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Doctor insights on: Rhythmic Jerking Eye Movements

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Jerking eye movements? = nystagmus?

Jerking eye movements? = nystagmus?

Most commonly, yes: Nystagmus is the name for usually rhythmic, oscillating (back and forth, or up and down) involuntary movements of both eyes. It is most often seen as a congenital (born with) finding, or develops shortly after birth. There are other causes for unusual or "jerking" eye movements too, and affected individual should be seen by an ophthalmologist, neuro-ophthalmologist, or neurologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Rapid jerking eye movement in both eyes?

Rapid jerking eye movement in both eyes?

Nystagmus: Rapid jerking eye movement in both eyes, called nystagmus may be congenital (from birth) or may be due to a problem in the lower part of the brain or inner ear. It should be checked by an ophthalmologist. ...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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Non-stop facial tics in 5yr old. Ct scan/eeg normal. Constant eye rolling, head jerks & jaw movement. What could this be?

Non-stop facial tics in 5yr old. Ct scan/eeg normal. Constant eye rolling, head jerks & jaw movement. What could this be?

Very unusual: Nonstop is unusual. While people usually think of tourette syndrome, there are other tic disorders of childhood. There is also a postviral syndrome of opsoclonus-myoclonus, which can be seen in other conditions (neuroblastoma). Sounds like the child needs to see a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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What can cause uncontrollable random eye jitters/movements?

What can cause uncontrollable random eye jitters/movements?

Nystagmus?: I am not sure what do you mean by jitters? If the eyeball moves, then this is nystagmus and this is related to some kind of brain and congenital problem. If you mean movement of the eyelids, then this is eyelid spasm and these are sign of facial tics. The facial tic could be related to stress, Potassium deficiency, or some other problems. So please see a neurologist for either of these problems. ...Read more

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How do I stop the constant preoccupation of actions, worrying about what others think, awkward eye/body movements and speech that makes me arrogant?

How do I stop the constant preoccupation of actions, worrying about what others think, awkward eye/body movements and speech that makes me arrogant?

Psych eval: Your concerns and symptoms may best be explained through a good psychological evaluation - interviews and perhaps testing. If it results in a diagnosis, treatment may be recommended. It may be a mistake to jump to any flip guess diagnosis. A good understanding will optimize your results. Try not to give up and be as patient as you can. You're young and it will be worth the effort - you deserve it! ...Read more