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    Old 03-06-2006, 02:07 PM   #1
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    Is it normal to always be shaking a little?

    I was wondering if anyone besides me feels like their shaking a little even when they are in a quiet relaxed situation?

    I don't think my shaking is obvious to others but I've come to notice for example when I'm holding a peice of paper, the paper as well as my hands are quite shaky. I notice this alot more when I'm nervous or anxious but is it considered normal to be shaking even under normal conditions? If not, is there any treatment available for this?

    I'm 21 years old and I don't have any health problems.


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    Old 03-06-2006, 02:47 PM   #2
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    Re: Is it normal to always be shaking a little?

    Sounds like anxiety. I used to be shaky mostly when I was nervous though. It seemed like I got nervous all of the time though even in situations where I shouldn't be. I take Inderal LA for it. It's a blood pressure med but they also give it for anxiety and migraine headaches. I can be in the most nerve racking situation now and not shake at all. It can make you tired which it did with me at first but I didn't mind because I had so much stress at the time. I take it before bed so the next day I don't feel tired anymore from it. I have been on it for so long it doesn't make me tired anymore, about 5 years.

     
    Old 03-07-2006, 06:58 AM   #3
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    Re: Is it normal to always be shaking a little?

    Kari...did you notice that the shaking was due to your heart beating faster and more forcefully than it should?

    Because sometimes if I really pay attention to it, I feel like my heart is beating faster than it should even when I'm relaxed.

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    Old 03-07-2006, 07:32 AM   #4
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    Re: Is it normal to always be shaking a little?

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    I was wondering if anyone besides me feels like their shaking a little even when they are in a quiet relaxed situation?

    I don't think my shaking is obvious to others but I've come to notice for example when I'm holding a peice of paper, the paper as well as my hands are quite shaky. I notice this alot more when I'm nervous or anxious but is it considered normal to be shaking even under normal conditions? If not, is there any treatment available for this?

    I'm 21 years old and I don't have any health problems.


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    I have the same problem and also worry about it quite a bit. I went to see the doctor about it some time ago because my grandad had Parkinsons disease, and even though I'm only 23 I was worried that I might have it too, or for some reason was likely to get it and it scared the hell out of me.

    My doctor was quite reassuring though and made it clear that I didn't have any symptoms of parkinsons (I think I knew this, but paranoia can make you believe anything). Apparently everyone shakes a little bit, it is called "physiological tremor" and I think it's caused by the way our muscles work - they aren't constantly tensed, but the fibres "twitch" at high speed to keep, for example, your arm lifted out by your side. Because of this it isn't possible to keep your arm perfectly still.

    I think everyone is different and in some people, like myself, this shaking is just more noticeable. However, if you have any other symptoms then it's always worth seeing a doctor to put your mind at rest. I do notice my hands/arms shake worse, but as the doctor was confident all is well, I put it down to the fact that I use a computer all day and this could explain it. I do use wrist supports and try and maintain good posture, which does seem to help.

    FYI my shaking does get worse when I'm nervous or anxious, but as someone else has said, this is again quite normal I think - probably caused by adrenaline making your muscles more responsive.

     
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    Re: Is it normal to always be shaking a little?

    Shaking and/or handwriting are symptoms of possible neurological problems. Best to get it checked out and not just assume it is one thing or another until it is too late to correct a possible problem.

     
    Old 03-08-2006, 02:53 AM   #6
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    Re: Is it normal to always be shaking a little?

    One important difference is whether the shaking occurs 'at rest' or not. What I described only happens when I'm using my muscles to hold my arm/hand in a fixed position. Then I can notice the shaking. If I hold my arm out but let my hand go limp then there is no shaking at all, which does rule out a lot of neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinsons).

    I do notice the shaking gets worse if I skip a meal, but I think this is again quite normal and due to a lack of sugar or something? I can feel quite unstead and dizzy if I go a long time without eating (e.g. from waking up to mid afternoon with just a snack bar to eat).

    Also I notice when doing exercise - i.e. weight lifting - that my movements aren't very smooth. i.e. if I'm doing bicep curls with a fairly heavy weight my arm will shake a little during the lift, but I put this down to the same physiological shaking. I've noticed some people are similar, whilst others aren't at all. Could this mean anything? I've often thought of going back to the doctors, but it doesn't seem to be getting any worse (over the past 2 years since I last saw the doctor about it), so I'm happy-ish that all is well.

     
    Old 03-09-2006, 03:28 PM   #7
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    I actually do notice my hand shaking even when I let it go limp. I think the reason for this is that my heart is beating faster and harder even at rest. I just recently bought a heart rate monitor watch to keep track of my heart rate and I've noticed big variations in my heart rate. Sometimes, even when I'm sitting around watching TV my heart rate is as high as 120 beats per minute but then drops to around 80 beats/min a few minutes later. I admit I'm not in the greatest cardiovascular shape (which might have explained the higher heart rate) but I'm not overweight or inactive either. I used to do alot of weightlifting about a year ago (with pretty much no cardio).

    The only thing I can think of thats causing my shaking is anxiety/nervousness just because the shaking gets worst the more anxious/nervous I get.
    Is there anything I can do?

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    Re: Is it normal to always be shaking a little?

    It sounds to me like it could be anxiety but a hyperactive thyroid also causes those same symptoms. I have had the problem as well and have been found to have a slight potassium deficiency. There are so many things that could cause it, but when you mentioned your heartbeat the first thing I thought of was a thyroid problem.

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    Old 03-11-2006, 09:49 AM   #9
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    Re: Is it normal to always be shaking a little?

    Can a family physician diagnose my problem if its neurological or a thyroid problem or would I have to see a specialist for that?

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    Old 03-11-2006, 03:05 PM   #10
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    Re: Is it normal to always be shaking a little?

    This is NOT abnormal, especially at your age. Many times, it is sugar related, hypoglycemia. I went through the exact same thing at your age. For me, if I ate something or dranks a sugared drink, this symptoms would mysteriously disappear.

    In any event, we are not doctors so a physical might be in order. I just don't want you having yourself half buried already. Many times, it is very, very simple.

     
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