Q. I have a very slight rocking movement in the body. What does this mean?

Answered by
Dr. Divakara P
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 11, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have noticed that my body rocks back and forth very very slightly. I was using my laptop and had my finger resting when I felt my finger moving back and forth barely noticeable by eye unless you were looking for it. I looked at my finger and I see it moving slightly back and forth and then noticed a very weird feeling of me rocking but barely noticeable. I uncrossed my legs and still felt like I was rocking. I am not leaning against something and not it is just my head rocking. What does this mean? I am currently on Lamotrigine 50 mg daily.

Dr. Divakara P

Diabetology Endocrinology General Medicine Internal Medicine Pain Medicine Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors)


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

First of all, we need to make sure whether this rocking movement is happening, or it is just your feeling. So I advise you to ask someone to observe you and confirm whether that kind of movement is happening or not. If it is confirmed that the rocking movement is there, it indicates that there is some problem in your brain (cerebellum). It could also be due to the side effects of Lamotrigine.

You have two options:

1. Either discuss with your doctor and ask for an alternative to Lamotrigine. If your symptoms disappear two weeks after stopping Lamotrigine, then it means your problem was due to the side effect of Lamotrigine.

2. Get MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) brain and revert back with the report.

I hope this helps.

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