Thyroid? Or something else? Constant internal shakiness

Posted by amtxo1989 @amtxo1989, Feb 26, 2018

Going on 2months now everyday non stop. Sometimes mild and im able to ignore it but over the hours of day it becomes more severe and causing my heart rate to go up and my blood pressure to go very high (170/99) its episodic. Ive been to hospital for it 3 times for it and received no treatment as my vitals slowly return to normal. Xanex helps me feel calm but does not help the shakiness just helps me not get upset about it. Am only 28 years old and hypothyroid. I have never had symptoms like this in my entire life just started out of nowhere. Iam in good sTate of mind and aware of what’s happening when the episodes happen. So far my doctors are clueless.

Hello @jewles63, You haven't posted in awhile and I was wondering how you are doing with your neuropathy and other symptoms. Are you still on Gabapentin for your neuropathy pain symptoms? Have your doctors found anything else on the heart palpitations or internal vibrations?

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@dalmdal

Hi, I'm just wondering you ever got a diagnosis? I am experiencing the exact same thing, internal tremors when I'm sleeping, only in my trunk and head. I don't feel them in my limbs. I also feel the need to get up and move around and this definitely helps.

No one can figure out what's wrong . All my blood work is fine, and indicate no thyroid issues but am in Peri menopause. Started estrogen and progesterone but hasn't helped.

I'm starting to worry about MS or Parkinsons but apparently I don't have any of the other symptoms.

It's all very frustrating and scary.

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Hello @dalmdal, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. While we wait so see if @jsrbr replies to your post wondering it they have received a diagnosis for symptoms similar to yours, there are other discussions on Connect you may find helpful.

— Internal vibrations: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/internal-viberations/
— GI Disorder and Internal Shaking: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/gi-disorder-and-internal-shaking/

You mentioned that no one can figure out what's wrong. Have you thought about seeking help at a major teaching hospital or the Mayo Clinic?

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@grandmar

Happy St. Patrick's Day
I think everyone is Irish on this day. lol
Anyway, due to having pink eye and just starting eye meds, I'm not going back to read all your posts. So, If I say something you already addressed, I'm sorry!

I've had a sluggish thyroid for years and years. With meds, it has kept it normal. All of a sudden, about 3 weeks ago, I went to the neurologist (will tell you about it in a minute) and she ordered blood work. My thyroid number was way, way, way low. My PCP had me take it again (3 weeks later) and the result was the same. He is reducing my dosage. It must explain why I am so tired and why when I look at food I put on 10 pounds. He will redo the blood work in 3 months after I've had time to get the new dosage. I am hoping it will arrive this week from my mail away pharmacy.

That's the story about my thyroid. Now the shaking. Another story…….
This year I've had 2 spinal surgeries (Feb. my cervical spine and Oct.my lumbar spine). As far as I am concerned they were a success because it too away the chronic pain (24/7) that I experienced for over 10 years, probably closer to 15. Just a couple of months before my lumbar surgery, I noticed that when I sat, I couldn't sway my right foot, lift my toes or move my toe at all. I also noticed that although it was not the same as the right, my left foot did not feel normal, either. My neurosurgeon took ALLLLLLL SORTS OF TESTS and could not figure it out. He said if it didn't improve after the lumbar surgery, he wanted me to see a neurologist.

Not only did my symptoms NOT improve, they were worse. I needed to use a cane to walk and I had s few falls. This is something you don't want to do after spine surgery. Off to the neurologist I went…….

During my preliminary exam she noticed my hands quivered. I did notice that starting to happen, too. My mom, son and cousin also have (or had) quivering hands. It did not prevent any of them from writing or doing anything. As a matter of fact, my mother was a typist and my son does nuclear medicine tests that require him to give injections. Neither had a problem. Then, the doctor looked in my mouth. She noticed the roof of my mouth was quivering, too. I never felt that.

