Permanently shaky right hand

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So I'm 17 years old, and I have a very shaky right hand - I have for as long as I can remember. My handwriting is awful, I'm bad at drawing and colouring within the lines, and just generally have terrible motor skills, but that's at least partly down to my diagnosis of Asperger's.

However, I really think there's something more to it. I noticed how much of a huge problem it is for me about a week ago, doing a practice experiment in biochemistry. I needed to use a pipette to drop a small measure of liquid into a small hole, and I just couldn't do it. My hand was shaking too much to drop the liquid in properly. I tried with my left hand and I managed it, but since I'm right handed that's not ideal.

I'm planning on going on to do something involving science at university, and this had made me realise how disruptive this actually could be. Anything requiring precision I just can't do.

I've been thinking, could it be Parkinson's? It seems quite a dramatic conclusion but I don't know what else it could be.

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Go to a neurologist... don't try to diagnose or manage this yourself. Neurologists know their stuff extremely well; these things are hard to deal with without a lot of experience...

Even if it is related to the Asperger's, which it may well be, they are the best people to go to for discussions about symptomatic relief as well.

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Did someone diagnose you with Asperger's, or is this something you self-diagnosed? If you have a diagnosis of Asperger's, the tremors are more than likely related to it. Many people with Asperger's have tremors. It is highly unlikely to be Parkinson's because of your age.

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I doubt it's parkinsons. Other than that, I am not sure. Sorry!

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