3 Causes of Tremors Every Adult Over 55 Should Be Aware Of

Tremors most often affect the hands, but can also affect other areas of the body, such as the head, arms, legs or even voice. Contrary to popular believe, tremors are not a normal sign of aging, and can actually be a symptom of a serious medical condition, especially in people over the age of 55. The top three causes of tremors are multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and certain medications. If you or someone you love is suffering from tremors, it's important to talk to a doctor right away, in order to rule out underlying medical causes and receive appropriate treatment. Below are the top questions about tremors. 

What else can cause tremors?

There are a variety of things that can cause tremors, from medical conditions to alcoholism. Always talk to your doctor about tremors, even if you think you may know the cause, so a proper diagnosis can be made.

When should I talk to my doctor about tremors?

You should talk to your doctor as soon as you notice tremors, so an appropriate diagnosis can be made and treatment can begin, if necessary. You should also talk to your doctor if tremors worsen or occur more frequently, even if you've already discussed tremors with your doctor previously.

What are tremors caused by multiple sclerosis (MS) like?

There are several types of tremors that can be caused by multiple sclerosis - intention tremors, postural tremors, resting tremors and nystagmus (jumpy eye movements). Your doctor can help you determine which type of tremors you are experiencing.

Which medications cause tremors?

There are several types of medications that may cause tremors. These include certain cancer medications, seizure medications, asthma medications, immune suppressing medications and antidepressant medications. If you're taking medications and are experiencing tremors, talk to your doctor right away.

Could my medication be causing tremors?

If you've recently started a new medication and are experiencing tremors, you should report your symptom to your doctor right away, so your doctor can determine whether the tremors are a side effect of your medication or related to an undiagnosed illness. If tremors are a side effect of medication, your doctor may want to change your medication or adjust your dosage. 

What type of tremors are associated with Parkinson's disease?

Tremors related to Parkinson's disease are typically worse when sitting or resting and get better when you move that body part. Tremors can be the first symptom of Parkinson's, so it's important to report any tremors to your doctor right away, even if they don't occur frequently.

Will tremors go away on their own?

Tremors may go away on their own if they are the result of medications or other factors, such as alcohol consumption, that can be discontinued or adjusted. However, if you're suffering from tremors, talk to your doctor about your symptoms so an appropriate diagnosis can be made. Never wait to see if tremors disappear on their own, as they could be a symptom of a serious medical condition.

What treatments are available for tremors?

The treatment for tremors will depend largely on the cause of the tremors. In some cases, medication can be prescribed that will help control the tremors. In other cases, treating the underlying cause (or switching medications) may be all that's needed to treat tremors.

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