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Shaky Hands - Causes and Treatment

Updated on December 31, 2013

Shakiness of our hands is somehow annoying and can make you worry. Seldom would you ask yourself some questions. How many cups of coffee have you had today, is this Parkinson’s disease, and why is this happening? We need not overreact, sometimes, without even you knowing, our hands shake involuntarily. But we do need consult a doctor as soon as possible the shakiness is uncontrollable and a source of disability. Probably tests would be done in order to identify the real cause.

Causes of Shaky Hands

Several factors result to shaky hands. These factors are contributors or imply as risks to having shay hands.

First, I’ll be presenting to you the most common type of hand shakiness. This is a common condition called essential tremor, uncontrollable shaking caused by miscommunication of impulses between the brain and the nerves. These tremors are random and are noticeable. The young population are not usually affected instead those who are at the age over 40 are more susceptible to develop this. Genetic composition has also contributed to this condition. If you’re a family of shaky hands, most likely you have this too. Drinking stimulants can progress to tremors. We have alcoholic drinks and caffeinated beverages as roots for this state. But not all alcoholics manifest shaky hands and it doesn’t mean you are neurotic or has control issues. The problem may be underlying and can predispose you to have shaking hands.

Other causes are as follows:

  • Low blood sugar - Having used to high sugar levels and eating high sugar foods, can be threatening if your sugar levels go way down your usual amount. A normal body response is compensatory. Thus the adrenaline rush comes about and causes the shakiness that is happening when you are hypoglycemic. This can be prevented if you control your sugar intake and maintain a suitable amount to avoid unwanted effects.
  • Anxiety – This may be the most common cause of having hand tremors. Being stressed out and tired can be subjective to shaking hands.
  • Too much coffee – Too much caffeine in the diet is not healthy. When the body is adept to caffeine, low blood sugar levels mechanism of action can present equal effects on the person’s body.
  • Parkinson’s disease – this condition has a triad of symptoms and it includes tremors as one of the three. This is a progressive disease that involves a decrease in dopamine levels. Essential neurotransmitter for controlling fine motor movements. As a result, the condition manifests tremors as one of its first symptoms. This condition needs to be well sought and treated.
  • Hyperthyroidism – an autoimmune disorder that is more common to women than in men affecting the thyroid function. We can easily define and identify the symptoms of this disease. Taking note of the word “hyper” and correlate it to body processes. An example of a symptom would be “hyper” digestion, causing abrupt loss of weight. “Hyper” activity of movements such as restlessness and restless shaking and tremor.
  • Medications – some medications can induce to hand shakiness. Antidepressants can contribute to shaky hands. Anesthetics possibly can affect your nerves and result to shakiness, as well as tranquilizers.


Learn to avoid the risks for shaky hands in order to be far from acquiring them. Avoid caffeine, or minimize intake of caffeinated drinks. Alcohol can contribute to essential tremors; avoid drinking them as much as possible.

Since a shaky hand is a symptom, we need to treat the underlying cause. If with Parkinson’s disease, providing the prescribed medication to the client is of great assistance. Hyperthyroidism can be treated with surgery and other medications. It is very essential that you visit your doctor and follow your prescription religiously to avoid untoward symptoms. As a good support system, we need to emotionally assist the patient to recovery.


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      Alexandra Cuthbert 12 months ago

      Symptoms of hand tremors are rhythmic shaking of hands. Few ways in which people can treat tremor, but the best for hand tremors herbal treatment.

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      riya 3 years ago

      I have the Same problem. Which doctor should I consult to?

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      Asif 3 years ago

      My hands are shivering very much its very pain full to me. Is this b'ccoz i am from bangal. i am very week guy not eating to much cold and spicy..

      also my mind is not in my control.

      plz reply me soon...

      jai bangala

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      Lukman 4 years ago

      If you have seen the cause of yours.. Pls share n enlighten us on how you have been able to stop it, it's becoming scary for me..

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      melissa 4 years ago

      Anyone had aching hands wrists shaking hands and weak feeling?

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      jorina 4 years ago

      Very informative and helpful . Thanks for enlightening us on some medical issues.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      another knowledge that I had gained from your hub. Previously, i had some symptoms of shaky hands, thought that i had high blood pressure. Now i know the reasons behind the cause. Thank you