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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 right eye/eye lid keeps twitching. It happens at least a couple times an hour, except for when I'm asleep. Started about a week ago, hasn't stopped?

My right eye/eye lid keeps twitching. It happens at least a couple times an hour, except for when I'm asleep. Started about a week ago, hasn't stopped?

Rest more: It's a sign of stress and lack of sleep known as myokymia that'll improve on its own, once you get enough rest. If not, see an eye doctor to rule out blepharospasm. Start simple first! Good luck! ...Read more

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My Lower lip or eye lid keeps twitching what is it and what can I do for it at home.

My Lower lip or eye lid keeps twitching what is it and what can I do for it at home.

What is it?: Here's a concept you need to learn the concept is DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS which means that something can have more than 1 cause what a doctor does is construct a list of possible diagnoses & then rules out all but the correct one so in order to know what to do you have to know what it is first if you're concerned see a doctor. ...Read more

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My eye lid keeps twitching, so I got these new glasses after my old ones broke. They are the same prescription as my old ones. I ran out of contacts and started using my glasses full time now. All of a sudden. After a day. My right eye lid started twitchi

My eye lid keeps twitching, so I got these new glasses after my old ones broke. They are the same prescription as my old ones. I ran out of contacts and started using my glasses full time now. All of a sudden. After a day. My right eye lid started twitchi

Most: Most often, twitching is actually caused by stress, lack of sleep or caffeine. Modify these issues and things should get better. But it may take weeks for the twitching to go away. It is not related to changes in glasses, contact lenses etc. More complete info about eye twitching here:. ...Read more

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What causes eye lid twitching?

Eye lid twitch: This is benign, but annoying at times and will usually resolve itself. It is often associated with fatigue, anxiety or tension.
A refraction should be performed to resolve an associated untreated refractive error. ...Read more

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What can be done to stop eye lid twitching?

What can be done to stop eye lid twitching?

Lifestyle changes: Involuntary twitching of the eyelids can improve with adequate rest, caffeine cessation, and adequate magnesium intake via foods high in magnesium including almonds and bananas. ...Read more

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I have continous twitching on my eye lid, what could this be?

I have continous twitching on my eye lid, what could this be?

Blepharospasm: Stress can cause it. Also fatigue (ie, not resting, reading too much-eyelids get fatigue). Most cases go away by then self (days-weeks-months). If significant pain, discomfort, or social discomfort, you may try Botox injection. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that my eye lid has been twitching for over two weeks now?

No: Lid twitching is a benign condition. If you can't open your lids or others ask you why are you blinking so much, seek care. ...Read more

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The top corner of my upper eye lid has been twitching excessively for more than three days now, I'm 18. Is that normal?

The top corner of my upper eye lid has been twitching excessively for more than three days now, I'm 18. Is that normal?

Are you fatigued?: Usually these twitches are from simple fatigue (NOT eye strain as many people think but generalized fatigue) or are manifestation of stress...Avoid stimulants like coffee, (caffiene), nicotine and place warm moist face cloths over your eyes. RELAX and BE WELL! ...Read more

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Right bottom eye lid has been twitching for over 3 months now all day long. Noticible to others, will stop for 2 days about every 9 days and comes back?

Tic, tic, twitch: Twitching confined to the muscles immediately around the eyeballs is usually benign, caused by a variety of things such as stress, sleep deprivation, excess caffeine, or habit tics. If you have any other muscles involved besides those "periorbital" ones, then something else is wrong. Local nerve irritants or blood vessel compression of nerves near the brain stem are decidedly rarer. ...Read more

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What's the cause of persistant twitching of the eye-lid?

What's the cause of persistant twitching of the eye-lid?

Stress can cause: Persistent twitching of your eyelid can mean your nervous system is on high alert. I've seen this in some of my patients experiencing anxiety & stress. But, any irritation of the conjunctiva or cornea can cause the eyelids to twitch also. And if it never calms down at all, it can be a sign of certain neurological problems. See your own physician for a better review of your personal situation. ...Read more

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Help docs? Why is my upper eye lid twitching?

Help docs? Why is my upper eye lid twitching?

Likely myokymia: Which is a benign localized condition associated with fatigue, eyestrain, stress, chemical imbalance and often departs when eyelid is gently rubbed. If persists or involves more of face, have your doctor evaluate. ...Read more

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Please explain why does my left eye lid keep twitching?

Please explain why does my left eye lid keep twitching?

Eyelid twitch: For most young healthy people, an eyelid may twitch for hours or sometimes days and then go away, and geneally it is nothing to worry about. You may need more rest, less coffee, or an evaluation if it is causing your eye to close or causing pain, but usually these (blepharospasms) just show up and then go away without any clear cause or concerns. ...Read more

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Twitching above eye lid followed by hard pain in the back of the head that comes and goes. What is the problem?

Twitching above eye lid followed by hard pain in the back of the head that comes and goes. What is the problem?

See local MD: This is not the type of problem that can be assessed over the computer. See a primary care provider for assessment. ...Read more

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My right eye has been twitching for the past few days. Specifically on the bottom eye lid. What could be causing this and what can I do?

My right eye has been twitching for the past few days. Specifically on the bottom eye lid. What could be causing this and what can I do?

Fatigue: The twitching you describe is most likely benign. It may be related to being tired and can also be due to excessive caffeine use. Try getting more sleep and reduce the amount of caffeinated drinks and food you ingest. If it persists then seek medical attention. ...Read more

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The bottom eye lid on my right eye has been twitching constantly. Started last night and has continued all day today. No other vision issues.

The bottom eye lid on my right eye has been twitching constantly. Started last night and has continued all day today. No other vision issues.

Fatigue: You have likely been having extra difficult or long use of your eyes recently or your overall physical status is more fatigued than usual. The problem will resolve on its own with rest ...Read more