Dick Van Dyke asks fans on Twitter for medical advice

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Actor Dick Van Dyke arrives at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 12, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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barbr

Midlothian, VA

#1 Apr 18, 2013
r Van Dyke have you been tf Legionaires Desease? Over 30 years ago I woke up with a splitting headach & very fatigued. They did not know what it was until y doctor finally figured it out. Like you I was so tired that my legs felt like I had ran in a long distance run. I don't know if this is hat you have but it might be somehing you ask your doctor about f they have not tested you for it By te way I am one of your & your son Barrys biggest fan. I watch Diagnosis Murder everynight I never get tired of it. Best of luck to you.
Ken Graulich

Naples, FL

#2 Apr 18, 2013
Dear Mr. Vandyck,
I am a retired Neurologist and feel fairly certain you have palatal myoclonus. You need to have a doc, preferably an ENT, look at your uvula at the back of your throat. It is a finding easily missed/misinterpreter by docs and patients.
Hope this helps,
Kenneth B Graulich, MD
Jeanne

Bellmore, NY

#3 Apr 18, 2013
Hi Dick I have pulsitile tinnitus. If you want to talk to me, contact me at gneern@aol.com
Neurologist in Florida

Winter Park, FL

#4 Apr 18, 2013
Dick,

I am a pediatric neurologist and read about your symptoms. My suspicion is that you have a form of benign intracranial hypertension. Worsening of headache when lying down may occur when intracranial pressure is increased because pressure in the head is higher when you lie than when you sit. Although most people with intracranial hypertension have headache in all positions, your pressure may only be high enough to cause pain when you lie down. If your imaging studies have only consisted of brain MRI, you might consider having MRI of cervical spine and an MRV of of head and neck. You should be examined by an ophthalmologist to determine if you have subtle papilledema not recognized by your other physicians. Lastly, a lumbar puncture would be both diagnostic and therapeutic: diagnosis would be established by elevated pressure measurement and drainage of spinal fluid to lower your pressure will alleviate your headache temporarily. There are a number of surgical options for reducing your intracranial pressure on a longterm basis. Hope this helps, Mike
Ben Kenny

Aurora, IL

#6 Apr 18, 2013
My father, who is a physician, feels you probably should be immediately checked for an aneurysm. My mother says, if not, you may have a pinched nerve in your neck. Good luck!!
Sharon

Anaheim, CA

#7 Apr 18, 2013
Had the same thing 13 yrs ago. Had every test in the book...all came back normal. Saw numerous specialists, all thought they had the answer, but they were all wrong, except for my primary physician. Finally got a name for it by the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ..."Occipital Neuropathy" or "Chronic Nuance Daily Headaches". No known cure but is treatable with anti-inflammatories.
Rick Loewen

Sheboygan, WI

#8 Apr 18, 2013
I think I know what the problem is because it sounds like something I have. I would need to talk to him frist to make sure. But that proble won't happen or to late. You a good man Mr.Dick Van Dyke hate to see you suffer I am at Facebook.

Good Luck
Tinnitus Sufferer

Raleigh, NC

#9 Apr 19, 2013
Try Rozerem for sleep.

For the pounding you hear, try a white noise generator. The best are the ones you see in waiting rooms, maybe 9" in diameter and 6" tall, in white or beige. They are mechanical in the sense they have an electric fan. The digital ones have a predictable looping that can be annoying.

I'm not a medical professional, but I read a lot. I'm thinking you may have an AVM or anuerism that is pressing on a nerve, which amplifies what you hear or feel. Your body position causing the blood vessel or nerve to shift (very!) slightly could explain the positional nature of it.

Other things:

Try jutting your jaw while pressing against it with you palm, to see if it makes a difference. If so, there might be a TMJ connection, such as Pinto's Ligament.

Try what's called the Epley Maneuver. It's on YouTube. Definitely have an assistant for this.

One of the World's best Vascular Neurosurgeons is Kimberly Livingston. You might want to see her, or have her review your tests.
Joe Revere

Shirley, NY

#10 Apr 19, 2013
You may think this is silly-I got the advise from a friend-I thought it was funny-until I tried it and so far it is working.
Take a bar of soap,like the soap you get at a Hotel-put it on the sheets you sleep on(I keep the soap between my legs from the ankles to the knees-( you may do the same or place it by your neck and head area)The pain of the cramps I was getting in my legs-arms neck-toes, fingers,I haven't had since I put the soap in my bed-just about six months-Give it a try-What have you to lose-The Throbbing.
Brenda from Malibu

Pacific Palisades, CA

#11 Apr 21, 2013
Hi Mr. Van Dyke! I'm sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. I had a stiff neck, headache and I wasn't feeling well. Nothing seemed to relieve my headache. I had heard about CoQ10, a supplement you can even get at Ralph's - I got the Nature Made brand. Our bodies have it naturally, but as we age we don't have as much. It's supposed to rebuild cells, balance cholesterol and blood pressure. I took one 100 mg. capsule after dinner one night and I felt so much better! Now I take one every night after dinner. It was so simple and my headaches and stiffness are gone. I hope you feel better soon! bf
Morris

Seattle, WA

#12 Apr 22, 2013
Has anyone considered Turrets Syndrome?
Morris

Seattle, WA

#13 Apr 22, 2013
Has anyone suugested Turrets Syndrome?
clarence jordan

Sunbury, OH

#14 Apr 29, 2013
dick im a 59 years old man ive had same pounding in head when trying to sleep seinc then ive had found i have coronary artery disease ive had two stents place in heart and two arterys cleaned and patch in my neck the pounding has stoped im not tied back to work in grate shape i hope this is helpfull to you

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