Trembling or tremors are a specific symptom in which the arms, hands, head or any part of the body shakes. This can be a symptom of neurological disorder or appears as a side effect on certain drugs in some people. It is not a life threatening, it can be embarrassing for some people and can even make harder to perform daily tasks.
This is generally caused by problems in parts of brain that control muscles throughout the body or in some particular areas. There are several conditions that can produce tremor include multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases that damage the parts of the cerebellum.
Causes of trembling
- According to the NINDS, Parkinson’s disease includes trembling in the arms, hands, head, legs and face. It can lead to slowness in the movements and the stiffness of the extremities. Moreover, this includes the lack of coordination, unsteadiness, trouble sleeping, trouble speaking and depression.
- Multiple sclerosis is another neurological disorder, which involves trembling as this particularly affects the body, extremities, head and muscles. There are a number of symptoms of this, such as double vision, visual loss, trouble in walking and lack of coordination.
During a physical exam, only a physician can determine whether the tremor occurs primarily during action. The doctor might ask for your family history in order to identify whether the disease is inherited or not. Urine and blood test can detect thyroid break down, other metabolic causes and abnormal chemical levels. These also can help to identify contributing causes, such as chronic alcoholism, drug interaction and other conditions or diseases.
Diagnostic imaging using computerized tomography is very helpful to know if the tremor is a result of a structural defect or not. The physician will also perform a necessary neurological exam to assess nerve function and motor the sensory skills.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for most tremors. The appropriate treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis of the cause. However, some tremors respond to treatment of the underlying condition and some do not. There are some therapies available to cure this, such as symptomatic drug therapy.
Tremor is an accidental rhythmic movement of a particular muscle or a part of the body. It can cause because of neurological disorder, multiple sclerosis, stroke that can damage the parts of the brainstem.