsy but I got severe shaky hands on and off what is that I do not think it's weak muscles I don't have the other shaky condition I'm curious?

Got epilepsy but I got severe shaky hands on and off what is that I do not think it's weak muscles I don't have the other shaky condition I'm curious?

Medication effect?: What medication are you on for your epilepsy? It may be a side effect. If both hands are shaky it would be difficult to localize this as a partial seizure. I would speak with your neurologist about medication effect and other potential causes. ...Read more

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Can prostatitis cause flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, headache, weakness, shaky hands?

Can prostatitis cause flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, headache, weakness, shaky hands?

Infection?: Only if there is a severe prostate infection: I suggest an examination and blood/ urine testing. ...Read more

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I'm being tested for ms, I have all the symptoms, heavy limbs, shaky hands, electric shock down neck & hands etc, but MRI is clear, could it still be ms?

I'm being tested for ms, I have all the symptoms, heavy limbs, shaky hands, electric shock down neck & hands etc, but MRI is clear, could it still be ms?

MS diagnosis: Although it is possible for someone to have MS and a normal brain MRI, this is not likely. One way it is missed sometimes is if the MS or similar problem occurs in the spinal cord. Sometimes people will ask a person to have an MRI of the cervical spine (neck) when they have the shock sensation and symptoms in the arms. ...Read more

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Dug driveway, heavy shoveling & wheelbarrow use. Pain, numbness, weakness in hands & arms daily life is difficult. Will massages help a pinched nerve?

Dug driveway, heavy shoveling & wheelbarrow use. Pain, numbness, weakness in hands & arms daily life is difficult. Will massages help a pinched nerve?

Herniated disc: Skip the massage and go to the doctor first. The weakness and numbness in the hands is a sign of spinal cord compression. A ruptured disc due to shoveling may be making your "life difficult". A visit to the doctor and an MRI of the cervical spine is a priority before a massage. Do not go to a chiropractor for an adjustment until spinal cord compression is excluded. ...Read more

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What can cause hand numbness and weak arms?

What can cause hand numbness and weak arms?

Nerve compression &: Nerve compression & many other things. Carpal tunnel is common but don't assume its that just because its is frequent. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Can neck problems cause weakness and tremors in arms and hands?

Can neck problems cause weakness and tremors in arms and hands?

Could: Certainly neck problems can cause hand symptoms, including weakness. Tremor would be less common, though. Perhaps visitwith a neurologist or a physical medicine doctor. ...Read more

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I routinely wake up every morning with my arms crossed over my chest and my hands feeling weak/numb. What could it be??

I routinely wake up every morning with my arms crossed over my chest and my hands feeling weak/numb. What could it be??

Nerve impingement: Hello, it is more than likely that you are impinging nerves in both arms that are causing your symptoms. These nerves control sensation/movement, among other things, and depending on your anatomy/previous history; they can be impinged in certain positions and cause the symptoms you describe. If your symptoms occur at other times, it may be the case that the nerves are irritated at the spine level. ...Read more

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Pain that is in my hands pain goes up both arms and goes to the middle of my back between my shoulder blades my upper body feels weak and exahusted?

Pain that is in my hands pain goes up both arms and goes to the middle of my back between my shoulder blades my upper body feels weak and exahusted?

Mri: Ou may need an MRI of your cervical spine. You should go get seen by a doctor for an exam and medical history interview. ...Read more

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I feel shaky all the time in hands & arms. Feel weak at times. Doc said this is anxiety? Feel calm however. Heart don't race. Just feel real shaky

I feel shaky all the time in hands & arms. Feel weak at times. Doc said this is anxiety? Feel calm however. Heart don't race. Just feel real shaky

Depends: It depends on whether your hands and and arms really shake or you just feel shaky. Could be related to anxiety or if arms really shake a familial tendency. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Weakness numbness heaviness on right hand and arms caused by gerd?

Weakness numbness heaviness on right hand and arms caused by gerd?

See below: This is unlikely to be caused by gerd. I would suggest that you get these symptoms evaluated to look for another source. ...Read more

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Weakness numbness heaviness on right hand and arms caused by gerd. What to do?

Weakness numbness heaviness on right hand and arms caused by gerd. What to do?

Splint: Rest, night splint, vitamin b6 100mg / day, over the counter anti-inflammatory meds and ergonomic changes to work space. If that fails then cortisone injection and surgery (endoscopic). ...Read more

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Why do both my shoulders pop and crack causing pain numdness and weakness in my arms elbows and wrist hands?

Why do both my shoulders pop and crack causing pain numdness and weakness in my arms elbows and wrist hands?

Instability or nerve: Painful pop and click in shoulder may represent instability but this could also be emanating from your neck with a nerve issue. ...Read more

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Numbness/tingling start at shoulders n go to hands (both arms). Arms feel weak and heavy. Comes and goes as it wants. More often now. Ideas?

See a Neurologist: May have problems with the nerves coming from your neck into your arms. May be nerve compression. See a Neurologist or Neurosurgeon. ...Read more