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Eyelid Twitching

September 8th, 2003

Okay, it seems like a large number of people visiting my site are coming to read about eyelid twitching. In my fourth post (I am now over 250), I simply mentioned that I had one of those eyelid twitching episodes a lot of people seem to get, and it was irritating the heck out of me.

Suddenly, this site became the Mecca for Eyelid Twitchers. I can only suppose that there is relatively little out there about it, or that more people link to my site than they do to sites all about Eyelid Twitching, so I rank higher in Google.

Anyway, I started feeling bad for all those poor twitchers who came to my site seeking information or relief, and just found a really small note saying that my own eyelid was twitching as well. I mean, misery loves company and all, but it really isn’t useful outside of that. So I figured I might as well write something more substantive about eyelid twitching, so here it is.

First off, there’s a name for this: myokymia. “Myo-” is the Greek root for “eye,” and “-kymia” means “I’m making up this etymology.” But the name, at least, is for real. They’re also called eyelid “tremors,” as it sounds kind of psycho to have a “twitch,” or worse, a “spasm.” Nobody likes spasms. “Tremors” sounds cooler.

Myokymia is, according to doctors, “a common condition where a few of the muscle fibers of the upper — or more commonly the lower — eyelid contract irregularly. … Myokymia is closely associated with stress, fatigue, lack of sleep and too much caffeine.”

That’s doctorese for, “you’re eyelid’s twitching, moron. Try changing something.”

This doctor says that myokymia is associated with “brainstem neoplasms,” which sounds even cooler than “tremors.” “Brainstem neoplasms” is bound to get people at the office to pay attention when you talk about your problem. But then, the treatment for that includes a “lumbar puncture with examination of cerebrospinal fluid,” so maybe it’s best not to milk the neoplasm idea too far. Especially for a stupid eyelid twitch.

Frankly, when I get The Twitch, I’m not usually stressed out, I am getting as much sleep as ever, sometimes more, and I don’t drink coffee (I even have decaf Coke). Maybe it’s my Evil Plan to Dominate the World, we usually get eye twitches when we do that.

Some people stand by the theory that it is a vitamin deficiency, usually potassium (because someone once heard that potassium has something to do with muscles; we’re still trying to track that one down), and others swear that it’s a B-vitamin deficiency, saying they lose the twitch immediately when they start taking the pills. I have the strong feeling, however, that this is more to do with something that rhymes with the “flacebo effect.” For all of you who want the above remedies to work, I cleverly disguised my opinions about it there.

Treatment: Reduce your stress, get more sleep, nix the coffee, eat more bananas and B-complex pills. Throw in a couple of sugar pills for good measure. Save the cerebrospinal fluid exam for emergencies.

Or, you might just wait for them to go away on their own. Whatever.

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  1. marianne
    November 19th, 2008 at 05:40 | #1

    Well! For someone living in japan, I’m surprised you haven’t found out that it’s likel;y due to some liver issue, soemthing called liver wind. You are probably easily stressed, may have other liver symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, tinnitus, fatigue, bloating, constipation/ diarrea, headaches. All due to liver issues. I recommend milk thistle or better even a consultation with a naturopath or an acupuncturist. A lack of Magnesium and B vots can be a cause, but get to the bottom of it as eye twitching can have different causes. Speciafically diagnosed by chinese Medicine. Wishing you all good health

  2. Lori
    November 19th, 2008 at 06:55 | #2

    Well, it appears that alot of comments are from the recent twitchers … Let me tell you — this does not go away .. I have had this for 4 years now
    It all started with a very stressful job — by the time I realized that the job was not worth it — it was too late — it is still there
    I feel like I am ugly when this happens — just the stress of thinking that makes the twitching worse .. it is a never ending cycle
    even today, another Dr visit to try something different — at least this Dr agrees that it is a form of a panic attack.
    I will keep you posted on the progress …. One Dr suggested BOTOX .. if this does not work ,, I will try anything

  3. Mom J
    November 19th, 2008 at 13:13 | #3

    I’m seeing a possible link with the flu. A friend of mine asked me for ideas to help with her eye twitch. I came to this website and noticed a couple of references to flu or virus. She had a flu shot two to three weeks ago. Anyone else notice this? Thanks and God bless momj

  4. Wreckless
    November 20th, 2008 at 00:53 | #4

    Mine seems to have come on along with hand foot and mouth disease that I got from my infant son. I go to the Dr. today to make sure I am not dieing.. :)

  5. Kate
    November 20th, 2008 at 13:44 | #5

    Holy Ka Ka! A great big list of other eye twitching people! I can’t believe how many other people have twitchy eyes. Both eyelids and my right eyebrow twitch. My doctor thinks it is tardive dyskensia. Fun.

  6. Mario U
    November 21st, 2008 at 01:37 | #6

    Wow, a flu shot……. About 4 weeks ago I had gotten my flu shot and have had a lower left eyelid twitch since that time. I have had them in the past (eyelid twitch) but only for a very short duration. My diet, stress, sleep, rest and all other physical/environmental situations have been consistently unchanged.

  7. Wreckless
    November 21st, 2008 at 05:41 | #7

    I am cured! Went to the eye Dr. and he said my eyes were excessively dry. Gave me some over the counter lubricant drops and have not had a problem since last night. Whoo Hoo..

  8. Larry
    November 23rd, 2008 at 15:31 | #8

    I’m 29. Sleep 9+ hours a night, work at home (on computer). Life is easy.

    A few years ago my upper left eyelid twitched for a few months straight all day, everyday (worked in a factory at the time). And now its back, twitching all day, everyday for a few weeks now. Its hard to concentrate on anything! Ive been rubbing it so much in attempts to stop it twitching that its starting to hurt. I’ve even had dreams of ripping it off. It’s driving me mad!

  9. yvonne
    November 25th, 2008 at 05:17 | #9

    Thanks everybody! “What an extraordinary community,” I type, twitching as I go, and trying to stop and look out the window every few words! It really is annoying. But now after scanning the site I have a list of things to try, starting with getting away from the computer and buying in some hooch ( and B12 and bananas and mineralised sea salts.) ; -) good luck with it y’all.

  10. John
    November 27th, 2008 at 04:44 | #10

    Wow is n´t their alot of twitchers out there (is n´t a twitcher a bird watcher),anyway I definately believe their is a link between computer use an eyelid twitching . I have recently started university again (32 years old) and have just spent the last two weeks behind a computer screen most of my waking hours . Coincedently my left lower eyelid started twitching after about the third day and has n´t stopped since very annoying . I´m glad i´m not the only one out there with this harmless yet frustrating ailment ;i´m certainly going to try a couple of the remedies described herein but first and foremost i’m taking more breaks from the old computer screen . Best of luck too you all .

  11. gyanendra acharya
    November 27th, 2008 at 23:10 | #11

    Fantastic writing! I am a student of drug and alcohol studies and I support above findings. It’s because of excessive use of stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, ephedrine, amphetamine, cocaine etc. Today’s world, most of the food like chocolate and drink (eg. Coke, Pepsi, soft drinks, so called energy drinks) contains caffeine which is the strong stimulants. The facts says standard medical stimulants is 200mg, where as, properly brewed coffee provides 140mg- 200mg (average) stimulants. If you drink 2-3 cups of coffee throughout a day you may cross the boarder line and as a result, suffer such syndromes like eyelids moving, insomnia (lack of sleeping), restlessness etc. take care..

  12. Leila (pronounced Layla)
    November 28th, 2008 at 02:32 | #12

    Hi Everyone,

    Well, I see a lot of people have eye twitching but my case is a little more then just an eye lid twitch.

    Here is my story:

    In year 2003, I started getting a very sharp pain on the right side of my left temple and left eye lid, as though I was strike by a knife…. extremely painful and couldn’t bare the pain so I would get very moody, even the light would bother it more.

    I use to go to Massage Therapy school and I mentioned this problem in class and my teacher mentioned if I had ever considered going to Acupunture treaments and I mentioned not but I was willing to try anything out at that point…. I then made an appointment and went for the treatment and they placed all needles in my face one at a time without any discomfort and finally they came to my left eye and placed a needle right where it was causing the pain.. close to my temple and BOY, I jumped so high it scared them and I was in SOOOOO much more pain!!!!! I pretty much was cursing them in my mind and left feeling aweful and with so much pain that when I tried going out in the light to get in the car (no, I was not the driver, thank god) and the day light would give me SOO much pain that I couldn’t stand it… Next day, I woke up and the pain was GONE!!!!

    After that a few years later, went for an lasik eye surgery and during the proceedure on my left eye, I jumped feeling a SHARP pain, even though they medicated me in the eye so it would go numb… either way, I experienced a MAJOR sharp pain, just as the pain I experienced years before and I couldn’t stand anything… I was very fustrated!!! The pain eventually left but then I was left with an eye twitch and I have been experiencing that till just 3 days ago… I would get the eye twitch about 7, 8 times a day and for very long time too.

    During this time I have also been experiencing hearing loss… comes and goes. Went to the doctor and they looked at my ears and there was no sign of any infection or anything that they could see with the naked eye.

    3 days ago, I was at my moms house and I, for some stupid reason, had my eyes shut while speaking with my family about some stressful things that have been happening in our family (news about bone cancer, which is very rare) placed my fingers inside the hollow part of my eye lids and close nasal canal and close to my eye brows and I pressed in a little…. BOY, I then got that extremely sharp pain again. I haven’t experienced any eye twitching since that day but I’ve been left with that sharp…. the only difference is that the pain has stayed for several days now and the pain has been traveling around from my eyes to temple and temple to the back of my head and ears…… as I’m typing this e-mail, I am experiencing severe pain! I have had my jaw broken, nose broken and I truly know the meaning of pain.. and this is one pain that if a doctor asked me from 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest pain level, I would give it 10!!! When I touch the area that I have pain…. it almost feels like I’m pressing one area but the pain radiats around like a circle of where I’m touching.

    Today is Thanksgiving and I just wish I could get rid of all this, so that I would be able to be happy and keep the rest of the people around me happy too but I can’t guarntee that I will be in the best moods to be able to keep a smile on my face.

    Please if anyone reads this and has any theory on what I could be experiencing, please, please e-mail or contact me and let know what to do!!


    (A long time left eyelid twitcher, that has now been left with extreme pain)

  13. November 29th, 2008 at 13:21 | #13

    My left eyelid started twitching about 2 months ago, and its so awkward, how it jumps… I’ve noticed alot of people (above) stated vitamin deficiency, or too much caffeine but I’ve also read it could be a side effect of Ritlian (or Adderral) I take 70 mg Vyvanse in the morning and 10mg of (adderral) in the evening… Maybe to much? I’m not sure…any advice?

  14. Lyndsay
    November 30th, 2008 at 11:02 | #14

    Finally!! Others who feel the same way I do. My right eye started twitching a week ago, and hasn’t stopped really. It sometimes will stop, feel like something is stuck in there and then continue twitching. It’s so annoying!

  15. boo
    December 2nd, 2008 at 16:32 | #15

    the post since 2003 and comments up till now? amazing! i’ve been experiencing eye twitching phenomena as of late so i’ve been surfing around to find what’s up with it. and i stumbled upon this post. :)

    after reading so much, i conclude that sitting in front of the computer is the main culprit. :)

  16. Marcrowave
    December 4th, 2008 at 17:02 | #16

    I just read while browsing online about this eye twitching issue, because I happen to experience one right now, someone call this condition different from what you said its name was. You said it was Myokymia but this one chick called it Blepharospasm. So looked up the definitions for both. Myokymia is the twitching of individual segments of a muscle. So I guess you kinda got it right because of the mentioned word, twitching. Although it was more of a general term. When I looked up the definition for the latter, it kinda made me laugh. In Blepharospasm, it simply said “spasmodic winking.”

    Nuff said?

  17. Chris
    December 7th, 2008 at 11:45 | #17

    Oh my goodness! My eyelid twitches started immediately following a flu shot as well. This should be looked into! At this point, all four of my eyelids will twitch at some point in the day. My dr. prescribed neurontin which helps tremendously, but doesn’t take it completely away. YIKES! I have had two previous flu shots in the past without this problem occurring.

  18. Kdogg Supreme 3001
    December 7th, 2008 at 15:07 | #18

    I’ve had i t for about 6 weeks. I think it’s from stairing at your Monitor or LCD TV for long stretches of time without blinking and propably is creating lesions in my Cerebrum and this won’t appear on 60 minutes or Paul Harvey for a decade when We all start dropping like flies from Cerebral Cancer.

  19. December 8th, 2008 at 01:02 | #19

    everything that is going on sounds a lot like me. my BOTTOM left eyelid started twitching very bad yesterday and i wake up today and it is just a small, unnoticeable twitch. maybe its going away. ![HOPEFULLY]! but yesterday it twitched very bad for about a minute then stopped for a while and started again. i think it could be from a lot of sodas that i drunk during the last couple of days. but i believe the twitch goes away for all of us.

  20. Lisa
    December 8th, 2008 at 03:22 | #20

    I, too, was searching for an answer to my right upper eyelid convulsive twiches and stumbled upon this blog. Hahaha! I love it!

    I have recently gone through a bit of stress. I have just started exercising, I’ve been taking a multi-vitamin, and I’ve been sleeping well. I have been through tremendous stress before without my eyelid going into seizures, so I’m wondering if this is a possible lingering effect of mild anesthesia? I had surgery a week and a half ago (the twitches began a few days after) – has anyone else had this happen after surgery (it was not on my eye)?

  21. Joel
    December 10th, 2008 at 23:46 | #21

    It seems this website has a lot of tips. My righ lower eye lid has been twiching for almost two months straight (Started Oct 15th 2008). I usually go about one day a week, where it won’t twich that day. I work in front of a computer and work long hours, I don’t get enough sleep, but try to make up for it on weekends. I have a stressful job. I take men’s formula vitamines every day. I will try the banana approach and hopefully during the christmas holiday with time off, I will reduce my stress, stay away from the computer, sleep in and go back to being me. Thanks to everyone for all the tips on this website…..I hope something works!

  22. Angel
    December 11th, 2008 at 01:54 | #22

    This is very interesting. At least for the comments Ive read its not something too serious. My right eyelid has been shaky for about 2 to 3 weeks now. I notice it when Im at work. I spend a lot of time in front of a computer. I do eat a lot of Bananas so I dont think I have the problem with Potassium. Maybe other vitamins…yes. I only notice it when im sitting still, and I think its related to stress. Lately its been rough and tough. And with the whole economy going to the ground it doesnt help.

  23. Angel
    December 11th, 2008 at 01:57 | #23

    I forgot to add that when it happens it only last about 5-10 seconds every time. No longer than that.

  24. Brian
    December 11th, 2008 at 07:19 | #24

    It’s STRESS! I’m getting married next Wednesday and I have had finals all this week….. I have never experienced any eye tremors/twitches/spasms (Blepharospasm) until about 2 weeks ago. It happens 4-5 times a day while I’m at work, staring at this stupid monitor. I’m a pre-med major (definitely not a doc, but I know enough to be dangerous) and I may be able to provide a little insight…. I did find something that helps though.

