Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tremors are unintentional trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body. Dr. Edward Hill discusses tremors in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A tremor is twitching or shaking of a body part that you cant control. Most tremors affect the hand, but they can also happen in the arm, head, leg and even voice. They are more common in middle-aged and older adults, but they can happen at any age. Some tremors are barely noticeable, and some are more severe and may make it hard to write or hold things.

Most tremors happen in people who are otherwise healthy, but a tremor can sometimes be a sign of a health problem.

Certain medicines, including corticosteroids, amphetamines and psychiatric drugs, can cause tremors. Anxiety and other psychological problems, an overactive thyroid, alcohol abuse or withdrawal, stroke or head injuries, and Wilson disease can also cause tremors. Parkinson disease causes a resting tremor, and is most common in older adults. Some tremors run in families, and some have no known cause.

Most tremors cant be cured, but they can be treated so they are less bothersome, in many cases with medication.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.