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What causes my hand/fingers shake only when try to write.

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What causes my hand/fingers shake only when try to write. Affects only handwriting. Fine wiggley lines.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chauhan replied 8 years ago.

Hello & Welcome to Just Answer,

For how long are you having this problem?

Any weakness?

Any other medical problem or significant history?

Any family history?

Do you indulge in alcohol/ drugs/ etc?

Any anxiety or stress?

What would be your approximate age?

Thanks. Shall wait for your reply.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Started five years ago. Started happening occasionally and now all the time and occasionally not.

No weakness

Other medical problems include high blood pressure, cholestrol, herpes.

No known family history.

No anxiety or stress in last five years.

Age 67.
Expert:  Dr. Chauhan replied 8 years ago.
Thanks.

Have you been indulging in alcohol?

Thanks. Shall wait for your reply.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I indulge in alcohol about three times a week!
Expert:  Dr. Chauhan replied 8 years ago.

Thanks for all the additional details. Having gone through your query, it seems that the following could be the possible common causes which need to be discussed with your doctor:

(a) Essential tremors

(b) Aging

(c) Parkinsonism

(d) Alcohol related

(e) Multiple sclerosis

(f) Hyperthyroidism

(g) Low blood sugar

(h) Rarely – brain tumor

Please have a look at this link which would provide you with further information:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003192.htm

Please check in with your doctor and get yourself thoroughly examined so that a diagnosis can be established and appropriate management instituted now which can stop these tremors or may prevent further aggravation.

Hope that this helps. Best wishes. Please feel free to enquire if you have any remaining concerns or doubts. It shall be my privilege to help you as much as I possibly can.

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Expert:  Dr. Sophie :: Medicine & Neurology replied 8 years ago.
I'd like to comment on your symptoms.

If you don't have any gait or balance problem, your hand(s) don't shake any other times than writing, if you don't feel stiff, then you most likely have PRIMARY WRITING TREMOR which is a kind of ESSENTIAL TREMOR, particularly that is has been going on for that long.

If you notice that your tremor gets better when you have a drink, it would help to confirm the diagnosis.

I agree, you should still see a neurologist to make sure nothing else is wrong.