    Potassium is important to muscle function because it creates an electrical gradient which allows nerve impulses to be sent (called an “action potential”). This affects all systems of the body though, not just the eyes. So, if you have a potassium defficiency (hypokalemia), the effects would be much more widespread than just one eye lid. You would have muscle cramps/pain, fatigue, constipation (due to the disturbance of signals being sent to the smooth muscle of the intestines) and in severe cases, respiratory paralysis.

    If you did have a deficiency of potassium, it would probably be due to excessive diarrhea, vomiting or diuretics… caffeine or alcohol. Otherwise, it’s extremely rare.

    This leaves STRESS… physical stress on the eyes AND emotional stress. Staring at a monitor is not healthy.

    I did find one thing that helped me…. soak a washcloth with warm water and hold it against your eyelid for 3-5 minutes and massage your eyelids with it. It helps to de-stress and relieve some of the eye fatigue. Give it a try, it might work for you.

  25. Lori
    December 12th, 2008 at 09:47 | #25

    I stumbled across this site while searching for sites on eye twitching and have really enjoyed reading everyone’s stories about their symptoms. My upper left eyelid has been twitching for a couple weeks now. Happens about 20-30 times per day and lasts for a few seconds each time. It’s very annoying. I find myself covering my eye with my hand (like a patch) when it happens. I just hate that feeling of my eyelid twitching. I work in front of a computer screen all day, but that hasn’t changed in years. The last few days I’ve been under heavy stress, but wasn’t when the twitching started. Maybe I’ll stop at the store on the way to work tomorrow and grab a banana. :-)

  26. Dr. Jack
    December 13th, 2008 at 05:50 | #26

    Hi All,
    I am a subluxation (C1 C2) correction Chiropractor. I have seen over 100 cases with eyelid twitching. I would say that in 68% of these cases getting an upper cervical (neck) adjustment eliminated the condition.
    I believe the reason it helped was that having the neck adjusted removed one of the stressers to the human body and allowed the patients own immune system to step up and correct the condition.
    Good Luck.

  27. joe
    December 16th, 2008 at 03:20 | #27

    hello all my upper left eyelid twitches all day long it is very annoying i was reading on webmd.com that you can have surgery to have that fixed but im not going to do that i was reading on here all the things people say to try and get rid of the twitching i work as a custodian in a school at night kind of stressful i do drink lots of pop with caffine i am only on my computer at home for a couple of hours a day i dont watch much tv but i need to stop my twitching it is really bugging me i want to cut my eyelid off make it stop nice website talk to you later.

  28. December 16th, 2008 at 07:28 | #28

    “A good friend said the upper eye-lid twitching probably means good luck is coming your way.’

    I’m going with that.

  29. Brittany
    December 18th, 2008 at 13:30 | #29

    WOW! I am so glad that I found this web site! I enjoyed reading everyone elses stories and to know that I am not alone here. My upper left eyelip has been twitching for a month now and actually it stopped for a week after Thanksgiving and now its back!! It twitches randomly throughout the day about 10-15 times a day for about 10 seconds at a time. lol UGHHHH so annoying! It came back before the start of exams so I believe that it is just stress… atleast that is what everyone of my friends and family is saying. I do not drink coffee or soda and I only use my computer for a few hours of the day but no more than usual. Hmm well i just finished my exams today but as I was reading others messages on this site my eye was twitching. Hopefully it stops within a few days! Thanks for the advice, I’m going to try to get a lot of sleep!!

  30. ripmeeyesout
    December 18th, 2008 at 13:51 | #30

    EVERYONE, here is the only thing that works:


    Do not waste a cent more on super vitamins, lemon water, pins and needles, etc. Botox is the only way to go.

    If you have coverage your good to go and even if you don’t have coverage some docs have days of the week where they have leftovers that are provided for “victims” who cannot afford it. I’ve had bad eye twitches for about 2 yrs now along with other strange twiches all over my body. Anyways if its just the eyelids, botox injections work fantastic and you have nothing to worry about. The amount of botox is so small that you would have to inject like a billion times the amount for it to be harmful so relax people. Injections last for about 3-5 months depending on the person and severity im guessing. Good luck!

  31. scubasteve
    December 19th, 2008 at 13:14 | #31

    hope its good luck my upper left started 4 days ago doesnt stop and now i got a cold seems my luck is goin the other way

  32. joe
    December 19th, 2008 at 21:18 | #32

    my eye keeps twitching, so i googled it and found this.

  33. Narcos
    December 20th, 2008 at 23:38 | #33

    My left eye lid has been twitching since morning.. nothin good or bad has happened as yet.. everythin seems normal. donno about superstitions but i guess its just ok for the eyelid to twitch..

  34. Anne
    December 21st, 2008 at 07:52 | #34

    I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one with this strange phenomenon. My lower left lid starting twitching about a week ago. However, It is CONSTANT. It never takes a break. I have been able to tune it out a little when I’m busy at work or something, but occasionally it twitches a little “harder”, and then I can see it at the bottom of my visual field. I can always see it in the mirror, but I don’t think other people can (plus I wear glasses, which helps hide it). I do have stress, but not any more than usual. I am 23 years old. No one else in my family has this. Guess it’ll go away eventually. Thanks for the info.

  35. pmow
    December 21st, 2008 at 19:30 | #35

    Yes, left eye lid twitching…! I have had it before, but not in years. This time I looked it up, as it started right after I had a huge, emotionally intense blow-up, triggered by stuff that I had been stifling for years, being triggered, a day or 2 ago. Knew that I was very verbal during it and that I pounded with my fists, with all my might, but have no recall of what I said. I am on heart med – metoporol(?) for fast heart rate. About to stroke out?

  36. Dani
    December 23rd, 2008 at 08:02 | #36

    I have been drinking a lot of red bull lately,but I usually drink lots of red bull on weeks I need to focus…I did sleep less than regular,nothing extreme…But for the last week my right lower eyelid starts twitching on and off about 10 times aday,it used to happen maybe once a month,but now it jkeeps going iin on agian and again…I guess I will lay off the caffeine,and get more sleep since is the holidays anyways…

  37. Me, not you
    December 24th, 2008 at 11:54 | #37

    Wow! This has got to be the longest comment list I have ever seen!! Did anyone look at the dates on this thing? Well let me save you the trouble. It started back in Sept. 2003 and it’s now Dec. 2008, and it’s still going. I mean, I was sure there would be a gap but I get to the bottom and low and behold someone posted this morning!!! Can you believe it?

    Anyway, I too am a twitcher lol. I’ve had the problem off and on in my right upper eyelid and although I have tons of stress in my life, probably never get enough sleep and love, love, love coffee, I have narrowed my issue down to one thing, or should I say person…my current girlfriend! How about that. It starts up again after we have one of our crazy arguments and then will continue over the next several days with just her presence, or her calling me. Whew! I’m so glad I figured out the cause. Now fixing it, that’s going to be a lot tougher!

  38. kari
    December 30th, 2008 at 10:58 | #38

    I`ve appreciated reading these comments.The B-6 did seem to work for me also. I had a lower eyelid twitch-nonstop-for about 3 weeks.After about 5 days of taking 50mg. of B-6 twice a day, in addition to my usual multivitamin, and also eating less dark chocholate and chewing less gum, the twitch stopped all of a sudden today.

  39. bobnsyr
    December 30th, 2008 at 22:41 | #39

    Since my caffiene level, sleep level, potassium level, and banana level haven’t changed, I have to believe mine has something to do with something else.
    Could I be spending too much time at the computer? Too close to the monitor? I just turned the brightness and contrast way down until it’s almost dull. I never realized just how bright these screens are until I turned mine down and then sat at someone else’s computer. We wouldn’t sit that close to our tv’s, right?
    Has anyone else tried this?

  40. Denise
    December 31st, 2008 at 20:27 | #40

    Oh, how glad am I to have found I’m not the only strange eye twitcher!!!
    Mine started 3 months ago & I think stress triggered it. I then had shoulder surgery, so I wasn’t stressed just in pain. I still find it uncomfortable at night so maybe it’s now from a lack of sleep.
    Up until yesterday it was only my upper right lid but yesterday I freaked out as the left one joined in too. Touch wood the left one has been behaving today.
    I was concerned when I read some of the comments that pointed towards a virus as I had Bells Palsy 16 years ago & wondered whether it was connected, but I think it was on the left side………I hope
    I sometimes have to tell people that I have a twitch, otherwise they think I’m winking at them!!

  41. Eliza
    January 2nd, 2009 at 06:10 | #41

    Ahhhhhh!! It started today and my upper left eyelid has been twitching every few seconds. Ugh. At least I’m not alone (: AND it signifies good luck cuz I’m a girl ^^ I slept like 6 hours last night. Tonight I’m gonna get LOADS of sleep and if this stupid !$&*@#^ twitching doesn’t stop, I’ll go get Botox. Even if I don’t want to look like Nicole Kidman.

    hehehe There are SO many people commenting on this post…. it’s been going on for like 5 years!
    2009 REPRESENT 😀

  42. Anonymous
    January 2nd, 2009 at 18:32 | #42

    I am back. My left lower eye started twitching today again after 1.5 years!!! I had spent too much time in front of the PC and slept for only a few hours. I am going to change that habit. PC is really not good!!!
    I just pray hard that it will go soon. The other time, it took 3 weeks to disappear and I prayed very hard for it to stop. Thank God it did. Now, it is prayer time. Time to draw near to God again.
    God Bless

  43. Anonymous
    January 3rd, 2009 at 13:55 | #43

    I just started having an upper left eyelid twitch the past few days. Not sure of the reason because I’ve been on vacation from work and have been getting more sleep than usual. I’ve been on Fosteum for two weeks now and am getting plenty of vitamins. Also am exercising with weights about 20 minutes every morning. Do feel more fatigued than usual despite the sleep. Maybe I’m overdoing the exercise. I did bump up my routine the past few days, especially with the arm exercises.

  44. Mike
    January 6th, 2009 at 11:20 | #44

    Twitching on 2 months now. I quit my job because of it !!!

    I recently had gotten a new job staring at numbers on a computer all day, and out of nowhere I was hit with unbearable headaches. I felt sick to my stomach at work from the headaches they were so bad. I even went to my doctor and had an MRI to look for some type of cause, because the headaches lasted for 4 weeks straight and were UNBEARABLE. I tried to tough it out and work through the pain, and eventually the headaches went away…BUT on came these infamous eye twitches. My left upper eyelid has been twitching every 10 minutes or so, and it has been going on for about 2 months now.

    So..a recently I decided to quit this computer job. Its been about a week since working, but the eyelid keeps twitching and twitching.

    I feel like this spree of headaches caused damaged to some nerves or something, and am worried that my eye is gonna twitch forever.

    Bottom line is that this sucks and its annoying. I am buying some bananas tomorrow.

  45. Maggie from England
    January 7th, 2009 at 07:31 | #45

    Like with everybody else I am amazed. I am a 2 upper eye lid twitcher and was getting concerned so I thought I’d google to see if there was any info on twitching before going to the doctors. Wow! am I surprised.

  46. Gary
    January 9th, 2009 at 00:15 | #46

    Well, my lower left eyelid started a-twitchin’ about 2 weeks ago. My missus reckons it’s just lack of sleep, but I might scare her tonight with tales of myokymia and brainstem neoplasms and “see? I told you it was serious!”

    On a serious note, I have had it before (I think), but it didn’t last too long, and I’m hoping this one will disappear of its own accord soon. It’s annoying when you realise it’s happening and you focus on it. I’m upping my banana quota and going to bed early, just in case ….

  47. Jessica
    January 9th, 2009 at 09:30 | #47

    I just wanted to offer the possibility of hope, and also share my experience with eye twitching. I’ve had an eye twitch before, maybe for a day or two. But, for the last three months, I have had the eye twitch from hell. Really the last three and a half weeks.

    Let me preface this by saying that I generally get enough sleep (8 to 8 1/2 hours), don’t drink caffeine other than occassional tea, don’t drink pop at all, don’t have any irregular amount of stress unless it is buried in my deep subconcious, stay well hydrated, and eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. So, that ruled out a lot of possible reasons for my eye twitch. I do have muscle tension, and have suffered from migraines. I have 20/20 vision, and recently had an eye exam. Also, I am a 23 year old female.

    For the first two months or so, I had a small twitch in my left eye-lid, right around the lashline. It was really annoying, but tolerable. I was sort of concerned because it had been going on so long. About three and a half weeks ago, while at work in the lab, the entire muscle directly above my eye lid started twitching like crazy. It was non-stop, and very distracting. I decided I had reached the point of immediate need for acupuncture. I made an appointment for that day, and took the rest of the day off of work. I was having acupuncture appointments almost every other day with no results.

    I also started having chiropractic, massage, and set up an appointment with a counselor in case it is stress, which I actually couldn’t get the first appointment until tommorrow. The acupuncturist put me on vitamin B complex and a chinese medicine that expels wind and heat(?). Nothing changed. I also went to an MD who said that my option would be botox if it persisted. Not something I am interested in.

    Anyway, on Tuesday, I woke up for the first time in three months without it. I can’t describe my delight. It had seemed to be petering out a little on Monday. After the two day reprieve, today it came back!!! But, it’s not twitching at the moment. And, prior to this it was constant. So, I am hopefully that it’s on the way out. I am going to do a two-week detox (only fruit, vegetables, water, and a protein supplement), and also try taking Magnesium which is another deficiency that causes muscle spasms.

    This eye thing really has taken over my life. For a few weeks, there were few moments where I stopped thinking about it because I could constantly feel it, and it was intense.

    It does help to not think about it. Also, alcohol distracts you from it, but I’m sure it also exacerbates the problem. If anyone has any questions on this subject, feel free to respond, because I have done massive amounts of research and tried many things over the last three months (1/4 of a year!)

    Also, any responses or descriptions of similar experiences would be greatly appreciated! I am going to post this same exact thing on the other major eye twitch blog (), so I hope no one’s offended. It was a lot to type, and I stilll didn’t cover everything that I’ve done.

  48. Jessica
    January 9th, 2009 at 09:34 | #48

    One more thing, from the website of Dr. Weil. This is a helpful breathing relaxation technique that I have used and recommend.

    “The 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise
    This exercise is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere. Although you can do the exercise in any position, sit with your back straight while learning the exercise. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.

    * Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
    * Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
    * Hold your breath for a count of seven.
    * Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
    * This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

    Note that you always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. The tip of your tongue stays in position the whole time. Exhalation takes twice as long as inhalation. The absolute time you spend on each phase is not important; the ratio of 4:7:8 is important. If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up but keep to the ratio of 4:7:8 for the three phases. With practice you can slow it all down and get used to inhaling and exhaling more and more deeply.

    This exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Unlike tranquilizing drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently. Do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later, if you wish, you can extend it to eight breaths. If you feel a little lightheaded when you first breathe this way, do not be concerned; it will pass.

    Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you. Use it whenever anything upsetting happens – before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. This exercise cannot be recommended too highly. Everyone can benefit from it.”

