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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. Terri
    May 28th, 2004 at 00:35 | #1

    Hi all, yes I’m a twitcher too…bottom left lid for 3 continuous freaking weeks…I can’t imagine this going on for years…….Soooooooo annoying but this site has helped. I’m not alone and it’s not a sign of a life threating disease….. I will try vitamin suppliments and have contacted my IT dept and changed the monitor to 85hz since it was at 75hz already. The Rep. said this was most common in people who work in front of a computer all day long. She also, suggested a filter screen for my monitor. (it’s on order). I will be back to see if there are any other suggestions. Keep them coming and hopefully a cure and cause. Maybe we should email this site to an eye institute for their recommendation ??? The numbers seem great, I can’t believe their is no educated reason as to why this happens and how to get relief…….hopefully we will all read about this soon……….

    Thanks for the in-site……..
    Terri

  2. MELLY
    May 28th, 2004 at 01:51 | #2

    My upper left eye lid twitches when I THINK of things that are stressful to me and I do have a lot of problems right now. I think it has alot to do with my THOUGHT life so I try not to go there (my major problems) and that helps a little. I also spend a lot of time (8 hours a day) in front of the computer. I hate the twitching and it scarce me.

  3. tiffany
    May 28th, 2004 at 04:17 | #3

    Just checking back…still twitching on and off everyday. (upper right lid, side to side sort of thing) Have an appt w/ an opth. surgeon ( a specialist) will let everyone know what he has to say, he apparently deals with at least 5 twitchers a day.

    I do have a theory….I think it might work to take a mild to strong muscle relaxer ONCE….. to sort of reset or refresh your body so to speak….maybe it would fix the muscle *glitch*….I can’t try out my theory b/c I am breastfeeding but if anyone does try this, let me know if it works.

    tiffany

  4. tim
    May 28th, 2004 at 08:40 | #4

    I saw my doctor yesterday, and asked him about the twitching. He said to try 6-8 oz. of tonic water up to 2 times a day. It has something to do with the quinine in the tonic. I guess people have used it for muscle cramps.

  5. Anonymous
    May 28th, 2004 at 09:35 | #5

    When my right eye twitches I get good luck and when my left eye twitches I get nothing. Best of Luck, keep smiling, don’t bother.

  6. Dan
    May 28th, 2004 at 14:52 | #6

    Hello all, My post regarding botulinum injections was deleted and I’m not sure why. This is the method preferred by Ophthamologists for treating myokymia (twitching). This is the cure. botulinum injections are covered by insurance because they are for medical purposes.

    Please do NOT delete the posts with good information.

    Thank you, Dan

  7. Luis
    May 28th, 2004 at 16:31 | #7

    Dan: I am currently trying to deal with a flood of blog comment spam; the blog comment spam catcher is the main reason why every other comment here is not an ad for a score of medicines along with online gambling and various ‘enlargement’ aids. Your Botox post was deleted because it had all the hallmarks of a blog comment spam–it linked to a commercial site and pitched the praises of a medical treatment. I am not suggesting that you are a spammer, but as a matter of principle I will not allow the link. Instead, I will repost with the link URL altered so as not to trigger the spam catcher:

    —-

    I am confused. Why is Botox not being seriously discussed here? The condition (Myokymia) is well known and EASILY treated with Botox. Most insurance will cover the injection since it is not for cosmetic purposes. Botox is VERY, VERY effective!! There’s really no argument on that.

    There is a very complete article at:

    http://www.xmedicine.com/oph/topic607.htm (editor: for the correct URL, change the “x” to an “e”.)

    I hope this helps.

  8. Dan
    May 29th, 2004 at 01:48 | #8

    Thank you so much for clearing up the confusion. I am a twitcher.. and am finding successful treatment with botulinum injection. The twitching was causing me some emotional distress and I’m glad I found something that works.

    I appreciate your courtesy.. and I’m grateful for this forum.

    Dan.

  9. Meg Duane
    May 29th, 2004 at 07:59 | #9

    Thanks for the information on eye-twitching – nice to know it’s probably nothing serious.

    I’ve had my stress/fatigue induced right eye-twitching for about 3 weeks now. I’m a Nursing Student finishing up my first year of clinicals and I work frequently in the Emergency Room at a local Hospital, hence the recurrent exposure to stressful situations.

    Now that’s school’s out for the summer, I plan to get more rest and pray this nuisance will go away soon.

    Meg

  10. Julie
    May 29th, 2004 at 11:12 | #10

    Wow! What an interesting group to be a part of…the twitchers. I, too, am a twitcher. I have been twitching for a couple of weeks. Went on-line and, like all of you, found this fun little site. I’m not sure why I am twitching; none of the reasons given really sound like me. I used to have sleep issues but now that my baby is getting older he is sleeping all night long and so am I. I decided to be a stay at home mom so my stress level has decreased significantly in the past year. I take vitamins, exercise fairly regularly and eat the same stuff I’ve always eaten (except I hate bananas). Nevertheless, I twitch and twitch and twitch.

    Well anyway, Good Luck to you all. TWITCHERS UNITE!

  11. Julie
    May 29th, 2004 at 11:32 | #11

    Hello. It’s me, Julie, again. I know I just wrote but after perusing the site once again I realized I had somehow missed the messages concerning wine. Now that seems like a much better suggestion than eating bananas. My husband always says that wine is the cure for everything (well, that is not entirely true–he says that sex is the cure for everything followed closely by wine but that is for a different site altogether).

    Well, once again, Good Luck to you all. TWITCHERS UNITE!

  12. Diane
    May 29th, 2004 at 12:55 | #12

    Keep coming back to this site to see if any miracle cures have been found. Mine has been twitching for about 4 years now. Med Dr. first thought sinus, then stress, tried chiropractor, acupuncture and finally went to botox. Problem is due to job problems in this country, losing insurance so have to find another way. Insurance was paying for botox every 3 months, but it seems to wear off much sooner now. Started in left eye and went down to lips. Very embarrasing. Going to check into neuro chiropractar as learned in earlier post. Thank god for this site.

  13. Maggie
    June 2nd, 2004 at 21:55 | #13

    Hey All
    I just want to say that I haven’t been twitching for a couple of weeks now. Things that I have done differently are as follows…
    1) I have cut back on caffeine (Still have coffee in AM)
    2) I stay off computer as much as possible,however
    I did reset my monitor refresh setting to 75Hz
    so maybe that has helped too.
    3) I started to have an occasional banana here and
    there (not more than 2 or 3 per week)
    4) I have reduced my stress by paying off bills as
    soon as I get them in the mail (no pile ups
    like before)
    5) and last but not least I have not taken
    ehpedrine based supplements since April!
    I really believe that was what caused my
    twitching. I stared taking Hydroxa 7 in January
    to help me gear up for my big Strongwoman
    Competition in February and right after the show
    is when I started twitching.

    I believe all above combined has helped with relief of the “twitching.” I do feel for all of youbecause I know how miserable “THE TWITCH” can be. I just hope mine NEVER returns. Good luck!

    Maggie

  14. June 3rd, 2004 at 03:48 | #14

    here is a small page with links for eye twitching…interesting read. my lid is twitching off my face as i type. but i tried something this time and right now it is not twitching. try holding a hand over your eye and using the one that is not twitching. when i removed my hand (after like 10 minutes) is sees like my eye got a break and has not started twitching yet…you never know. it realy may have something to do with working on the computer. i do ebay and am on the computer like 10 hours a day so i certainly can see where that may be a trigger. i also drink strong coffee. i will (maybe) stop coffee tomorrow and keep trying the eye patch theory and see how it does. JUST WONDERING…DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE BIG EYE VESSELS IN THE EYE THAT IS TWITCHING? MY RIGHT EYE, WHICH HAS BEEN THE ONE BOTHERING ME LATELY (IT HAPPENS IN BOTH BUT USUALLY AT DIFFERENT TIMES) , HAS VESSELS IN IT THAT ARE ODD..THEY COME FROM THE BOTTOMS AND SIDES OF MY EYEBALL AND WHEN THEY GET UP TO MY IRIS THEY FORM A LOOP AND CIRCLE BACK AROUND TO GO UNDER MY LIDS…IS THAT A SYMPTOM OF ANYTHING OR CAUSED BY ANYTHING? IT IS A LITTLE SCARY LOOKING AND I CANT FIND ANYTHING ON THE NET ABOUT PATTERNS OF EYE VESSELS.
    VICKI

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  16. Jenn*
    June 3rd, 2004 at 05:56 | #16

    I had an undereye twitch for over 30 days. I did everything that Kaiser Permanente told me to do, i.e. cut caffiene, get plenty of rest, etc. Reducing stress is not possible in my life. Everything I do is necessary to make money to live. My doctor prescribed me Prozac and the twitch went away in 1 1/2 weeks. Every time I have tried to go off the 20 mgs of Prozac, the twitch returns. It is ok to admit you have anxiety caused twitches. There is prejudice against taking Prozac (like you’re crazy if you take it, I’m crazy if I DON’T). If you need it, I say more power to you. Your family will appreciate not having to deal with your stressors constantly. I am a chronic worrier and yoga, meditation, st. johns wort did not work for me. If you have a chronic twitch and you have tried everything else, see your doctor for relief. You are not a freak.

  17. VICKI
    June 3rd, 2004 at 11:16 | #17

    i guess that makes sense. but for people like me that are very low key with absolutely NO stress then we need to find another answer. there is no rhyme or reason to my twitches and i have actually had slight muscle spasms in my face also. last year i had tons of blood tests for something else but all came back 100% normal (whatever that means) so i will just need to keep digging. i guess ms is always a possibility but like another poster wrote, you cant do anything to cure or fix it so try and handle it as best as you can,….hopefully it is some kind of virus that will clear up someday.

  18. Kathyk
    June 3rd, 2004 at 23:37 | #18

    So glad to hear there are other twitchers out there. I am also a left upper lid twitcher….always thought maybe it could possibly be due to wearing my extended wear contacts longer than I should. Thanks for the info

  19. Yonu
    June 6th, 2004 at 22:42 | #19

    Thank you for your great site. My grandson (23 years) has been complaining of his eye twitching for a couple of weeks now. I told him I would look it up when I got a chance. I am pleased to see what you wrote. He is a caffiene drinker (but has cut back in the past few weeks), a smoker, and, unfortunately, a “Type A” personality. What I read was interesting. He is not a vegetable or fruit eater, very high on carbs. He takes a daily vitamin supplement. He also sleeps for up to 12 hours at a time, which bothers the blankety blank out of me. He has been staying with me for a few months now, as he lost his job, his home, and his hope all at the same time. I said he could come here until he got back on his feet. He finally found a job about a month ago, and is working on saving his money to do the get his own place thing. His personality makes him (forces) to worry and fret, and that takes his toll on his life. He has been making great strides, but, I suppose, fear is twitching is eyelid – because inside he is fearful of losing or failure once again. It has been very hard to build him up into having hope, and seeing success.
    By the way, I had Bell’s Palsey two times. Each time, my little nerves would twitch here and there from time to time as my face came back to life. It was not always an eye lid, it was spread out on my cheeks, forehead and that little area where there is a crease between the nose and the corner of the mouth. Also, most noticibly, were the ones that were on my upper lip. I wonder if that is related. I do eat my veggies and fruits, but I also drink coffee. I am more a Type B personality.

