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I've had a left eye twitch for about 1.5 months and now the muscles around my mouth on that side of my face twitch too. What's the cause?

I've had a left eye twitch for about 1.5 months and now the muscles around my mouth on that side of my face twitch too. What's the cause?

Stress: Usually, facial muscle spasms are due to some stressor. However, certain medications can also cause twitching of facial muscles. Since you did not list any medications, try using a warm compress on your face and practice some stress relieving activities like yoga, exercise, or meditation. If no change, see your doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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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What is the causes of twitching in the head on top and side

What is the causes of twitching in the head on top and side

Irritation perhaps: Some irritation to a muscle, nerve, or part of a nerve that goes to certain muscle fibers may cause those fibers to twitch. Such twitching is usually for a few hours or a day, and only once in a while. In those cases, doctors and patients usually don't spend time looking for a cause. But, if symptoms are frequent, or recurrent, a primary doctor, ENT doctor, and a neurologist can evaluate. ...Read more

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The side of my head is twitching. What could be the cause of this?

The side of my head is twitching. What could be the cause of this?

Temporalis muscle: The temporalis muscle is on the side of the head. It is used for chewing. You can feel it when you make a bite or clench your teeth.

Twitching occurs when muscles are tired or when they undergo a change in activity. Some people grind their teeth at night, this can cause twitching. There is also a artery there, which has a pulse. ...Read more

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I've have had nerve twitching on the left side of my head for a few weeks now. What could be the cause? It happens randomly.

I've have had nerve twitching on the left side of my head for a few weeks now. What could be the cause? It happens randomly.

Muscle twitching: This sounds like an irritable, superficial nerve or muscle fibers of uncertain etiology. It commonly occurs in an eyelid. I doubt it is anything serious in view of the absence of other neurological symptoms. Try avoiding caffeine and see your physician if the symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause head twitching?

Can sinusitis cause head twitching?

Less likely: Head twitching in my experience is related to nerve, stress, anxiety, electrolyte issues and less likely due to sinus infections. ...Read more

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What exactly can be the causes of involuntary head twitching?

What exactly can be the causes of involuntary head twitching?

Dyskinesias: Involuntary movements are broken down into those caused by a tremor, tics, myoclonus, dystonias, chorea, athetosis, and hemiballismus. Those hyperkinetic movement disorders that have a tendency to involve the head include tremors (titubation), tics, and dystonias. The cause for the aforementioned are mostly genetic but at times can be related to metabolic disturbances or meds. Well wishes. ...Read more

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Twitching on the left side of my face, what's the probably cause?

Twitching on the left side of my face, what's the probably cause?

Neurologic: Consult a neurologist for your symptoms.A complete ; detailed history of origin ; progress of these symptoms is very essential. Pathology in left parotid saliavry gland should also be ruled out, as facial nerve runs in the substance of parotid gland ; pathology related to that gland may affect facial nerve on that side. ...Read more

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I have a twitching in my head for the past two days and it mostly happens during school. It feels very violent and is hard to avoid in class. cause?

I have a twitching in my head for the past two days and it mostly happens during school. It feels very violent and is hard to avoid in class. cause?

?essential tremor?: Sounds like the head may be shaking from side to side or front to back. You could have an essential familial tremor or maybe even a cerebellar titubaton tremor, if involves entire head and not just one side. Thyroid problems can cause head tremors. Contact your doctor and get this controlled. ...Read more

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Does head twitching during a concussion cause more damage?

Does head twitching during a concussion cause more damage?

Not likely: if the twitches are minor, there should be no more damage caused. ...Read more

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I have twitching toes. Not painful. When i turn my head to the side the twitching stops. What causes this? Is it a neuro problem?

I have twitching toes. Not painful. When i turn my head to the side the twitching stops. What causes this? Is it a neuro problem?

Twitching toes: I can't think of a reason why turning your head will cause the twitching to stop. But poor or ill-fitting shoes can do it, muscle fatigue in your feet (by too much exercise or bad shoes), certain medications, and certain electrolyte deficiencies can all cause twitching. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a friend of mine with a twitching right cheek. What causes it? Can cold air blowing from an a/c to the face be a cause? Thanks.