  49. Ameen
    January 10th, 2009 at 04:43 | #49

    Damn !, My upper left eyelid started twitching a week ago. I f find it really irritating !!!
    Thanks for google that I was able to find this site. Honestly in the last couple of weeks I started to sleep late, Stay watching anime and surfing the net for no particular reason. Although I used to be more hardcore in the summer vacation, I think my body finally started to give up. I definitely have to change my sleep schedule . Stress and lack of sleep seems like a possible factor , 18 years old and stressed out ?!!?!?
    Thanks for this blog :- )

  50. barbara
    January 11th, 2009 at 03:22 | #50

    Hello, my name is Barbara, and I am an eyelid twitcher.
    (Hi Barbara!)
    My lower right outer eyelid started twitching subtley every day for the past 3 weeks. I take plenty of vit b, all vitamins, no stress in my life, get plenty of sleep. It is very subtle, but I feel it. So, I’m looking at brain stem???? I think it is associated with my neck, I have always had pain on that side of my neck, have had for a long time, that leads to tension headaches. (I had a migraine six months ago that caused vision distortion.) So I think the neck strain is spreading to the eye, like pressure on the nerve to the eye from the neck problem. I have recently cut back my caffeine intake, around the same time as the twitiching began. Interesting, right?
    On another note, my elbows hurt in one spot when I rest them on a table or on the armrest in my car, send a zing of pain when resting in a certain spot that cannot be replicated when pressing on them manually. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, so look at all this as just progression of everything.

  51. eyesore
    January 11th, 2009 at 08:47 | #51

    WOW,,, My right lower eyelid has been twitching for over 3 months now all day long, only stops for a minute then starts back. I looked in the mirror and that thing was going strong, I was like, I can’t even look at myself. I was in the store talking with the guy there and it started, I noticed he kept looking at my eye!!!! LOL,,, I didn’t know what to do, so I said okay, gotta go….
    I felt like the guy on Hunch Back Of Notra Dame, you can’t stop starring at his eye’s!!! Unfortunately, I have sever disc space narrowing, cervical slipped disc with bilateral peripheral deficits (feet) and my Dr. told me once he think’s I may have MS but is unsure until I have a Spinal Tap, (no thanks) so I’m not sure if that may have something to do with mine. Over 3 months now and getting worse, that’s just not normal if you ask me. Stress, sleep, nutrition all okay under the sucumstances. Well I hope I didn’t upset anyone here, I’ll let you know what happens, Dr. in two day’s.
    Power to the Twitchers!!!!!!!

  52. OhDear
    January 11th, 2009 at 21:03 | #52

    Yep…I’m one of you too! Just came back today, after maybe no twitching for 6 or more months. It can’t be lack of sleep. Maybe a bit of extra stress, but I’ve been under far more with no physical symptoms. Interestingly, I haven’t bothered with vitamin B supplements over the last two weeks – so maybe that is the answer? I’ve just mega-dosed myself on B, so we’ll see what happens by the morning! Great site!

  53. TwitchingJulie
    January 13th, 2009 at 12:47 | #53

    Wow, there are a lot of twitchers out there. LOL I have been plagued with a twitch in my upper right eyelid for over a year now. Yeah, you read right – a whole freaking YEAR. Every two to three days, it just goes bonkers for hours on end, sometimes as long as 24 hours at a time. And I’m in the same boat as a lot of you – I’m not stressed, I eat well, get plenty of rest. I tried several types of supplements, basically every one of them that might relieve twitching: B complex, magnesium, potassium, fish oil, flax oil, etc. Yet on the twitching goes. On, and on, and on.

    However, I think I FINALLY had a breakthrough. I recently had a cold and took some Zicam. Before getting sick, I was feeling the symptoms of an impending twitch attack, what I call “warning shots”; usually, on a day when my eyelid twitches a few times during the day, the next day is when it goes bonkers for hours on end. Anyway, I was getting “warning shots”, and immediately after taking the Zicam, they stopped. Next day, nothing. Day after that, nothing. And now it’s been over 3 weeks that I have been twitch-free – the longest stretch in over a year.

    Zicam contains zinc – is it possible that I had a zinc deficiency? I haven’t seen any information that would suggest a zinc deficiency could be responsible for muscle twitching, but there it is. Anyway it might be something to consider for those who have also tried everything. Maybe this can work for you, too. Let me know if it does!

  54. Maggie from England
    January 14th, 2009 at 07:17 | #54

    Is there any medial people out there reading all of this, it’s excellent research material. Hey you could even write a book on the subject.

    My 2 upper eyelid twitch left as quickly as it arrived. With out doing or taking any of the above recommendations. for all those who have it for months I feel for you. I’d be wanting to cut m eye lids off. ha ha

  55. Janice
    January 14th, 2009 at 16:06 | #55

    I’ve suffered for 20 years with off and on eye tremors (yes, I do like that term), I’m now 32. More persistent as got older, hitting the lower left or lower right at random and, from time to time, an upper lid. Other than using it as a side show trick to impress my friends i never thought to look into it until now. Huh. Where have you all been? Never seen anyone with this in my life, sure glad I’m not alone. I always thought it might be stress and lack of sleep and managed to shrug it off so many years figuring as long as I keep wearing glasses the impact on the rest of the population is minimal since most people tell me they would never have noticed if if I hadn’t mentioned it to them. But its hard not to be self conscious with that thing yanking away my long eyelashes.. someone gotta be noticing that… so better to bring it up first. Sigh. Well, maybe I’ll try the vitamins. Looks like I’m stuck with it, just hope I don’t end up the creepy grandma with dementia and, oh yeah the freaky eyelid thing…

  56. SonOfATwitch!
    January 14th, 2009 at 19:53 | #56

    Ehh… Let me just start out by saying: I feel your pain! I started getting my left eye twitch just yesterday and jeez is it annoying. I’ve been in bed for 3 hours trying to sleep, but everytime I close my eyes -twitch-twitch-twitch- !!!! I think my only option for tonight is to stick it out and drop when i get tired enough. You can bet i’m going to the docters tomorrow to get some sort of sleeping aid. I’m 17 years old and i’ve been SUPER stressed lately, because I’m moving out of my parents place and … did I mention i was stressed? Caffein could be a factor as well seeing as how I drank a Rockstar today, but i’ve had way more than caffein than that in one sitting and my eyelid never tried to run away. Bah. Darn this eyelid! I’ll repost with my results. Good twitching to all and to all a good twitch. :)

  57. JesTr
    January 17th, 2009 at 03:03 | #57

    My name is Jesse and I’ve had an eye twich in my upper right eyelid for the past few weeks. Mine isn’t that bad. It happens 1 or more times a day and last for about 15-30 seconds. The twitch is very mild and can’t be seen. I feel it but it doesn’t affect my vision, it’s just annoying. I don’t know what caused it. I get plenty of sleep, my diet and other habits haven’t changed and I’m not stressed out. I think it might have something to do with the winter weather. I hope it goes away soon.

  58. Dan
    January 17th, 2009 at 20:16 | #58

    Wow… Everyone’s here. Same for me, didn’t think my search would come up with anything. Anyway, my right eye lid has been twitching since NYE. Thought it may have had to do with damaging a nerve when applying makeup for a fancy dress costume, who’ knows?? Similar to some other post’s, the twitch started after a three week cold/flue I had. I was pretty run down, though now I’m wondering if its a reaction to having a berroca or too much vitamin C everyday?? I just want it to go away! Good luck guy’s!

  59. Debs
    January 18th, 2009 at 07:11 | #59

    Hi There..

    This site sure has made me feel much better!! I started with a twitch in upper right about 2 weeks ago and then a week later the upper left started! It is constant all day everyday and never had anything like this before…I am 39…

    I do use a PC at work most of the day and then in the evening recreationally ( including my xbox ) but always have done.

    I went to the docs last week and he has suggested blood tests to see id I am defficient in any key areas but doesn’t it drive you mad !!

    Noone can see it but it is sooooo annoying! I am cutting back on my caffiene and drinking more water after reading other comments….I have a banana every day and don’t always sleep great so going to knock myself out tonight!

    Glad I am not alone and will keep a twitchy eye on the website!

    Nite nite twiching buddies ! :-)

  60. Jannine..
    January 18th, 2009 at 17:25 | #60

    Hi there fellow twitchers
    Greetings from Australia, nice to know i’m not alone in the world with this pain in the #!*@ condition.
    This site is great, real people without the medical mumbo jumbo that i found when ‘googling’ eye twitching.
    Left upper eyelid has been twitching now for 3 weeks, time to stop pretending its not there and seek medical advice.
    Like Jesse above i am not stressed, sleep well and have a reasonable diet, only one thing differs and that is we are in the middle of summer !! Oh well, back to the drawing board. :(
    Twitching off now

  61. paige
    January 20th, 2009 at 03:22 | #61

    Im 35 weeks pregnant take prenatal pills, vit b, barely ingest any caffine (only whats in some chocolate here and there for a treat) i eat a well balanced diet, sleep 10 hours a night, and I take naps during the day. I noticed my upper left eye began twitching a few months ago. At first it was just an occassional twitch here and there, now it is just constant and rather annoying. Ive asked my practioner and she told me it is nothing and that it must be bc im not getting enough sleep and I explained to her I have been sleeping more and more and it continues to get worse, then she pulled the stress explaination and I said I havent been doing anything rather physical nor emotionally stressful this pregnancy… so she sent me to the lab so see if I had any vitamin deficiencies… results were all in normal range. She told me to see her again after the pregnancy and see if it progresses or what and if it continues she;ll send me to the optomatrist… oh yay@

  62. James
    January 21st, 2009 at 03:16 | #62

    Try loading up on magnesium with chelated zinc.
    Also avoid foods that might give you allergies.
    For me it is likely dairy and wheat (or the cultures used in both, as I am allergic to mold for certain).

  63. Bob
    January 21st, 2009 at 09:23 | #63

    for some reason my twitching has stopped. i haven’t done anything different and no less or more stress.. hmmm

  64. Stacey
    January 21st, 2009 at 09:53 | #64

    so this is what you get when your eye wont stop twitching… and youve had enough so you google ” my left eye wont stop f****** twitching” and hell look at all the people with the same f***** up thing as me…. well.. good to know im not a total freak 😛

  65. January 21st, 2009 at 10:50 | #65

    Bob could you please retrace your step before your eyelid stop twitching. It might help…

  66. Bob
    January 21st, 2009 at 13:13 | #66

    when my lid was twitching, i had sorta new job and was worried somewhat. i suppose it could have been stress. i am sleeping MORE. then i was not sleeping as long. i have trouble sleeping and was having to wake up earlier. i guess my eyes could have been drier then. how many of yall have heightened stress? it was also summertime so it could have been the heat, but i don’t think it was the heat. i was headed into my last semester at tarleton u. possibly it was the anxiety(?). i am on paxil now but haven’t been taking it long enough to make a difference but my eyelid stopped twitching around the time the season changed to cooler weather. possibly stress and worry. stress. i don’t know. but for a while it was twitching and in the past (before my post way above) it has twitched…. i really don’t know, but i’m thinking maybe a combination of stress and lack of sleep… and my eyes felt drier then. if i had to guess, it was stress, nervousness on the job, and lack of sleep combined…. but i still have problems sleeping. last night i only got 2 hrs sleep from just thinking of stuff i need to do. i hope i’m not in for another episode of twitching. hmmm…. i think the only real change between now and then is that i have been sleeping long intervals. like i have been staying up and then crashing. i stay up all night to try to get to bed the next day at a decent time but end up sleeping like 12-16 hrs… so it could be fatigue and the anxiety that kept me up. is anybody losing sleep or really worried about something? i wish i knew.

  67. rahjah
    January 24th, 2009 at 08:33 | #67

    I have this eye lid tremors to I run my own bussiness
    I am totaly stressed out I ownly sleep 4 to 6 hrs a night
    I work 7 days aweek i Havn’t had a holiday in over 10 yrs
    I Am practically broke , please help

  68. Kim
    January 24th, 2009 at 11:25 | #68

    Had my twitch for 2 1/2 months… it was annoying enough for me to look it up on the web and I landed here. I am so amazed to have found anything! Much less this. I am not a big fruit eater, love my veggies… But I do know that deficiencies can cause most things. Tried the bananas and extra water… NO SPASM for a week now. After having them 4-10 times everyday, all I can say is WOW! Thanks for the blog, and go bananas! I feel like I just placed an ad…

  69. Jessica
    January 24th, 2009 at 13:46 | #69

    The good news is that there are many things you can try to relieve your eye twitch. Whether or not they actually make it dissapear (I still have mine, but it seems to have improved) all of these things will improve your quality of life and the health of your body. For many people the big ones seem to be:
    1. Getting enough sleep (8 to 8 1/2 hours per night!) and having a regular sleep schedule
    2. Gradually cutting back your caffeine (gradually to avoid headaches) until you drink none at all or very little…try green tea or white tea because they contain less caffeine than black tea or coffe, but still have some
    3. Regulating your stress…this is the most challenging for me! Most times I don’t even realize that I have stress. Deep breathing and meditation is the best method to help with this
    4. Other modalities that may help are massage (deep tissue, craniosacral therapy, etc.), chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga, regular stretching throughout the day, homeopathic medicine
    5. Vitamin deficiences: Magnesium is the big one for muscle twitches…you must start taking it gradually-one pill the first day, one in the morning and one in the evening the next day, two in the morning and one in the evening the next day, and so on. Increase your dose until you get diarhhea, then cut back to the dose you were on before that happened, and that is the amount you need.
    6. For some of us (myself includes), it seems connected to a tightness in the neck on one side. Possibly an impinged nerve, though this is yet to be confirmed by anyone. This can be helped by the above techniques.
    7. Dehydration! This a big one. Be sure to drink at least 64 oz. (or eight cups) of water per day.
    8. Eat plently of fruits and vegetables. Try to eat raw vegetables and fruit every day with at least two meals.
    9. Avoid processed food and added sugar
    10. When you have done some or all of these things, realize that at least the eye twitch has caused positive benefits in your life even if it’s annoying as hell, and embrace taking better care of yourself, focusing your energy on that.
    11. Anyway who finds a permanent solution, remember to come back and let us know!

