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Tremors can be Clue to Other Illnesses
Rhythmic, regular contractions known as tremors most commonly occur in the hands, but can affect other parts of the body, including the head, voice, arms or legs. Though they can be bothersome, tremors generally are not dangerous.
"Tremors occur for a variety of reasons," explains Amanda Avila, M.D., neurologist. "Normal aging, medications, certain vitamin deficiencies and some common medical conditions, like thyroid disease, can cause tremors."
Tremors are a common symptom of Parkinson's disease, which may cause concern for many people who experience tremors. "It is far more common to have tremors not related to Parkinson's disease," Dr. Avila says. "A simple physical exam by a neurologist can make that distinction."
While there are no blood or imaging tests that can specifically diagnose a tremor syndrome, a physical and neurological exam by the doctor, along with a discussion of any medications or medical diseases will help direct relief.
"Many tremors do not require any treatment," Dr. Avila says. "Sometimes, however, they can lead to the discovery of another medical condition for which treatment is required. Also, if a tremor is related to medications, then, occasionally, those medications can be decreased or changed. There are specific medications that can be used to treat other tremor syndromes, but we typically only treat these syndromes if they are bothersome to the patient."
Tremors can present at any age, but are most common in middle age; and the more irritating tremors typically present later in life. Dr. Avila recommends seeing your doctor if you experience tremors. "The prognosis generally is good," she says.
“"Many tremors do not require any treatment. Sometimes, however, they can lead to the discovery of another medical condition for which treatment is required.",” says Dr. Avila.
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Amanda Avila, M.D.
Florida Neurology Group
12670 Whitehall Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33907