Shaky hands or hand tremor as it is popularly known as, is another reason for rejection in SSB medicals. It can be an early warning sign of some neurological conditions. As per most popular belief, it is likely caused by a disruption in the normal functioning of the cerebellum.
What is Shaky Hands or Tremors?
Tremor is an involuntary, rhythmic muscle contraction leading to shaking movements in one or more parts of the body. It is a common movement disorder that most often affects the hands but can also occur in the arms, head, vocal cords, torso, and legs. Tremor may be intermittent (occurring at separate times, with breaks) or constant. It can occur sporadically (on its own) or happen as a result of another disorder.
Reasons for shaky hands:
Shaky hands can be caused by the following apart from neurological disorders:
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Caffeine overdose
- Essential tremors
- Side effects of medications
- Cerebellar disease
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Reduced blood sugar levels
- Mercury poisoning
- Liver or kidney failure
The common and visible symptoms of tremor are:
- Rhythmic shaking in the hands, arms, head, legs, or torso
- Mumbling/shaking voice
- Difficulty in writing
- Problems in day to day lives like holding and controlling utensils, keys, etc
What are the possible treatments?
Disclaimer: Take these treatments only after consultation from a registered doctor.
The most commonly prescribed medications for essential tremors or shaky hands are beta blockers like:
- Propranolol (Inderal)
- Primidone (Mysoline)
- Long-acting propranolol (Inderal LA)
- Sotalol (Betapace)
- Atenolol (Tenormin)
Surgical treatments for people who have a severely disabling tremor. Surgery may become an option as you age or if the tremor worsens.
- Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
Home Made Remedies
- Use heavier objects
- Use specially designed utensils and tools
- Wear wrist weights
Shaky hands or tremor is also a cause of rejection in SSB for obvious reasons. If you have a tremor you can take the suggested medications only under the supervision of a doctor. You can also try various home-made remedies to cure shaky hands.