Q. Cynthia, I have been having internal tremors for about 6 months. It is not a constant problem but has compromised my life. Sometimes the tremors are visible only in my hands but I feel them mostly in the trunk of my body. I also have extreme fatigue. I do not feel well at all and the MDs I have gone to can find nothing. ~Judy
A. Hi Judy,
There are many possible factors that could result in internal tremors. This is an indication that something is disrupting the nervous system, but the disruption may have a variety of root causes. You’ll need to investigate each of the potential offenders to identify which ones apply to your situation.
The same applies to the extreme fatigue and general feeling of poor health. However, the most common cause of extreme fatigue is adrenal fatigue, which may also result in tremors and declining health.
The following list would be the most common potential suspects for the fatigue, tremors and not feeling well in general when traditional medical doctors can’t find anything.
Pesticide or Herbicide Exposure
All pesticides and herbicides cause severe disruption and damage to the nervous system and often result in internal tremors. This could be something you use in your own home or yard to kill bugs or weeds, or your neighbors, city or state. Damage could occur from a one time exposure, or from ongoing exposures that accumulate over time. It can also be the pesticides in your food. Read more about pesticides and your health.
Pesticides also inhibit enzymes that are important in the production of energy, disrupt the endocrine system and weaken the adrenal glands. All of which will result in extreme fatigue and poor health.
Other Common Everyday Chemicals
The chemicals that compose other common everyday chemicals like perfume, air fresheners, disinfectants, laundry soap etc. new carpet, new housing construction or remodeling, mold overgrowth, fresh paint etc. all contain harmful chemicals that affect the nervous system and can result in trembling.
Even if you haven’t had a problem with these previously, a problem can present itself after years of exposure weaken the liver’s ability to perform its detoxification duties.
These chemicals also disrupt the endocrine system, adrenal glands and production of energy, which can lead to an array of disabling symptoms and poor health like fatigue, depression, anxiety, hypoglycemia and more.
Read these pages for more info on the impact of chemicals.
Heavy Metal Toxicity
Toxic metals like mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, antimony, lead etc. will also disrupt the nervous system and adrenal glands and can result in a vast array of symptoms which would include fatigue and internal tremors.
Toxic metals may be in your fish, water, air, cosmetics, dental procedures, vaccines and many more. A hair analysis can help you assess the level of heavy metals in your body.
An imbalance or fluctuation of hormones that occurs during perimenopause often brings on symptoms like fatigue and tremors. Perimenopause symptoms can begin as early as your 30s. Additionally, hormones can be out of balance from pesticides, herbicides and other common everyday chemicals and poor diet and can occur at any age. Hormone imbalance is very common in both men and women because of poor diet and the high level of environmental toxins we are all exposed to on a daily basis.
A diet that contains sugar, caffeine, white flour, junk food and even too many complex carbohydrates disrupts the nervous system, endocrine system and adrenal glands. As we get older, we often become less tolerant of carbohydrates. The following pages on diet would be helpful to read:
Neurotransmitter Imbalance or Disruptions
Disrupted or depleted neurotransmitters in the brain result in a long list of symptoms, of which include fatigue and tremors. Neurotransmitters are affected by many variables like diet, nutrition, stress, environmental toxins, emotional trauma, alcohol, recreational drugs and pharmaceutical drugs. The neurotransmitter issues most likely associated with internal tremors would include low levels of GABA, low serotonin and too much norepinephrine.
Fatigue and nervous system dysfunction are two of the most common symptoms to occur with an unidentified food sensitivity.
The overgrowth of Candida yeast in the body and the toxins it emits are a major contributor to disruption of the nervous system and symptoms like trembling and fatigue.
Nutritional deficiencies or imbalances
The nervous system cannot function properly and the body cannot produce energy if it does not have sufficient levels of nutrients. Nutritional deficiencies are present in most of the population.
On the other hand, too much of a particular nutrient can be just as bad as not enough. For example, an excess of copper is associated with high levels of nervousness and internal tremors. Assessing your nutrient levels with an RBC mineral test can help you with this task.
Trembling and fatigue are very common symptoms of hypoglycemia. However, this is typically experienced in between meals. Eating typically alleviates these symptoms when connected to blood sugar.
In adrenal fatigue, the adrenal glands are no longer producing cortisol adequately. This results in many debilitating symptoms. Extreme fatigue is the primary symptom and it is commonly accompanied by shaking, trembling or internal tremors. You can asses the functioning of your adrenal glands with a cortisol saliva test.
Hypothyroidism is another common culprit in fatigue and may disrupt the nervous system as well.
Internal tremors could also be signs of Parkinson’s. However, keep in mind that Parkinson’s is a disorder that occurs because of dysfunction in the neurotransmitter, dopamine. Environmental toxins like heavy metal toxicity and pesticides are linked to Parkinson’s.
Regardless of which of the factors above may apply to your situation, eliminating the sugar, caffeine, junk food, complex carbohydrates and environmental toxins and increasing protein intake is likely to bring some improvement. Diet and a clean environment are the foundation for all healing paths. Be sure to read the pages above on diet and environmental clean-up.
You need to have some testing done that can identify the issues I’ve mentioned above and you need a doctor who is educated about the issues I have mentioned above. Try to find a doctor who practices Functional Medicine. Please read this page on Functional Medicine testing.
Be sure to read all the pages hyperlinked in blue throughout this page, as they will give you more detailed information about each of these topics.
Also, keep in mind that all the conditions listed above are often interconnected and occur simultaneously. For example, someone with Candida typically has disrupted neurotransmitters, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, pesticide toxicity, nutritional deficiency, hormone imbalance and food sensitivities. So it takes a comprehensive approach to address all the roots.
All the best.