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Symptoms and Signs of Tremors

Doctor's Notes on Tremors

Tremors are non-intentional rhythmic movements that can occur in any part of the body. Depending on the cause, tremors may occur at rest or with action or intentional movement of a body part. Tremors may be caused by a number of different conditions including

Tremors may also arise without a known cause.

Signs and symptoms of tremors depend on their underlying cause. Associated symptoms can include

  • muscle pain,
  • loss of dexterity,
  • gait disturbances, or
  • muscle stiffness.

Stress and anxiety may worsen the symptoms associated with many types of tremors. Stimulant drugs including caffeine can also worsen symptoms.

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Medically Reviewed on 7/2/2019


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