Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ok, this is a weird one.

On Tuesday evening my husband pointed out that our five year old was regularly rolling his eyes right back in his head and off to the left. I think it came on suddenly because pre-school had not mentioned anything and I had not really noticed. I'd seen him do it once and hadn't thought anything of it.

It increased in frequency until his bedtime, eyes flicking up and to the left once, more usually twice, in quick succession . At least once every 10 seconds or so. Very freaky to watch. And it appeared to be involuntary.

Wednesday started off with much less frequency but it was noticeably worse when he watched tv and increased in frequency towards the end of the day. And when we read stories. But not when he played a bit of X-box with hubby.

Took him to the Dr this morning, received a referral to a pediatrician. The Dr bandied around a suggestion of Autism. Hello?!

Took him to our beloved chiro later that morning. She worked on him for about half an hour, straightened him up, his neck and back were out a bit. Yes, that will happen if you dive onto the couch, balance on your head, then flip your legs up and over the back of the couch. And wrestle your mates to the ground after pre-school every day. And and and....

She suggested a neurologist and a ct scan. She couldn't find a particular reason for what's happening but he has another appt with her early next week.

Managed to get an appointment with a pediatrician for two weeks hence. Gee, glad it does not appear to be a real emergency, but the pediatrician did say I can call them if I have reason to believe it's becoming more urgent.

Took him to an optomotrist today just for kicks, they said he's tracking fine etc etc and gave us a referral to a pediatric opthamologist.

Dr Google turns up Tourette's syndrome, magnesium deficiency, epilepsy and autism, and those are the less frightening ones of the list.

I still can't figure out whether it's involuntary or otherwise, but now I sometimes see him rolling his eyes to top left then straight away to bottom right, before coming back to centre. And it's done very fast, flick, flick.

He's rubbing his eyes a lot, and the areas around his eyes, he presses on the areas around his eyes, as if that would make his eyes keep still.

All very freaky. Life goes on though.


m.e (Cathie) said...

I can't imagine how you must be feeling. hope you find the answer soon.
hugs to you ♥

Moderate Means said...

The waiting and wondering is the worst... I hope it turns out to be nothing but tired eye muscles! Of course, getting an active little one to rest isn't easy either ;)


Cadi said...

Wow. That's a long wait. I'm so sorry.

Sending you good thoughts.

It's so hard to read "worst case scenarios." Hoping all will turn out to be somethin' simple or nothing at all.

Cat J B said...

Thanks for all your concern, I'm hoping it's just an ocd type thing, he does odd little things from time to time and they run their course and disappear. We'll see.

sawn61 said...

My grand daughter is normal in everyway, but when she is overly nervous about something, she will shake her head and shoulders in a way that scared me. I knew it was a tic of some kind, but I am convinced that it only happens when she is extremely nervous about something. I haven't noticed it lately.Possibly something is making your child nervous that you are not aware of. Kids get stressed over the simplest of things. I would look for something that he is doing that makes him uneasy as a start, before I'd get to worried.It's worth a try.

ms lottie said...

Sis, I can't phone you, the number I have doesn't seem to work. Email me please.

Cat J B said...

Hey sis, I can't get thru to you either. Weird. I'll drop ya a line...

Kath Lockett said...

Oh Cat, I hope somehow that you try to stop reading up on what it could be or you'll keep imagining the worst.

If only I could suspend time for you so that you don't have to wait so inhumanely long!

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