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Dick Van Dyke tweets for help with health issue

By Lynn Elber

AP Television Writer

LAST UPDATED: 10:41 p.m. HST, Apr 18, 2013

LOS ANGELES » Dick Van Dyke is seeing doctors for an undiagnosed health problem, and he's seeking advice online as well.

"My head bangs every time I lay down," the 87-year-old actor posted on his Twitter account. "I've had every test come back that I'm perfectly healthy. Anybody got any ideas?"

Bob Palmer, a spokesman for Van Dyke, said Thursday that he's undergoing tests for "cranial throbbing" that's causing him to lose sleep. The sensation occurs when Van Dyke lies down, and scans and other tests have yet to yield a diagnosis, Palmer said.

Van Dyke drew a number of responses to his tweet for help Wednesday, including questions about what's been done so far for the problem he described as stubborn.

"It has been going on for 7 years. I've had every test you can think of," he replied, including an MRI and spinal tap.

Van Dyke has a strong constitution and is otherwise OK, but the "fatigue factor has become acute," Palmer said. Until he receives a diagnosis and treatment plan he's been advised not to fly, and is resting at his Malibu home.

He was to accept an award next week from New York's 92nd Street Y but canceled the trip.

Van Dyke's credits include "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Diagnosis Murder."

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Solfan wrote:
Best of luck with a [curing] diagnosis, Dick. And it was a great idea to tweet it.
on April 19,2013 | 02:46AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Best of luck, Dick. I wish you well. No one deserves to suffer so much.
on April 19,2013 | 05:49AM
Hondagt wrote:
Dick, I don't tweet but if you get this, try Dahn Yoga. Go to the nearest center, they might be able to help.
on April 19,2013 | 07:03AM
todde wrote:
Why did he change his name to Dick Van @#*% ? Can anyone explain?
on April 19,2013 | 08:01AM
mijlive wrote:
cause dick van todde sounded funny
on April 19,2013 | 08:15AM
honopic wrote:
He didn't change his name. His father's name is Loren Van Dyke, his brother is Jerry Van Dyke. A more appropriate question is why do you have such a problem with "Dyke" that you won't even type it?
on April 19,2013 | 08:41AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Thanks! That's a most rational observation.
on April 19,2013 | 10:11AM
Usagi336 wrote:
Wonder if he tried cannabis yet.
on April 19,2013 | 08:15AM
false wrote:
The brudda needs to come to Hawaii see a Hawaiian healer and chill out. I hope he take this advice.
on April 19,2013 | 09:06AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
If he says "supercalifragilisticexpialidocius" three times backwards, the head aches will disappear. Try it.
on April 19,2013 | 09:36AM
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