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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the difference between myokymia and fasciculation? Hope doesn't matter for layperson; so long as he says muscle quivers the doctor understands.
Numbers: Both myokymia and fasciculation refer to involuntary muscle fiber contractions seen in a person but which are not sufficient to move a limb or joint. The difference is in the numbers. The former involves a few muscles moving in a visible wormlike progression while the latter involves a few fibers seen as quick twitching of the skin in a very small area. Both can be seen in benign conditions. ...Read more
The different of specific symptoms between eye allergy and dry eye ? If only my right eye that has myokymia, what should I do for treatmeant ? Help.
Different: Don't know what myokymia is but allergic eyes usually itch and dry eyes usually burn. Both may be associated with tearing and redness. For itchy eyes, some otc drop or oral antihistamine may help if the duration lasts no more than a week. For more severe cases, a prescription antihistamine eye drops should be tried. For dry eyes, use artificial tear (preservative-free) at least 3 to 4 x daily. ...Read more
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone confirm that twitches in the tongue is normal and not a sign of als? Myokymia? Have clesn emg of tongue.
Can be many reasons: Tongue twitching can have benign (excess caffeine, lack of sleep, anxiety, fatigue, stress, overwork) or severe (ALS, demyelination, tumor) causes. Given your age and a "clean" EMG of the tongue, it is less likely due to a serious cause. However, you should follow-up with a neurologist to review all your study results. Ref: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003929.htm ...Read more