She reviewed my MRI (ordered by the neurosurgeon) and noticed that a bunch of nerves are clumping together. I also still have stenosis. However, NONE of these hurt. The doctor who performed the test said I have SIGNIFICANT nerve damage coming from my lumbar spine and S1. That is all he would say. I meet with the neurologist Tuesday, followed by an appointment with the neurosurgeon. It is my hope that they will be able to give me a diagnosis (more than neuropathy in my feet) and come up with some sort of a plan of action to slow down the neuropathy.

The reason I al telling you all this is because I have some of the similar symptoms and I wanted you to know about who I have seen and tests they performed. Will share more after my appointments; that is if they give me more information.

Happy Sunday……
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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Hi, Over a year later , 4 more Drs after being hospitalized for chest pain for 4 days and still no answers. Referred me to Shands Gainsville Fl and did find a dr for the chest pain ,4 heart meds later for possible micro vascular disease causing heart spasms as for the vibration it’s still going strong driving me crazy. I was switched from Gabapentin to Lyrica this last month but really no change just worse headaches. My neurologist referred me to Mayo Jacksonville Fl so I wait for an appointment . We will see !!!

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@jewles63

Hi, Over a year later , 4 more Drs after being hospitalized for chest pain for 4 days and still no answers. Referred me to Shands Gainsville Fl and did find a dr for the chest pain ,4 heart meds later for possible micro vascular disease causing heart spasms as for the vibration it’s still going strong driving me crazy. I was switched from Gabapentin to Lyrica this last month but really no change just worse headaches. My neurologist referred me to Mayo Jacksonville Fl so I wait for an appointment . We will see !!!

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@jeweles63. Please keep us posted. My heart goes out to you for dealing with for so long

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Good choice for Mayo Clinic at Jacksonville. It is surprising the doctors don't all have the answers right a way. Everyone is different at times. Your lifestyle choices are part of the equation so you need to learn about eating as well. Always try to talk to a nutritionist in addition to the doctors. Dorisena

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@doxyjune

Hi I also have internal shakiness but I call it electricity. Not sure if we have the same symptom. I have it in my legs (calves) bad and over the last few years in my hands. It gets much worse if I don't sleep well. I also need pain killers for it as the vibrations don't stop and the shakiness is also painful after I start feeling it for 5 minutes. Nothing else has helped me. I am also hypothyroid. It was also spreading to the bottom of my lumbar. I had that for a week and I did read on line that there is not enough calcium in your body and the nerves are not connecting and can cause this tremor. This person recommended taking Tums – since I was desperate for it not to be in another spot in my body I did take Tums , the first 2 weeks every day just 2 or 3 at the most. And believe it or not that stopped the vibrations in my lower back. Who knows? I now take Tums about 3 or 4 times a week to make sure, if they are helping to stop this weird electricity, that I have enough calcium in my system. Maybe it is part of a calcium issue? NO dr. in 20 years has any idea why this happened but it happened to me at the exact same time my thyroid went. I am sorry that this is going on at only 28, but maybe the Tums might help you.

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Have they tested your calcium levels? Calcium is necessary for the movement of the muscles, including your heart (which is a muscle). Without enough calcium your heart can stop…

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This reminds me of my mother whom I couldn't convince her that her heart is a muscle. She thought she should save her heart so it would last longer. Then she wouldn't buy fresh milk because she couldn't use it up before it got bad. But she would eat vegetables from my garden, so that was good. I managed to get her to walk in the summer for a couple of years, but then the arthritis hurt to much for her. The heart needs exercise like the rest of the body. Dorisena

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@dorisena

This reminds me of my mother whom I couldn't convince her that her heart is a muscle. She thought she should save her heart so it would last longer. Then she wouldn't buy fresh milk because she couldn't use it up before it got bad. But she would eat vegetables from my garden, so that was good. I managed to get her to walk in the summer for a couple of years, but then the arthritis hurt to much for her. The heart needs exercise like the rest of the body. Dorisena

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I will try to keep up with my journey and keep you guys in the loop. As for my diet I think I eat pretty good , not plant based like my PCP would like but pretty close. I have struggled with exercise with living in Florida it’s really hot 🥵 and I have issues with heat. Just have to find a routine that works with my issues. I’m lucky to get in 6000 steps on a good day. My husband did order a treadmill for me and I’m totally willing to give it a try. So for now have a great day .

