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Uncontrollable nodding head, dizziness. What is this?

Last night I was sleeping and I rolled over to a different position, when suddenly my head started nodding uncontrollably. I started to get really dizzy so as a normal reaction I lay on my back and placed my hands on my head for it to stop shaking. It stopped, but my eyes started nodding , I guess you can say, and the dizziness was getting worse. I shut my eyes for a couple of seconds and then it went away. I fully aware of what was going on the whole time, nothing like this has ever happened to me before.
Asked On : Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Uncontrollable (or involuntary) head nodding could be due to partial (or focal fits). It is not a generalised fit, as you would have lost consciousness if it was a generalised one.

Short duration of symptoms also favour the same.

For further evaluation, you should consult a neurologist. You may require MRI brain and EEG for confirmation of diagnosis.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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