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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

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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

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I have weird involuntary movement of my head, what's wrong?

Tourette or dystonia: Tourette syndrome may cause this as does some types of cervical dystonia and torticolis. ...Read more

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Why does my head moves slightly involuntary? Is it due to anxiety?

Why does my head moves slightly involuntary? Is it due to anxiety?

Essential tremor?: You may have a benign essential tremor, which can intensify with anxiety. To determine the cause, you could consult a neurologist first -- and then possibly a psychiatrist as needed. ...Read more

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What exactly can be the causes of involuntary head twitching?

What exactly can be the causes of involuntary head twitching?

Dyskinesias: Involuntary movements are broken down into those caused by a tremor, tics, myoclonus, dystonias, chorea, athetosis, and hemiballismus. Those hyperkinetic movement disorders that have a tendency to involve the head include tremors (titubation), tics, and dystonias. The cause for the aforementioned are mostly genetic but at times can be related to metabolic disturbances or meds. Well wishes. ...Read more

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I have made up conversations in my head and I act it out involuntary. There people I know but it's a habit of mine and it's bothering me. What is this?

I have made up conversations in my head and I act it out involuntary. There people I know but it's a habit of mine and it's bothering me. What is this?

Council: Likely this is just a bad habit. Try to focus on not talking to yourself. Important to maintain conversation with other people and when you do concentrate on what they are saying and that you respond appropriately. This could be some form of mood disorder. Probably worth a visit with doctor or councilor to explore the issue. ...Read more

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How come I have involuntary head movements or tremors while sitting still?

How come I have involuntary head movements or tremors while sitting still?

Movement disorder: Resting tremor is worrisome. Some persons are nervous and have a need to move even when trying to sit still. This may be normal, but may indicate a disorder. Tourette sydrome can begin in this manner as can parkinsonism. A thorough medical evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Does involuntary head shaking of a baby related to teething?

Does involuntary head shaking of a baby related to teething?

NO: Teething does not cause involuntary head movement. Usually child will put fingers or other objects in their mouths when teething. This sounds like something that should be evaluated by your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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8mo tilting head to side with what could be involuntary nodding/bobbing. Just exploration? Teething? Or something more concerning?

8mo tilting head to side with what could be involuntary nodding/bobbing. Just exploration? Teething? Or something more concerning?

Mgt: I would suggest reviewing his growth, head circumference, development and findings in detail with your PCP. An inbox consult may also be helpful. ...Read more

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My 1 yr old nods his head as if he wanted to say no. It looks like its involuntary and random and he does it once or twice a day. Everything else ok.

My 1 yr old nods his head as if he wanted to say no. It looks like its involuntary and random and he does it once or twice a day. Everything else ok.

See Your Doctor Now: Children this age sometimes exhibit self-stimulatory behavior eg. Repetitious movements & even head-banging. However stereotypical movements of body can be associated w/ certain neurologic disorders; visual disorders could also cause abnormal head movements. Your child will require a detailed history & exam to elucidate if movements are of a benign nature. See doctor now for diagnostic evaluation. ...Read more

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Involuntary movement of head and shoulders just has movement getting worse

Involuntary movement of head and shoulders just has movement getting worse

I'm: I'm sorry but this question is difficult to answer over the internet. What you need to do is to see a neurologist interested in movement disorder who will be able to diagnose the problem after seeing it. It could be any number of things that are potentially treatable. Good luck. ...Read more

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Involuntary arm movements my arm moves and hits on the head continuously?

Involuntary arm movements my arm moves and hits on the head continuously?

Arm jerking: Involuntary arm jerking may represent either seizure or motor tics, in case of seizure if the arm jerking is sudden and vigorus with preserving of awareness, it can be a myoclonic seizure, if the movement is rhythmic in one side and unable to control it but can feel it, so it can be a simple partial seizure, then eeg can help in the diagnosis. The other possibility is motor tic with normal eeg. ...Read more

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Sometimes my head involuntary shakes and causes my eyes to briefly close. Could this be Tourette's syndrome?

Head: There are many causes for head shaking. You should see a neurologist to check it out as soon as possible ...Read more

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Involuntary tics in head are they from brain damage?

Involuntary tics in head are they from brain damage?

Not exactly: Tics can involve muscles in the head, face, arms, legs or any muscle group in the body. Facial tics are the most common. The cause of tics is unknown, but brain damage as from traumatic brain injury rarely cause tics. The cause is usually genetic, but there is evidence that tics may also arise as a consequence of certain infections such as strep. ...Read more

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My head is moving (nodding) involuntary since along time but it's increased nowadays. My aunt has multiple sclerosis and I'm afraid that I have it too?

Nonspecific: You describe a head tremor which could be due to many causes, including heredofamilial essential tremor, hyperthyroidism, issues with cerebellar brain stem connections, Wilson's disease, and medication reactions. This alone would not confirm MS, and your aunt's illness, is NOT a predictor of increased risk in you. Have a neurologist check this out. ...Read more

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I have random, involuntary shivers that shake my head and shoulders. Not cold. Sometimes d/t air movement (like a fan). Friend concerned. Should I be?

I have random, involuntary shivers that shake my head and shoulders. Not cold. Sometimes d/t air movement (like a fan). Friend concerned. Should I be?

Probably OK: Many people experience various reactions to the environment that can't be explained precisely. This calls for avoiding or minimizing exposure to them if possible. They often just go away as mysteriously as they arrived, but if this persists and becomes a concern of yours you owe yourself at least one thorough neurologic exam by your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi I m experiencing involuntary muscle movemnts, I had a kind of head injury 2 years back, is it dangerous to hv muscle movmnt?

Hi I m experiencing involuntary muscle movemnts, I had a kind of head injury 2 years back, is it dangerous to hv muscle movmnt?

Not dangerous but: While it may not be dangerous, you should see a neurologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I am experiencing involuntary head turning or twisting, neck pain, memory problems (quality: difficulty remembering distant past events, difficulty re?

I am experiencing involuntary head turning or twisting, neck pain, memory problems (quality: difficulty remembering distant past events, difficulty re?

Close your computer: And make an appointment for a thorough physical examination and a neurological evaluation: cannot be diagnosed online. ...Read more

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I have involuntary muscle contractions on my right fore head, They are not not painful but it happens on a 24 years old scar. What could be wrong?

I have involuntary muscle contractions on my right fore head, They are not not painful but it happens on a 24 years old scar. What could be wrong?

Facial nerve growth.: It is possible that you hurt your facial nerve and the nerve control your eye lid movement growth into your forehead muscle. That would cause your forehead muscle contracture while you close or open your eyes. See your self in a mirror and find if it is the case. ...Read more

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I experience involuntary body movements caused by anxiety. I took Klonopin for three years. My psychiatric nurse practitioner had me taper off. I have not taken it since December. This makes the body movements more intense. My head feels heavy and fu

I experience involuntary body movements caused by anxiety. I took Klonopin for three years. My psychiatric nurse practitioner had me taper off. I have not taken it since December. This makes the body movements more intense. My head feels heavy and fu

Who diagnosed the: Movements as "involuntary" and "caused by anxiety"? Clonazepam works for many types of organic involuntary movements as well as anxiety. Why did this person taper you off of it? I wouldn't trust a psychiatric nurse practitioner to guess my weight, much less have any competence to diagnose an organic vs psychogenic movement disorder. See a neurologist. ...Read more