  20. Jon
    June 8th, 2004 at 00:05 | #20

    Interesting site!… seems like a very common phenomenon…

    My upper left eyelid has been twitching occasionally (2 or 3 minutes) every half hour for about 3 weeks now. I was told lack of sleep could be the cause so I deliberately slept a bit more for a few nights, but it doesnt seem to have made any differene. I drink coffee like there’s no tomorrow, but have done for a couple of years now so I dont think its the cause. I spend most of my time staring at computer screens, but again thats been the case for years now. I dont think im under much stress at the moment. The only thing thats changed in my life recently is that I moved in with my girlfriend, and because of this my diet has changed consideraby (she introduced me to something called “Salad”), so i’m beggining to think this is the likely culprit… perhaps its time to go back onto the pizzas and kebabs!!

  21. Jeff
    June 9th, 2004 at 04:11 | #21

    I’m 17 years old, i woke up this morning and ughh my eyelid was twitching. Its not lack of potassium cuz i eat bananas so much. I never drink coffee and im not stressed. Strangely enough.. whenever i have an allergy pill for spring allergies, my left thigh has a muscle spasm all morning long. Now i have a summer cold and i took two advil the night before. Maybe pills and medication have something to do with it? What seemed to relieve (for a while) it though was a warm face cloth pushed hard against my eye (left one) for about 10 min. Came back later tho grrrrrrr
    this is like the first time it happened for so long it’s been goin on from 8 am till 3 10 pm (which is now)
    It’s so annoying arghhh i cant concentrate!!!!!!

  22. tiffany
    June 9th, 2004 at 09:35 | #22

    I went to an Ophthalmological surgeon yesterday about my twitch. It seems I have a mild case of blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)

    I have had no real symptoms of this (whereas some cases of blepharitis have symptoms such a styes, etc…i had none)

    ……the only obvious eye problem I have going on is the twitch (since decemeber) ….his theory is that the twitching may be a flag to enlighten me to this eye infection. He prescribed a topical cream to apply for two weeks to clear up the blepharitis, which in turn will hopefully cure the twitch

    ………so we’ll see if this takes care of it! If not he said he’d do botox.

    hope that info helps someone else!

    tiffany

  23. Zubin
    June 9th, 2004 at 10:37 | #23

    Has anyone ever heard of tooth problems causing eye twitching? I recently had a filling and then a root canal on on tooth on the left side of my mouth, and since that day my upper left eyelid wont stop twitching.

    My mother told me that she once had a tooth problem on the right side of her mouth that caused her right eye to twitch for many months, until she finally got a crown placed on the tooth, and the twitching stopped.

    Any experience with this?

    Thanks…

  24. Herminator
    June 10th, 2004 at 17:19 | #24

    Oh god I can’t believe so many people have
    THE TWITCH. I have it on left lower lid. It’s so freaking annoying…I am only 22 and I don’t think I have Parkinson’s…
    So I think that’s because I’m a graduating engineering student…on the computer all day everyday and stress…
    Perhaps I should take some mineral and vitamin pills or get a botox shot.

  25. Dan
    June 11th, 2004 at 15:04 | #25

    Botox will certainly stop the twitching. It is considered safe and very effective. I would make sure that you consult an ophthalmologist as they are trained in the finer points of injection.

    According to my ophthalmologist, there is a slight risk of double vision. And though it would only be a temporary side effect, most would agree it would be unwelcome.

    The good news is- Botulinum injections work and are quite often covered by insurance because the treatment is considered a standard for myokymia (twitching).

    There is good information about all of this online.

    Dan

  26. VICKI
    June 12th, 2004 at 08:56 | #26

    IS THERE ANY REASON TO SET THE SCREEN TO 75 AND NOT 85? WOULDNT 85 BE EVEN BETTER THEN 75? ALSO DOES ANYONE ELSE SEEM TO BE AROUND FLORUSECENT LIGHT S OFTEN? MY BATHROOM LIGHTS ARE FLOR AND I AM IN FRONT OF THEM QUITE OFTEN AND WONDER IF THIS COULD BE THE CAUSE? I HAVE STAYED AWAY FOR A WEEK NOW AND HAVE NO TWITCH ( I AM A GIRL AND DO ALL FACE PREPPING AND TEETH BRUSHING IN FROM OF THAT LIGHT-SOMETIMES UP CLOSE TO THE LIGHT AND I THINK THAT MAY BE A FACTOR IN THE TWITCH)

  27. Genevieve
    June 13th, 2004 at 11:29 | #27

    Mine was fine until a second ago, then I touched it – ARG! It’s going again! ARG! I eat freekin bananas every morning, I take multi-vitamins, I don’t drink caffine, I’m not stressed, I work out most days of the week, I drink practically 2 liters of water a day, I go to the bathroom regularly….but I had a nasty allergy attack…..could it be Claratin?….or the need to flirt with every passing man.

    ARG! My EYE!

  28. Meek
    June 15th, 2004 at 09:06 | #28

    I am glad to know I am not alone too….my freaken right upper eyelid has been twitching for almost a month. It is so irritating and a nusance. At first I thought I had been poisen by the bug spray I spray on the grass, then I thought it was a side effect of my glucose medicine, then someone told me it meant good luck, then my dad said it was due to lack of sleep, then I read it could be contact lense related….now I am just even more confused. So I am now one of the TWITCHERS too now….LOL
    Then I started to go scifi and wonder if I was abducted by an alien race who planted something in my eyelid…ha ha ha then I realized if I believe that hoopla then I better get a brain exam….bottom line I think it may be due to lack of rest and sex…grin

  29. Rachel
    June 15th, 2004 at 11:37 | #29

    I believe my annoying upper lid twitch was simply my bodies way of constantly punishing me for working third shift and taking care of my kids all day and staying out to long on the weekends!!!! Oh my TIRED! Too tired to sleep…
    Twitch Twitch Twitch!!

  30. VICKI
    June 15th, 2004 at 11:59 | #30

    HI AGAIN…WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW AFTER CHANGING MY SCREEN TO 75 AND AFTER NOT LOOKING INTO FLORUSECENT LIGHTS I HAVE NOT TWITCHED . BEEN ALMOST A WEEK AND IT FEELS EXCELLENT (FOR NOW RIHGT?!!)

  31. Suzanne
    June 16th, 2004 at 21:48 | #31

    My left eyelid has been twitching for about 3 months. Sometimes constantly all day long, sometimes occasionally thoughout the day. I had a surgery performed on my left ear a couple of months ago and am begining to wonder if something went wrong there. I am also being tested tomorrow for MS. So the myth that if it is your left eye that is twitching brings you bad luck, it a little scary right about now. I hope it is not a symptom of MS. Good luck to all you people with eye twitching and I hope it subsides for you and well as for myself.

  32. John
    June 17th, 2004 at 22:26 | #32

    This site makes me feel much better. I have been sleep deprived because of a new child, stare at a computer screen for at least 10 hours a day, consume more than my fair share of coffee, have high stress because of my sales job and the large deals that keep jumping off the tracks, and have been consuming more than an adequate supply of alchoholic beverages due to all the stress. So, I guess that explains why I have had a right eyelid twitch for a couple of months now.

  33. June 18th, 2004 at 00:30 | #33

    Hi All,

    I am fresh to this eye lid twitch thing, 3 days now off and on. It started when I changed my work hours from waking up at 7:00 AM to waking up at 6:00 AM. I think bananas and wine are an old wives tale. I say this because I don’t usually eat bananas and I had just eaten one before this started. The same with wine. I sortof recall I had this before and it went away. I have been trying to get more sleep but its hard with the children. I’ll let you know. I have ergonomics people coming to my work desk. High amount of computer work and TV in my life. I am directly under a florescent light which just happened a few months back but it is covered and I don’t suspect those to be the rootcause.

  34. I-twitch-2
    June 18th, 2004 at 15:18 | #34

    How come nobody here has said the word Blepharospasm? Thats what came up in Yahoo when I typed in eye twitch. It actually starts with an eye twitch or mouth twitch and then can progress to severe spasms where one or two eyes can forcibly be closed for seconds at a time. Needs surgery to correct or Botox. My eye twitched last week for one day (near the tear duct) then it stopped for a few days. This week my lower eyelid is twitching. I’m a liitle nervous about the progression thing. I have to say that all the bannana, magnesium etc. treatments don’t sound credible to me. As well as the causes being caffeine or alcohol. Sorry, I think its just an overactive nerve or muscle. just some unavoidable inexplainable harmless malfunction of the body. Unless its Blepharospasm, or HFS (hemifacial spasm). Lets hope there is no progression.
    Incredible how many posts there are to this one Blog, Cheers all, Y.

  35. June 19th, 2004 at 04:37 | #35

    Hi All,

    Well, I think I can safely say my eye twitch is gone now. Hasn’t acted up all day. Praise the Lord. Check out this website http://www.emailgod.us for prayer and revelation.

  36. Chris
    June 19th, 2004 at 23:13 | #36

    I read through a majority of these posts (good lord there are too many to read), but it seems that most of these are intermittent cases(?). I have had my lower-right eyelid twitching CONSTANTLY for over a week now. Not like exaggerating constant, more like 24×7 constant. It has not stopped. I haven’t had a break at all. I am seeing it as less of a twitch and more of a pulsing. It looks like I have an artery going straight through my eyelid the way it is twitching. I have tried everything that a Google search comes up with to no avail. I don’t know if I should take this seriously given that I can’t find anyone else in a web search that doesn’t stop. Mine are not really violent either, I can barely see them except for first thing in the morning, but a quick mirror check every few minutes reveals, Yup, you’re still going. I am a computer programmer, and have a computer hobby, so I am pretty much screwed in that department. What I really wanted to know is whether or not anyone else with this problem has any eyesight problems? I have a Amblyopia (lazy eye – not noticable to anyone but myself, can’t see out of the darn thing) in the same eye that is twitching.

  37. Jason
    June 20th, 2004 at 14:03 | #37

    My eye started twitching about two months after I had lasik surgery. I am not sure if the two are related (since it started two months after) but I it appears that everyone should try the following.

