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November 6th, 2011
Me too!
Just reading this makes me feel so much better!!

I was in an interview and my head jerked from left to right involuntarily and I thought maybe because I really didn't want the job...and then occasionally my head will shack back and forth. I wash't sure if this was some serious neurological or psychological thing.

I also have optical migraines and pressure in my left temple usually, but sometimes on both sides and black lines eye-floaters in my vision and light auras at times. Getting worse at times, and sometimes better .....

Electrical shocks in my neck too.

I'm glad to know others experienced similar things, I think perhaps anxiety/creative people more susceptible?

I too was afraid my head would jerk in front of people, but now just tend to hold my chin if I feel something coming on...

This forum actually makes me feel better and more normal-thanks!!
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replied May 29th, 2012
Head shaking





okay, well.... I decreased my Effexor and my head shakes less. Long-term side effects of Effexor - tremors. My sister (not on effexor) asked her doctor why her head was shaking, doc told her..... is due to the fact that the coating on one of her medications has Acetaminophen in it. Most meds that are coated do. Hope this helps
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replied November 30th, 2011
I have the same problem. I'm sixteen and once when I was about 12, I had to play in an orchestra concert. I got extremely nervous, and my eyes got all wide. I felt like I couldn't breathe and my head began to shake. Now it happens when I have to class presentations, play in concerts, am in large groups of people, and finally,(and possibly the worst) when I eat in public. For example, today I went to take a bite of my lunch at school, and the head shaking and everything happened. I got about three bites of food in before it just became too much to handle and I decided to give up. Since eight grade,I was able to keep myself from having these things happen by just trying to breathe and calm myself down. However, in the past few weeks, these symptoms have all started returning. I hope that this eventually goes away and that I won't have to deal with it forever. But I feel a little better already knowing that I'm not the only person who suffers from this.
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replied March 7th, 2013
Hellothere61
You described this condition so well and you are only 17 now!
Your experience mirrors my experience with this disorder. I'm hoping that your parents know what you are going through. I was 15 when it first happened to me. I can 't believe you were able to describe what it feels like concerning the eyes getting all wide and the eating in public. I had a back injury right before this started happening to me and to this day still have problems with my back muscles tightening up for no Good reason. I think this all started with nerve damage and then manifested into what feels and sounds like social phobia. Do you remember if you had any injuries when you were 12? I wish I had an answer for you but sadly I do not. If your parents do not know, please tell them.
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replied January 5th, 2012
Head Shaking
I am a nurse. I noticed my sister's, 49, head shakes very slightly, occasionally and without her realizing it. I have done some research and am pretty convinced this type of involuntary head shaking is considered an "essential Tremor". Essential tremors are the most common type of tremor. I advise anyone with any type of head shaking conditions/symptoms to seek a Neurologist's help. There are many types of tremors. There may not be a cure, but there are treatments/medications to help aleviate agravating or embarassing symptoms. Symptoms can become worse with stress, anxiety, and some foods. Talk to a neurologist and get more information.

P.S. Never think you are alone in ANY situation. There are always others that can identify, help, listen, share with you. More people care and want to help than you will ever know if you don't seek, ask, or look.
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replied May 29th, 2013
Please, do not send anyone, or advise anyone to go to a neurologist, You said: And I quote: "There are many types of tremors. There may not be a cure, but there are treatments/medications to help aleviate agravating or embarassing symptoms. Talk to a neurologist and get more information". So if there's no cure - because he does not have a clue what causes it - why go there (or why send people there) why waste their time, money and give them false hopes? I have spent over 5 years going to neurologist/s for TREMOR, why? Because we are condtioned to think they are the specialists - they'll know the answers, they don't.".

