Shakes and Tremors
Shakes and tremors are involuntary movements, shaking, or trembling of the hands, head, voice, and other body parts. It is one of the most common movement disorders, affecting about one million people in the UK.
What do these mean?
The symptoms may include:
- Shaking hands
- An unsteady voice
- Unsteady movements from the head, hands, or legs
People of any age can experience a shake or tremor, and they can be a sign of various medical conditions. These can include Parkinson’s disease, essential tremors, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, or stress.
These conditions can greatly impact your quality of life and emotional well-being, making it difficult to perform daily tasks like writing, eating, or dressing. A tremor may start gradually and worsen over time, but the severity and frequency of the tremors can vary from person to person.
What makes essential tremor worse?
Your tremor may worsen with caffeine, stress, or lack of sleep. You might find that your tremors lessen if you rest. Certain medications can also trigger tremors; talk to your doctor if you believe a medicine increases your tremor.
Is essential tremor life-threatening?
Essential tremor (ET) can be disabling for some people. However, it is not usually life-threatening and does not typically progress to more serious neurological disorders. Different medications can help with mild and moderate ET, and various brain procedures can help control the more severe tremors.
Do tremors mean Parkinson’s?
While tremors can be a sign of Parkinson’s disease, there are many other possible causes, some of which are temporary. We discuss these causes higher on our page.