    1. more sleep
    2. eat healthier
    3. multivitamin
    4. Avoid stress
    5. less computer, reading, television

  38. Terry
    June 21st, 2004 at 13:55 | #38

    Our 9 year old daughter has been suffering from a twitch in her right eye for almost a month now. She is very healthy. She eats well, sleeps well, takes vitamin suppliments, loves to read and is very bright and athletic.

    Our oldest daughter, that is 24 years old now, was diagnosed with Horners Syndrome at age 9 when we noticed one pupil was smaller than the other and the eyelid was drooping. Over the years she has lost color in that eye, so one is the original brown and the other green.

    Our other 2 children have not been affected by Horners Syndrome or twitching. Should I be concerned about my 9 yr. old’s lower right eye twitch?
    What can we do?

    Terry

  39. Daria
    June 21st, 2004 at 18:59 | #39

    I too am glad to hear that there are many eye-twitchers out there. I have been experiencing intermittent eye twitching in my left lower lid over the past 3-4 months. Most times, it starts right after I wake up and it continues intermittently for about 5-15 seconds throughout the morning. I seem to notice it most often when I don’t get enough sleep. I have also been very stressed, drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day and work on a computer 9-10 hours a day. There is definitely a trend out there – coffee, stress, no sleep and computers. I will try to manage those and see what happens.

  40. Marin
    June 22nd, 2004 at 18:25 | #40

    Greetings to the Twitchers Nation!

    I’ve learned so much here, (not only about eye-twitching). My twitching started about three months ago.
    I had a highly stressful job untill about a month ago.

    Since then I’ve been doing nothing but relaxing, eating as good as possible, playing basketball almost daily, but my twitching has not stopped.

    Will try suggestions of water and minerals ( and wine, why not? :-))

    The reason for my post is a mention of eye chiropractors by few people. I add to it existence of an excelent book called “Art of Seeing” by a famous British writer Aldows Huxley. In few words, the book is about “Eye Yoga”. It describes all exercises in details.

    Huxley was almost blinded by a desease at the teen age. The techinique developed by some doctor in NewYork helped him to read and write without use of glasses. His basic attitude about glasses is that they are like crutches for eyes, and should be discarded if we want to learn how to use our eyes properly.

  41. denise N
    June 22nd, 2004 at 20:33 | #41

    my eye lid has been twithing going on 3 weeks now its very annoying hope it goes away im a very stressful person.

  42. Angie
    June 23rd, 2004 at 02:58 | #42

    Wow! I’m so glad I found this site…my eye has been twitching like mad for the last week and I couldn’t find anything on the net about it.. with the exception of all of the scary conditions. I’m comforted in knowing that there are others out there, many others who are twitching too :) It’s like an underground twitching society. I drink lots of caffeine, am really stressed and don’t get enough sleep..oh and I don’t take vitamins – so essentially I have some ‘issues’ to work on :) hahahaa

  43. Sandi Anthony
    June 25th, 2004 at 02:07 | #43

    I’ve had the twich in my left lower eyelid for about three months now. Yesterday I got Botox injections by an ENT doctor who specializes in Botox. They were not particularly painful. Today I’ve noted fewer “wiggles.” The doctor told me that I would have significant relief in 2-3 days. He said that almost all of the people that he has treated thus far for the twitch have had it in their left eyelids. I thought that was interesting. The doctor told me that he even treated himself for this condition! I said, why? He replied that he was the only one he trusted. I was worried that the Botox would be expensive if my insurance did not cover it, but I was relieved to find out that the two small injections into my lower eyelid only amounted to 36 dollars. I drink one cup of coffee per morning and consume no caffiene past that. I get plently of sleep and am not particularly stressed. I take a good multivitamin daily. I just wish that I could figure out why this occurs and if dietary changes could help. I think that people should not suffer with the twitch since Botox is a supposedly safe, affordable, and reliable treatment.

  44. Mike
    June 25th, 2004 at 08:58 | #44

    My twitching started 3 months ago (lower right eyelid – don’t see too many of those around here, I must be special). I am alarmed at all of the new twitchers here – like some sort of plague.

    I can’t see going to the doctors when their recommendations are going to be the same as the ones here. And I can’t help thinking that if there was something genuinely virulent or bacterial going on, doctors wouldn’t really know because nobody is going to tell them.

    Myokymia – A disease whose pervasity is known only to the blogosphere.

  45. Diane
    June 26th, 2004 at 02:02 | #45

    I was beginning to think something was really wrong with me and that maybe I was having a stroke of some sort, my left top eyelid is driving me crazy. No pain, no loss of sight, and when I look in the mirror, you can’t really see anything happening, but it feels like my eye lid is just dancing all over the place. Thank you so much for this sight, I think I would have over reacted if I didn’t read what alot of the postings on here! Be sure to post when the first world meeting of eye twitchers takes place, I want to be sure to come…..
    Thanks for this site…I feel better already,, even though my eye is going crazy.

  46. steve
    June 27th, 2004 at 09:57 | #46

    Hi, I also have this eye-twitching syndrome.I noticed that most people on this site have left eyelid twitching.Are all these people Righty’s???? Just curious. I re-ajusted my refresh rate to 75 maybe this will help. I work all day with computers and have one at home. Maybe the P.C. is doing this to us. Thanks for the info. on this site.

  47. Jason
    June 28th, 2004 at 04:35 | #47

    My suggestions:

    Try for two weeks
    1. Do not drink any caffeine.
    2. Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
    3. Begin taking a multivitamin.
    4. Get sufficient sleep.
    5. Eat more vegetables.
    6. Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day.

    If after two weeks your twitch has not improved or gone away, you need to see an eye doctor. Please do yourself a favor and do not see the cheapest doctor that you can find in the local shopping mall. I recommend an independent opthamologist. It is important that you get a complete eye exam that includes dilation so that any major health issues can be ruled out.

    If you get a clean bill of eye health from your opthamologist, continue the first steps for another two weeks. During this time, also schedule an appointment with your physician. For your doctor’s benefit, write down when the twitch occurs and how long it lasts. Also include any reasons that may be causing the twitch (stress, etc.). Also inform your doctor that you have a clean bill of health from your opthomologist. This will help your doctor analyze the twitch more effectively because it automatically eliminates many causes.

    This is the stage that I am currently at. I recently had a few blood test and urinalysis. I get to see my results next week.

    If all else fails and you are healthy, the botox alternative should be researched. My left upper eyelid has been twitching for about six months. I am learning to deal with it. Do your best to live with yours :-)

  48. Ben
    June 28th, 2004 at 08:26 | #48

    I’ll join the club. The right eye has been going on for about six months now. No apparent pattern. I just seems like a muscle spasm. Very annoying. I guess I am fortunate to have the right eye I will look forward to something good happening.I must have something to due with computer work. I have never in my life spent so many hours looking at a computer screen.

  49. Marin
    June 28th, 2004 at 10:23 | #49

    Hi guys,

    I have posted back on June 22 (I am the guy who mentioned Aldows Huxley).

    Since then I have been following water and salt instructions from http://www.watercure2.com and, in addition to my multivitamins, have been taking supplements of potassium and calcium-magnesium-zinc. My twitch has almost completely disappeared (I twitched several times today but the intensity of the twitch is nothing like it used to be).

    I am so proud of myself for getting rid of this annoying condition that drove me crazy for about 3 months!

    BTW, I am left-handed and I had upper right eyelid twitch.

  50. stephanie
    June 28th, 2004 at 17:48 | #50

    My left upper eyelid has been twitching on and off for the past 4 days. Never had such an experience before, but my mum says its probably cuz someone is thinking of me. Happy thoughts i hope! It wouldnt be nice if someone was cursing me behind my back for the 4 days. Dont think i offended anyone though. Haha…

  51. CHRISTINE
    June 30th, 2004 at 11:47 | #51

    add me to the list. This shit has been going on since last year.
    Im an upper left eyelid twitcher.
    I have

    *high intake of coke (drink)
    *nicotine,
    *sleep deprived
    *work on the computer all day
    *do not take vitamins
    *reletively high stress
    *often anxious

    hehe guessed i have all the reasons to have one.
    Amazing how many people are here.
    Guess i should start getting rid of the culprits.

  52. Aishwariya
    June 30th, 2004 at 20:08 | #52

    I’ve had mine for nearly 2 years now (on and off). It travels from one part of the eye to the other. For the past couple of days i’ve had it in both eyes, sometimes a slight twitch in the top eyelids and severly at the bottom! Its driving me mad now. I really look after my health and diet, eating all the necessary vitamins and have plenty of water, do exercises too and its not making any difference whatsoever! I’ve searched the whole web for something that would do the job but nothing! I’m scared of Botox as the symptoms could be eye drooping! Need to find a cure QUICK!!!

  53. Joannie
    July 1st, 2004 at 08:24 | #53

    I have had success finally after 3 months of having a lower left eyelid twitch. I was not a caffeine drinker, had some stress, drink lots of water, etc.etc.etc. I still got the eye twitch. Then I got a bottle of B6 and started taking it not expecting anything really. Two weeks later I had the lower lid stop while the upper left lid twitched and the eyebrow got in the game as well. That lasted for just about 10 seconds and then nothing has twitched. It was like it moved up, up and away. I’m just glad it hasn’t come back. I will continue to take the B6 vitamin for a while and see if it stays away. Hope this helps some of you. Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. Joannie
    July 1st, 2004 at 08:25 | #54

    I have had success finally after 3 months of having a lower left eyelid twitch. I was not a caffeine drinker, had some stress, drink lots of water, etc.etc.etc. I still got the eye twitch. Then I got a bottle of B6 and started taking it not expecting anything really. Two weeks later I had the lower lid stop while the upper left lid twitched and the eyebrow got in the game as well. That lasted for just about 10 seconds and then nothing has twitched. It was like it moved up, up and away. I’m just glad it hasn’t come back. I will continue to take the B6 vitamin for a while and see if it stays away. Hope this helps some of you. Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Aishwariya
    July 1st, 2004 at 23:12 | #55

    Do you know what guys – yesterday my twitching was so so but TODAY i’ve had some choca mocha and my twitching is VERY VERY bad – got it in both eyes and hasn’t stopped for the past 2 hours. TAKE CAFFEINE OUT OF YOUR DIET!! its probably not the cause as I don’t usually take anything with caffeine in it but it definitely does increase the problem!! I’ve been told that acupunture can cure twitching – i’m going to try it out and will let you know if i get any relief! Has anyone tried this already?? Let me know, thanks.

