7 situations that cause tremor in the hands and body
The main cause of tremor in the body is obviously the cold, situation that causes the muscles to contract to warm the body. However, there are other causes of tremors, both triggered by moments of anxiety, consumption of stimulants, or caused by neurological and muscular diseases, the main ones being Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and exacerbated physiological tremor.
The main sites of the body affected by the tremor are the arms or legs, head, chin and face, and may be tremors of various types, such as at rest or in movement, unilateral or bilateral, and may or may not be related to others symptoms such as imbalance, slowness and stiffness of muscles.
Thus, the main causes of tremor include:
1. Anxiety crisis
When you are anxious, stressed or scared, the nervous system is activated so that the body is more alert to react to any dangerous situation. Thus, a large amount of stimulating hormones, such as adrenaline, are released into the bloodstream, causing effects such as tremor in the hands or throughout the body, as well as sweating, dilated pupils, increased heart rate and increased blood pressure.
How to treat: To lessen the tremors and other reactions derived from anxiety, it is necessary to calm down, which can be done with deep breaths, a meditation or moving away from the stressful situation. If this is not possible, or the reaction is very intense, a medical evaluation is required, which may indicate anxiolytic medicines, such as Clonazepam, or herbal medicines, based on valerian or chamomile, for example depending on each case.
2. Decreased blood sugar
People who spend a lot of time without eating, especially diabetics, may develop an episode of hypoglycemia, where there is a marked drop in blood glucose. In response to this situation, the brain releases stimulating hormones, so that the body’s cells can react even in the absence of fuel, which causes the tremor.
How to treat: You need to eat or drink some easily digestible sugary food or drink, such as orange juice or candy, for example. However, hypoglycemia should be avoided, so you should not go for more than 3 hours without eating, and avoid carbohydrate foods with very fast digestion in meals, preferring foods with a low glycemic index.
3. Excessive consumption of energy drinks
The consumption of stimulant substances, such as caffeine in teas and coffees, or energy drinks containing taurine, glucuronolactone or theobromine, for example, also activates the nervous system and stimulates the body, since it mimics the action of adrenaline and causes several reactions, like the tremor.
How to treat: you should reduce the consumption of these substances in the day to day, because, in addition to the tremor, can induce the increase of blood pressure and accelerate the heart beats, and should opt for natural alternatives to increase energy and decrease sleep.
4. Use of antidepressants and other remedies
Some medications can cause a tremor in a number of different ways, most commonly causing nervous system stimulation, as with some antidepressants, anticonvulsants, or bronchodilators for asthma, for example.
Other types of medication, such as haloperidol and risperidone, for example, can cause tremor by intoxicating regions of the brain responsible for movement, and induce a condition similar to Parkinson’s, which is why it is called parkinsonism, with tremor, muscle stiffness, and imbalance.
How to treat: When a medicine causes tremor, it is necessary to inform the doctor, to evaluate the possibility of changing the medicine used.
These are some treatments that you can take into cognizance. If any ailment goes out of hand, it would be important for you to seek the help of a qualified doctor.
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