A tremor is when you're not able to control shaking or trembling in part of your body. See a GP if a tremor is affecting your life as treatment may help to reduce it.
It's normal to have a slight tremor. For example, if you hold your hands or arms out in front of you, they won't be completely still.
Sometimes a tremor becomes more noticeable.
This often happens:
Some medicines and conditions can also cause a tremor. Speak to your GP before you stop taking any prescribed medication.
Your doctor will want to make sure the tremor isn't caused by another condition. They may also be able to offer treatment.
Your GP will examine you and ask:
A mild tremor that isn't caused by another condition doesn't usually need any treatment. Your GP may want to monitor you to make sure it doesn't get any worse.
If you have a tremor that's affecting your life, your GP may prescribe medicine. Medicine won't cure the tremor, but it often helps to reduce the shaking or trembling.
You may need to take medicine all the time, or only when you need it – for example, before a stressful situation that causes your tremor to get worse.
If a tremor is affecting your head or voice, you may be offered injections to block the nerves and relax the muscles.
In rare cases, brain surgery may be an option to treat a severe tremor that isn't helped by medication.
Read more about brain surgery for severe tremor on the National Tremor Foundation (NTF) website.
The NTF also offers support and information on tremor if it's affecting your life.