At the end of the day we needs to ask ourselves do they really care about you / meaning us has a person, an invalid, or has someone they can assist. The ones i've been are to are clueless about this condition and make me think i'm not worth assisting (because theirs no cure), and, whilst talking to them they can be seen looking at the clock, working out how much dough they've made this week, and whether it's time to phone their stockbrokers to buy more shares. We need to admit to ourselves that neurologists and doctors are mostly multi-millionaires, and their investments will always take first place in their minds, hearts and souls and, has for the patients interests, ''who cares about them''. This is the reality of the modern day medical profession. hucksters with mounting check book credits mentalities. And if you say no their not, and reply, then tell me what cures you know off, what advances have been made, the only advances in medicine that matter is they charge $/1000.00 pounds/dollars for $/100.00 dollars worth of advice. Essential tremor is a sufferers private problem, and brother you'd better get used to it!
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replied January 27th, 2012
Does anybody have good results with vitamins ?
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replied May 29th, 2013
In my case yes, just one vitamin ZINC, I found the clue in a newspaper article.

I know they attach zinc plates on ships bottoms to descale them and prevent rust, so does zinc in the human body act as nerve cleaner and descaler. I can add, and it's only an hunch, keep well away from extra iron vits. Zinc costs pennies for a few hundred tablets.
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replied February 1st, 2012
I have this problem and I think for me it is withdrawl from lamictal. I stupidly missed a couple doses and I think it is one of those things that really is hard to come off of. My neck is twitchy and my shoulders and hands.
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replied March 29th, 2012
In my experience, the head shaking comes from anxiety/stress. It was a horrifying experience. My doctor prescribed me 20mg Lexapro once daily, an SSRI anti-depressant targeted toward generalized anxiety disorder and depression. He also put me on 0.5 mg Klonopin, which I take between 2 to 3 times a day. After 6 weeks, my head shaking has reduced by about 90-95%. Combined with a more assertive, emboldened attitude and willingness to face anxiety-provoking situations, my overall anxiety and accompanying head-shaking has almost vanished. Ask your doctor about Lexapro and Klonopin. Give it 4-6 weeks. Best of luck.
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replied July 5th, 2012
i am suffering from same problem (Head Tremors) more, but i am taking Betacap TR 80 and Revotril 2mg morning after Beak fast since two years as directed my neurologist. but there is no improvement. Also i smoke one pack cigarettes per day. if u suggest me when to take this medicine morning or evening , before or after break fast/dinner.
1).20mg Lexapro - when to take morning after break fast or before?
2).3 times When to take 0.5 mg Klonopin