  56. Helen Busch
    July 2nd, 2004 at 11:16 | #56

    I looked in the mirror this morning and noticed that under my right lower eye was twitching. I can not feel the twitch. It has been twitching all day long when ever I look at the mirror.
    Others have posted here, but they don’t say whether or not they feel the twitch.
    I had twitching 5 years ago and went to the web and many people were saying to stop using coffee creamers. That a chemical in the creamer caused the twitch.
    The twitching I had 5 years ago I could feel. I did stop using the coffee creamer and the twitching left in a couple of days.
    But this time I have twitching that I do not feel, I can only see it.
    Please post whether you twitching is felt or not felt by you.

  57. July 2nd, 2004 at 18:17 | #57

    Yesterday my eye started twitching for I believe the first time ever. I am 26 years old and I don’t remember it ever happening before. It is my left upper eye lid, and I def. feel it. It happens roughly every 4 min or so for a few seconds. I think w/ me it is lack of sleep, but I don’t know for sure. The only caffeine I consume is a couple of sodas a week, I take vitamins and I don’t consume alcohol. I am often getting by on 4 or 5 hours of sleep, so maybe it’s catching up w/ me. Anyway, it’s nice to find an active board where other people are experiencing this annoyance. Not that it’s good people’s eyes are twitching, but you know what I mean lol.

  58. Aishwariya
    July 2nd, 2004 at 18:55 | #58

    I can feel the twitch Helen and its visible too! I’ve got it in both eyes at the moment, travelling from top to bottom of the eye. I think i’ve probably had a twitch in every corner of my eye. It’s so annoying!!!! Must admit thou – today its not as bad. Been drinking loads and loads of water for the past 24 hours as I had too much caffeine yesterday and it made the twitching severe!

  59. sydneytheduck
    July 2nd, 2004 at 20:54 | #59

    Surfed in looking for info on eyelid twitching *shame*
    HIL-AR-IOUS!! Thank you 😀

  60. kris
    July 3rd, 2004 at 05:17 | #60

    Increased water and vitamin B6 took my twitch away that I had for a year. I hope it helps someone else.

  61. July 3rd, 2004 at 17:34 | #61

    My eye’s been twitching off and on for quite a while, each time for maybe a few seconds. I’m not all certain what causes it, but I’m not concerned as I feel totally healthy otherwise, and I imagine if it was a result of something harmful, my health would have deteriorated by now.

    This will probably sound rather bizarre, but I actually sort of enjoy my eye twitchiness!

  62. Danielle
    July 4th, 2004 at 01:58 | #62

    I just sat down to mess around on the puter and i thought
    what can i research? Hum how about that annoying eye
    twitch i have(lower right lid) I just about read this whole page and I certainly do have alot of the “factors” everyone else has
    for eye twitching, but I can feel an eye twitch comming on.
    The minute I am in a situation…(usually at work) that I
    know may me stressful my twiching starts. Also if a situation at home comes up either an argument or my 9 year
    old not listening, or annoying me the twitch starts. And
    i am an emotional person..I cry at movies and my eye
    twitched alomost the whole time of “Finding Nemo”!!! So
    i just go on with life with the twitch..glad to find a sight
    that recognizes this nuisance.

  63. J
    July 5th, 2004 at 20:27 | #63

    My right upper eyelid twitches when I have really great sex. My bottom right one and sometimes bottom left twitches for the basic reasons listed above. Thought I’d share that.

  64. Susan
    July 6th, 2004 at 16:36 | #64

    Hi,

    Upper-left eyelid (one bright spot, I seem to have the most common affliction, somewhat comforting), 5 days.

    I have been laughing HYSTERICALLY at some of the stories and feeling much better. Someone who has had the problem told me, don’t drink Diet Sodas, it’s the apartame, can mimic alot of serious diseases if you are drinking too much of it. Something to do with aspartame turning to formalehyde in your body? I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that diet soda couldn’t really be good for you. Diet Rite has a non apartame, also non caffeineated soda if you must have soda, I got some today, is pretty good.

  65. Tanya
    July 6th, 2004 at 20:24 | #65

    Hi everyone,

    Like a lot of you, I’m glad I’m not alone in this! My lower left eye started twitching a week ago and has been doing so at least every hour since. In fact, it’s happening right now. It’s not an invisible twitch, either! It’s definitely noticeable and very annoying. And I can absolutely feel it.

    I guess I haven’t been getting enough sleep, but that’s nothing new. I don’t drink coffee, but do drink green tea daily. I just started eating bananas a few weeks ago. I don’t drink alcohol very often at all. I take Centrum vitamins, though not religiously. I know some of you have had this much longer than I have, so I feel a little silly complaining after one week. It’s still good to know that so many others are being annoyed just as I am (misery loves company) and that this is pretty much a harmless condition.

  66. Jason
    July 7th, 2004 at 10:00 | #66

    Has anyone had success with the botox injections? After six months of the “twitch”, I am ready to try it as a possible solution. Please post your experiences using botox to treat eye twitch.

  67. kris
    July 7th, 2004 at 13:09 | #67

    Jason, try increasing your water intake and taking vitamin B6 first. I swear, I had a twitch for a year and now it is completely gone. Seems a lot safer than Botox.

  68. anonymous
    July 8th, 2004 at 09:33 | #68

    Thank you for all the great comments. I had a lower left eye lid pulsing for over two weeks, went to eye dr., and found out 99% stress. I started to have less stress and it stopped pulsing.

  69. Helen Busch
    July 8th, 2004 at 15:41 | #69

    I took vitiman B-6, 12 and eat banana’s and it went away.
    It came back after a few days, so I took more vitiman B that desolves under you toung and within a few hours the twitch was gone. Also took some Cod-liver oil.
    This is about the twitch that I could only see, not feel.

  70. Kelly
    July 10th, 2004 at 03:45 | #70

    I have the twitch under my left eye and it is very visible. After twitching all day my face starts hurting like it is warn out. I have started taking calcium and potassium sups but Im going to go get B vitamins and Magnesium and try that. I do drink water and work out. I am on the computer all day and my monitor is set at 85h. A couple of glasses of wine is the only thing that seems to calm it down. It is totally driving me nuts.

  71. craig
    July 10th, 2004 at 04:28 | #71

    I also had something similar to what Helen described- a pulsing under my right eyelid that i couldn’t feel. So yesterday I took a calcium pill, changed my computer screen refresh rate to 75 Hz, iced my eye, spent less time on computer and today the twitching is gone. Hope this helps some of you.

  72. crazy
    July 10th, 2004 at 06:34 | #72

    my top left eyelid keeps twitching! i feel like punching myself in the eye. i had this problem last year. i also had a twitch on my cheek last year. i hope i dont get that again too, well last year i took magnesium and it worked. or it just went away by itself. now i just started taking it again. lets see if it does thr trick

  73. Margaret
    July 11th, 2004 at 05:45 | #73

    My eyelid started twitching about three weeks ago when I switched from the day shift to the night shift.. Im still getting the same amount of sleep and working the same hours… It’s so hard to read a script off the computer screen when your eyelid wont stop twitching!!!

  74. Tracy
    July 11th, 2004 at 09:05 | #74

    Upper right eyelid twitch driving me bonkers. I just chewed up 2 “Tums” which is a great source of 800mgs of elemental (absorbed) calcium. It works faster than a vitamin! I’ll eat a couple of bananas, drink a beer adjust my monitor….and sleep for the next 9 hours. If this doesn’t work, I’ll be walking around with scotch tape from my eyelid to my chin!

  75. VaLeRie
    July 11th, 2004 at 19:50 | #75

    my left eyelid is twitching lik crazy too! i heard that if your right or left eyelid twitched, good luck is on its way but if the other eyelids twitch, bad luck is on its way!

  76. Mr Jo Blogg
    July 12th, 2004 at 14:45 | #76

    I would like to know what to do about my twithching I have had it for about 10 years where just my right eye twitches, including the muscles under the eye, how can I get rid of it or reduce it because it happens most of the day,help please

  77. Jason
    July 13th, 2004 at 07:14 | #77

    Mr Jo Blogg,

    These things have helped my twitch:

    1. drinking 8 glasses of water a day
    2. using Thera Tears eye drops frou times a day

    But stress does have a lot to do with the problem. You deserve some relief after all this time. Also, try to cut down on the computer time.

  78. Sue
    July 13th, 2004 at 20:22 | #78

    I never imagined I would find a site that had so many “eyelid twitchers” on it! I started with my upper right eyelid 2 weeks ago. It began each afternoon for the first week and now I wake up with it and it seems to be on and off throughout the day. I do wonder if it is anything to do with diet as I became a vegetarian in the same time frame. I’m not stressed, getting enough sleep and I drink decaff coffee. So why is it happening?

  79. A twitcher
    July 15th, 2004 at 00:28 | #79

    Hi all

    I’ve had my twitching problem for just over 3 years. I’ve tried everything but it just doesn’t seem to go away permanantly. Sometimes it stops for a day or two then is back. Sometimes its very severe and other days I can hardly feel it, but its always there. I know for a fact that caffeine makes it very bad as I have experimented and it gets worse after coffee, coke, cappucino, choco mochas etc. I do recommend the common points above (drink loads of water, take vitamin B and magnesium etc). You should have a variety of food in your diet. Don’t cut out the good stuff (veg and protein) as they contain good minerals/vitamins. I’ve been to the docs on Friday and he has given me muscle relaxers as he thinks it could be stress related. Twitching is very faint at the moment (can hardly tell its there) but will see in about 2 weeks time if it makes a different then will let you all know what to get from your locals GP to get rid of it.

  80. July 16th, 2004 at 07:08 | #80

    hi
    i’ve been going through this eye twiching whoha for the past few weeks (lower lid only) I had Bell’s Palsy about 10 years ago when I was 20. I was really scared that it was coming back I didn’t want to wake up with one side of my face drooping. My doctor said it wasn’t coming back and gave me some nerve pills he said stress lack of sleep and things like that bring on this twitching. The pills make me tired. I haven’t noticed if If I’m still twitching when I take them or not I’m so dopey. I can’t take the in the day time as I work and must be alert. Everyone thinks I’m flirting with them and of course I’m not. Does anyone know of any medication I could take in the day time that won’t get me blasted?

  81. Evil Thinker
    July 17th, 2004 at 02:02 | #81

    Here is my though on the misterious twitching…
    I’ve been recently suffering from adult onset asthma and been researching the net for about past year searching for the cure and found that many/most of chronic diseases like asthma, heart and brain diseases are caused by infection that the body immune system never was able to fight off due to many reasons like poor diet, stress, etc leading the weak immune system and having infection in the body that is hard to detact. For asthma my case chlamydia nymoneia/mycroplasma (sorry for spelling) was the corprite. The cure seemed to be a long term antibodic treatment to eradicate the infection. These infections seemed to be very hard to detech and trace. I’ve been on many other treatments/meds including immune boost supplements which helps greatly with my asthma problem, however, now my upper eyelid started to twitch for the past 2 weeks now. I’ve been getting alot of sleep, good diet, good supplements, no stress, no caffine. My though is the infection is moving from my lungs to some other part of my body causing the eye lid to twitch. I’m not sure exactly what part of the body that would be but I believe its related to the infection. They are in my blood stream so I think my body is going through dexoification phase and these infections are moving around in the body to survive. I believe alots and lots of people have some kind of infection and when their stressed, have lack of sleep, poor diet, etc, these infections show up through some sort of symthoms. Eye twitching is one kind of symthom I blieve. Just my thoughts. Getting good sleep, diet, free from stress all contribute to boosting your immune system to suppress the infection.