  70. Bob
    January 24th, 2009 at 14:58 | #70

    i can say that i have a problem with not drinking enough water.. but mine stopped without drinking more.. with me i would venture it was stress and lack of sleep.. not absolutely sure though

  71. MIke C B
    January 26th, 2009 at 07:15 | #71

    For 6 mos now my eyelid has been twitching I have another condition Its Called Guillain Barr Syndrome a very very serious nuro problem my brain thinks my body is sick and is trying to kill it off When in fact im as healthy as i have ever been My point is i have some of the best docs do constant checkups on my nerves system all the time and 6 mos ago when this 1st started i mentioned it to my Docs because i was freeked that something may happen again and i might suffer from another case of ascending paralysis where the body becomes limp. only because this issue is somewhat like the 1st signs of the on set of GBS Just normally in your legs or arms not your eyes .. But still enough for me to worry about this. So my doc told me it was possible that this was Myokymia it gets better then worse sometimes mine does this all day from the moment i wake up to the moment i go to sleep off and on alllll day. My doc still has not fixed it and im ready to get new eyelids lol . I am 21 i own to fashion houses for men on in DC and one in Virginia i have a high stress level as i have since 19 i do get to sleep 9 hrs every day because i have to due to my prior condition. I drink a lot of coke and have miild eye strain every day. the only things my doctor did tell me that elective surgery you know plastic …. Might help to correct or fix this problem so since i have met with one. I told him i wanted and eyelid lift .. To correct the twitch in my top left eyelid. He thinks that it will work. I dunno Still thinking about it. If i do it ill write back with how it goes .. Thanks for this web page because now i feel like there are a million people out there who have this same issue.

  72. romeo
    January 28th, 2009 at 09:05 | #72

    oh thou left eye twitch
    how art thou friend of mine
    thou welcomes thyself each morning with spasms warm and fine
    thou grace thy company through dire straits
    especially when thyself in meetings or in conversation with thy mates
    thy beloved eye twitch how art thou today?
    for thou has only twitched some 55 times id say.
    are thou feeling tired or a little bit weary
    or are thou lacking an audience for thou to feel cheery
    if so do not dishearten for fear of a chasm
    for thy interview at two thou can display uncontrollable great spasm
    thou beloved twitch thy beautifull treat
    and such enchanting entertainment to all who thyself meet.

  73. MaryMaryQC
    January 30th, 2009 at 21:10 | #73

    Hello, my name is Mary and I am a twitcher. Is there a 12-step program???

    Mine’s persisted for about 2-3 months, every day, on and off all day in upper right. I had Bell’s Palsy seven years ago and thought it might be an after-effect, but was told it isn’t. I live in Australia and it’s summer here, hot and humid, so can’t be the cold or dry air. I’ve just had a month off work, so no stress (though it did start when I was at work), don’t drink too much coffee (I think) and do the vitamin thing, so those causes are ruled out for me. I do wear glasses, though, and don’t drink enough water (but never have).

    Personally, I like the bio-terror theories! Sounds much more exotic. But most of all, I’m hoping the Asian “old wives tale” that it means a huge windfall is the truth….money can’t buy happiness, but it can sure distract me from my twitching eyelid for a while!!!


  74. baarr
    January 31st, 2009 at 13:47 | #74

    you know what. im gonna try DELIBERATELY twitching it so that it might “untwitch” itself after it confused. or maybe the muscles will get so tired that it stops twitching. i dunno. wish me luck.

  75. Allen
    February 1st, 2009 at 14:15 | #75

    I started twitching 2 – 3 days ago, maybe like a total of 5 times a day. now i know its really happening when i was looking in the mirror some times i feel small ones that i can’t see. and from your causes i can confirm i have everyone of them to blame! stress, fatigue, sleep, caffeine.

    Now i gotta control all these things; sleep more, give up coffee and don’t be stressed.

  76. eve
    February 1st, 2009 at 21:37 | #76

    Hmmm….I read a lot of left eye twitching, for me it’s my right eye and it’s been going like crazy for about 1 month now. Now I meditate and lead a fairly healthy life style with hardly any stress at all and plenty of sleep. I’m starting to think it’s a computer related thing, because I spend through my job 10 or more hrs. a day staring at a monitor.

    Can anyone confirm this?

  77. Anonymous
    February 2nd, 2009 at 06:44 | #77

    Be careful of the potassium intake.
    I have Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis which causes tremors to the point of paralysis because my muscles have too much potassium stored in them. I have been taking a prescribed diuretic for 25 years now which wanes off attacks. Muscles affected are skeletal and do include the eyelids.
    So, there is such a thing as having too much potassium which causes the twitching/ spasms…..as well as too much which can virtually feel the same.

  78. Anonymous
    February 2nd, 2009 at 13:32 | #78

    I, mean, as well as too LITTLE.

  79. Evil Guest
    February 3rd, 2009 at 02:31 | #79

    Greetings, fellow twitchers! I’m back with more eye-twitch related news.

    Found out that my eye twitches were related to back problems. When I thought that I was twitch free after the grape juice technique, it returned furiously the next day, after I had done some exercises to straighten my spine. Result: I stopped exercising = I stopped twitching.
    It makes sense because my eye twitches started at the same time I started exercising the spine. Now im about 4 months without eye twitches :) .

    So, my advice to you guys is: watch your back and try not to overdo the spinal column. Good luck.

  80. Andrei
    February 3rd, 2009 at 07:20 | #80

    How crazy, I thought I was alone. This twitch is driving me mad. I have found the only way to make it temporarily go away, is to have someone try and watch it happening. I swear it disappears just to spite me :) Oh well at least I know there are loads of us eyelid twitchers out there. I would recommend you have a poll on the site to see which lid it is – not very scientific, but I think it maybe interesting :)

  81. Anonymous
    February 3rd, 2009 at 11:51 | #81

    maybe a chiropractor can help

  82. Ignore
    February 4th, 2009 at 18:59 | #82

    Best advice I can give: Ignore it. I’m not kidding. Accept that you have it and decide: who cares — whatever — I could give a sh*t.

    If it works for tinnitus (an even worse problem, believe me) then it’ll work for this.

    We’re all stressed to hell. We gotta relax. We’re having a twitchers ORGY, right? 😉

    Take care everybody — and remember — IGNORE IGNORE IGNORE!

  83. Louise
    February 5th, 2009 at 05:55 | #83

    I have had the same pulsating in my left eyelid everyday for the past 2 months and I have now come to the conclusion that it is caused by the ginseng and multivitamin tablets that I started taking around the same time. I drink very little coffee, no chocolate or fizzy drinks and im not stressed or sleeping badly. My healthshop assistant recommended i stop taking the ginseng completely and take some Magnesium and b6 supplements instead. Started today so hope it works.

  84. TwitchingJulie
    February 6th, 2009 at 01:47 | #84

    OMG – I always do LOVE that advice… JUST IGNORE IT! Oookay… So your eyelid jumps up and down fervently for minutes at a time, to the point that you can’t even SEE… This happens every few minutes, all day long, for months and months on end… And you’re supposed to “ignore” it. Wow. That’s like trying to ignore someone driving a sledgehammer into your forehead all day long. People who say that have obviously not been afflicted with a SERIOUS case of it – and trust me, there ARE some serious cases out there! We’re not just a bunch of whiny saps… This can really be debilitating! I’ve had eyelid twitches that were so bad that they have prevented me from sleeping… Kinda hard to ignore that, you know?

    Just my two “twitches”… On another note, I posted earlier about my twitching case, which has been going on for over a year. It seems to have toned down significantly since I’ve started taking zinc supplements. Just something to consider if you’ve tried everything else and it hasn’t worked.


  85. Blinkin way too much
    February 7th, 2009 at 07:57 | #85

    So yah i was just to the doctor today for my left eye lid twitching. They recomened magnesium suppliments. I guess i will try that.

  86. lazifaire
    February 8th, 2009 at 01:14 | #86

    Fellow eyelid twitchers,

    I had eyelid surgery to correct “lazy eyelids.” I think it is the same surgery about which some of you speak, which is promoted as a cure for eye twitching. But my problems began with the surgery, which occurred about a month ago. The twitching began three weeks later. Now the twitching (mostly upper left eyelid) is so bad that it wakes me from sleep at night. I am also getting migraine headaches and frightened by the comment someone made on this site about the surgery sometimes causing blindness, as my vision is also getting worse. And I had a very reputable doctor to undertake the surgery. So . . . to all you eyelid twitchers out there, I recommend that you think twice before viewing laser eyelid surgery as the panacea for your problem. Also stress and substances may aggravate the problem, but I suspect they are not the cause. (By the way, this is a very entertaining site. I may try the recommendation of acupuncture if things don’t improve.)

  87. Anonymous
    February 10th, 2009 at 02:29 | #87

    Good Lord my eye has been twitching for 3 weeks now…lower left lid. It is constant and it is the most absolute annoying thing EVER! After reading the blog I’ve decided to drink lots of water and eat at least one banana a day. I already take vitamins and calcium magnesium. I will cut out my two cups of coffee in the morning. I heard cigarette smoking can bring it on but there’s no way I can give that up right now. Thanks to all my fellow twitchers for the advise!

  88. Kannie
    February 13th, 2009 at 00:52 | #88

    I have laughed my way through this blog. A lot of it was most entertaining but it’s also comforting to know that there are other twitchers out there along with me.
    I am not tired or stressed but admit to a sloppy diet. This may be the motivation I need for eating healthier. Thanks to all of you for your imput, it was a great find!!!

  89. Gran’ma
    February 14th, 2009 at 03:44 | #89

    OK all you fellow twitchers, here’s what you do: wet a tiny 2 mm piece of paper and place it over the twitching eyelid and shut your eyes for 2-3 minutes. Works for me.

  90. Pete
    February 15th, 2009 at 05:30 | #90

    Hello all twitchers! Just found the site. And I’m strangely relieved to find that there are so many of us about.

    My left lower eyelid twitches intermittently, often so strongly that I can see it from inside, if you know what I mean (and I’m sure some of you do). I’ve had the problem about 25 years, and it usually lasts a few days, weeks or months and then it goes away again, sometimes for years. I’m generally fit & healthy, I don’t drink coffee, I usually sleep for around 8 hours, I eat bananas and wholewheat bread, and my diet is pretty good, but judging from when it occurs I’m pretty sure it is just stress related. I think the whole diet thing could be a red herring. I know a lot of people swear by one food/ diet supplement or another, but I think it probably would have stopped on it’s own sooner or later. Mind you, I haven’t tried the red herring diet yet. Must get the order in to the fishmongers.

    By the way, a lot of people are saying “no one notices”. Could they please stop, because my boss saw it a while back and said so. She laughed when I said maybe I was stressed. Erm…was that good or bad? Last week I couldn’t stop thinking of Wile E Coyote each time it happened, but at least that made me laugh, which can’t be bad if I am stressed.

    Way back, Dr. D. said: (On December 24th, 2003 at 11:24 am)
    “I am a 40 year old physician and get the twitching on and off since 1996. I thought it was low B12 or magnesium actually but now I believe it must be a virus since so many people seem to have this.” …Hmmm, I wonder if piles is a virus too? A hell of a lot of people get that.

    Aaah, it’s happening again. Damn that Road Runner, twitch, twitch.

  91. samantha
    February 15th, 2009 at 06:00 | #91

    …i thought it was only me! where have ya’ll been all my life..(sniff sniff) it’s such a comfort knowin others share my pain. On the other hand, this friggin eye twitch is a blasted pain in the ass..i mean what the hell..twitch twitch..twitch..good grief..i’ve had them all my life first left then right then left then right..mostly left tho not sure why…went to the doctor couple weeks ago he told me calcium with vitamin d. twice a day. He did say there are other meds but they can cause liver problems..no thanks!

  92. Erin
    February 15th, 2009 at 12:56 | #92

    I’ve been twitching since November of 08′. First my lower left, and now my upper right. It twitches almost non stop and really looks funny! And some days it gives me a huge headache.
    Everyone said too much stress, not enough sleep, take B vitamins. (I’ve taken B vitamins for years now, and my stress and sleep patterns have not changed.)

    FINALLY my chiropractor gave me the solution…. CLUB SODA!!! He said that drinking club soda would work. Something about the minerals in it? I was skeptical but it worked almost immediately! I have now been twitch free for 2 whole days! I just drink a couple of 4oz cups a day, and it totally stopped the twitching. This guy is the best chiropractor ever, he can fix anything!

  93. alexis
    February 16th, 2009 at 00:28 | #93

    it hurts so bad!!!!!

  94. JT
    February 17th, 2009 at 04:12 | #94

    Just to add to this very lengthy and informative discussion – my lower left eyelid started twitching around ten days ago, causing me a great deal of discomfort and annoyance. It twitched several times a minute all day, day after day….After reading this blog and learning about the role of potassium, I ate a banana and went to the drugstore and bought a multivitamin with 7.5 mg Potassium in it. The recommended dose is 2 capsules per day, so I took three last night at dinner and within hours the twitching had stopped. Still fine this morning. I’m going to take the recommended two capsules a day from now on. I suspect I did have a deficiency as I’ve been following a detox diet these past couple of weeks and probably not eating enough potassium-rich foods. That, combined with stress, probably caused it. Thanks again for posting all these messages. It’s been a great help.

  95. Patti-Ann
    February 18th, 2009 at 01:25 | #95

    Hi All,
    I too have the dreaded twitch. I am also beginning to think that it must be aliens. If, however, it turns out not to be, I do have some other possibilities:

    1. I suffer from a lot of rhinitis and dryness in the nasal passages due to allergies. Someone posted about cleaning the nasal passages in the shower. You can also get purified sea water, or make your own salt-water solution and circulate a few drops between your nasal passages (don’t put your head back or you’ll swallow it). Just introduce a few drops into one nostril, and let it trickle into the other nostril. Keep it there for a few moments then let it out into a tissue, but don’t blow your nose hard. I usually find this clears up the rhinitis for a few months, until the next attack of hay/dust fever strikes. Yogis (not bears in Yellowstone but Indian priests) recommend doing this every day of your life.

    2. I don’t drink enough pure water. Lots of herbal/flower infusions and one cup of green tea in the morning, but not a lot of just good ol’ plain water. The only way to flush out the system properly is to drink water, and I have made a resolution to drink more. Hot water helps the digestion too. It tastes terrible at first, but I’ve got used to it.

    3. I take multi-vitamins during the winter, and it’s over the winter that I have had this problem, so not likely to be a lack of anything. I eat a pretty balanced diet, apart from the 3kgs of sugary substances I consume per day … 😉

    4. I suffer from tension in the shoulders – keep having to lower them.

    5. I use a computer every day for business and pleasure, and wear glasses for various distances.

    6. Sex helps to ease stress, so more of it can’t do any harm, and might even result in relaxing your partner too.

    So the resolution is to cure the rhinitis, drink more water, cut down on the sugar, go back to the Tai Chi and cross-trainer and get off the computer in the evenings. If I get rid of the twitch, I won’t be sure what did it, but at least it will be gone!

    Either way, I’ll post my results.

    Thanks Luis – it’s great to be able to talk to like-minded hypochondriacs.

    Good luck folks!

  96. twitching2death
    February 20th, 2009 at 03:19 | #96

    My twitching/tremors begun after getting hit RIGHT in the eye by a snowball…. my eye got really red and was pretty sore for a few days but, the twitching began the next day and hasn’t stopped since (going on about a month of twitching). Some days are better than others but, due to the fact that it started nearly immediately after getting hit with the snowball, maybe I got some nerve damage?? I seriously doubt that it is some kind of deficiency since it never happened before… on the other hand, maybe getting hit by the snowball made my eye tear up a bit and this dried it out and, now, I need to supplement something to make it be not so dry? It isn’t “generally dry” so, I don’t know if this could be the cause either. Thinking about seeing the doctor but, yeah, glad I’m not the only twitcher out there…. good luck twitch friends!!