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replied April 2nd, 2012
Head Shaking
@codyla
I really appreciate your post. I am 45 and have had head shaking (left to right) for a number of years. I have been to doctors and had tests performed, yet no one can tell me what is causing it. I notice that the head shaking occurs when I get tense - such as driving in bad traffic, nervous - being starred at, or stressed - sickly parents. I don't realize that I'm doing it until a family member tells me. I feel that anxiety brings it on or at the very least, makes it worse. However, I was in a car accident just before my 31st birthday where I t-boned a car. My head was jerked forward pretty hard. I suffered numerous stiff necks after that for a number of years. At one point, the stiffness was so severe that I couldn't lift my right arm or look down to put my socks on. In fact, my neck is "always" slightly stiff even to this day. So I wonder if that accident possibly damaged nerves in my neck. I'm hoping to get to the root of the problem soon. Thank you for your information.
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replied May 29th, 2012
Head shaking
okay, well.... I decreased my Effexor and my head shakes less. Long-term side effects of Effexor - tremors. My sister (not on effexor) asked her doctor why her head was shaking, doc told her..... is due to the fact that the coating on one of her medications has Acetaminophen in it. Most meds that are coated do. Hope this helps.
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replied July 3rd, 2012
involuntary head shaking
I have many of these same symptoms happening at some of the same times as some of you have mentioned i.e. barber chair,and when I'm anxious or feel people are looking at me. sometimes find it hard to look someone in the eye.I feel out of control,it's embarrising to me. Iv'e heard no one mention that someone else in there family had the same. My mother did.I wasn't raised by my mother but i remember this at a young age. I only began to have these head shakes about 4 or 5 yrs. ago when someone brought it to my attention I'M 52.
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replied December 4th, 2012
I hope you don't mind me replying to your letter but it was the similarities we share. Hi I have had this head shaking since someone pointed it out at school one day when I was 13. I though how strange as my nan had the same thing happening to her, I noticed from an early age her head shaking. I asked my mother why did her head shake and she said " the doctor said its called motor nerves, I said what does that mean she said "its just over active nerves" and that was that. nan stopped going out socializing at the age of 50 and lived with agorafobia from then on, she is still alive today in her 80s, nan still has the head shakes which are constant and the agorafodia. I asked did the head shakes get her down she said " sometimes when trying to get to sleep otherwise no" which I totally understand. Im 47yrs old now and through my life it has only got slightly worse and held me back for doing alot of things In life no one in my family has ever mentioned it and no one seems to have it aunties uncles or cousins, just nan and me. I have never taken medication or asked for a doctors advise. I find it very uncomfortable especially when people are around me who I don't know as I find it very embarrasing as its the lack of control I have of it. I find it very differcult to sit in rooms like doctors dentists etc or on transport I get very anxious but if anyone asks I say "its motor nerves" I have a job friends and socialise with people I know, not one of them has ever mentioned it. I know really no one has a answer really for it so I just get on with life with out pills to the best of my ability just like nan.
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replied July 3rd, 2012
involuntary head shaking
I have many of these same symptoms happening at some of the same times as some of you have mentioned i.e. barber chair,and when I'm anxious or feel people are looking at me. sometimes find it hard to look someone in the eye.I feel out of control,it's embarrising to me. Iv'e heard no one mention that someone else in there family had the same. My mother did.I wasn't raised by my mother but i remember this at a young age. I only began to have these head shakes about 4 or 5 yrs. ago when someone brought it to my attention I'M 52.
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replied July 3rd, 2012
involuntary head shaking
I have many of these same symptoms happening at some of the same times as some of you have mentioned i.e. barber chair,and when I'm anxious or feel people are looking at me. sometimes find it hard to look someone in the eye.I feel out of control,it's embarrising to me. Iv'e heard no one mention that someone else in there family had the same. My mother did.I wasn't raised by my mother but i remember this at a young age. I only began to have these head shakes about 4 or 5 yrs. ago when someone brought it to my attention I'M 52.
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replied August 26th, 2012
shaking head
If your hands shake, you likely have an essential tremor. You should definitely see your doctor, although, I'm told by mine, the side effects of the drugs which control it are worse than living with the shakes, until they interfere with your life. Dystonia is worth investigation, although there isn't a lot known about it, and seeking treatment is very frustrating. It's unlikely that you have Meunier's, as you would notice other symtoms, like vertigo, ringing or roaring in the ears, and a drop in your hearing.
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replied August 26th, 2012
shaking head
If your hands shake, you likely have an essential tremor. You should definitely see your doctor, although, I'm told by mine, the side effects of the drugs which control it are worse than living with the shakes, until they interfere with your life. Dystonia is worth investigating, although there isn't a lot known about it, and seeking treatment is very frustrating. It's unlikely that you have Meunier's, as you would notice other symtoms, like vertigo, ringing or roaring in the ears, and a drop in your hearing.
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replied October 6th, 2012
I have had a problem with my head shaking left to right for many years now. I originally thought it only happened when I was stressed by a situation (e.g. having to look a teacher in the eye in class, or when having my hair cut) but more recently I've noticed it happening periodically with no triggers. It also seems to happen sometimes without me being aware of it until someone asks me why I am shaking my head back and forth.

I am glad I found this forum, since I now have a name for what I experience: essential tremor or titubation (no-no).

I recently started taking magnesium supplements for other reasons, but thankfully I think it is also helping with the head shaking. I'm hoping if I continue to take the magnesium the tremor will eventually go away altogether. I am currently taking a magnesium citrate product called Natural Calm: about 400mg daily.

