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Parkinson's Disease

Tremor

01/27/2011

Question:

My dad is a owner operater truck driver.he has done that for about 30 years.over the years his hands have started to shake.but over tjhe past 6 months the shaking in his hands has gotten saverely bad.could it be from all the years of truck driving or could it be something else.

Answer:

Parkinson's disease can cause a tremor in both hands, but typically it is more dominant in one hand or initially only in one hand. The classic Parkinson's disease tremor occurs when the hands are completely at rest, and lessen when holding them extended and doing tasks. Parkinson's disease diagnosis is further considered when there is accompanied slowness/smallness of movement or symptoms of stiffness in the muscles. There are numerous other causes of tremor as well, and one more common etiology is benign essential tremor. Driving the truck may not be related. It would be best that your father visit with his current doctor, and possibly have a face to face consultation with a neurologist to help with further evaluation of the tremor. 

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Punit  Agrawal, DO Punit Agrawal, DO
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University