  97. Anonymous
    February 20th, 2009 at 06:33 | #97

    okay so I know I am not alone….whats the cure? its so annoying….I don’t drink caffine, I take my v’s, I sleep well, but I do have anxiety issues….maybe thats it…but I have had anxiety for 14yrs and this new eye twitch for about a month, I also have muscle fatigue and weakness wonder if they are connected? thanks for the blog

  98. February 22nd, 2009 at 00:57 | #98

    For the life of me, I don’t why so many people here here feel so much better knowing that others have this miserable affliction? I, for one, do NOT feel any better. For all anyone knows, everyone on this site–and there are not that many–has a brain stem neoplasm. :\

  99. Leslie
    February 24th, 2009 at 00:30 | #99

    I had trouble on and off with my lower left eyelid twitching. It literally drove me nuts. I tried more potassium, didn’t have any stress, drank more water, blah blah blah….to no avail. Then morning I forgot to take my 20 mg. of Prilosec which I had been doing for 12 years. I had no eye twitching at all and I thought OMG what did I do different today??? Well, that was it…I forgot the Prilosec. So Monday, I didn’t take it and no eye twitching. I’ve gone without my eye twitch for a whole week now. Now I have major acid reflux but I’m working on alternatives to deal with it. So my point is fellow twitchers….if you are taking medications, check for the side affects….this may be the answer to your problem. I know it solved mine!

  100. Kayson
    February 24th, 2009 at 10:07 | #100

    Very inisghtful…having twitched (right upper eyelid) for approximately two weeks straight, I will try the club soda remedy, pinch the lid remedy, and keep an eye out (no pun intended) for not so good news remedy. I’m glad to have read this many comments about other people’s experience and will try to remember to post my outcomes/experiences.

  101. Denise
    February 24th, 2009 at 18:31 | #101

    hooray!!!!!! it’s finally over!! After my upper right lid twitching for the last 4 months it has at last come to an end. I haven’t done anything differently, it just happened.
    Good luck to you all & hopefully I am a fully recovered eye twitcher!

  102. Murp999
    February 25th, 2009 at 03:21 | #102

    Twitching! Twitching!! Twitching!!!, Both eyelids twitch simultenously at interval, though, glad that we have a lot of people with this same issue, having read through my conclusion is that no one really have a solution to this problem, from my youthful aga I have been guided by my mum’s saying that if it’s the left lower eye, it’s a bad Omen to happen to you directly, Left upper eye, bad Omen but happen to someone close to you, right lower, good Omen, something that will bring Joy and laughter to you pesonally and if right upper, good Omen, something good will happen to someone very close to you soon.

    I hope my contribution will help a whole lot of Twitchers like me, this carried on with me right from teenage age till now, 40ees.


  103. MicheleMyBelle
    February 26th, 2009 at 04:06 | #103

    Fellow eye-twitchers, there’s hope! My eyes twitched for a few months, and because I was feeling tired, I went to see a nutritionist who said I was deficient in Vitamin B. Following this visit, I had an appointment with my eye doctor and he, too, said that the number one reason for eye-twitching is “stress” and a “vitamin B deficiency.” I’ve been taking a liquid form of Vitamin B that I add to water and sip throughout the morning. I’ve also heard of getting Vitamin B shots, but?? Because we all lead such stressful lives, we use up our Vitamins and Minerals much more rapidly than if we were less stressed. Hope this helps you all. I have much more energy and my eye-twitching is gone!

  104. February 26th, 2009 at 17:56 | #104

    This is known as blepharospasm since both of your eyelids twitch instead of just one or the other which would be known as hemifacial spasms. The research I’ve done would suggest this is probably a mineral/vitamin deficiency. Are you perhaps vegetarian/vegan?

  105. shaun
    February 27th, 2009 at 00:24 | #105

    so what about left lower eyelid? lol mine just started twitching, been 2 weeks now.. liking the evilness part…thinking evil world domination!

  106. madtwitcher
    February 27th, 2009 at 06:05 | #106

    So… I started out with the flu about 2 weeks ago sneezed and then a sudden twitch hit my upper left eyelid. Maybe something bad was bound to happen, I got in a car accident today… how nice? My eye has been twitching progressivly worse and worse. It is about 3:04pm I woke up at 8:00 and so far my eye has twitched like 35 times today!!! Go to the Dr. on Monday…. I just want it to go away!!!!! Haven’t changed my diet, sleep or exercise patterns. I’m stumped!

  107. Karen
    March 1st, 2009 at 06:34 | #107

    Good News for Eyetwitchers:

    I had an exhausting, exasperating eye twitch that lasted a year- until I got smart. I went for acupuncture. After just TWO sessions it went away- for good.

    Of course, all the suggestions on stress management and diet improvement are sound advice and should be followed in your overall protocol– but the acupuncture alone took care of it. Good luck to all, and to all good health.

  108. Theophilus P Wildebeest
    March 2nd, 2009 at 02:27 | #108

    wow so many twitchers our there.

    I’m really curious now as to everyone is from, are we like global twitchers or are we pretty much localised to the EU..lol

    This is a conspiracy, if i remember right one of the symptoms of mad cow disease was THE TWITCH …lmao

    I cant believe so man of us have it…What’s going on?

  109. Pat
    March 4th, 2009 at 15:12 | #109


    I have been having this problem of late too. It started with the lower right eye and upper right cheek area. Most irritating and recently the top left eyelid. It twitches very rapidly and for as long at 4 hours non stop. In my case it could be stress related. I sometimes tink its not stress and at that time I’d like to believe there is nothing that is bothering me now, but really, who does not have any issues worrying about. Like this damn twitching IS!!!

    And sleep…sigh…. I have not have enough sleep since end 2003!!! since my first baby was born and lately even more so as I have 3 boys now ages range from 1 to 5 plus my other half has been ill and needed care too!

    Well I know that I am really being long-winded but what I really want badly is a solution, so please if anyone there has found one please let me know cause I tried everything that been said in this forum except for the meds and medical exams which I really would like to stay off.


  110. Jessica
    March 5th, 2009 at 14:55 | #110

    I wish I knew the solution because its driving me crazy. Left Upper eyelid- everyday for a year…You 2-3 weekers…you got more to come :(

  111. Patti-Ann
    March 6th, 2009 at 05:36 | #111

    Hi Guys, I said I’d be back and I am. It’s almost completely stopped – just does it once every few days instead of off and on all day, every day.

    I am:
    Eating more fruit and veg.
    Getting more exercise (using my cross-trainer every other day)
    Doing a lot of meditation
    Going to bed at a reasonable hour
    Drinking more plain water, hot or cold, especially before bed and first thing in the morning.
    Cutting down on sugar

    i.e. I generally have a better lifestyle than before

    Fingers crossed it lasts!

    Good luck!

  112. Michelle
    March 7th, 2009 at 00:45 | #112

    I recently have got this “eye twitching” in my lower left eye.
    It was late at night so i figured it was a sleep thing but it twitched when it was closed and kept me up all night.
    I don’t drink coffee, i get more than 8 hours a night, my life isn’t really stressful.
    The only thing i can think of is that i have been eating healthier, taking multivitamins, and going for a run everyday. Aren’t those things suppose to stop having health issues.
    This twitching is really annoying and super distracting.
    If anyone has found a solution to me eye twitching problem. please let me know 😀

  113. donna
    March 8th, 2009 at 06:47 | #113

    I am female, 49, eat healthy, exercise regularly, and have no real change in stress level or sleep habits recently. I have one to 2 cups of coffee a day, and that has not changed recently either. I have a banana almost everyday. I started having a twitch in my left lower lid around 3 days ago,,,,lasts for about 5 seconds around every half hour. I have no idea what has set this off. I will try taking vitamins, drinking more water, club soda, and I will report back if anything works.

  114. March 9th, 2009 at 23:20 | #114

    I’m glad I found this site. I started having the twitch about 3 – 4 weeks ago, seemingly unprovoked. I eat fairly healthy so I don’t believe it’s a potassium deficiency. Since no one can really put their finger on the exact cause it seems – yes people are finding remedies that seem to work for themselves, but not others – I started a site to chronicle my daily struggle with this fascinatingly annoying affliction” EyeTwitch.org. I’m also trying to keep daily updates on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cmckellar. This way over time I can look back and see what events were occurring in my life and try to narrow in on what is causing this to happen in me. Please take a moment to visit and comment on your stories as well, I would love to hear what others are going through right now and any remedies that have been working for you.

  115. March 10th, 2009 at 01:58 | #115

    Hello to all the twitchers out there…I don’t drink coffee, I do get some sleep, I don’t feel stressed and I’m not on a Diet, but am one heck of a great eater. And to top all that, I’m pregnant and am on prenatal vitamins that have all the vitamins and minerals mentionned above, but still THE TWIGHLIGHT TWITCH is still there. Mine is not visable and starts the minute I get out of bed. It started months before I even got pregnant. I watched one episode of HOUSE that said it was a calcium deficiency. I’ll stay posted!!!!

  116. RufusDeRed
    March 12th, 2009 at 02:15 | #116

    Ahhhhaaahhaa… *twitch*…. ahhhahhhahh… *twitch* *twitch* (holds little finger to mouth).

    I’m sure *twitch* that this is a sign we’re supposed to unite and take over the world *twitch* *twitch* or something. Maybe that’s just my right eye talking.

    Dr Evil
    P.S. *twitch*

  117. SusanInVirginia
    March 12th, 2009 at 08:08 | #117

    i have been getting the left upper eyelid twitch every 10-20 minutes for one week now.
    usually every 10 minutes for 5 to 6 seconds
    yes! i’ve timed it at this point!
    i have looked in the mirror while this twitching is going on
    and just as I thought! Its VERY obvious!

    I am glad to read everyone elses thoughts..comments.

    I am under alot of stress…and was extremely fatigued for 1+ weeks
    And this twitch came on!

  118. Val in Hastings, England
    March 16th, 2009 at 22:49 | #118

    I can’t believe how many twitchers there are out there! Actually I think I’m more worried now than I was before! I assumed this would go away on its own after a few days but it’s now been a couple of weeks. My life isn’t perfect, but nothing significant has changed in the last couple of weeks that I can think of. I am an “upper left eyelid” twitcher – and this does seem to be the most often reported type on your site. Could we do a poll? I think it would also be interesting to see whether there is any link between which side twitches and whether you are right or left-handed. (I am right-handed). Luckily mine isn’t as severe as some people’s (more of a ripple than a twitch) but it is driving me nuts – and MAKING ME STRESSED!

  119. paula
    March 17th, 2009 at 09:00 | #119

    hi i have had a left eye twitching, now for a year and a half, my mum had cancer, and when she died the eyelid started, its doing it now. i can not drink caffine or anything like it, so thats not it, i also eat bananas, that give me heartburn.
    its stress my eyelid is in overdrive, this site is helping all of us twichers, hope the guy who started this is still on and thank you to him, who has helped lots of people

  120. lefttwitchin
    March 17th, 2009 at 12:15 | #120

    Well jeeze. Saw a list of possible reasons for my eye to be twitching. Lower back injury (wearing a 50lb vest, carrying a heavy weapon, running around in a war zone for 12 hours a day), bad coughing and sneezing fits, extreme lack of sleep, lots of caffeine, lots of stress, I have not taken enough vitamins, along with:

    recovering from a sinus infection
    recovering from any infection
    plan to take over the world
    aren’t getting enough carbs
    sleep patterns suck
    sneezed, coughed, breathed
    definitely plan to take over the world.

    We’ll see how getting some sleep aids help. And eating. I’ve been eating barely a meal a day for the past month. That could be part of it.

    good luck, eye twitchers.

  121. donna
    March 18th, 2009 at 14:42 | #121

    My twitching lasted a week and has stopped. It stopped the day after I cried during a sappy movie. I cried and cried (hey, Im a girl), and the next morning, the twitching was gone. Coincidence? Maybe…but nothing else has changed. Have a good cry and see if it helps :)

  122. K
    March 18th, 2009 at 21:24 | #122

    Did a mini poll on the left handed right handed thing. There is nothing to suggest it is a factor in anyway.

  123. March 20th, 2009 at 03:59 | #123

    i have had upper left eyelid twitching for 4 days now while I’m in the middle of deploying a communications portal… Everything I tried (warm wet towels/ Ice/ self inflicted accupuncture/ stolen muscle relaxers) Finally I got aggressive. Lately I have been stressed, have consumed alot of caffein and skipped swimming now for 3 weeks where I was swimming daily. But this will stop your twitching, it just hurts a little.

    I took my dogs “Invisible fence” electric shock collar off of him, placed the two conducting nodes over my eyelid and walked out of the yard. i figured that the nerve twitch was electric in its origin and took a chance. now it did dry out my eyeball for a couple minutes and shocked a bunch of mucus out of my sinuses and turned my left and right eyes beet red, but no more twitching.

    I guess its the jackass cure for twitching eyelids

  124. Pat
    March 20th, 2009 at 05:10 | #124

    Any of you other lid twitchers wear contact lenses?

  125. Paul
    March 23rd, 2009 at 01:08 | #125

    Hello fellow twitchers.I’m 38 years old I have been twitching on my upper right eye with little relief for about 4 weeks now. The part that really bothers me though is that my right eye socket hurts when I cough intermittently. I’m thinking this is a sinus problem like an infection or something worse like a growth inside the head near the eye muscles and sinus.

    Good Luck all 😉

  126. Sowport
    March 23rd, 2009 at 15:16 | #126

    Hodwy Twitchers! 3 week twitcher here.

    Lots of stress right now (seems to be most common factor in this blog). Retired, so get plenty of sleep. I eat bananas so that isn’t the problem. Oh yes, and I am from California so it isn’t just an EU phenomenon. :)

    Now let me see…If I were to attach a barking dog collar to my eyelid and bark whenever it twitches? Nah….

    Thanks for the blog Luis!

    With this many twitchers someone is bound to come up with a cure eventually.

    Happy Twitchin’!


  127. Mark
    March 24th, 2009 at 10:10 | #127

    I’ve been twitching for about a month (upper left) and have spent a lot of time studying and talking to some doctors. I enjoyed reading through this entire forum. Now that I’ve done that I’ll share some specific info that may save a lot of time for those of you who skip to the bottom first.

    First of all, there has been very little actual medical study of this problem. I’m a fact-based person and so I went looking for real, factually supported data – not anecdotal opinions. That generally means peer-reviewed journals and double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Unfortunately there aren’t any. The reason is that, despite being extremely annoying and occasionally scary, this is an intermittent issue (hard to test) that isn’t life threatening (no Nobel prize and few $). There are only four things we can say that we know for sure:

    1. There are different causes.
    2. For most people it just goes away after some days, weeks or months (and completely unrelated to whatever “cures” you are trying at the moment).
    3. For many people it occasionally comes back again.

