Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Why are My Hands Shaking?

Friday, 08 Feb 2013 04:58 PM

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Question: I’m a woman who is 71 and every once in a while my hands shake uncontrollably. It is very embarrassing when I’m in public. Is there anything that can be done?
 
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Familial tremor can occur at any age, but is usually seen earlier in life. Some foods, medications, and stress may predispose us to tremor, as will sleep deprivation.
 
Try eliminating alcohol and additives to start. See your doctor for an evaluation, so as we know this is a variant of normal tremor, as opposed to a tremor caused by medications or a degenerative disease, such as Parkinson’s, hyperthyroidism, or other treatable disorders

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Dr. Hibberd's advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital work in emergency medicine and surgery.
 
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