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Sheila, Thank you so much! This whole thing has been quite an emotional rollercoaster. The head/neck movement started when we returned home from a trip to Disney. He rode one roller coaster. After that, he decided those types of rides were not for him and stuck to the other rides. We had a great time, but he did mention that his stomach hurt a few times and that he felt like he may be vomit. He never vomited. Two days before we left for Disney, he came home early from school due to stomach pain. We just thought maybe he was fighting some sort of virus. 2 days after we got home from Disney he stayed home due to a low grade fever. Tested negative for strep. The next day he was fine and off to school he went. Somewhere between summer and September, it appears he developed a fear of throwing up. It hasn't been debilitating and we honestly didn't piece it all together until the neck/head movement started. I have been working with him and I think his fear of throwing up has lessened by a great deal. He has also complained here and there about leg pains. The pediatrician has chalked it up to "growing pains". He did have some blood work done and everything came back within normal ranges. I'm not certain exactly what sort of blood screen it was.
Hi Sheila, Sorry that I'm just getting back to you. Here's where we are: -We went to pediatric neurologist and he said that it was not a tic. He was pretty adamant and seemed confident. He dx it as a stereotype and said that anxiety was the culprit. He suggested play therapy as the solution. -This sounded really good at the appointment, but when I started researching stereotypical movements, I am not so confident in his diagnosis. My son does not like to talk about the movement, but what I have got from him is that his neck makes him do it. He will often hold his head to the side or lay his head down. When he looks down, he buries his chin in his chest. It looks painful to me, but he has not complained of any pain. -I have not noticed any other tics prior to the neck/head movement. He's 7. -The movement has not changed to date. He has been doing it for a little over 2 months. -My son is now doing play therapy. He has always had a "thinker" type personality. He does have worries, but nothing that has caused any life disruptions. He does great at school, has friends, enjoys sports. -I have a second opinion with a pediatric neurologist scheduled in March. I was hoping to do this sooner, but that is the wait time for this specific doctor. Thanks for your concern.
I'm so confused (and stressed) as to whether or not this is a tic? My son is 7 and has recently started moving his head from side to side and holding it down. It is a slower movement than what I see described as a tic. He often just lays his head down to the side. It's almost as if his head is heavy. We have an appointment with a pediatric neurologist in a little less than 2 weeks. Thank you.