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Shaking - August 28th 2012, 08:06 PM

For a long, long time I've had hand tremors. I've yet to discover what causes them, but I thought I'd put this in Anxiety as I've noticed that they can get much worse when under stress. At first I thought it was too much caffeine, so I got rid of it completely, and the tremors stayed. Sometimes if I go to the shop and buy something, if one tiny thing makes me embarrassed/stressed the tremors can become very extreme, very awkward when taking a receipt from a purchase for example.. can't even grab it :P Other similar situations like that are in restaurants or when around fairly large groups of people. But I still don't know for sure what causes it. Would it be good to go see a doctor? Thanks.
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Re: Shaking - August 28th 2012, 09:46 PM

Muscle spasms can be a physiological side effect of anxiety. It’s not common, but not uncommon either. If you are having physiological side effects of anxiety in the forms of muscle spasms there is a good likelihood that it is affecting other things such as blood pressure. I would say to definitely mention it to your doctor. It might be nothing, but it could be something. Only a doctor can tell for sure.

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Re: Shaking - August 30th 2012, 06:28 PM

I agree with Lizzie in that you should mention it to your doctor. I just wanted to add that the same sort of thing has happened to me and you're not crazy or anything haha. I had a sort of breakdown this summer and I was dealing with a lot of anxiety and I did notice that my hands were always shaking. Sometimes it was worse than others, like when I was having a panic attack I could barely hold anything. So from my experience, anxiety could be a part of what you're going through, but I'd definitely see a doctor about it.
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Re: Shaking - August 30th 2012, 06:38 PM

I don't see why you would assume it's anxiety.
A lot of prescription and OTC medications can cause tremors, as well as a long list of medical conditions relating to the nervous system or muscle function.
While it could be anxiety, I would go to a doctor with an open mind and see what they think before you mention it to them.

If it is anxiety and they give you medication for it, guess what a very common side effect is. You guessed it, hand tremors.

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Re: Shaking - August 30th 2012, 06:52 PM

I wouldn't assume that anxiety was the only cause, just saying that it was possible. When it happened to me, I wasn't taking any medication and once I started taking medicine and going to therapy to help with anxiety it's stopped completely while before it was pretty much constant.

I was just sharing my personal experience, but I do think you should see a doctor and don't just make up your mind that it's anxiety. But I would mention the anxiety if it's relevant, which I think it is, because you said that it seems to get a lot worse when you're under stress. Anyway, that's just my two cents. I'm not a doctor or anything obviously. Good luck!

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