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@becsbuddy

Good morning @hope58 @jewles63 @khali I found this article about internal tremors that might be interesting. But, please, don’t get me wrong; I’m NOT saying that anyone one of these diseases! But, maybe there would be something of interest. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322217
Have the doctors said anything? Maybe keep a log with time of day, location of tremors, how long they last, etc. Then you can show it to the doctors. Good luck to you!

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Thx

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@terri672

Have they tested your calcium levels? Calcium is necessary for the movement of the muscles, including your heart (which is a muscle). Without enough calcium your heart can stop…

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Yes my levels are at 9.5

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@bustrbrwn22

@jeweles63. Please keep us posted. My heart goes out to you for dealing with for so long

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Thx

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@johnbishop

Hello @jewles63, You haven't posted in awhile and I was wondering how you are doing with your neuropathy and other symptoms. Are you still on Gabapentin for your neuropathy pain symptoms? Have your doctors found anything else on the heart palpitations or internal vibrations?

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Recently switched to lyrica. And referred to mayo

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@johnbishop

Hello @jewles63, You haven't posted in awhile and I was wondering how you are doing with your neuropathy and other symptoms. Are you still on Gabapentin for your neuropathy pain symptoms? Have your doctors found anything else on the heart palpitations or internal vibrations?

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Apparently all replies are going to my junk folder ( that I very rarely check) so I apologize for the extreme delay .

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@johnbishop

Hello @joyg and @buddah, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. It sounds like you both have upcoming doctors appointments. I hope they will be able to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan for each of you. If possible, can you share an update with us after your appointment?

I did find some articles that may provide some more information for you.

What causes internal vibrations?
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322217.php

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Hello John or whom ever I can get ahold of. I’ve been reading bout this situation here bout if thyroid could be the cause of tremors I’m having. I have hoshimoto. I recently googled “what could be causing my body to have vibrations?” And the link came up also what you had replied to a lady. Mentions Parkinson’s. On the site they call this as tremors. I call it vibrations. W this CoVid19, my husband was layed off work n his insurance expired that midnight. Been since last March. So I’ve not been able to go to my Dr with cost of $80 just to see my Dr. cash only. But I think I’m at the point to lay out the $. My husband is 63 now n I’m 60. My mom died w Parkinson’s n Heart failure. I also have RSD. But even though this is the same feeling as having my Spinal Cord stimulator turned on it’s not that. I’ve not been able to use it past 3-4 yrs as the battery died. Had it put in 2007. I been having bad occipital nerve pain on my left side. I saw a neurologist nearly 2 yrs ago n was swollen on those nerves back of my head. Had nerve block which was more than painful n aggravated that area more. Took 8 months or more just to get it able to live with. But the past 5-6 months I’ve been having these vibrations n my left side. Started like buzzing n bottom of my foot. Now it’s up all my left side n goes up to back of my neck n round part of my head. When I lay on my back I can feel it all through out my body all way up my butt cheeks n belly. It’s like trying to shake off n I can’t. It’s also buzzing n my right foot up my leg. N back of both my arms. It’s like involuntary waving of my arms cause it’s nerve racking n I’m trying to shake it off.I hold out my hands n front of me n the hey both tremble some w the right side more. I’m right handed. So I’m wondering if it could be Parkinson’s related as my mom died w it. Also another issue. I’m really broken. But I also have POTS Disease. Midodrin not helping. N I really can’t afford to see the heart Dr right now so I asked Siri n she directed me here. But w my Orthostatic problem I’m not able to be up very long. I go to the kitchen n I’m bout to drop after 10 min of cuttin up a chicken. My BP drops n my heart races up high. BP has gotten to 65/40. N when I take a shower I can’t stand no longer than 5 min till it happens again n when I do get out I end up puking. Every time I puke. It’s been 10 days n I’m needing a shower as I’m getting ranked w my own sweat which is another issue I’m continually sweating like a cotton picker. I do anything n I start sweating like crazy then chills. I’m sweating n freezing cold at the same time. I’m always sweating. I can’t wear a coat. N it’s cold in Michigan right now. So since Christmas I’ve been laying down a lot Thinkin maybe might make me bet but it’s just worse. What does any of this info lead to your mind? I’ve fallen few times n passed out from this. So any sort of idea that you can relate any of this to, I’d sure appreciate your perspective.