  82. Jason
    July 18th, 2004 at 04:43 | #82

    Okay, hopefully I have good news for some of us. I started taking B-6 supplements about 3 days ago and my twitching has stopped after 8 months. It is amazing. I am soooo glad it is finally gone (at least for the time being).

    The supplements I am taking are called “High Potency B ’50′” and were purchased at Trader Joe’s. Only cost $4. They contain Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium.

    I have also cut my time on the computer by about 30-50%.

  83. Michelle
    July 21st, 2004 at 11:29 | #83

    My lower right eye has been twitching for over two weeks now. I also feel like my lower left eye is on it’s way to twitching also. It just feels like it is going to happen. I am 32 years old and I have had this twitching stuff in the past but it has only lasted a few days at a time.

    I wonder if anyone knows if there is a connection between sinus disease and eye twitching? Because about a year ago, I was diagnosed with severe sinus disease and in particular, the sinuses mostly surrounding the eyes are the ones that are the most diseased for me. Anyone know of a connection?

    Also, anyone know what it could mean if someone twitches in BOTH eyes instead of just one? How common is it to twitch in both eyes and could it indicate a serious illness if you do twitch in both eyes?

  84. AJ
    July 25th, 2004 at 20:05 | #84

    About 8 years ago when I was in grad school and working, and under a lot of stress, my right lower eyelid started twitching. I got rid of it by taking magnesium and calcium supplements. I also finsihed school and my stress level was a lot lower.

    Well know it is back, as I have just moved to a new city and am looking for a new job. I had it for two months.
    The following has basically eliminated the visible twitching, as well as most of the invisible twitching.

    1. Drink only 2 cups of coffee a day, and make them weak.
    2. Take a multivitamin after each meal.
    3. Take a potassium and Vitamin B-6 supplement once a day
    with a snack (meaning in between meals).
    4. Take a multimineral with calcium and potassium once
    a day.
    5. Try to eat hineydew when I can, which has loads
    of potassium, as well as Enriched Organic Soymilk
    (Edensoy brand) which has 460 mg. or Potassium per
    8 ounces. I use it in my coffee as well.

    I think a lot of this has to do with Potassium deficiency.
    As a lot of us try to loss weight we cut out sweet carbs, like honeydew and bananas, and milk and orange juice, whic hhas loads of potassium. The RDA for potassium is like
    5 grams a day. Most multiminerals are by law only allowed to have 99 mg, or 1-2% of the RDA!!! You woul dhave to eat like ten bananas a day to get the RDA.

    Make sure you are getting enough potassium and your twitch might go away.
    Good luck.
    AJ

  85. AJ
    July 25th, 2004 at 20:06 | #85

    I meant honeydew, not hineydew!!!!

  86. Miss Melodie
    July 26th, 2004 at 16:17 | #86

    I have had this damn twitch for days now!

    But I’m glad to see there are so many more people like me out there.

    My friend said that she had the same problem and her doctor said it was stress related.

    I am very stressed out. I think we may be on to something here.

    Meanwhile, it can’t hurt to take some vitamins.

    Good luck to you all.

  87. JiminyCrick
    July 27th, 2004 at 05:15 | #87

    This twitch started 4 days ago — Lower right eyelid.

    Did it Thursday, not at all Friday, and now, it’s doing it probably 30 times an hour, although I’ll get respites of an hour or two. Driving me nuts.

    I also have noticed that the other nerves are somehow connected — when I stubbed my toe (pain!), it immediately triggered the twitch….

    Also, hot (spicy) food sets it off.

    Anyone else notice any weird triggers?

    And more importantly, any remedies? (When I worked out and spent 30 minutes in the sauna, I didn’t have it the rest of the night.

    Has anyone else found heat beneficial?

    thx to all

  88. TabA
    July 27th, 2004 at 06:16 | #88

    Hi all, my right lower eyelid started twitching about 10 days ago, & won`t stop. It eases off here and there through out the day, but is really driving me nuts. I already have other neurological problems and am stressed from them. I have a cavernous & venous angioma (abnormal cluster of blood vessels that can bleed in the brain). I have seen a neurosurgeon about it, and he says we`ll just watch and wait for now, so it isn`t too life threatening. But I have tingling, numbness and twitching all over my body all the time. Doctors don`t think the lesion is related, I`m not so sure though. Anyway, now I`ve developed this constant eye twitch, and I`m worried over that too. It is a rhythmic right to left movement that doesn`t stop. It eases up slightly, but doesn`t stop. I`ve cut out caffeine, taking vitamins, plenty of rest. Has anyone else had a continuous twitch more than a few days? This is driving me nuts. The internet can definitely scare you when you read about these kind of things. I`m just hoping it`s a stress related twitch. tabitha8028@yahoo.com

  89. RJ
    July 28th, 2004 at 02:37 | #89

    Hello All You Twitchers,

    I’ve had twitches in the past, but for years it went away. Now that I think about it; it went away when my child was toddler through elementary school. Now he will be going into high school. STRESS!

    My twitch started up about 1 week ago, lower left eye lid and it comes and goes and is very annoying. I do drink too much caffiene, and I do need more sleep. However, I have been taking in too much caffiene since my twenties and have needed more sleep since my son was born. For years I didn’t have a twitch, now it’s back.

    I’m just glad I found that there are many twitchers out there.

  90. Samantha
    July 29th, 2004 at 02:09 | #90

    I had right eye twitching which started 4 years ago. it happened when my boyfriend broke up with me that sent me to hell. perhaps upheavel of emotions is also a cause.

    The problem persisted even up till now, even though i am no longer upset. It started again 2 weeks ago for me for the umpteenth times!

    when my eye twitch, i feel like taking a knife n slash my lids so that the STOOOPID nerve would stop pulsating. I even pasted adhensive tape over the lid. Many times i held my palm over my eye for minutes and the moment i take my hand off, it come back and i really wanted to gorge my eye out. Sometimes i stare myself in the mirror just to catch how the twitch look, but it doesnt move a inch. The moment i look away, it starts again. So IRRITATING!!!!

    Thanks for the advice given above. Tomorrow, I will eat a banana n stop drinking coffeee!!

  91. Di
    July 29th, 2004 at 20:54 | #91

    Hello everyone. For those of you that mentioned MS earlier on in the year – I have MS and am a twitcher. This current lower lid twitching has been going on for about five weeks now. But from the posts here, it seems that MS and twitching may not be related. Most of us are computer users who stare at screens for long periods of time. It’s probably eye strain, eh?! )))))))). I’ve really enjoyed all your humorous postings :-)

  92. Twitch Twitch
    July 30th, 2004 at 00:15 | #92

    Oh both my eyes won’t stop twitching today – my right eye is going mad!! i’m making an appointment with an acupuncturist as i’ve heard that might do the job! Anything please!!

  93. Jennifer D.
    July 31st, 2004 at 06:56 | #93

    My left eye started twitching for the very first time on Wednesday afternoon. Yesterday it wasn’t so bad. It completely stopped in the evening. When I woke up this morning the damn twitching started again. It’s been going on and off all day and it’s really annoying me and making me mad. I do use the computer for long periods of time everyday as well as drink loads of caffiene – Mountain Dew- to be exact. I drink about 4 or 5 cans a day. I don’t understand what’s wrong. I’ve been drinking 4-5 cans of Mountain Dew as well as using the computers for long periods of time and all of a sudden this eye twitching starts. I’m gonna cut back on all the Mountain Dew I drink as well as cut back on all the time I spend on the computer and start drinking water because I’ve heard that helps. Hopefully it will do some good.

    Question for anyone who can answer: Can a eye doctor or just a regular doctor determine that an eye twitch is caused from stress or not?

  94. Barb
    August 1st, 2004 at 14:30 | #94

    I am so glad to find you! My upper right eye used to twich – it moved to my upper left – now it’s under my left eye and the twich goes the whole lenght of my eye. I too have believed it’s stress and too much time on the computer related. I even went through a short period of twiching on my lip – thank god thats stopped. I have a continuing proplem with skin cancer – but I don’t think it’s related. Thank you so much for your funny stories!

  95. marieanne
    August 2nd, 2004 at 22:24 | #95

    ok i can’t resist putting in an entry…

    my right bottom eyelid has been twitching for at least 6months. i ignore it duely, but just this week someone finally admitted to noticing it! and i have to accept that other people see it too.. hence the websearch.

    this site is great fun to read. i’m just cross that i can’t stand bananas maybe they’d be my cure. (the twitch is gone right now – maybe reading about it helps too). i’ll be sure to try the vitamin b recommendation.

    i blame it on our hours spent in front of computer screens! generation X will be a generation of twitchers.

    cheers,

  96. Jennifer D.
    August 3rd, 2004 at 04:13 | #96

    Just a mini update. My eye finally stopped twitching yesterday finally. I think the reason why my eye was twitching in the first place was because I don’t get enough sleep and I have lots of stress. Luckily I got enough sleep on the weekend and it finally went away.

  97. TabA
    August 3rd, 2004 at 06:17 | #97

    I just wanted to update on my eye lid twitching also. Mine is starting to get some better. However, it is still TWITCHING! ARRGGHH I mean, my eye lid has been twitching over 2 weeks, non-stop. It`s like a pulsating twitch in my lower right eye lid. It has slowed down some, and may be about ready to stop. I sure hope so. I`ll keep everyone updated. Eye twitching sucks man……

  98. Luis from LA
    August 3rd, 2004 at 12:29 | #98

    Hello akk:

    I have read this board many times, and I decided to add my twe cents.

    In my case, my eyes twiches begun in February under a very stressful job. It begun with the left eye twitch on the upper lid. Then it slowed progressed to the corner, which is when things got bad because that type of twitch also move my eye ball slightly, thereby making me dizzy; The eyes crossed just enough to have to stop until it went away.
    It kind of went away, then in June they came back away, this time a bit worst. Now it seems to be getting less.

    I guess this would be a good time to tell you I also had Bell’s Palsy back in 2002. That time it was provoked (I believe) by using a a cell phone against my face for over 5 hours, holding it against the shoulder under extremly streesful circumstances. Next day my face was in pain, two days later is was numb and the Palsy settled in. Lasted about 6 weeks, then one day just went away.