Hi, I have a friend of mine with a twitching right cheek. What causes it? Can cold air blowing from an a/c to the face be a cause? Thanks.

Perhaps these?: The a/c has nothing to do with this. There may be hemifacial spasm, facial myokymia, a facial tic, a habitual twitch, a prior bell's palsy with aberrant nerve regrowth causing facial dyskinesia. Best way to find out, see a neurologist or an ENT specialist, and get opinion. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause head jerking/twitching?

Can anxiety cause head jerking/twitching?

Head jerking or: twitching may represent a tic (spasm-like movements of particular muscles). Anxiety may aggravate or increase tics which are otherwise usually harmless but may be annoying and may be able to be suppressed. Anxiety management strategies are powerful. Tics come and go. If serious consult physician. Best regards. ...Read more

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For the past week my head/neck has been randomly twitching. Also slight pain in back right side of head. Any ideas for the cause of this?

For the past week my head/neck has been randomly twitching. Also slight pain in back right side of head. Any ideas for the cause of this?

Not sure: twitching can be benign esp as its only been there a short time. The muscles on back of head can cause pain via spasm. Basically if it persists see your GP who may get you a neurologist. ...Read more

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Muscles in head have been twitching and making my head getting hot on and off all day. Starting to cause pain should I go to hospital?

Muscles in head have been twitching and making my head getting hot on and off all day. Starting to cause pain should I go to hospital?

Probably ok : Those symptoms are not suggestive of anything serious. The pain is possibly from muscle spasms. They will get worse if you worry unnecessarily. If you are really preoccupied, have a doctor examine your head and neck for any more sign. But i think you are ok. ...Read more

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Child age 5 twitching in sleep sits up rocking head turning and nodding smacking lips seems restless all night like this what can cause this?

Child age 5 twitching in sleep sits up rocking head turning and nodding smacking lips seems restless all night like this what can cause this?

Maybe normal: Many children twitch and can even have motion during their sleep. However it would be good to video this and show it to your pediatrician to be sure it is normal. Seeing the motion is very helpful
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Been having twitching, right side of head above ear, been noticing it everyday, cause for concern?

Been having twitching, right side of head above ear, been noticing it everyday, cause for concern?

No: This is something called a benign fasciculation (twitch). These are harmless though irritating and can be brought on by fatigue or anxiety, though more often than not, they occur spontaneously - "out of the blue". They generally come and go and can show up in various parts of the body, e.g. eyelid, thigh, calf. ...Read more

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I've been taking a generic over-the-counter sleep aid for a few months. Could it cause the twitching in my face?

I've been taking a generic over-the-counter sleep aid for a few months. Could it cause the twitching in my face?

Sleep aid: Possible. Only way to find out is to hold off on the sleep aid for few days & see if twitching is gone. If not, have your family doctor take a look. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a liver disease cause muscle twitching on face and neck?

Can a liver disease cause muscle twitching on face and neck?

Yes: Liver damage can lead to the buildup of ammonia and other toxic materials in the body. The toxic materials can damage brain tissue.
That could show up as impaired motor control, spasms, twitches.
But if liver disease is mild it's less likely, but there are many factors that can result in both liver disease AND nerve/muscle abnormalities. It's worth getting checked out by your doc. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of involuntary muscle twitching of the face? Particularly the mouth? No previous history.

What are possible causes of involuntary muscle twitching of the face? Particularly the mouth? No previous history.

Hemifacial spasm: Hemifacial spasm is an involuntary twitching of the facial muscles. Usually around the eye and corner of the mouth. It is thought to be caused by an artery that compresses the seventh cranial nerve. Treatment begins with medications to calm the nerve irritation. Botoxin injections is the next option and surgical microvascular decompression of the seventh nerve is performed for intractable spasms. ...Read more

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Muscle twitching at rest all over my body except face. Partner says it's getting worse at night when sleeping & happens all night. What is the cause?

