Van Dyke seek­ing help for ‘cra­nial throbbing’

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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 the ac­tor is 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 seven 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 can­celled the trip.

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

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