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I have involuntary head jerks. I only get them around people usually because I'm always so tense and afraid of everyone. How can I stop it?

I have involuntary head jerks. I only get them around people usually because I'm always so tense and afraid of everyone. How can I stop it?

Tics: It sounds like you have an involuntary stereotypical movement disorder that is associated with anxiety. It is probably a tic. There are medications and even some newer tms protocols to treat this. See a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Head Jerking (Definition)

= involuntary twisting/ turning of head which may ...Read more


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Random head jerking?

Random head jerking?

Head Jerking: Jerking or tremor, is caused by many things, to include some medications or alcohol or illicit substances, parkinson's disease, neurologic problems, or an essential tremor which occurs with aging. ...Read more

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Head jerking and sniffing?

Head jerking and sniffing?

Possibly Tourette: Tourette syndrome is within the autistic spectrum. On the other hand it may be just a bad habit. If it is only that do not call any attention to it and it will stop. Even a "look" from others will keep it going. If other behavior symptoms develop, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Head jerking, and head popping?

Head jerking, and head popping?

Head Jerking: Jerking or tremor, is caused by many things, to include some medications or alcohol or illicit substances, parkinson's disease, neurologic problems, or simply essential tremor with aging. ...Read more

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Head jerking and sniffing habit?

Head jerking and sniffing habit?

Both are tics: He/she may have tourette syndrome. See your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about my son's head jerking and twitching?

Should I be worried about my son's head jerking and twitching?

I would certainly: Want his pediatrician to see him for an evaluation, but your worrying about it won't help you or your son. ...Read more

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What might be cause of head jerking when relaxed.?

What might be cause of head jerking when relaxed.?

Head Jerking: Jerking or tremor, is caused by many things, to include some medications or alcohol or illicit substances, parkinson's disease, neurologic problems, or simply essential tremor with aging. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Head jerking?

What is the definition or description of: Head jerking?

Head jerking: = involuntary twisting/ turning of head which may be seen with tics. ...Read more

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Arm, leg and head jerking?

Arm, leg and head jerking?

Tremor: I suspect one of many diseases that cause tremor.See a dr to get an accurate diagnosis and hopefully treatment. ...Read more

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Head jerking, and jaw popping?

Head jerking, and jaw popping?

TMJ and?: Jaw popping is your TMJ disk out of position. Jaw jerking strange sign. See your MD. ...Read more

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What should I do if I am worried about my 8 year old son's head jerking and twitching?

What should I do if I am worried about my 8 year old son's head jerking and twitching?

I'd check with the: General pediatrician first, but escalate to a pediatric neurologist before imaging. He needs a thorough exam to make sure these are not something to worry about. ...Read more

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22 y/o f w/ lupus. What could cause a bad headache and series of uncontrolled head jerking episodes? I was in class and didn't know what to do.

See below: If you have lupus, I would be concerned about seizure or it could be a side effect from zofran (ondansetron) that you are taking. See your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is head jerking a side-effect of abilify (aripiprazole)?

Is head jerking a side-effect of abilify (aripiprazole)?

Abilify&head jerking: Yes it probabely is. You may need to see your psychiatrst or neurologit. You may have to stop the med and try a different one. It may be a condition called tardive dyskinesia. ...Read more

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Is head jerking a side effect if alcohol use?

Is head jerking a side effect if alcohol use?

Not typically: In order to have your question definitively answered, you need to have what you are describing as "head jerks" properly diagnosed. Alcohol isn't at all well known to trigger the onset of a tic disorder, but what I have read suggests that different individuals report both lessening or increasing involuntary movements through alcohol use. See a neurologist! ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause head jerking/twitching?

Can anxiety cause head jerking/twitching?

Head jerking or: twitching may represent a tic (spasm-like movements of particular muscles). Anxiety may aggravate or increase tics which are otherwise usually harmless but may be annoying and may be able to be suppressed. Anxiety management strategies are powerful. Tics come and go. If serious consult physician. Best regards. ...Read more

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Could a motor tic in the head (head jerking) cause brain cell loss or damage?

Could a motor tic in the head (head jerking) cause brain cell loss or damage?

No: Motor tics are considered a sign of electrical short circuiting of neural impulses. By themselves they produce no damage but may reflect some injury or abnormal nerve pathways further up in the system. ...Read more

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Can an ear infection or sinusitis cause head jerking\ twitching?

Can an ear infection or sinusitis cause head jerking\ twitching?

Unlikely: If we are talking about an infant sometimes occasionally pulling on the ears may be symptom. There are "tics" which are usually twitching, eye blinking which if worsens may suggest something more serious (unrelated to the ear infection).This condition should be evaluated by a neurologist. Allergies which can lead to sinusitis can cause nose twitching because of the itchy nose. ...Read more

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I was hit on head and stunned 10 mo. Ago past mo. Started having involuntary jerks when laying down sometimes just leg sometimes whole body - related?

I was hit on head and stunned 10 mo. Ago past mo. Started having involuntary jerks when laying down sometimes just leg sometimes whole body - related?

Check your brain: Start out with a family doc visit to have a complete neurological exam. These symptoms may or may not be related. This is too complicated to diagnose on healthtap. Good luck. ...Read more

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Involuntary eye movement jerking--causes?

Involuntary eye movement jerking--causes?

Twitch: Benign twitch most common. If involves some of the face, need to see neurologist to rule out more serious disease. ...Read more