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Dr. Donald McCarren
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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

Muscle twitching is caused by minor muscle contractions in the area, or uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber. Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal. Others are signs of ...Read more


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My upper right eyelid has been twitching for about 5 days. Nothing else just the eyelid. And it isn't bad to wear it forces my eye closed?

My upper right eyelid has been twitching for about 5 days. Nothing else just the eyelid. And it isn't bad to wear it forces my eye closed?

Ocular irritation: Likely causes of twitching of the eyelid (eyelid myokymia)are related to ocular surface irritation, whether its from dry eyes, eyelid inflammation, allergies, dust, wind, medications, or stress. First trial artificial tears 4-6 times per day. Warm compresses and lid massages may also help. See an eye md if these don't help. ...Read more

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What is the cause of my bottom eyelid and the skin beneath my eye twitching?

What is the cause of my bottom eyelid and the skin beneath my eye twitching?

A number of things: This can be do to a number of things from electrolyte disturbances, thyroid disturbances, or something significant such as a neuromuscular disorder. Make sure your regular doctor rules out the most common and simple things first before going to see a specialist. ...Read more

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The eyelid on my right eye has been twitching all twitching all day. What shall I do to stop it?

The eyelid on my right eye has been twitching all twitching all day. What shall I do to stop it?

Get some sleep: Or forget about it....eyelid twitching is common in healthy individuals. We don't really understand why exactly it happens spontaneously but some things associated could be fatigue and caffeine. Twitching can be brief and immediately cease or it can go on even for a few days and then, disappear. You can always consult with your doctor if you feel it is interfering with your activities. ...Read more

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Had a vitrectomy in left eye 11 days ago. Eyelid now twitching non stop. What shoul I do?

Had a vitrectomy in left eye 11 days ago. Eyelid now twitching non stop. What shoul I do?

See specialist: As a neurologist, things that immediately come to mind are myokymia (fancy word for muscles rippling) or blepharospasm (fancy word for involuntary movements of the eye). See an opthalmologist. If these are problems, they can treat. If there is something else going on, they can be helpful as well. ...Read more

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Good Morning, Ihad eye twitching for more than a m onth and now my right eye appears smaller and eyelid feels heavy?

Good Morning, Ihad eye twitching for more than a m onth and now my right eye appears smaller and eyelid feels heavy?

Clarify: Do you mean you whole eye looks smaller or just the pupil? Does your eyelid FEEL heavy or just droop? Sounds like it could be a Horner's syndrome. I don't really know how the twitching fits in here, but definitely have it looked at. It could be something serious. ...Read more

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Does extreme anger cause eye or eyelid twitching?

Does extreme anger cause eye or eyelid twitching?

Possible.: Twitches of the eyelids are a very common symptom. The most common cause is stress, often in association with sleep deprivation and other factors such as caffeine intake. Anger is essentially a different type of stress for the body. There are also some neurological conditions that can cause eyelid twitching. If your symptoms persist or worsen, discuss them with your doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause temple and eye twitching also I have a white spot that came up on my left eyelid?

What could cause temple and eye twitching also I have a white spot that came up on my left eyelid?

Stress, maybe: Temple & eye twitching, if sparing other facial muscles, is usually seen in stressful situations, caffeine/stimulant use, fatigue, eye strain. Partial seizures or certain disorders of facial nerves could be present. White spots on eyelids are probably unrelated. Do you have red spots/blisters (shingles)?, headaches?, loss of balance? Trouble chewing? Hearing? Double vision? ...Read more

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Annoying eyes, what can I do about twitching muscles near my eye? I woke up this am with the muscles in my my eyelid twitching. It has been about 4 hours and they are still doing it. Other people don't see it, but it is annoying and distracting. I had

Annoying eyes, what can I do about twitching muscles near my eye? I woke up this am with the muscles in my my eyelid twitching. It has been about 4 hours and they are still doing it. Other people don't see it, but it is annoying and distracting. I had

You: You most likely have myokymia. Very common and typically not serious, but annoying and distracting as you describe. Triggers that can bring it on include; caffeine, lack of sleep and stress. In other words, life! In all seriousness, it is usually nothing to worry about. Usually comes and goes on its own. If you develop other symptoms or the twitching becomes significantly more frequent or constant, please visit your doctor for a check up. ...Read more

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Can extreme anger cause eye blinking or eyelid twitching?

Can extreme anger cause eye blinking or eyelid twitching?

Maybe: You are describing myokymia - an involuntary twitching of the skin around the eyelids. It's believed to be related to lack of sleep, stress, and caffeine use. Change these risk factors and it should abate. ...Read more

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Is it normal for someone with an eye injury to have eyelid twitching?

Is it normal for someone with an eye injury to have eyelid twitching?

Eyelid twitching: Eyelid twitching occurs when any issue causes ocular surface irritation. It is a protective mechanism and will continue until the eye irritation is gone. Try using frequent artificial tears to lubricate the eye and see if the twitching improves. ...Read more

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Daily twitching eyelid on left side with headache over eye that comes and goes. Sometimes neck pain or pain on back of head also. Eye is dry also.

Daily twitching eyelid on left side with headache over eye that comes and goes. Sometimes neck pain or pain on back of head also. Eye is dry also.

No simple answer: The most common cause of achy pain around the eye that I see, comes from irritation of some nerves in the upper neck near the base of the skull. When they are irritated, there may be a tender spot to pressure over them in the neck but the body may be most aware of the pain felt around and behind the eye - called referred pain. For this particular cause, tratment must be delivered to the neck. ...Read more

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Right eyelid twitching started last Aug. And persisted for more than a month. Later on dry-eye symptoms such as foreign body sensation, grittiness and ocular pain both eyes. The grittiness got worse when I woke up at night, why? It is so irritating.

Right eyelid twitching started last Aug. And persisted for more than a month. Later on dry-eye symptoms such as foreign body sensation, grittiness and ocular pain both eyes. The grittiness got worse when I woke up at night, why? It is so irritating.

Common problem: Eyelid twitching (myokymia) is a common and largely unexplained problem. It usually goes away on its own but sometimes this takes 3-4 weeks. Dry eyes are common in middle aged women and sometimes are aggravated by incomplete lid closure at night. Try a bedtime dose of a gel eye drop like Systane Gel. This should help to keep eyes lubricated until AM. ...Read more

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