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@champton

Hello John or whom ever I can get ahold of. I’ve been reading bout this situation here bout if thyroid could be the cause of tremors I’m having. I have hoshimoto. I recently googled “what could be causing my body to have vibrations?” And the link came up also what you had replied to a lady. Mentions Parkinson’s. On the site they call this as tremors. I call it vibrations. W this CoVid19, my husband was layed off work n his insurance expired that midnight. Been since last March. So I’ve not been able to go to my Dr with cost of $80 just to see my Dr. cash only. But I think I’m at the point to lay out the $. My husband is 63 now n I’m 60. My mom died w Parkinson’s n Heart failure. I also have RSD. But even though this is the same feeling as having my Spinal Cord stimulator turned on it’s not that. I’ve not been able to use it past 3-4 yrs as the battery died. Had it put in 2007. I been having bad occipital nerve pain on my left side. I saw a neurologist nearly 2 yrs ago n was swollen on those nerves back of my head. Had nerve block which was more than painful n aggravated that area more. Took 8 months or more just to get it able to live with. But the past 5-6 months I’ve been having these vibrations n my left side. Started like buzzing n bottom of my foot. Now it’s up all my left side n goes up to back of my neck n round part of my head. When I lay on my back I can feel it all through out my body all way up my butt cheeks n belly. It’s like trying to shake off n I can’t. It’s also buzzing n my right foot up my leg. N back of both my arms. It’s like involuntary waving of my arms cause it’s nerve racking n I’m trying to shake it off.I hold out my hands n front of me n the hey both tremble some w the right side more. I’m right handed. So I’m wondering if it could be Parkinson’s related as my mom died w it. Also another issue. I’m really broken. But I also have POTS Disease. Midodrin not helping. N I really can’t afford to see the heart Dr right now so I asked Siri n she directed me here. But w my Orthostatic problem I’m not able to be up very long. I go to the kitchen n I’m bout to drop after 10 min of cuttin up a chicken. My BP drops n my heart races up high. BP has gotten to 65/40. N when I take a shower I can’t stand no longer than 5 min till it happens again n when I do get out I end up puking. Every time I puke. It’s been 10 days n I’m needing a shower as I’m getting ranked w my own sweat which is another issue I’m continually sweating like a cotton picker. I do anything n I start sweating like crazy then chills. I’m sweating n freezing cold at the same time. I’m always sweating. I can’t wear a coat. N it’s cold in Michigan right now. So since Christmas I’ve been laying down a lot Thinkin maybe might make me bet but it’s just worse. What does any of this info lead to your mind? I’ve fallen few times n passed out from this. So any sort of idea that you can relate any of this to, I’d sure appreciate your perspective.

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Hello @champton, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm sorry to hear that your husband has been laid off of work and you also lost your health insurance. I can't begin to imagine how hard that must make it for you and your husband. As members of Connect we can only share our experiences and not give medical advice or diagnosis.

@hopeful33250 may be able to share her thoughts about the possibility of Parkinson's. Mayo Clinic has some lifestyle and home remedy information related to abnormal excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) that you may find helpful.

– Hyperhidrosis – Diagnosis & treatment: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hyperhidrosis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20367173

You might want to see what help is available in your area for low cost health care if you don't qualify for Medicaid.
– How to find low-cost health care in your community: https://www.healthcare.gov/community-health-centers/

You mentioned not being able to take a shower because you can't stand more than a few minutes. Have you thought about any alternatives like using a washcloth while sitting close to a sink or bathtub?

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