    My twitches this time ALSO begun after the use of a cell phone in very streesful circumstances.

    More facts about my twitching:

    – I clench my teeth and push my tonge aginst my teeth during the day, and I suspect at night because in the mornings I can see my face has been stressed while I slept; Funny skin folds that can only happen if I really force my face hard show up.

    _-I drink MASSIVE amounts of caffeine. Out of control. 5 to 6 large Frapuccino bottles a day. Yes, that stupid. at 2.39 dollars a pop, you
    make the math. A compusion for sure, but that is a whole other story

    – I have a very poor diet, but I do not eat lots of junk, I just don’t eat enough.

    – I am in front of computers 24/7. I am a freelancer, I work from home.

    – I smoke pot. I am a pothead I guess. (May as well admit this)

    – I do not exercise regulary, but I am not too overweight, just a little bit out of shape.

    – My bed is a very bad futon mattres and my sleep positions are horrible.

    – My sitting positions at the desk should be in a book labeled “The worst things you can to to your back”; Sitting with one foot under my butt, sometimes leg crossed. Hours at the time.

    _Up until a week ago I was using a cell phone without an ear piece. I do not have a regular phone, so cell is all I use,

    – I also get funny twitches on my triceps and sometimes my neck and back, but they are rare and I think those are a result of some minor exercise I do from time to time and sleep postures.

    Most of you have posted possible causes for these eye twiches, but I wanted to add a few more that could be causes but I do not think anyone has mentioned as of yet:

    A- Cell phone use. I not believe is a “radiation” issue as much as it is a design/heat issue. Most cell phone have tiny hearing holes, and a lot of people push their phoone into their ears to keep the hole in place so we can listen well. Cell phones GET REALLY HOT after extended use, and the combination of the force pushing against the face + plus the heat (and possibly) + the radiation may have some negative effect on some people. After all, the 7th craneal nerve (which controls the facial expressions) runs RIGHT NEXT TO where you put your cell phone. Smaller compact phones are actually worst, specially about the heat. Think about it, there is only but a few milimiters of skin and tissue between your phone and the facial nerve. I am convinced this is what provoked my Bells’ Palsy.

    B – Rogaine/Monoxydil products. For those men and women using this product, there could be, in some cases, a reaction to them. Stop using them to see if it helps. (Got this from a doctor in Spain)

    C- Dehydriation. Someone said this already, but I think they did not emphasize it enough. Load up on water and see if it helps.

    D- Heavy smokers and pot smokers who cough a lot: While forcing to cough, specially pot smokers, you build up massive muscle pressure in your face if the coughing is really bad and deep (You know what I am talking about) If you do this a lot, this could also trigger small muscle stress, inflamation, blood circulation issues.

    E- Ventilation: This one was also metioned, but I now realize it could actually be more important than you thought. If you are a “closed windows”person, and if you leave in small quarters with little vetialation, you may want to open the windows and let oxygen in as there may be a somewhat toxic levels of CO2 building up. Nothing that would kill you, but unhealthy enough to trigger this twitches. Up above someone else gave a better explanation of the C02-eye twitch connection.

    One last thing: For those still using CTR monitors; DEGAUSSS THEM OFTEN, AT LEAST ONCE EVERY FEW DAYS. CTR monitors slowly get out of focus at the pixel level, and if reading small letters or text, it may put strain in your eyes.

    ANyway, those are my two (well, ok, 5) cents, Hope it helps somebody.

    The TWITCH IS A BITCH!!

    Laters

  99. Luis from LA
    August 3rd, 2004 at 12:33 | #99

    I forgot:

    Of course also if you smoke pot, stop and see if that helps as well.

    Ironic: A pot head forgets to mention pot as a major causes for his eye twitches.

    Laters 😉

  100. Diane
    August 4th, 2004 at 01:03 | #100

    My upper left eyelid began to twitch on July 4, 1996 and is STILL going strong. I have mentioned it to doctors and they all say it’s nothing to worry about….Sometimes it will stop out of the blue for a day or two and what a relief that is! But it always comes back. It even wakes me up at night occasionally. I can actually see the crease of my eyelid vibrating. It’s weird how most people probably never even think about their eyelids, until something goes wrong. I don’t see how it could be ms, als or parkinsons since this is has been going on for 8 years and no other symptoms have come up. I just wish it would stop.

  101. TabA
    August 4th, 2004 at 03:51 | #101

    Hi Diane,
    I posted earlier about my situation… My lower right eye lid started twitching 2 1/2 weeks ago, and won`t stop. I haven`t had a single break from it. It`s been twitch, twitch, twitch for 2 1/2 weeks! It`s gotten slightly better, but is still doing it. I seen my PCP and local neurologist. They said it was stress, not to worry. My PCP put me on Paxil for anxiety. Have you seen a neurologist about it? Have they checked you for hemifacial spasm? Not trying to scare you, just curious… I have searched the web like crazy for constant eye twitching, but all I can find is stuff on intermittent twitching. This eye twitching stuff stinks! My doctors didn`t even check my eyes, they just automatically determined stress… hope your eye stops soon. Take care….

  102. Mike
    August 5th, 2004 at 02:09 | #102

    Look at all these posts – I had no idea eye-twitching was such an epidemic! I didn’t have time to read through all of them, but I didn’t see anyone indicating an eye injury as the cause. One week ago I got hit in the eyeball with a tree branch. After it finished watering and my vision cleared up I noticed an annoying upper eyelid twitch. I read elsewhere that this may just be the eyelid wanting to close in order to heal up some minor damage to my eye or at least keep it moist. From my experience it seems to be worst in the mornings when I first wake up and at night just before bed. So being tired may have some link here.

    Best of luck to everyone chasing their own personal eyelid demons!

  103. August 7th, 2004 at 10:46 | #103

    wow…i had no idea this was so widespread. my twitching began about a week ago, and since yesterday, has been pretty much constant, save maybe an hour here and there. my lower right eyelid. it looks almost like a blood vessel or something is spasming. ew! it’s very noticeable. i did notice something, though: my friend and i went on a bike ride, and it disappeared during the ride, and continued about half hour after i was inside. i’m a caffeine fiend, i stress easily, and i have been very tired lately. i’m not worried as much as i am just horribly annoyed. but i must say how much of a relief it is to know that it is most likely harmless, and also that so many of you out there can relate! oh, pleeeeease….stop twitching!! aughhhh!!!!
    hugs! :)

  104. Twitchy
    August 8th, 2004 at 07:33 | #104

    AHHHHHHHH MAKE IT STOP!!!!!! Ok anyway I hate they eye thing but now that I’ve read this site I guess I can try some stuff to make the twitch go away. but I’m addicted to caffine and the internet so it will be hard I need to start taking my vitamins again I stopped taking them a little while ago. but its really a shock to see so many people with this problem. I’ve gotten on yahoo with all my problem and theres been a message board for all of my problems

  105. Twitchy
    August 8th, 2004 at 07:37 | #105

    I just read someones post that said if you smoke pot it can happen well I just stopped smoking pot cause i want to get a job hmmmmm maybe that could be the reason???

  106. TabA
    August 8th, 2004 at 12:39 | #106

    Just an update from my previous posts. Today my damn eye finally stopped TWITCHING! YES! Sighs…. I have cut back on caffeine, took loads of vitamins, gotten more rest, cut stress, and have been taking Paxil, and it stopped. It was weird how it stopped… I was in the shower and the water was hot and beating on my face, my eye spasmed and forced my eye to close, then the twitch stopped. I couldn`t believe it and was so relieved… I have an eye doctor appointment Monday. I`m only gonna go if the twitch returns. I hope it doesn`t. I`ve drove my family crazy w/ this thing, especially my husband. I kept asking him to look at my eye, and tell me if the twitch was gone!

  107. LopezLA
    August 9th, 2004 at 13:38 | #107

    LET’S TEST THIS THEORY:

    I found an excellent post (and I have been looking around for months) that clearly connects MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY to facial and muscle spams and twitches. This article at GOOGLE GROUPS is extensive and it almost makes me believe this is all it is. I know some others have mentioned this before, but I guess it was never explained this well. The post in question is by Mark London, who I think is either a med student or an actual MD:

    http://groups.google.com/groups?q=Magnesium+low+levels+muscles&start=10&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&selm=10OCT00.15414286%40psfc.mit.edu&rnum=19

    Sorry, but that is the link as I pasted it from the browser. Hope it works.

    After all sorts of test (Stopped sugar, coffee, drank water, got an hear pice for the cell phone, slept in a new bed, etc) I think this could really be it, so I am off to try it.

    Do read the explanation why common Magnesium supplements are hard to be absorbed and how to go about it.

    I propose some of you try this and report back to this site to see if it worked and how quickly it happened. The author of the post admitts the effects were almost immediate in his case, and he even increased the dose over time to improve even further.

    I’ll report back with news as soon as I try it. I will also report which suplements I used and how often, how much and all that good stuff.

    Luis

  108. LopezLA
    August 10th, 2004 at 04:26 | #108

    Holly sandal of Moses!!… IT WORKED!!!

    6 months of twitches on my eye lids. Now gone in less than 24 hours.

    I took 500 mgs (2 X 250) of Magnesium pills (Just regular supplements I got a the grocery store). I took them last night and I started to notice longer pauses between twitches. I woke up this morning and they are all gone. I know this time is good because:

    A) I always woke up with the twitch. Today is the first time I didn’t.
    B) Even in days where I barely got it, I could still triggered it by rubbing my eyes and sneezing or coughing. First time it has not happened since this started in Feb. And I tried…nothing
    C) All other facial smaller twicthes (Sometime I would get some on my cheeck or neck) …gone.
    D) When I used to exercise I would always get them. Not today. I killed them bastards at the basketball court this morning !!!! The “loco chief” is back in the game.

    In my case the relief is more welcome than usual, because my twiches were so strong and located in such a place (The inner corner of my eye) that when they happened, the made me dizzy because it threw my eyeball out of aligment. AWESOME!!!

    Ok, I guess that was my thing. Good luck to all of you and I will let you know if it gets better or worst.

  109. Sandi Anthony
    August 11th, 2004 at 08:50 | #109

    Had Botox two months ago with awesome relief. No eye drooping either. Every now and then I have a little break-through twitching, but it is momentary. I recommend the Botox. Now I started twitching under my chin. Anyone ever have anything like that?

  110. Nadia
    August 11th, 2004 at 12:14 | #110

    I have eye twicthing prob too, especially whenever I stare at the computer for too long. I am worrying a lot, not about the stress but about the popular believe that twicthing of upper left eyelid is denoting bad luck is on the way.Is this true?