    The first three I learned from other sites. It’s pretty clear that stress, eye fatigue and general fatigue are the leading causes and you already know what to do about those. Some people mention caffeine, however I suspect that caffeine’s impact is largely indirect by worsening one of the three in the preceding sentence. It’s possible although unlikely that a vitamin deficiency could be a cause but probably only if you have poor nutrition to start with. Dehydration is another less likely cause which is easy to test (drink more water / use regular eye drops). The fourth thing I learned on these forums.

    4. Mental perception/outlook often has a significant effect.

    Forums like this are great for learning that you are not alone and sharing various hypothesis about causes. Unfortunately, it’s hard to derive much statistically here because most people who posted don’t come back and post again when the issue goes away. But what we can learn from folks nice enough to return and post once they are better is that mental outlook has a big impact. This is proven by the number of posts citing placebo cures like acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy.

    Just in case you haven’t looked these up yet, all three have been conclusively and repeatedly *proven* in clinical trials to have zero ability to actually cure anything. They all work on the placebo effect, which can be a remarkably powerful psychological force. To me, that reinforces #1 above because expectation and belief can actually work to reduce stress/fatigue. It also supports #2 above, because when the condition goes away on it’s own (as it usually does) it is a natural logical fallacy to attribute the cure to whatever random thing was tried most recently. This is the reason that some people swear to the curative power of acupuncture, chiropractic and expensive tap water (er, homeopathy). It’s the same reason primitive people believed medicine dances and voodoo had magical power. When you combine the mental power of their own belief with the fact that, occasionally, whatever they were expecting to happen actually happens on its own, they link the “magic” with the cure. However, we know from science class that correlation is not causation (in other words, just because B happens after A doesn’t mean that A caused B).

    Good luck to all of us twitchers and let’s keep it real out there.

    PS Oh, and please, please don’t ever let anyone you love go to an acupuncturist, chiropractor, or homeopath for anything remotely life-threatening. Placebo “magic tricks” won’t stop cancer.

  128. Shirl
    March 24th, 2009 at 18:04 | #128

    I am also here my left upper eyelid is also twitching for upto two weeks

  129. Juliette Curran
    March 25th, 2009 at 04:28 | #129

    Arghh! I am suffering from this evil affliction currently!

    March 26th, 2009 at 12:57 | #130



    I’L BE BACK!!!!!

  131. moonpie
    March 26th, 2009 at 13:38 | #131

    It seems as though many more of us eye twitchers complain of twitching in the left upper eyelid. Anyone know why? Also, mine has been going on for about 2 and a half months. Has anyone had it this long or longer? My eye twitching is so annoying because it is constant throughout the day. The spasms seem to be lasting longer as time progresses. Anyone experiencing the same severity?


  132. TwitchyJay
    March 26th, 2009 at 15:28 | #132

    OMG my lower left eye has been twitching for weeks. Maybe posting here will help make it stop. If it does I will let you twitchy bastards know right away.

  133. March 27th, 2009 at 00:19 | #133

    I’m just here to watch twitching eyelids.

  134. Laurie
    March 28th, 2009 at 12:15 | #134

    Well, now going on 2 1/2 months, my upper right eye lid became spasming the day I took my son into the ER which ironicallt was for an eye injury. In all this time I have never looked in the mirror and not seen it twitching. I’ve been to the optomitrist and he gave me a referral to a doctor for a botox injection. I’m not there yet but I did start to drink diet tonic water with quinine in it today. I’m afraid that my eye lid will start to loose it’s muscle tone and begin to droop. Haven’t heard about the amount of tonic water or how often to consume it but here goes…another ‘desperate’ twitcher frustrated yet glad that I’m not alone! Who knew?

  135. SAMinNB
    March 28th, 2009 at 12:47 | #135

    The lower lid of my right eye started twitching 3 weeks ago. The twitching occurred every 20-30 minutes and lasted about 10 seconds. Having a background in neuroscience, I was fascinated. I tried everything – drinking more water, increasing my intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium, stopping alcohol, getting more sleep, using a neti pot, and staying off the computer. Nothing worked…I was totally frustrated. Well, I have been twitch-free for a full week now, and wanted to share the treatment that helped me – an hour of trigger-point massage therapy. The therapist put pressure on tension points in my neck, shoulder and hip area. I had the massage on Friday night. On Saturday, I twitched only a handful of times, and by Sunday, I was twitch free. Anyhow, when I was twitching, I read this blog from start to finish, and found it very helpful. So, I wanted to share my “cure” with you all. Good luck!

  136. MaryMaryQC
    March 29th, 2009 at 18:56 | #136

    Hi guys, I’m back with good news! After 5 months solid twitching in upper right eyelid, it stopped. It just got less frequent over a period of days until it stopped altogether. Just like that. No changes to diet, lifestyle, water, vitamins, blah, blah, blah. It just went away by itself. Yippee.

    So take heart all ye who suffereth……there is hope for you too!!!!

    Good luck to all.

    PS – actually, when I think about it, the one thing that has changed is that I’m more stressed than before. Maybe more stress = less twitch??? How bizarre.


  137. JD
    March 30th, 2009 at 02:07 | #137

    I’ve always suffered from minor muscle spasms – absolutely nothing major, but occasionally my wrist will twitch, or my calf, etc. However, in the past few weeks my left upper eyelid has started to do it and it’s extremely frustrating. The other spasms don’t even bother me as they’re extremely rare and I can barely feel them – I know they’re happening but it’s not irritating.

    This eyelid twitching, however, is. I’m going with the stress/tiredness angle, though, because over the past few weeks (when my eyelid twitching started) I’ve had to write my dissertation in my third year at University, which means I’ve been both very stressed and not sleeping all that well (late nights, early mornings). I finished it and handed it in a few days ago, but I’ve not had a proper chance to relax yet, so I’m still very, very tired. Hopefully it’ll go away when I’ve had a nice stress-free day (ie, tomorrow!).

    Mine is like someone else’s further up (and probably many more). It’s not a noticeable twitch to anyone else, and even I struggle to see it on close examination in a mirror. But I know it’s doing it because I can feel it, and I have caught it sometimes moving microscopically in the mirror. It probably twitches for about twenty or thirty seconds four or five times an hour. So it’s not unbearable by any means, but it’s bloody annoying.

    Good to know I’m not alone though, as the many, many posts here testify! Kudos to the blogstarter though – it was nice of you to rewrite this, seeing as Google places you right near the top. Still, it’s good that it does now since there’s so many of us sufferers in here!


  138. Bob JL
    March 30th, 2009 at 15:02 | #138

    My left upper eyelid has twitched occasionally on and off for many years. I just went through another period of twitching that lasted a couple of months and has now stopped. No miracle cure. No vitamins or massages. It just went away on its own like it always does.

    My advice: try not to let it bug you and don’t worry about it. It WILL go away. Don’t waste your time and good money trying some of the crazier things posted by commenters here. Just relax and be patient. Try to get more rest, eat better and get a little more exercise.

  139. Stacy Burns
    March 31st, 2009 at 09:44 | #139

    My “left lower eye twitching” started about 1 month before I had a heart attack, and it’s still “twitching”, everyday and everynight. I just turned 50 about a month ago; everybody notices it.
    It’s really a drag

  140. Lou
    March 31st, 2009 at 11:10 | #140

    Thanks Jason and to everyone.

    This thing just started acting up in a few weeks. I’m not supposed to be stressed about it because it IS the reason for my stress! I love my coffee (4 cups a day) and it’s gonna kill me if I have to sacrifice it but what the heck. I love this blog and it’s good to know that I;m not alone. I live in L.A. and involved in the film industry. It looks weird and disconcerting to one’s self-esteem if people notice it. But I do hope and pray it goes away by itself. Never knew people could live with this for years..

  141. miss
    April 1st, 2009 at 01:57 | #141

    I have posted on here for the past 3+ years.
    I am a 55 yr old woman. And I have had all this twitching
    for 42 YEARS!!!! …since I was 13 yrs old.

    I laugh at the posts that say. ‘OMG!… I’ve had this twitching for 3 weeks now!’

    I have posted this before and I will post this again… for women… when left eyelid twitches- top or bottom-
    doesn’t matter… good news will follow.

    Right eyelid… negative news will follow.

    This is the opposite for men… right twitch= good… left= bad.

    Having said that… you do have control over this as far as good / bad news.
    If you reject that notion, it won’t be as bad. If you wait for it, you will be miserable.

    I’ve been to counseling for this.
    My twitches come and go. No rhyme or reason.

    My right eyelid has been twitching for 2 days now and usually I’d be out of my mind waiting for the bad news.
    (which has happened consistently for 42 yrs)

    But I am rejecting anything that can be bad. As I do believe this is the case. I believe with all my heart
    that with prayer I can overcome any bad news and keep it from entering my life.

    Likewise, when my left= good eyelid twitches… I reject that through prayer.
    I don’t like premonitions and I am trying my best to keep this out of my life.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

    I have to say, when I don’t get enough sleep, am sleep deprived and very stressed… my eyelid twitches
    ( which contributes to my feeling very stressed)

  142. MYEYE…
    April 1st, 2009 at 04:30 | #142

    ellow eye twitcher I have been plagued with chronic eye twitching on and off for the past few years and i decided 6 months ago to do an isolation experiment in which I presented or omitted all possible causes I could control : coffee, bananas, vitamin B and C(just cause), sleep (varying the amount and regularity of it), inducing stress such as a marathon of scary movies or finals, computer exposure etc… And I am here to report that based on what I have I am sad to say that my problem 8 out of 10 times was in direct association with alcohol consumption. I then tried to make sure of this so I would go a month drinking on semi-regular basis and months with not a drop of alcohol. I can’t say that every person has the same reaction but my twitch is caused by exposure to alcohol.

  143. Troy
    April 1st, 2009 at 05:35 | #143

    I am a 4th year phsyiology student. I know my body pretty well. Recently i began getting back into my regular workout routine again from a 4 month deficit because I had to get surgery on my foot. I have been eating bananas everyday for quite some time. (so def not potassium, for me). Now I remember that I used to get an eye twitch back when i started working out two years ago but it went away after a while (possibly when i started taking B-12, i do not remember). I began getting the eye twitch again last saturday during my workout. I have been back at the gym for about a month now but only been back to my old routine (vigorous) for about 2 weeks now. I have been trying to take fish oil, vit c, vit e, and coq10 regularly for a while now but only since last week have i been taking all four every morning. I also just started taking GNC Wheybolic Extreme protein for postworkouts on wednesday. My assumption is that it is either the protein i am taking that is triggering this or the vitamins. I am going to start taking the B vitamins again to see if it helps, if not then i am going to cut the vitamins and then the protein and will get back to you guys. I really think it is the Vitamin E or COq10 because it doesn’t really happen at night, only in the morning / afternoon/ during workout.

  144. Stanley112
    April 2nd, 2009 at 21:24 | #144

    My left lower eye has been twitching on and off for 10 days now. 7 days after it started I was struck down with what I can only assume is the flu virus. Haven’t been able to get out of bed for 4 days now and still feeling pretty weak. Twitching is v irritating! Am hoping it will stop when the virus goes…

  145. shirlsaw
    May 23rd, 2009 at 03:06 | #145

    I am going to post my experience which is contrary to information on some websites discussing sources of eyelid twitching. Starting last year sometime I started some eyelid twitching, very infrequent at first. Over the winter it gradually increased to a daily occurance, a few times a day lasting 5-10 seconds an episode. Over the last year or so my main daily multivitamin was a “stress” tab – one of the features was an increased level of zinc. Well end of last summer the calcium supplement I bought was not my usual one but a mix of calcium, magnesium, and Zinc. Zinc is a metal and not easily eliminated by the body.

    For some reason I became suspicous that maybe something related to the vitamins had triggered the eyelid twitching – the zinc made me suspicous since the real increase in the twitching started with the calcium supplement. I cut out the vitamins totally to test this. After two weeks I had a noticable decrease in twitching, and after 5 weeks the twitching is gone. Nothing else changed in my lifestyle, stress levels or anything else of the nature. I stayed off the daily vitamins – maybe one a week or so – and am still ok. I will not go back to this level of zinc intake again however.

    For what it is worth – hope this helps someone else. In light of the recent stories on the zinc in denture cream issues I think I was on the right track. However I will note that I also cut out a daily fish oil supplement at the same time so not 100% positive if it was the zinc or not but the increase in twitching occurred with the increase in zinc from the calcium supplement

  146. Mary Perkins
    May 27th, 2009 at 14:31 | #146

    Botox injections and the related Botox medications are popularly and pervasively recommeded as a temporary the-state-of-the-art cure for chronic eyelid-twitching / eye-blinking / Blepharospasm.

    Included below are some truths about Botox medications :

    For your further information, Botox Injections are actually medical derivatives from Clostridium botulinum bacterium (which causes botulism) that have been intentionally abused before for the purpose of chemical warfare owing to its intense toxicity.


    “Group seeks Botox warning following 16 deaths”

    “Wrinkle drug reports showed toxin spread inside body after injection”

    and now, please consider the following weblink below :


    (Please take note that the weblink mentioned above may be totally banned and closed down anytime subsequently by the related authorities for the purpose of further complete cover-ups of any commercially-unfavourable public information and coverage)

    Next, apart from finding the 2 shocking headlines of :

    “Group seeks Botox warning following 16 deaths”

    “Wrinkle drug reports showed toxin spread inside body after injection”

    the main contents of this report have just “gone missing” with the explanation :

    ” The page you are seeking has expired and is no longer available at msnbc.com.”

  147. Mary Perkins
    May 27th, 2009 at 14:38 | #147

    Chronic Eyelid-twiching / eye-blinking is actually called Blepharospasm which is a symptom of involuntary and uncontrollable movements in the muscles around a person’s eyes which in turn make them appear like
    ‘blinking non-stop’ to other people.

    In certain cases, this may be caused by myasthenia (muscular weakness) in the eyesorgan as a result of stresses, overstraining of the eyes, lacks of sleeps, the serious lacks of certain nutrients / minerals to support the normal functionings / movements of your eyelid
    muscles etc.

    Next, in the case whereby no stress, any kinds of infections, overstraining of the eyes etc are involved whilst the eyelids and the entire organs just look superficially normal and ok, and at the
    same time, the eyelid-twitching / eye-blinking just get ‘unexplainedly’ from bad to worse from time to time, such medical scenarios could actually be caused by other neuromuscular
    disorders which are much more complicated.

    And in terms of such neuromuscular disorders, they may arise as a neurological / Tardive Dyskinesia side effect of certain medications, especially the powerful mind-altering tranquilizers of antipsychotics / neuroleptics, particularly when such medications are
    over-relied on to the point of sheer abuse.

