Too much caffeine and stress cause tremors
Tremor, which can be seen in different parts of the body, is an involuntary movement disorder that occurs as a result of contractions in muscles that work against each other in the body. Stating that excessive caffeine consumption, stress and fatigue can cause tremors, Anadolu Health Center Neurology Department Director Prof. Dr. Yaşar Kütükçü said, “Apart from these, other systemic and metabolic diseases such as thyroid diseases, low blood sugar, vitamin deficiencies, nutritional disorders, neurological diseases and Parkinson’s may also cause tremors.”
Tremors are most common in the hands and arms of the body. While fatigue, stress, excessive exercise or nicotine cause tremors, sometimes tremors can be a sign of disease. Stating that the cause of tremor must be investigated, Anadolu Health Center Neurology Department Director Prof. Dr. Yaşar Kütükçü said, “However, in this tremor, which we call essential tremor and whose cause we do not know exactly, there are drugs used to reduce the tremor.” Stating that there is no exact cure for tremor, Prof. Dr. Kütükçü emphasized that caffeine and other stimulants that will increase tremors should be reduced.
Nutritional disorders can cause hand tremors
Professor, Director of the Department of Neurology, said that systemic and metabolic diseases such as thyroid diseases, low blood sugar, and vitamin deficiencies can also cause hand tremors. Dr. Yaşar Kütükçü said, “Apart from this, tremors may appear as symptoms of another neurological disease. For this reason, patients with constant tremors should be examined by a neurologist before it is too late.” Prof. Dr. Yaşar Kütükçü said, “Apart from this, Parkinson’s disease, polyneuropathies, dystonia, cerebellum diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, traumas, metabolic diseases, nutritional disorders, drugs and toxins can also cause tremors.”
Tremors increase with age
Prof. Dr. said that essential tremor is a type of tremor whose cause is not fully known, which usually has no other neurological findings other than tremor, and which is quite common in society. Dr. Yaşar Kütükçü said, “It is usually seen on the hands and head. To a lesser extent, there may be tremor in the feet and even in the voice while speaking. Its incidence is quite high and its incidence increases with age. “In Turkey, it is seen in approximately 5 percent of the population over the age of 50,” he said.
It should not be late for hand tremor treatment
Underlining that tremors occur mostly when using hands and doing work, Prof. Dr. Yaşar Kütükçü said, “It occurs while eating, drinking tea and coffee, writing, and carrying something. Tremors may become more pronounced when the arms and hands are placed in certain positions. “One of the important features of this disease is that more than half of the patients have genetic features,” he said. Prof. Dr. said that tremors, which are mild at first, can become increasingly evident over the years. Kütükçü said, “Patients do not consult a physician unless they experience a disability due to tremor, but it should not be too late for treatment.”
Not every tremor is Parkinson’s
Professor, Director of the Department of Neurology, said that most people consult a doctor with concerns about Parkinson’s disease after tremors begin. Dr. Yaşar Kütükçü said, “Tremor is important in Parkinson’s disease, but it is not possible to diagnose Parkinson’s disease with tremor alone. In addition to tremors, Parkinson’s disease is accompanied by additional symptoms such as slowness of movement, muscle stiffness, and gait and balance disorders. Apart from these, it may be accompanied by many findings not related to movement. For this reason, a neurologist’s examination and opinion should be obtained, and if necessary, differential diagnoses and examinations for the causes should be performed.”