  111. Shelby
    August 12th, 2004 at 00:09 | #111

    I was pleasently surprised to find this site when I typed in “eye twitch”! I have had a twitch in my right lower eyelid, on and off for about a week now. I work in retail, and worry that customers see it when I am talking to them.
    I am thinking it is caused from stress because I just went back to work a week ago, after being on holidays for 2 weeks. It does it more when I am at work, then at home. We can’t lower our stress levels, so what can we do but live with it? Good luck everybody.

  112. Chris
    August 13th, 2004 at 22:43 | #112

    Hey, can I join in??

    My left upper has been dancing a merry dance for about a month now. This coincided with work getting very quiet, and me gluing myself to the internet through boredom.

    I went to docs, he sent me off for needles to be shoved in my arm to check for K, Ca etc.etc. Can’t be arsed with all that.

    He suggested too much booze, VDU. So I guess I’d better stop using the intern….

  113. Diane
    August 18th, 2004 at 02:02 | #113

    Hey,
    I first posted back on August 4 about my 8 year battle with left upper eyelid twitching. Since then I started taking a vitamin B1 supplement, just the plain old stuff you get at the grocery store and my twitching is almost gone! I feel a little spasm every now and then but my eyelid is not moving!! I don’t know if it’s just a coincidence or what but I thought I would pass this on to all my fellow twitchers!! I’ll keep y’all informed!

  114. Kelly Perreault
    August 24th, 2004 at 08:36 | #114

    Hi,

    I’m a 30 old from Montreal,Canada with this eye twiching problem I got for a while now … It just seem persist on me , I mean every minutes me eye lid twiches very fast like 10 times rapidly on my lower right eye lid and then stop. I get it specially when the wind hit my eyes. I sometimes get it badly to the point of blurry vision because I cannot adapt the focus on time as it moves a bit my eye balls.

    I stop drinking coffee since a while ago (lost my job in April 04 ) and I’ve been working out like crazy to make those muscle grow (olympic style) during my free times.
    I take a very high protein diet (shakes from weider) and I do lot’s of computer chat at night.

    I’m am not stressed at all and I get all the sleep I need and more. In fact i’m more relax than ever.

    Its driving me nuts this twich ..It’s like the chineese water head drop .. It’s not painfull when it’s 24/7 , It gets to you.

    I was going crazy because I saw my dad have it recently too. I tought it was a contagious disease he picked up from one of his clients ( he practice Osteopathy )

    Then I tough it was the Labrador Bottle water I just bough recently.

    I take like 500mg of Vit C every day because I had a Mononucleose from a girl. I tought It had to do with that too.

    I’ve read the posted messages here and I kind of helpfull in what to look for.

    My last option would be the Potassium theory.

    I bought a bottle of Potassium at pharmaprix and it says on it that It is only for High protein diet because I guess levels go low on high protein intake, which corresponds to what people seem to say here and I do have a high protein diet too!!!.

    Now I’m taking a small POUTINE (potatoes = potassium) from scores + 5x50mg of those Potassium pills right now.. If my twich still persist, well people , beleive me i’ll let you know if this postassium theory works for me or not. I really does hope it works.

    Kelly

  115. Christina
    August 25th, 2004 at 13:20 | #115

    Hello everyone :)

    Never thought I could find a site like this one. My left eye lid has been twitching and it is driving me crazy! I am starting to get headaches and my nose twitches every time as well…

    clr

  116. Anonymous
    August 28th, 2004 at 13:29 | #116

    t After sufferring through 8 months of upper left eye twitching I am happy to say that I have been twitch free for 3 weeks.

    The bottom line is that most people’s eye twitching is caused by stress. I know that is hard to hear because there are so many things that can stress us but it is true. I finally had to leave my job that I had been unhappy with (along with other things) and make a change in my life. Lo and behold, when I finally started taking control my twitching stopped!!

    The moral of my story is that you really need to examine your life and determine if you are doing/participating in things that are having a negative impact on your emotional/physical well being. Consider your eye twitch your friendly little reminder rather than a nagging burden.

    After 8 months of eye twitching, I know how frustrating it can be. At times, my eye twitching caused be to be very depressed. But now, I am actually glad that I had my eye twitch because without it I never would have realized how unhappy/stressed/depressed I have become. I can honestly say that my eye twitch is probably one of the best things that has happened to me because it caused me to seriously evaluate all aspects of my life.

    Too all my fellow comrades of this board, I wish you luck in your quest to rid yourself of the “twitch”. This board was one of the things that helped initiate my “recovery”. Since this is my final post, I feel obligated to leave you with a relevant parting quote:

    “To twitch or not to twitch: that is the question.”

  117. Marty
    September 2nd, 2004 at 10:45 | #117

    I am 68 years old. 24 hours ago, my lower left eyelid (the “bag” under the eye) began to twitch. This very fast, continuous twitch has continued unabated ever since. It was twitching when I went to sleep and twitching when I awoke. I went to the doctortoday; he didn’t think it was anything serious, but suggested I see an eye doc if it continued. Internet studies I did were ominous.

    I read about half the posts on this blog tonight. I drank a glasss of wine. I took a calcium pill (400). I will drink more water. I will cut out the snapple, which I drink almost daily. Also have been drinking lots of regular unsweetened iced tea. I will report back in a few days.

    This site has been most helpful. Keep up the good work. And it proves the adage “Misery loves company”.

    Marty

  118. Martin Spar
    September 2nd, 2004 at 10:48 | #118

    In my prior post today, I said calcium. I meant magnesium. Sorry.
    Marty

  119. Diane
    September 3rd, 2004 at 07:34 | #119

    Marty,
    What did you find out that was so ominous about eyelid twitching?
    Please let us know.
    Diane

  120. Martin Spar
    September 6th, 2004 at 02:29 | #120

    Re the ominous side of eyelid twitching, see the links in the blog’s original entry. Sometimes, the twitch cn spread into a facial tic or palsy that changes your ability to control facial muscles.However neither the internist or opthamologist think this is the case with mine. Only time wil tell.It stopped for a few hours 2 days ago, but it is bak now, twitching away on the lower left side. It’s been going like this for 5 1/2 days now. Oddly, the time it stopped for a while was after I played golf. (I never thought that was stressless). I’m going to try warm compresses which I saw recommended. Look forlinks about Facial Tics for more info.

  121. Heather
    September 7th, 2004 at 20:02 | #121

    good morning! I, too, am thrilled to find this site after searching for info for weeks and attributing my left twitch to every deadly disease known to man!!ha ha!! Now I’m am wondering if the cause could be the pre-natal vitamin supplement I began taking a few weeks ago??????? I am 38, not pregnant yet…Has anyone else out there experienced a twitch after taking pre-natal vitamins?

  122. sally
    September 10th, 2004 at 13:51 | #122

    Twitchers…huh? Who knew there were so many. Mine is more like a spasm of my right eye combined with the lower side of my face. (It’s REAL attractive) I’ve read quite a few of the comments on this site, and I will try a couple of the recommended solutions.

  123. September 11th, 2004 at 02:21 | #123

    JUST READ THE WHOLE SITE!!! O.K. I HAVE BEEN TO ABOUT TEN DRS. FOR MY RIGHT UPPER LID TWITCH.WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S GONE. HAD IT FOR 3 MONTHS. AM SURE PART OF IT IS ANGER
    RELATED DUE TO PEOPLE PLEASING AND PUTTING OTHER PEOPLES NEEDS ABOVE MY OWN. DEEP STUFF. COFFEE GOT ME THIS A.M…. NEED TO BE CAREFUL.YES, WATER, VITS., ALL THAT HELPS. EYE DROPS TO KEEP WET. WARM COMPRESSES.I WILL BE BACK. FEEL I’M GETTING CLOSER TO IT BEING GONE. WILL SHARE SOON . BREATHE!!
    LOVE YOURSELF.JANET

  124. Lucas
    September 11th, 2004 at 10:42 | #124

    I have found that alcohol makes my bottom right eye lid twitch. If I drink a beer or have any food that contains alcohol my eye lid twitches. Is there any thing that any one knows of that links liver or kidney problems to a twitching eye? If I go exercise and get my heart rate up my eye twitch will stop?

  125. Tracey
    September 11th, 2004 at 21:07 | #125

    Never did I think there would be so many twitchers out there. Have read all your suggestions etc and have put it down to stress, lack of sleep and busy lifestyle (holiday would be nice). Have had this twitch of my upper left eyelid for about 2 weeks, every hour it starts up for about 20-30 seconds. Its driving me NUTS! At least I know its nothing major now so will try drinking more water and get more sleep. Good luck fellow twitchers!!!

  126. Donna
    September 12th, 2004 at 07:22 | #126

    Dear Fellow Eye Twitchers:

    I am beginning to think my problem is alot worse then what I am reading here…My lower lid starting twitching about 1 month ago, as you all know its the most annoying thing! about 3-4 days ago, my upper lid started twitching and the whole lid will completeley close! I noticed if i put my hand over the right eye, it will stop. Based on what I am reading from everyone else, I am thinking I have a serious problem here??? Anyone know what this is all about? I do have a very stressful job, get about 4-5 hours of sleep a night, and drink alot of diet soda.

  127. Anonymous
    September 12th, 2004 at 09:36 | #127

    Hi all you fellow twitchers,
    First my right upper eye lid twitched, while I was at a VERY STRESSFULL JOB! I thought this maybe from the stress as well as I had cut the eyelid in an accident 22 years ago, figuring that being a weak point. But I started a new job, no stress, like heaven, and now the lower left eye lid is going nuts!, for a week now. When I push on the skin, I can feel the never pulsating. It’s crazy, I have no stress, and Make more $ with less hours, but this twitching is almost painfull. It won’t go away. Once it starts, it won’t stop. After reading all the ideas, I do look at a computer more than ever at this job and had to get some reading glasses for the small detail of reports I edit. I think some of you are right about the computer all day. As far as the vitamin and minerals, I can’t stand to take any kind of pill, week stomach. I’m going to hope it will go away, like the right upper twitch, and keep reading all your suggestions. I like the idea about a warm wash cloth. Thanks everyone, and most of all the creater of this sight. Good luck

  128. September 13th, 2004 at 01:05 | #128

    I posted a few days ago. Yesterday I saw a homeopathic who gave me Agaricus. It is specifically used to treat eyelid twiches and the desription of the type of personality fits me to a t/… or twitch. (couldn’t resist it). Will let you know if it works.Yes, warm washcloth compresses are a good thing. Breathe!! Janet

  129. Lucy
    September 13th, 2004 at 21:16 | #129

    Hello, came across this site and am having constant spasms under left eye. Seems like upper cheek or in between eye and cheek. Has been going on for month and a half now. Spasms come about 15 or 20 times or more a day! I can put pressure on area with fingers and it will subside for a few minutes and then will return. Seems to go away during sleep at night and returns shortly after waking. Does anyone know what this may be? Causes? Cures? Seems to be getting more frequent each day. It is also an embarassment when talking with someone. If anyone has any ideas please inform me. Thanks, Lucy

  130. Cookie
    September 15th, 2004 at 02:56 | #130

    Thank goodness for this site! I am not alone! I seem to have had intermittant eye twitching off and on all of my life, but mostly in the upper left eyelid. However, it’s never lasted more than a couple of days or so, but this is my fourth week and it is still twitching! When I was a child, I remember my mother saying that if the left eye twitched, bad luck is coming; if the right eye twitched, good luck is coming. She also used to have occasional eye twitches in both eyes – could it be hereditary? Even though I’m not superstitious, I can’t help getting a little more distressed when my left eye starts twitching, which likely makes continue twitching! IT IS MADDENING! I’ve tried everything I’ve read, such as stretching the muscle, and since I avoid caffeine and drink very little alcohol (a few drinks a month), I eat a balanced diet including bananas (semi-vegetarian), and I take a vitamin/mineral supplements everyday, the only other factor is stress. However, we all go through some sort of stress everyday, from traffic jams to a family tragedy, so how can that be avoided? I purposely lead a low-stress life, knowing the ill effects it has, so I am totally at a loss. I try to avoid drugs of any kind, but I am so close to calling my doctor and begging him to give me something, anything to make it stop. Does anyone know of anything, such as herbal tea or something, that I can try? I’m totally open for suggestions!

