Internal tremors or internal vibrations, like the name suggests, is a condition in which vibrations are felt internally in certain parts of the body like the chest, arms, thorax, abdomen, and other internal organs. These vibrations, unlike external tremors, are not visible to naked eyes but can be felt by the person experiencing them.
If you have ever felt such a quivering sensation inside the body or heard someone tell you about these sensations along with some other symptoms like unexplained weakness, numbness, and dizziness then this extensive article will help you clear all your doubts about how, why, and where of this condition. Read on to get wind of the fact!
Internal body vibrations causes
Any kind of tremors is usually caused by some kind of damage to the part of your brain that controls muscle activity. Internal tremors though not as extreme as external tremors arise because of more or less the same reason.
When people experience external tremors, their hands and body shake vigorously and they are not able to carry on with normal activities. Extreme internal vibrations are more of a symptom of an underlying condition rather than a disease itself. Research is still going on about the exact causes of internal vibrations.
Internal vibrations can get worsened by anxiety and stress. Some of the conditions which are found out to be an underlying cause of these vibrations are Parkinson’s disease (PD), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and essential tremors (ET). Statistics say that 55 percent of people with ET, 36 percent with MS, and 33 percent of people with PD reported feeling internal vibrations inside the body. let us look at the characteristics of each of these ailments one by one.
A person suffering from Parkinson’s disease loses dopamine-producing brain cells. This results in the following symptoms:
- Stiff muscles that slow down body movements like writing.
- Extreme external tremors
- Trembling of hands, face, jaw, and legs while doing anything
- Decreased body coordination
- A croaky and quiet voice
- Loss of sense of smell
- Trouble falling asleep
- Serious looking facial expression
- Feeling constipated
- Dizzy feeling
- Internal vibrations in the body
Parkinson’s disease typically affects people older than 60. These symptoms of PD makes carrying on the daily activities a difficult task. Initially, the tremors experienced due to PD are mild and contain half the body but gradually they affect other parts of the body as well.
Unfortunately, medical science has not yet found a cure for PD, but there are certain treatments to make the condition better like surgery called deep brain stimulation, medications including bromocriptine, pramipexole, ropinirole, and a combination of levodopa and carbidopa.
Multiple sclerosis is a condition of the central nervous system in which the body’s immune system attacks it and causes nerve damage. It is a chronic condition that can severely affect the quality of life.
This condition is usually seen in people aged 20-40 and includes the following symptoms:
- Reduced vision quality making it blurry. Can even lead to blindness
- Colour blindness and double vision
- Reduced coordination and equilibrium
- Body pain
- Feeling dizzy and fatigued
- The weakening of muscles and trouble in walking
- External and internal vibrations
- Indifference and numbness to external stimuli like needles
- Slurred speech
- Uncontrolled body and bowel movements
- Frequent urination
- Feeling depressed
- Some people also experience decreased memory span, inability to concentrate, reduced judgment, and attention power.
Just like PD, MS is incurable but if detected in an early stage its symptoms can be treated with a few treatments available at hand. Disease-modifying therapy (DMT) with drugs like glatiramer acetate/Copaxone or interferon and some other non-drug therapies help to decrease the severity of the symptoms.
Cerebellum abnormality is the cause of ES. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that receives information related to the regulation of a person’s movements from the body’s sensory systems, spinal cord, and other parts of the brain.
When the cerebellum starts acting abnormally, the person may get tremors that affect his hands, abdomen, speech, head, tongue. Some of the symptoms of essential tremors are
- Mental health problems like anxiety and stress
- Unstable and heightened emotions
- Extreme fatigue
- Low blood sugar levels
- Speech impairments
- Trouble with maintaining body balance
- Twitching in face
- Unintentional head nodding
- Limited body movements
- Unexplained fever
ET does not have a cure either but medications like anti-seizure drugs, anticonvulsants, and/or beta-blockers (blood pressure reducer) can help to make the symptoms less severe. Some physical and occupational therapies can also reduce triggers like caffeine that make the condition worse.
Diagnosis and treatment of internal vibration in the body
As we mentioned, internal vibrations are a symptom of an underlying condition. No independent diagnostic tests of internal body vibrations are done by test labs as of now. However, a medical healthcare professional will be able to diagnose you by asking you certain questions about your condition.
Primarily, basic questions about general health as if you are feeling unexplained weakness and dizziness, numbness to some stimuli, and/or trouble in body movement.
If you are diagnosed with such symptoms along with internal body vibrations then, tests are conducted to check whether you have any of the neurological conditions that have the same symptoms. Diagnostic questions about neurological conditions include
- Body equilibrium and coordination
- General feeling
- Checking the reflexes and body strength
- Checking the tone of the muscles
Tests like electromyogram (for reflexes), evoked potential tests (for CNS response), lumbar puncture (for MS), and magnetic resonance imaging scan (for brain and spinal cord lesions) are also recommended to patients for further treatment of their condition. These conditions are usually diagnosed and treated by a professional neurologist.
There are medically prescribed drugs and physical therapies available to reduce the intensity of these internal vibrations. These treatments can be taken independently or in combination with one another to suit your condition.
Tranquilizers like Xanax and Klonopin, anticholinergic drugs like trihexyphenidyl and benztropine, and botulinum toxin A are some of the drugs to control internal vibrations.
The takeaway is that if the condition or underlying cause of internal vibrations are diagnosed early, then the person can live almost a normal life by taking the right treatment. You need to monitor the symptoms, if any, closely so that the least amount of damage is done. There have been many people who had a significant betterment in their medical condition after early diagnosis and treatment.
Hope we served you some important facts today, and you will put them to use if you need them or educate others if they need it!