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Shaky hands: Causes and remedies

Why my hands shake? There is no answer, but many. The tremor can be defined as an involuntary movement of the muscles of any part of the body, including hands. Although it is a symptom that often raises concerns, in most cases it is a slight problem, for example caused by fatigue, stress or anger. It also notes that emotions have much to do with health and, in this particular case, with shaky hands. For some of the most common causes we have some simple remedies. Let’s look more closely, what they are and what we can do.

shaky hands


The shaky hands can occur at any age, although it is more common in the elderly. As we have pointed out, the shaking hands can be a signal caused by multiple causes, being the stress and anxiety the most common. It can also be caused by excessive consumption of caffeine or snuff. The low levels of sugar in the blood also cause trembling hands, as well as a high fever. But there are other causes, some more severe, manifesting with tremors in the hands.

  • Parkinson disease.
  • Take certain positions with the hands during a prolonged period of time.
  • By inheritance (the so called benign essential tremor).
  • Stroke.
  • Cerebellar lesions.
  • Brain tumor.
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS).
  • Chronic alcoholism.
  • Abuse of certain drugs.
  • Hyperthyroidism.
  • Intoxication by heavy metals.
  • Excessive consumption of stimulants.
  • Lack of minerals (for example, magnesium).
  • Aging.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Consumption of beverages with caffeine.


To alleviate the shaky hands is necessary to identify its causes and have accurate diagnosis. To do this, your doctor may prescribe specific tests, such as blood tests, neurological tests, and urinalysis. After determining the cause your doctor will prescribe the most appropriate treatment.

In some cases, it is sufficient to leave the snuff, reduce caffeine consumption and control the sources of stress. It is also recommended to ensure good quality and quantity of sleep. In others, when the tremor is more severe, the doctor can check the prescription of certain drugs.