    In such a connection, please consider the following excerpts : –

    “Chlorpromazine side effects

    Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty
    breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop taking chlorpromazine and call your
    doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

    twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs;”

    which are quoted from the website :



    “Tardive dyskinesia is a variety of dyskinesia (involuntary, repetitive
    movements) manifesting as a side effect of long-term or high-dose use of dopamine antagonists, usually antipsychotics. Other dopamine antagonists that can cause tardive dyskinesia are drugs for gastrointestinal disorders (e.g. metoclopramide) and neurological disorders. While newer atypical antipsychotics such as olanzapine and risperidone appear to have less dystonic effects, only clozapine has been shown to have a

    lower risk of tardive dyskinesia than older antipsychotics”

    “Tardive dyskinesia is characterized by repetitive, involuntary, purposeless movements. Features of the disorder may include grimacing, tongue protrusion, lip smacking, puckering and pursing of the lips, and rapid eye blinking. Rapid movements of the extremities may also occur. Impaired movements of the fingers may also appear. For comparison, patients with Parkinson’s disease have difficulty moving, while patients with tardive dyskinesia have difficulty not moving.”

    quoted from :


  148. Mary Perkins
    May 27th, 2009 at 14:39 | #148

    Chronic Eyelid-twiching / eye-blinking is actually called Blepharospasm which is a symptom of involuntary and uncontrollable movements in the muscles around a person’s eyes which in turn make them appear like
    ‘blinking non-stop’ to other people.

    In certain cases, this may be caused by myasthenia (muscular weakness) in the eyesorgan as a result of stresses, overstraining of the eyes, lacks of sleeps, the serious lacks of certain nutrients / minerals to support the normal functionings / movements of your eyelid
    muscles etc.

    Next, in the case whereby no stress, any kinds of infections, overstraining of the eyes etc are involved whilst the eyelids and the entire organs just look superficially normal and ok, and at the
    same time, the eyelid-twitching / eye-blinking just get ‘unexplainedly’ from bad to worse from time to time, such medical scenarios could actually be caused by other neuromuscular disorders which are much more complicated.

    And in terms of such neuromuscular disorders, they may arise as a neurological / Tardive Dyskinesia side effect of certain medications, especially the powerful mind-altering tranquilizers of antipsychotics / neuroleptics, particularly when such medications are
    over-relied on to the point of sheer abuse.

    In such a connection, please consider the following excerpts : –

    “Chlorpromazine side effects

    Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty
    breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop taking chlorpromazine and call your
    doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

    twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs;”

    which are quoted from the website :



    “Tardive dyskinesia is a variety of dyskinesia (involuntary, repetitive
    movements) manifesting as a side effect of long-term or high-dose use of dopamine antagonists, usually antipsychotics. Other dopamine antagonists that can cause tardive dyskinesia are drugs for gastrointestinal disorders (e.g. metoclopramide) and neurological disorders. While newer atypical antipsychotics such as olanzapine and risperidone appear to have less dystonic effects, only clozapine has been shown to have a
    lower risk of tardive dyskinesia than older antipsychotics”

    “Tardive dyskinesia is characterized by repetitive, involuntary, purposeless movements. Features of the disorder may include grimacing, tongue protrusion, lip smacking, puckering and pursing of the lips, and rapid eye blinking. Rapid movements of the extremities may also occur. Impaired movements of the fingers may also appear. For comparison, patients with Parkinson’s disease have difficulty moving, while patients with tardive dyskinesia have difficulty not moving.”

    quoted from :


  149. Casey
    May 28th, 2009 at 04:39 | #149

    @Leila (pronounced Layla)

    For Leila,

    It sounds like you have a form of myofascial pain syndrome with trigger points (the trigger point being in the muscles around your eye). This syndrome is often, but not always, associated with chromnic abdominal pain, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome.

    Good luck. You may want to consider a radical dietary change. People with these problems are often quite toxic from synthetic preservatives, colorants, and other flavor ingredients in their food. Go natural… it will probably help.


  150. Mike Cain
    May 28th, 2009 at 15:01 | #150

    Chronic Eyelid-twitching / Eye-blinking – Related Medical Information :


  151. Viki
    May 30th, 2009 at 02:47 | #151

    I work at a cacatact surgery center, with many eye Doctors. My eyelid has been twitching off and on for months. They recommend “quinine”, which is found in club soda! DRINK -UP!!!

  152. Anonymous
    May 31st, 2009 at 04:15 | #152

    yeah I have the exact same problem as you. I just bumped up the workout and I’ve been getting more vitamins and sleep lately. Pretty sure it’s not because of the sleep/vitamin thing, so it must be the workout. I’m still having the problem and I think I’ll take a break from it for a day or two until my eye stops. Hope this helps

  153. paul
    June 6th, 2009 at 13:24 | #153

    never realize this is a common thing. been suffering for months now. tried running mrathon, sauna bath, exercise. still twitches and now to both eyelids. i have poor sleeping habits and been stressed out at work and home lately. thanks for this blog got some ideas to try. hope it works.

  154. Kate
    June 6th, 2009 at 21:19 | #154


    Jessica, I wonder how you are doing now? Our stories seem to be similar. I am so frustrated.

  155. Kate
    June 6th, 2009 at 21:28 | #155


    For JD,

    Do you think this could have started with heavier computer use? Did you write your dissertation on the computer?


  156. Kate
    June 6th, 2009 at 21:35 | #156

    Hi, I just found this site. Glad to hear I’m not the only one out there with this problem. I am so frustrated, and upset.

    My left upper lid has been twitching for 2 weeks. It’s getting worse, though. I “think” it has something to do with the computer. I started a job from home about a month ago, heavy computer usage for research. I’ve been staring at the screen for hours on end. Had no idea that something like this could happen. If I did, I wouldn’t have started the job.

    Now I’m thinking of quitting. Yet, even taking a day away or a weekend away from the computer doesn’t make a difference. I’m twitching 24/7. Coffee … no coffee …. doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing.

    I saw my eye doc this week. She mentioned botox to me. Now let me tell you, I have no problem with this at all. I think that administered correctly, botox would be safe. But my eye doc worries about doing it so close to the eye itself, as she said it could cause an eyelid droop [which would be temporary but nonetheless not good], or worse it could freeze the eyeball. NOT a good thing. However, if this persists, I would look into finding a physician out there who has had only success in treating this with botox. No way could I imagine going through the rest of my life dealing with this! It’s way too annoying and upsetting … I CAN’T STAND IT!

    I also ordered computer glasses. Even though I may have to quit my new job, I still go on here for things like this and to keep in touch with friends through e-mail. Just will have to limit it.

  157. Kate
    June 6th, 2009 at 21:40 | #157


    TO Laurie,

    My eyelid twitch started [2 weeks ago] on the night that I had to rush my daughter to the ER for a deep cut in her forehead. Maybe it is stress-induced?


  158. Dee
    June 11th, 2009 at 02:53 | #158

    I have had eyelid twitching before – it would only last a couple seconds and would only happen a couple times and then it would be forever before it happened again. But this is different now – my left upper eyelid feels like it slowly contracts, then releases again. It doesn’t really ‘twitch’ as in fast contractions. What’s up with this? It’s been going on for 5 days. It happens every several minutes or so. I look in the mirror and I can’t see it happening really but this is weird. Any other ‘twitchers’ experience this?

  159. trust me on this
    June 11th, 2009 at 16:30 | #159

    maybe intuition! @Kate

  160. Suzy
    June 12th, 2009 at 11:23 | #160

    Wow,after reading all of this I feel #1 less lonely #2 Like my eye twitching is a government conspiracy. I think I’ll try the over-the-counter drops that add fluid and maybe address dry eyes or alergies. In my case it’s not potassium, vitamin deficiancy, too much caffeine nor too little sleep. Could be stress. Nevertheless if this is the worse thing that happens to me…I’ll be a happy camper!

  161. June 14th, 2009 at 01:54 | #161

    Oh my god, so many people with my eye twitch problem, I have it for the last five weeks, after playing golf in a very windy place, next day i had this, I must admit I am a bit worried though, I had problems with a pain on my left jaw for several years and thought it was a result of having had a bad case of shingles several years ago. Now i am wondering if its all connected to the same thing. I have made an appointment to see a neurogolist in a few weeks time but after reading all the above I am not sure what he can do??? It cost 300 euro to see him which is another off putting factor.#

    Anyone who had similar problem. ????


  162. ange
    June 16th, 2009 at 05:22 | #162



    Hey people. well here I am, with the same problem, its been 5 weeks of twitching and
    it seems to be brought on by sneezing, then I noticed general blinking also brings it on. But stupid me, did not even consider eye drops so i will be trying that. I’ll also confess I don’t get very much sleep( about 5 hours some days) and exercise far too much.

  163. hayley hughes
    June 19th, 2009 at 22:36 | #163

    just came across this blog, wondered if anyone has the same problem as me….basically my eyelid started flickering/witching a few months ago and sometimes it just does it in the daytime and feels like a trapped nerve you can see it moving (im guessing thats what you guys have?) but also i get this thing where my eyelids flicker almost like mini spasms when i try to close my eyes and its like they want to stay open its mainly in the daytime, sometimes it feel like i have an urge to open them and they wont stay shut anyone else have this?

  164. Tracey-Anne
    June 20th, 2009 at 06:17 | #164

    Im going nuts:( I had to schroll down the page after reading up until december 2008, by this point I lost count of how many times my eye twitched (upper left) its been like this for approximately 2 bloody months. it hardly stops and I find myself pushing or stretching my eyelid, I, like others have had an extremely stressful time recently, I use the computer but not to accessively. Im not one for coffee but chocalate is major in my life…I give up I dont have the answer but I wouldnt mind giving the more sex things a go :) have to get a man friend first though lol. anyway I hope you all recover will pray about it :) actually maybe that could be the answer a mass prayer by all twitchers who do not wish to be afflitted anymore… will let you know if it stops.. much love xxx p.s. have had full blood tests and im awaiting results as I have been so so tired of late…

  165. JECT10
    June 21st, 2009 at 12:13 | #165

    This is strange, I began my new job 2 days ago and today i experienced my right eyelid twitching in the morning. I thought nothing of it until it went away, but then came back for a while, then left. throughout the entire day of work this occurred. one of my co-workers was experiencing the exact same eye twitching as I was, and various other employees as well experienced the twitching at least once in the time of their work. But the strange thing is that the twitching completely stops when I got home. Hopefully I does not affect me again tomorrow. But its a strange little thing.

  166. michelle
    June 22nd, 2009 at 15:44 | #166

    I have also suffered with my left eye twitching for over a year. It started out a few times a day and then increased to 6 – 10 times an hour. I spoke to many doctors and even saw an eye specalist. They all said the same thing – stress or excessive stimulants. It became so noticable, people would comment on it! As a last resort, I saw a nutritionist who checked for vitimin defeciences and found my vitimin D was the lowest she had ever seen. After eight weeks of medically supervised mega doses my symptoms are gone. I have not had this problem for over 5 months since the treatment and continue to eat foods rich in vitimin D and also suppliment. I am also scheduled to have my levels checked every year. Hope this may help someone who is also suffering. Good luck!

    June 25th, 2009 at 15:14 | #167

    A few months ago, my eyes started to twitch and it was noticeable. You could see a rippling effect in the skin under my R eye. I had an MRI to see if it was a tumor. And as Arnold would say “IT’s Naaat a tumour.” The twitching stopped after about two months. I was overjoyed; but it started up last week again. I don’t drink coffee or soda, and rarely tea. I am a student and am getting the best rest ever now that it is summer. I am not stressed. This is all that the doctors can tell me is to reduce these things! I don’t believe one bit that these are the root of my problem. I am a vegetarian and my brother has said that my B12 may be low. However, the neurologist ordered a blood test and checked this as well as my thyroid and some other things and all look good. I am really interested in natural approaches (besides accupuncture as I live in a rural area). And saw something about milk thistle as I scanned this blog. If anyone has something to offer, I would be so grateful.

  168. Marguerite
    June 29th, 2009 at 08:43 | #168

    To Hayley: You said your eyes resist shutting in daytime, that could be just because of the light. Try going into a dark room and see if you can keep’em close there. Or maybe it’s just because you’re agitated, if they don’t resist being shut when you’re sleepy I don’t think it’s a problem.

    Now, for my twitching buisness, I’ve had it occasionaly due to stress, but this time it just really came out of the blue. I was meditating! =P
    I don’t think it’s Panic Syndrome ’cause I’ve had it for almost a decade and it never caused any twitching anywhere.
    I don’t drink much coffee, much tea, my thyroid’s fine, my vitamins are good, I work out, I even managed to cut my time on the computer after going freelance.
    I also wouldn’t pin it on sinus allergy, ’cause even though when it happens it tenses the area around the eyes, again, it never came with twitching before.
    Here’s a thingie that works when it really pisses me off, I put a tiny itsy bitsy little amount of muscle relaxing cream (those for athletes) on the tip of my finger and rub it gently over the eyelid. Goes through a whole day, sometimes two, without a twitch.
    Since we don’t know what the heck’s the cause, it’s not too bad to just treat the symptom.

  169. rebecca
    June 29th, 2009 at 16:46 | #169

    wow. about 18 or 19 months ago, my eyelid started to twitch like crazy for a couple weeks. beefore that, i would only get very occasional twitches. ever since those few weeks, muscles all over my body started to twitch. head to toe, you name the muscle, it’ll have twitched before. even places like the scalp, inside of ear, bridge of nose, etc. and i’m a squeamish person, so for some reason, muscle twitching really grosses me out, esp when a whole finger or toe is just going crazy. i’ve gotten a little more used to it now, but whenever a muscle starts twitchiing, i still hold it and get grossed out a bit. i’m beginning to think it’ll never go away. i have good days and bad days. on good days, muscles will only twitch once every hour or two. on bad days, sometimes even 3 different muscles on my body will be twitching at the exact same time, several times a minute and many times an hour. it really freaks me out, and sometimes i can’t even sleep because a toe will just be jerking around constantly, or something like that. it’s a terrible, terrible, terrible feeling. i hate it. people around me just don’t understand how terrible it feels to be constantly twitching. i don’t know if i could live with it for the rest of my life. i’m only 18!

  170. Anonymous
    July 6th, 2009 at 07:01 | #170

    I have the twitches all over as well. My doctor doesn’t seem to understand why I even care, but I’ve been complaining about these twitches for the past fifteen years. They started in my early teens, and haven’t gotten any better. My twitches show up in my eyelid, my fingers, my toes, my thighs, my buttocks, my biceps, my ear canals, and some far less pleasant places. It’s pretty hard to pay attention in class when all of a sudden your anus is twitching! Today it’s just my left eye and both of my index fingers, but yesterday it was my left bicep and my father definitely noticed my arm jerking around when we went to see a movie. It’s so distracting!

  171. July 7th, 2009 at 23:21 | #171

    LOL @ evil plans to take over the world.
    My eyelid twitches when I get mad. But then it doesn’t want to go away…

  172. Anonymous
    July 16th, 2009 at 17:02 | #172

    you should know that as well as caffeen your med is also a stimulant. and again could be the cause. @Shaun Griffin

  173. Anonymous
    July 16th, 2009 at 17:11 | #173

    stress in combination with your computer moniter seem to be the corect answers. i agree cause i’m a nurse and seems to be the same conclusion that i have come up with. good luck with med school. and remember to write clearly when making out prescriptions, so the nurse won’t have to call you to conferm oredrs. lol melanie @Brian

  174. Grant’sMom
    July 20th, 2009 at 10:13 | #174

    What did you find out because my son (16 months) ALSO got HFM and I am pregnant and have had this STUPID eye twitch for almost 3 weeks (since he had it). What did you find out??