Muscle twitching at rest all over my body except face. Partner says it's getting worse at night when sleeping & happens all night. What is the cause?

Could be many things: This will require a thorough evaluation and diagnostic work up, esp. paying attention to serum electrolytes such as Calcium, potassium and maybe magnesium - deficiencies and/or excess of these can cause muscle twitching.
Based on history and trend of your symptoms, you may need a neurology consult and also a review of your medications to make sure this isn't a side effect of something you are on. ...Read more

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The muscle in my head behind & above my right ear has been twitching since saturday afternoon. What could be the cause & how to stop it?

Stress,caffeine: An isolated twitch of a muscle is called myokymia. It may be caused by stress, fatigue, or excess consumption of caffeine, or caffeine like compounds called xanthines found in tea, cocoa, and chocolate. It's usually not dangerous if it's isolated to just one muscle. ...Read more

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Twitching on right side of head around temple then i got a headache and now my eye is twitching on the same side what causes this and should i be worried?

Twitching on right side of head around temple then i got a headache and now my eye is twitching on the same side what causes this and should i be worried?

Hemifacial spasm: you are suffering from a condition known as hemifacial spasm. This is not at all a rare condition, it is a lot more common and people think. It is treatable with botox. It is not a dangerous condition, and never do to anything as potentially dangerous or debilitating. It was more of a cosmetic issue than anything else. Sometimes, they could follow a viral infection of the trigeminal nerve. ...Read more

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Can an ear infection or sinusitis cause head jerking\ twitching?

Can an ear infection or sinusitis  cause head jerking\ twitching?

Unlikely: If we are talking about an infant sometimes occasionally pulling on the ears may be symptom. There are "tics" which are usually twitching, eye blinking which if worsens may suggest something more serious(unrelated to the ear infection).This condition should be evaluated by a neurologist. Allergies which can lead to sinusitis can cause nose twitching because of the itchy nose. ...Read more

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What could cause pain in my lower back, nausea, dizziness, a head ache, and muscle twitching?

What could cause pain in my lower back, nausea, dizziness, a head ache, and muscle twitching?

Infection: is the most likely cause.Muscle aches/spasms, low back ache, nausea, dizziness, headache, even twitching - not uncommon with some viral/bacterial infections.Toxin exposure may cause similar symptoms.If NSAIDS do not provide relief, or symptoms are severe or last longer than a few days, consult doctor.If concerned about toxin exposure or develop neck pain - do not wait: see dr. ...Read more

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When I tilt head down I feel numb twitching sensation on the left side bone area above my nostrils right across left eye. causes?

When I tilt head down I feel numb twitching sensation on the left side bone area above my nostrils right across left eye.  causes?

Irritated nerve: May spontaneously resolve. Seek medical attention if persists,spreads,or you notice weakness of area(inability to raise eyebrow) or a rash develops. Watchful waiting. ...Read more

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Face pain/spasms, dizzy, neck pain, after doing chin ups and chest dips? Sometimes I get eyelid twitching too. What causes this? How do i fix it?

Face pain/spasms, dizzy, neck pain, after doing chin ups and chest dips? Sometimes I get eyelid twitching too. What causes this? How do i fix it?

Get checked: Clearly, not a normal response after doing chin ups. I would check your teeth, your cranial joints (TM joints, occiput and frontal sinus at sphenoid junction) for presence of toxins, pathoges or allergens. Dizziness is suggestive that your ears may be involved .Muscle spasm and eyelid twitching suggest neuromuscular involvement, so rule out Lyme disease. ...Read more

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I have a developmental venous anomaly in my left temporal lobe. Can that be the cause of twitching on the right side of my face/tight muscle cheek?

I have a developmental venous anomaly in my left temporal lobe. Can that be the cause of twitching on the right side of my face/tight muscle cheek?

Actually, yes: You could be having "simple partial motor seizures." i assume you have a neurologist. If not, you'll need one. ...Read more