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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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Why has my eyelid been twitching for a week?

Why has my eyelid been twitching for a week?

Usually benign: Most common cause for twitching of the eyelids is probably "orbicularis myokymia", essentially a spasm of the eylid muscles for no apparent reason. There may possibly be a connection with stress. If the twitching stops on its own within a few weeks, usually nothing needs to be done about it. A more forceful, and long lasting twitching could be "blepharospasm" and should be evaluated by an eye md.

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My lower eyelid has been twitching for 4 days what could this mean?

My lower eyelid has been twitching for 4 days what could this mean?

Eye twitch: In the lids there exists a muscle that is called mueller's muscle. It responds to your circulating adrenaline, whose production by the body happens in response to stress. Local conditions such as cysts, concretions (calcium deposit) may be a physical cause that may induce mueller;s muscle to twitch. To stop it eliminate the cause of it, see your eye doc (ophthalmologist), .

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My left eyelid has been twitching a couple of times a day for over two weeks, I have been getting rest, what could be the cause?

My left eyelid has been twitching a couple of times a day for over two weeks, I have been getting rest, what could be the cause?

Myokymia: Most often eyelid twitching is due to muscular irritabiity termed myokymia which is annoying but quite benign. I may be associated with eye strain, fatigue, or stressors, but may occur without any clearcut etiology. It the twitching involves the facial muscles in addition, best to have this evaluated.

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My left eyelid has been twitching on n off for 2 weeks. What is wrong?

My left eyelid has been twitching on n off for 2 weeks. What is wrong?

Myokymia: Related to stress, insomnia, excessive caffeine. Very common and usually resolves on its own within one month. If not better after 3 months, or if any mouth/lip involvement, get it checked.

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Can someone tell me what I should do? My left eyelid has been twitching constantly for the past few weeks?

May need glasses: Twitching of the eyelids is usually a sign of eye strain, too much close work and/or a need for glasses. It almost always goes away. I suggest you go to an eye doctor if you have not had a recent eye exam and see if you need glasses or a prescription change.

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I'm worried because my bottom eyelid has been twitching for almost a month now, any clue why, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my bottom eyelid has been twitching for almost a month now, any clue why, what do you suggest?

Benign but annoying: Eyelid fasciculation or twitching is usually from fatigue, stress or even low serum potassium levels. Eating healthy and obtaining the proper amount of sleep is a good start. There is no easy answer for stress related side effects except to become mentally disciplined to resist stress. Look at it this way, your body has a barometer or gauge to help warn when to relax.

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My eyelid has been twitching a lot the past two weeks. My eyelid has been twitching a lot the past two weeks. Am I dying?

My eyelid has been twitching a lot the past two weeks. My eyelid has been twitching a lot the past two weeks. Am I dying?

Eyelid: Eyelid twitching, fortunately, is not an indicator of impending death; however, it is frequently associated with ocular allergies or dry eye syndrome. If you are having other allergic symptoms, such as sneezing or runny nose, you might try an over the counter anti-histamine drop, such as alaway or zaditor (ketotifen). If these don't help, see your local ophthalmologist or optometrist for evaluation.

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Bottom right eyelid has been twitching off and on all through the day for 2 weeks. Should I be worried? How do I get it to stop?

Bottom right eyelid has been twitching off and on all through the day for 2 weeks. Should I be worried? How do I get it to stop?

Muscle spasm: What you describe sounds like a common condition called orbicularis oculi myokymia. It's a type of spasm in muscles around the eye. It tends to present in times of stress. It can cause the vision in that eye to vibrate, as well. If symptoms are severe or not resolving over time, you should see an ophthalmologist.

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My right eyelid has been twitching for about 2 days. It won't stop. Why is it twitching & how do I make it stop? (16, female)

My right eyelid has been twitching for about 2 days. It won't stop. Why is it twitching & how do I make it stop? (16, female)

Common: Eyelid twitching is very common and usually due to stress, caffeine, sleep deprivation, dehydration or due to medications etc. That's where I would start when trying to pinpoint the cause. If you develop any other neurological problems then seek medical attention. Take care.

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My upper left eyelid has been twitching for the past week or so, any possible reasons why even though there might be a wide range of causes?

Myokymia: Is a fast twitching of the eyelid. Related to stress, too much caffeine, or lack of sleep. It should resolve on its own. If it lasts more than three months get it checked.

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My eyelid has been twitching everyday for 4 months. Not stressed or tired. Could thus be somthing serious like MS?

My eyelid has been twitching everyday for 4 months. Not stressed or tired. Could thus be somthing serious like MS?

No.: Most likely you need just enough sleep, rest and proper physical exercise outside. Being bored from undoing somethings worthy may can create some stress. Be well and enjoy life.

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Now there's a bump under my skin, ever since the bump appeared my right eyelid has been twitching randomly any ideas how to stop it?

Limit caffiene: Eyelid twitching is common and is called blepharospasm. Caffiene and dry eyes can make it worse, so cutting back on caffeine and treating dry eyes with non-preserved artificial tears will help. If the twitching gets unbearable to where you cannot open your eye, than other treatments from an ophthalmologist are available.

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My upper right eyelid has been twitching slightly on and off. No other symptoms. Very anxious it is a MS or ALS symptom. Should I worry? So anxious, cryin

My upper right eyelid has been twitching slightly on and off. No other symptoms. Very anxious it is a MS or ALS symptom. Should I worry? So anxious, cryin

MS?: Other symptoms exist. Refer to diagram, and please consult your pcp for referral to Neurologist if warranted following exam. One isolated symptom does not warrant diagnosis of MS.

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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.

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My left eyelid has been twitching for the last 5 weeks. I sleep at least 7 hours and get very less caffein and alcohol. What else can be the reason?

My left eyelid has been twitching for the last 5 weeks. I sleep at least 7 hours and get very less caffein and alcohol. What else can be the reason?

Unknown: Caffeine, stress and lack of sleep are the top causes of twitching. Check out http://www.2020vision. Com/eye_twitch. Html for more info! Very often, the cause is unknown. If it does not go away within a few weeks, you may want to see an eye doctor.

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Left Upper eyelid has been twitching for two months. Can this be caused by pinched nerve in neck (also left side)? I also suffer from TMJ. Help?

Left Upper eyelid has been twitching for two months. Can this be caused by pinched nerve in neck (also left side)? I also suffer from TMJ. Help?

Not from the neck: All of the movement and feeling in the face is controlled by nerves that come directly from the brain, called cranial nerves. There are 12 pairs of them, and they each do different things. NONE of these nerves pass through the cervical spine. Eyelid twitching, or blepharospasm, can be caused by stress, medication, trauma, or even MS. Dark glasses may help. See a Neurologist, Botox can stop it!

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