  175. Rachel
    July 20th, 2009 at 13:22 | #175

    Wow I am so glad alot of other people have this problem. My upper left eyelid has been twitching for about 2 months now it is so annoying. It even starts twitching when I think about. I am 9 months pregnant so maybe stress has something to with it. I hope it goes away good luck all!

  176. David
    July 22nd, 2009 at 11:19 | #176

    Goodness! Am I glad I found your blog and read about flu shots and eyelid twitch. I was beginning to think I was imagining the link but this eyelid twitch problem started after the flu shot. Side effect was ten days of solid headache and after that the headache went but the twitch continues. Its been about two months now. I am sure there is a definite link with the flu shot.

  177. Trp
    July 22nd, 2009 at 15:38 | #177

    I became a twitcher about 3 weeks ago. It would be easier to figure out if I didn’t sit in front of a computer all day while smoking and drinking coffee. Oh yeah- and I have poor diet, tons of stress and enjoy a few beers on the weekends. Toxins? Liver? Diet? Stress? …I’ll buy that!

  178. July 25th, 2009 at 15:13 | #178

    hi everybody!- lol im a first time twitcher. it is really freggin annoying and embarrasingly noticable, i have to wear sunglasses in front of meetings and important things or ppl. think im about to cry or im on some sort of drugs ect…

    my eyesight aint perfect noways, left (in pc terms) is 800×600 the other is 1024×768….
    whatever though, could it be allergies? some sort of nerve damage or like in “dentistry” terms- too late to fix unless you can pay me cash…
    ive been cruising the net about this subject for a couple days now- i HAVE NOT SEEN ANY POST FROM ANY EYE DOCTORS ABOUT THIS PROBLEM…

    wtf is causeing it, how can it be stopped…

  179. mike c
    July 28th, 2009 at 03:18 | #179

    I started twitching in early May of 2009. This continued, hundreds of times per day, for the next two months. This twitching slowly spread from my left eye below, to my right eye below, then also above both eyes. After about 6 weeks my cheek started twitching as well and actually pulling on my mouth a little bit. I saw a couple opthamologists for full exams, they offered no solutions.

    I started at that point to take a daily mens vitamin, a daily B vitamin complex, and a daily calcium/magnesium tablet. (Which said take SIX per day but… no way!) I hate pills so I took 1 of each per day.

    In the past when I have taken B vitamins I have pee’d neon colors immediately. Not this time! For several days I did not. Then, it started as usual. Also — the twitching stopped.

  180. judy
    August 3rd, 2009 at 08:18 | #180

    My left upper lid has been twitching for 2 months. Just had an M.R.I.done 2 days ago.Will post results when I get them. I had to laugh at the post that said the best way to get it to stop is to get someone to stare at you and try to see it happening. Mine affects mainly my lashline…you see it rise up briefly. Has anyone had success with Botox? Any bad side effects from your experience? I did have one full year of sleep deprivation as a new mom but for the last nine months she has slept well.

  181. Sagar
    August 3rd, 2009 at 12:29 | #181

    According to Hindu belief twitching of left upper eye lid in female means good luck and reverse in male and twitching of right eyelid in male means good luck and reverse in females. But I am a male and my left upper eyelid is twitching. So I had a bad luck. I didn’t qualify for visa to the US in the visa interview despite of my good credentials and documents.

  182. Shelby
    August 4th, 2009 at 23:54 | #182

    I’ve had this eye twitching in the past, but it was very sporadic. I’ve had it consistantly for about a week now and it has started to drive me crazy. I searched on line and all the reasonable causes seem to lead stimulants and lack of rest. This is very reassuring to me because the recent change in m life is nicotine replacement therapy. The patch and the gum. Certainly stimulants! Hope this is helpful and puts your minds at ease. It is definately annoying, but luckily not fatal!

  183. eventhorizon2012
    August 7th, 2009 at 02:23 | #183

    I have been having upper lid of left eye twitching for a long time. It comes and goes. But I noticed that 1) it is definitely related to loss of nocturnal sleep and 2) related to my shoulder-neck pain for which doctors are still trying to figure out the potential cause. Anyway I have had shoulder pain for the last 20 years and some doctors think I might have a busitis. Whenever my shoulder bothers me, so does my eye twitch. That said, I think a combo of loss of sleep, bad posture, lack of exercise and too computer use bring it on.

  184. alabama
    August 7th, 2009 at 04:11 | #184

    I have had the most annoying twitch in my left eyelid (both top and bottom) for over a year now. Doctors are at a loss when I show them and say things like: “it will probably go away in a few days.” HA! I get about 8 hours of sleep a night, I am under no stress that i can detect, I have a healthy diet, so on and so forth.
    My question is, do any of you other twitchers take anti-depressants…as in SSRIs? I have been on Lexapro for a number of years and I wonder if it could be the cause?
    I have tried everything: potassium, B vitamins, magnesium, acupunture, massage, chiropractic adjustments, increasing my Lexapro dose, decreasing my Lexapro dose, having my eyes checked, aromatherapy…you name it, it’s been tried. Please help dudes!

  185. alabama
    August 7th, 2009 at 04:20 | #185

    @mike c
    wondering if your twitching is still gone?

  186. Krishna
    August 7th, 2009 at 18:34 | #186

    Hi Guys,

    Im from India, The site has lot of information..

    I have my left eye twitching for more than a month now and i am developing headache slowly from 2 days, actually it is not continuous,

    it is there for a day and next day it is not, but since this is happening for a month it has developed headache, i do not know why did this happen and how it is related to the head.

    I hope my problem is resolved soon..

  187. judy
    August 8th, 2009 at 06:40 | #187

    My M.R.I. came back clear. No brain tumor. I am still twitching. Still my left upper eyelid and my chin. It is depressing because it makes me feel like a freak. There never seems to be a medical explanation for things that are wrong with me. The neurologist said the eye twitch thing has to do with the seventh cranial nerve. He said Botox might cause drooping of the eyelid. Drug wise he could try antiepileptic. I have had some neck pain and usually sleep on my left side. I may take my first trip to a chiropractor. Will continue to write…just throwing this out there….cell phone use? There has bee talk of brain tumors and cell phone use…I hold my cell phone to my left ear…I obviously have no tumor but maybe there is nerve damage going on…fellow twitchers, does the side you twitch on match the side you listen with? Or female twitchers, did this start after breastfeeding? SOMEBODY HELP. ;.)

  188. Jessica
    August 8th, 2009 at 16:14 | #188


    I posted here a few months back. At that time I was kind of hesitant to read this blog because I felt like thinking about the eye twitch enhanced its severity, and particularly thinking of it as a condition. Now I am in a much better place with it, though the eye muscle twitch can be really awful and make reading or driving annoying some days. I still have the eye twitch everyday. It’s been going on since November 2008. I think that acupuncture, energy work, massage, eating well, having a normal sleep schedule, staying hydrated, exercising, and in general being healthy are the most helpful for having more “good” days with it for me since I have done just about everything else (ophthalmologist, two primary care physicians, three naturopathic physicians, two doctors of Chinese medicine, homeopathy, herbs, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, heat/cold therapy, chiropractic, yoga, mantras, centering myself, constantly focusing on relaxation; limiting computer use, counseling, avoiding certain foods, vitamin B, vitamin D, magnesium, calcium, Chinese herbs, drinking (a temporary distraction), not drinking (makes more “better” days because you don’t get dehydrated)…among other things…just try me, I have probably attempted it as long as it’s healthy) The craziest thing I did was follow an earlier suggestion of applying my dog’s shock collar directly to the twitching muscle (the portion of my orbital orbicularis directly above my left eye). In theory, I thought it might work because it would stimulate the muscle and maybe kind of “reset” it. However, that was a no go, painful, and slightly hilarious afterwards when it was clear I was OK(especially for my husband who was watching). So, keep trying things (though I would not recommend that suggestion)! I am starting naturopathic medical school this year, so if I come up with anything in the next four years of school, I will inform the group!


    P.S. There are a lot more things to try (and I recognize that I have more things to try too even though I have done a lot), so don’t give up!

  189. Andrew
    August 9th, 2009 at 14:19 | #189

    You’re still in the top 6 for google:”eyelid twitching” – six years after the original post!

  190. Nimmi
    August 9th, 2009 at 23:24 | #190

    The cure!

    My fellow twitchers! Here is some good news! I have had a twitch in my left eyelid for the last two months and it was progressively getting worse. A friend suggested I try accupressure. I was willing to try anything at this point. So four days ago I tried it. What you do is this.

    You press where the ring finger joins your hand on either side. You do this on the same hand as the twitch. Press and massage for a minute as many times a day as you wish and when you feel a twitch start.

    Well, being a doubter I didnt believe it but thought what the heck. So tried it out. As neither my friend or I are experts in accupressure I just pressed hard where the ring finger joined the hand on either side of the ring finger and just for good measure pressed away at where the middle finger joins as well. Pressed and massaged. Incredible as it may seem in two days the twitch had reduced to one or so episodes a day. Before it was twitching so many times off and on I had started losing count and losing hope.

    It worked. Today is the fourth day and I am twitch free till noon. Cant believe it. For good measure whenever I feel like it I press and massage the joints.

    Try it and please let me know if you have any improvement. If it works for you all too it would be a solution to the twitch that drove us mad.

  191. Rob
    August 11th, 2009 at 09:00 | #191

    I have had my upper right eyelid twitch for 1 month now. I went to an opthamalogist last friday and he said he sees 4 or 5 ppl a week with this problem. He told me to give it some more time and see if it will go away on its own. He said if it doesnt go away he suggests BOTOX. he said he has been getting rid of twitches for almost 17 years. Although some are reoccuring. I really dont want BOTOX or this damn twitch. I really want to haul off and punch myself in the eye when it starts!!! If anyone else has cured this curse or knows anyone who has please post it…

  192. bismark
    August 12th, 2009 at 16:31 | #192

    I strongly believe, eye twitching has alot to do with superstition. this is because it only started wen i left my girl friend and she’d been crying all the time. may be its GOOD and BAD ommen. Perhaps we shud consider that part also…. Gud luck

  193. Lee
    August 13th, 2009 at 12:36 | #193

    I came across this site because my eye is twitching!! I don’t know what to do it has been going on for months! I eat bananas, I cute out caffeine, ect. Now, my husband says my eye that twitches also is is always slightly more closed than the other! What do I do?! Nice to at least have a place to vent!

  194. stephanie
    August 14th, 2009 at 04:40 | #194

    i am another person that is here because my eyelid was twitching. it’s never happened to me before. i’m jet lagged and really addicted to coffee AND I’m stressed about work and an upcoming exam. so that must be it. huh.

  195. Daniel
    August 14th, 2009 at 05:11 | #195

    If any of you are smokers, you might try using a packet of snus or a nicotine patch while you’re working. I had an eye twitched several months ago, but when I quit smoking, it went away. I never made the connection until today. I started smoking again about 4 weeks ago, and last week, my eye started twitching while I was at work. I’ve smoked considerably less in the past 48 hours than I have been, and my eye was twitching continuously today. I used a packet of snus at work, and within 10 minutes, the twitch stopped.

    For you more knowledgeable types out there… is eye twitching a symptom of nicotine withdrawal? If so, any smokers out there may want to consider a continuous method of delivery, or even better… just quit.

  196. Kate
    August 16th, 2009 at 01:29 | #196

    Hi, to Lee. My left eyelid twitched for 2.5 months. And my right eyelid twitched, too — but not as much as the left. My left lid also was lowered at times, and my husband noticed it, too.

    I stopped twitching about 3 weeks ago and it’s been okay since then, and now my left eyelid looks normal again. I think that the eyelid muscle gets weak from all the twitching and that’s why it starts to look lazier than the other one. That’s my take on it, anyway.

    It will probably eventually stop. I don’t know why or how mine did. I tried everything but nothing seemed to work.


  197. Mike
    August 19th, 2009 at 20:50 | #197

    The following is a very interesting website on Q & A sessions of Eyelid-twitching, I hope that it will be helpful to others.

    Steadyhealth – non-stop eyelid twitching page 4

  198. Mike
    August 19th, 2009 at 20:57 | #198

    Rob :I have had my upper right eyelid twitch for 1 month now. I went to an opthamalogist last friday and he said he sees 4 or 5 ppl a week with this problem. He told me to give it some more time and see if it will go away on its own. He said if it doesnt go away he suggests BOTOX. he said he has been getting rid of twitches for almost 17 years. Although some are reoccuring. I really dont want BOTOX or this damn twitch. I really want to haul off and punch myself in the eye when it starts!!! If anyone else has cured this curse or knows anyone who has please post it…

    I get it totally cured once and for all in the end through the suggested self-administered needleless (not using needles at all) free-of-charge acupuncture cure, so,why not take some references from the related articles.

  199. Mike
    August 19th, 2009 at 21:10 | #199

    Kate :@Lee Hi, to Lee. My left eyelid twitched for 2.5 months. And my right eyelid twitched, too — but not as much as the left. My left lid also was lowered at times, and my husband noticed it, too.
    I stopped twitching about 3 weeks ago and it’s been okay since then, and now my left eyelid looks normal again. I think that the eyelid muscle gets weak from all the twitching and that’s why it starts to look lazier than the other one. That’s my take on it, anyway.
    It will probably eventually stop. I don’t know why or how mine did. I tried everything but nothing seemed to work.

    “It will probably eventually stop. I don’t know why or how mine did. I tried everything but nothing seemed to work.”

    Good for you then, but in certain cases, especially in terms of Tardive Dyskinesia of which rapid purposeless involuntary eye-blinking / eyelid-twitching symptoms is one of the most commonly-manifesting symptoms, that’s unfortunately and almost invariably not the case that such annoying uncontrollable eye movments will stop themselves in the end.

    “What Is Tardive Dyskinesia?
    Tardive dyskinesia is a set of side effects that can occur with antipsychotic medications, as well as with a few other types of medications. Antipsychotics are prescription medications used to treat psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or psychotic depression.”

    “Dyskinesias” are repetitive, uncontrollable, and purposeless movements of the body or face. “Tardive” refers to those symptoms that develop after long-term antipsychotic treatment (often after several years). Unlike early dyskinesia symptoms, tardive dyskinesias may become permanent even if the antipsychotic medication is stopped.”

    “Symptoms of tardive dyskinesia can include:

    Tongue movements, such as “tongue thrusts” or “fly-catching” movements
    Lip smacking
    Finger movements
    Rapid involuntary eye blinking
    Repetitive purposeless movements of the arms, legs, or other parts of the body. “

  200. Luis
    August 19th, 2009 at 21:15 | #200

    Congratulations, Mike–the 2,000th comment on this post! Almost 6 years after it first appeared. Whew!

    (Sorry, no prize…)

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