Do Your Hands Or Legs Shake? Here Are The Reasons Why It Happens

Posted By: Lekhaka

Do your hands or legs shake? Has such a phenomenon started recently or was it always there? Does it happen when you are feeling tired or get angry? Or may be some kind of illness has given birth to this shaky phenomenon.

Whatever be the reason, this shakiness in the hands or legs is a common symptom and is called"tremors" by medical experts. The reason for this shakiness can be quite varied.

what causes shivering of hands

Reasons for shakiness:
The first reason of this shakiness could be essential tremor, as the doctors describe it. It is a common nervous disorder and starts in the hands and can gradually spread to other parts of the body, including arms, legs or heads. Even the voice can be affected by this shakiness. Essential tremors are said to affect the hands when one is on the move. There are other kinds of shakiness that take place when one is stationary.

what causes shivering of hands

Essential tremor can occur because of genetic reasons, i.e., if any of the parents has this, one is likely to get affected as well. Essential tremor is not something which can threaten life but it can surely makeone suffer, especially by affecting the hands that are so vital for our everyday functioning.

Among other reasons for shaky hands or legs are environmental causes and age. People over 40 are more likely to get tremors though what exactly is the connection between tremors and external factors requires more research.

what causes shivering of hands

Shaky hands lead to Parkinson's Disease:
Tremor is an early sign of Parkinson's disease, a worldwide disease. It's not that every patient of Alzheimer's has the problem of shakiness/tremor but most patients show such tendency in the early stages of the problem.

what causes shivering of hands

Multiple sclerosis:
This is a disease which affects the immunity system, brain, nerves, etc.andcan also make one's hands shaky.

Other aspects of shaky hands:
If your hand is shaking, it's not that you are invariably ill. Sometimes, shakiness could be a response to things like:

what causes shivering of hands

Deficiency of Vitamin B12: A deficiency in Vitamin B12 can affect your nervous system and hence it is important to eat foods that contain this important vitamin like eggs, fish, milk products, etc. 

Drugs: All those medicines that block dopamine, an essential brain chemical, can lead to shakiness. The problem will cease to exist if you stop the medication.

Damaged nerve: Damage to the nerve caused by an injury or disease can also make your hands and feet shake.

Stress: Stress caused by hectic lifestyle and worry can also lead to tremors. Anger and sleep disorder can also cause tremors. 

Low blood sugar: This worsens the body's natural stress response and can makeone's hands shaky.

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Story first published: Saturday, December 24, 2016, 11:00 [IST]
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