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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Myokymia (Overview)

Myokymia = eyelid twitching.


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What is myokymia?

What is myokymia?

Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which is benign, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Ocular myokymia, is quite common and self-limited, it can last a few minutes to a few days. It can be caused by stress, dry eyes, fatigue, caffeine, and lack of sleep. Reduce intake of alcohol/tobacco/caffeine, get rest, reduce stress, tx eyes. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Myokymia (Overview)

Myokymia = eyelid twitching.


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Is it true fasciculations in the tongue usually means als? Can you have myokymia in the tongue?

Is it true fasciculations in the tongue usually means als? Can you have myokymia in the tongue?

Tongue fascics & ALS: If you have fascics in the tongue, you have changes in the tongue muscle or nerve supply to the tongue. It would be unusual for this to be the only symptom or sign of ALS. Physicians may look at a person's tongue for this sign when they have symptoms of weakness elsewhere. ...Read more

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Is there treatment for a rotator cup tear?

Is there treatment for a rotator cup tear?

Therapy vs repair: Not all rotator cuff tears are treated the same. Factors such as age of patient, age of the tear, size of tear, location of the tear, and most importantly the symptoms of the patient all help determine the best course of treatment. A trial of nonoperative management with therapy and perhaps an injection is the usual 1st line of treatment. Surgery may be indicated if nonoperative treatment fails. ...Read more

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I was told 8 months ago by eye dr that I have lower lid myokymia . Could this this be due to my small fiber neuropathy ? Treatments? Driving me nuts!

I was told 8 months ago by eye dr that I have lower lid  myokymia . Could this this be due to my small fiber neuropathy ? Treatments? Driving me nuts!

Myokimia: Means that just the obicularis muscle is in spasms. Treatment is to treat causes. Fatigue, stress. Occasionally may be due to eye irritation. Talk to your eye doctor again to get specific treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of eye twitching underneath my eye?

What can I do to get rid of eye twitching underneath my eye?

Sounds like: Ocular myokymia, which is quite common and self-limited usually and very annoying, but benign. Caused most often by fatigue, eye strain, stress, lack of sleep, exhaustion, nearby infections, such as nasal or sinus, repetitive squinting, maybe blepharospam. May respond to modification of corrective lenses. See your ophthalmologist, if too troublesome. ...Read more

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When stressed, one of my eyes start twitching, how can I lessen or prevent this?

When stressed, one of my eyes start twitching, how can I lessen or prevent this?

Benign but annoying: Eyelid fasciculation or twitching is usually from fatigue, stress or even low serum potassium levels. 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. ...Read more

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If you have persistent eyelid myokymia, is it okay to get botox or even have surgery?

If you have persistent eyelid myokymia, is it okay to get botox or even have surgery?

Possibly: An accurate diagnosis before treatment is essential for success. See an ophthalmologist (preferrably a neurophthalmologist), as well as a neurologist if there are any associated symptoms. Botox may be very appropriate in some cases but as with all treatments there are potential risks (droopy eyelid, slow blink, etc). ...Read more

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What is myokymia?

Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which is benign, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Ocular myokymia, is quite common and self-limited, it can last a few minutes to a few days. It can be caused by stress, dry eyes, fatigue, caffeine, and lack of sleep. Reduce intake of alcohol/tobacco/caffeine, get rest, reduce stress, tx eyes. ...Read more

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Double vision related to myokymia?

Double vision related to myokymia?

Rare: The superior oblique can twitch and cause rotation of the eye. Need to see a doctor about treatment. ...Read more

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What is some basic info on superior oblique myokymia?

Visual disturbance: Condition presents as repeated, brief episodes of movement, shimmering or shaking of the vision of one eye, a feeling of the eye trembling, or vertical/tilted vision. Neurovascular compression of the trochlear nerve (cranial nerve 4), which controls the movement of the superior oblique muscles causes this condition. Treatment with meds or surgery. ...Read more

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Can you have myokymia in the tongue? Is it normal to have twitches in tongue?

Can you have myokymia in the tongue? Is it normal to have twitches in tongue?

Tongue twitching: This is an important question. Perfectly healthy people can have twitching in their tongue. It is not always a sign of an illness. By itself, it may not be remarkable. Take a look at this for more information: http://www.neurocuro.com/muscle-twitching-and-fasciculation/ ...Read more

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I have had myokymia for 3 months in my eyelids, what type of doctor should I go see?

Neuro-ophthalmology: Myokymia is a common eye condition resulting in eyelid twitching that typically occurs related to excessive amounts of caffeine, stress, and/or fatigue. It can be also related to having dry eyes. Typically a neuro ophthalmologist or also a oculoplastics specialist can treat this condition if not resolved after attempting to reduce the common causes. ...Read more

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Supposing you have persistent eyelid myokymia, can you get botox or even surgery?

Supposing you have persistent eyelid myokymia, can you get botox or even surgery?

Botox: Sometimes myokymia is so persistent that it is constantly annoying. A good first step is to have Botox injected which can quiet it down and sometimes break the cycle. Surgery would be a last resort as it would disturb the lid function. ...Read more

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If you have persistent eyelid myokymia, is it okay to get botox or even have surgery?

Possibly: An accurate diagnosis before treatment is essential for success. See an ophthalmologist (preferrably a neurophthalmologist), as well as a neurologist if there are any associated symptoms. Botox may be very appropriate in some cases but as with all treatments there are potential risks (droopy eyelid, slow blink, etc). ...Read more

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What happens if you have persistent eyelid myokymia, can you botox or even have surgery?

Lid myokymia: Eyelid myokymia [that is not due to dry eyes (tears do not stay on eye as they should & cause a perceived sense of dryness of eye; meibomian glands may be clogged for instance), stress, caffeine intake, lack of sleep] can be treated with botox (more common) or steroid injections. See your eyemd if symptoms are associated with twitching of whole side of face or to discuss further treatment options. ...Read more

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Is it true fasciculations in the tongue usually means als? Can you have myokymia in the tongue?

Tongue fascics & ALS: If you have fascics in the tongue, you have changes in the tongue muscle or nerve supply to the tongue. It would be unusual for this to be the only symptom or sign of ALS. Physicians may look at a person's tongue for this sign when they have symptoms of weakness elsewhere. ...Read more

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