I am curious if anyone else has tried magnesium for this problem, and if it worked for you?
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replied October 20th, 2012
I too have this problem with head shaking. Barber, being in the standing bus, the bank.... I don't know how to cure it yet and I've been looking for several years, but the thing that helps me most is yoga specialized at neck and back pain. I try to exercise every day and it brings me relief from tension and pain, which worsen the shaking. I also take meds for anxiety disorder and they help mildly.
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replied January 5th, 2013
MY CURE !
Stopped drinking alcohol.
Stopped smoking.
Excersize regularly.
VITAMIN B1 (THIAMIN), and MAGNESIUM, PLUS FISH OIL.
Walking with GOD and letting my light shine !
Overcame withdrawal symptoms, which was head shaking, anxiety, social anxiety, and depression.
I pray that I can help somebody with MY CURE !
THIS IS MY GOAL IN LIFE !
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replied January 24th, 2013
I have NEVER used any recreational drug besides Marijauna and I have the head tremor. I have been approved for medical Marijauna for Sciatica and other chronic back pain that has continued after 3 spine surgeries. Although I do not smoke Marijuana everyday due to the expense, I do NOT have the problem as bad when I DO have it to smoke. I also use it in place of Cymbalta and Abilify, which I will NEVER take again. I have been diagnosed with Major Deppressive disorder and anxiety, but only have a REAL problem when I can't get the Marijuana.... then I shake bad, can't sleep, experience much more Sciatica pain and low back pain, have anxiety attacks, restlessness, poor concentration, worsening depression, antisocial behavior........ My Father had the head shake and so does my younger brother. No actual diagnosis has been made, but my brother got tested for Parkinsons and it was negative as with my Father. I HATE it!!! But refuse to take man made drugs with side affects that cause even more problems. I am dealing with enough !!!
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replied February 18th, 2013
I experienced it too
I had the head shaking thing too; it worsened usually when I get too conscious about it(mine was everyday). I think the best way to stop it is to focus on the task at hand and not think about it(easier said than done). It stopped recently(had it for almost a year) but now my neck aches every day and I have to crack it side to side to soothen the aches. The thing is I'm actually quite young (16) and I have NOT taken drugs nor alchohol of any sort, just normal medication like panadol when I am sick. Also, when I make my head stay still and in hope that the ache goes away, I feel as if my neck muscles can't really support my head and when I tilt it slightly my head is heavy. I think the most common cause is stress but I would really like to know if there is any remedy to this. Best of luck to those who suffer the same thing. I've seen people on buses with this so don't get too down. I'm doing my best to convince myself that too, but remember that we are perfectly normal people. Smile
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replied March 4th, 2013
I was relieved to know I'm not the only person suffering..I'm 19 and it is 3 years ago I first realised this head-shaking. I noticed the shaking appears when stressed. I realized also that many hours on computer (more than 5h a day) can cause the problem too. Did anyone else notice something like that? I tried to avoid any electronical devices (phones,TV,computer) and the shaking absolutely dissapeared after a month! After that I could normaly use computer etc, with cautiousness although. But this period I'm again on a big stress and have to work all day on the computer. The head-shaking came back and it's so obvious that makes other lough. Hope I helped some of you and hope you understand my bad english!
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replied April 11th, 2013
I have head shaking too, we're not alone we can cure it together
Hello, i was really relieved to know that i am not alone. Here is my story. A year ago i start experience head shaking. At start it was few times a week and somehow controllable, the last few months it started in daily basis many times within a day. I tend to do that when i am in public, especially in subway, when people stare at me or when i have the feeling that other people looking at me, as well when eating in public and sometimes even im alone. After it becomes more frequent it starts really to bother me and was really worry and think of million things, im really relieved finding all those posts, is a breath to continue the fight against the head shakes. When it happens, i know when it will happen, i am very aware of it, of course i say no but still i do it and i am aware of it. In public i when head shaking comes, i tend to control it by doing short shakes which people wont notice, but i can't control it always. I have none with medical history, however when i was about 16 and for few years i use to work night shifts and after that, even i change job, i make it as a habit to sleep late or early morning and i sleep few, however the last 2 years i use to be all day long working in computer. I am a very relax person, or better i used to be, now i find me anxious and stressed. I am afraid that the head shakes which lately i do it very hard can cause some damage to brain and neck. i don't drink (once in a while) and i don't smoke. People say your stories in detail so other people to know that they are not alone and also to share information and help each other by putting down all the data. I believe that head shake can reduce and gone maybe if we sleep normal times, eating on time and healthier, do exercises, don't stuck in monitor screens all day long, find a way to not be anxious and stressful. If anyone has any info, story or cure, please share!
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