  131. Lizard
    September 15th, 2004 at 10:00 | #131

    I have to say that in my darkest hours when I think my 6 month old lower left eyelid twitch is some mysterious neurological disorder, I come to this sight and have a good laugh. It’s great to know that I am not alone with my twitch. None of the suggestions have worked for me so far, but I will say my twitch over time has slowed down a bit. Once I didn’t have it for a few days and then my upper lid twitched uncontrollably for an hour. I guess the twitch decided it preferred my lower lid, so it went back there where it has remained happily. Keep on twitchin’

  132. Belinda
    September 15th, 2004 at 14:43 | #132

    My eye has been twitching for about 3 months. After reading most of this site, I have everything mentioned. I don’t get enough sleep, I don’t take any vitamins, I drink cokes instead of coffee, I haven’t exercised, since my hysterectomy in March, I work in front of a computer everyday for 8-10 hours, I am very stress everyday, working with the public and being an office manager and expected to know aaalll the answers, including computer problems. Then there is my husband, after 27 years at one job, the company closed. He lost his job, and we have no health insurance. Going to an income of 100,000 a year to 45,000, if we’re lucky. He is now living and going to school in another city and EDD is trying to screw him out of his unemployment. I am just about to lose it. My d$#n upper rt eye will not stop switching and I feel like a freak at work. I’m 45 years old and just got a huge acne for the first time since high school. But the eye, stop, please stop. Thank you for this site and letting me know Im not alone. I will try to relax and try some of the things mentioned.

  133. Keef
    September 16th, 2004 at 10:39 | #133

    The last couple of days my upper right eyelid has had a constant twitch. May well be good luck – i hope! It may be cause due to stress, alchohol and caffeine and working in front of a comp all day, and i have to admit, i do not eat aswell as i should. So i suppose i should change a few things. But damn its annoying. In the same eye i also have a small black spot that comes and goes (well its always there but i dont always notice it!) the optometrist says its a deformation of the jelly in my eye. I beleive her….but i hope i got some good luck on the way thats for sure. At least its not in my left eye….ha ha ha.

    Peace out!

  134. Amar
    September 17th, 2004 at 08:54 | #134

    My lower left eyelid is twitching right now. So I googled it and ended up here! Internet is crazy!

  135. Martin Spar
    September 19th, 2004 at 13:23 | #135

    After just about 3 weeks, my twitch is gonzo. I cut out caffeine and tried to get a little more sleep. So if you have a twitch and your doc says it’s nothing to worry about he is probably right. It left as mysteriously as it started.

  136. k-unit
    September 19th, 2004 at 17:27 | #136

    Ive had this stupid Eye twich for 2 days……someone give me some advice haha…..its my left eye lid…i have been sleeping very late like around 5 am…..i want to be apart of the ETC hahah…anyways im gonna go eat a bannana

  137. Aprima
    September 20th, 2004 at 17:04 | #137

    So suprised to see so many “ets” over here. Guess must be stress related symptons.

    Mythically, it is supposed to be a change of fortune/situation/career regardless of good or bad for those right eye twicthers. As for the left “ets”, got to pray more to the god because nothing good have been heard of so far.

    I have been an “et” for 20 plus years occuring in both eyes. In despair, I have tried all sorts of medical/orthodox methods but it just cannot get better.I have accepted my fate to be a full plegded “et” and enjoy the twitch now.

    Do take care all “ets”!
    Twitching is cool!

  138. September 21st, 2004 at 01:25 | #138

    hI ALL. WELL, IT HAS PRETTY MUCH STOPPED AND BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY SUFFERING SCARY DAYS(90) I WILL SHARE WHAT I DID.
    I AM CANCELLING THE NUEROLOGIST APPT. I MADE LAST WEEK TO GET A CONSULT ABOUT BOTOX FOR MY UPPER RIGHT EYELID TWITCH.
    I POSTED LAST WEEK THAT I WAS TAKING THE HOMEOPATHIC AGARICUS MUSCAR. 5 C 3X A DAY. THAT HELPED ALOT. THEN I USED A CREAM FOR MY NECK SPASM FROM MY DOC. KETOPRO/FLEXARIL COMPOUND OVER MY RIGHT EYEBROW BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WOULD START TO UNDO THE SPASM ABOVE MY EYE. THAT HELPED TOO. ALSO, I THINK THE GAL ABOUT TEN POSTS UP IS RIGHT TOO. WE NEED TO REALLY BE AWARE OF WHEN IT’S HAPPENING AND WHAT IT MIGHT BE TRYING TO TELL US. I HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE OUT THERE BECAUSE I WAS REALLY SCARED SOMETIMES AND WOULD HAVE DONE ANYTHING FOR THIS INFO!! ANYWAY, BECAUSE I’M A BIG CHICKEN, I AM REALLY GLAD I DON’T NEED THE BOTOX INJECTION. MAYBE THE FEAR OF THAT ALONE FORCED ME TO ‘LET IT GO’ ?? WHO KNOWS . GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!! THE WARM /HOT WASHCLOTH IS VERY HELPFUL/ ALSO BREATHING AND RELAXING. LOVE AND LIGHT TO ALL…JANET P.S. I’D BE INTERESTED TO KNOW IF THIS HELPS ANYONE!

  139. Diane
    September 21st, 2004 at 02:13 | #139

    Hey y’all,
    Just a quick update…almost an entire month now with no twitching!! I started B1 supplements and the twitch is gone after 8 years!! My husband says it’s the placebo effect.. I don’t care! I’m so happy it’s gone. I’ll let y’all know if it ever comes back!
    Diane

  140. nwilson
    September 22nd, 2004 at 02:50 | #140

    I have lower eye lid twitching. IT started last night and has not stopped for anything. I have also had very tight neck, shoulder and back muscles. I believe this is all do to listening to friend’s troubles and whoas. Now I have taken over the side effects.

  141. Rosalee
    September 23rd, 2004 at 10:41 | #141

    My lower left eyelid started twitching about two weeks ago and has not stopped, one of the other posts I read here sounded just like me I thought I had some neurological disorder until I stumbled onto this site and found I am not alone. I am stopping the caffeine, I don’t drink alcohol and I have already tried hot and cold compresses, the compresses didn’t work but I will see if removing caffeine has any effect. I am also starting to take potassium supplements since I have been dieting and exercising rigorously and tend to get dehydrated. Everything I read seems to point to dry eye so hopefully with increased water intake and the supplements maybe there is hope for me and my twitch.

  142. Leah
    September 27th, 2004 at 13:44 | #142

    I’M A COP. I have dreams every night about arresting people, getting in foot chases and finding people with guns and knives on them. I sleep like shit for about 5 hours a night.

    I drink coffee every day, and I luuuuuuuuuv chocolate.

    My right eye and eyebrow area has been twitching for 7 days strait now.

    Do you think if I tased myself it would go away? Or maybe a little pepper spray would do the trick? Or should I just TAKE MY BATON AND BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF MY FRIGGIN RIGHT EYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CRAAAAAAAAAAAP!

  143. Leah
    September 27th, 2004 at 13:45 | #143

    I’M A COP. I have dreams every night about arresting people, getting in foot chases and finding people with guns and knives on them. I sleep like shit for about 5 hours a night.

    I drink coffee every day, and I luuuuuuuuuv chocolate.

    My right eye and eyebrow area has been twitching for 7 days strait now.

    Do you think if I tased myself it would go away? Or maybe a little pepper spray would do the trick? Or should I just TAKE MY BATON AND BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF MY FRIGGIN RIGHT EYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CRAAAAAAAAAAAP!

  144. quaker
    September 30th, 2004 at 11:45 | #144

    Wow – neat site, annoying upper right eye twitch came to me about 3wks ago.

    Coincidentlly, I had the LASIK procedure done about 3wks ago. I’ve done nothing different (habitually or diet wise) since the procedure & have never ‘twitched’ before in my life. I feel the twitch and often wonder if it’s going to shift the layer of eye they peeled back to lasik underneath – that’d suck.

    Been under an unusual amount of stress lately & will attribute the whole thing to that – but i’d agree w/ the COP above – CRAAAAAAAAAAP!!!

    Oh, and thanks for the 1+ year of posts – I’ve spent even more time in front of my computer & not sleeping – but have enjoyed reading and sometimes laughed aloud at our ALETs (annoying little eye twitches).

    -yep

  145. October 5th, 2004 at 12:24 | #145

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  146. mark r.
    October 9th, 2004 at 00:59 | #146

    i first got my eye twitch at the beginning of spring. thought it was my new glasses but then ruled that out.now i think its stress and the need for adequate vitamins and minerals cause i excerise and take in little caffiene……

    ……sigh+deep breath…….

    ……..but the thought that this goddamn annoyin-ass twitch could come from a friggin brainstem disease or whatever is just too fuckin much!

    maybe i should have been a lion…there’s too much stupid shit that comes with being human.

    to a stress free life,ONE!

  147. Gina
    October 9th, 2004 at 13:51 | #147

    Quit smoking on Oct 3,2004…Lower left eyelid twitch kicked in full effect on Oct 5. It comes and goes but annoys the hell outta me when its happening..My kids think its cool as hell, I don’t happen to agree!

    Fellow Twitchers….UNITE! lmao

  148. Tina
    October 13th, 2004 at 00:16 | #148

    My upper right lid has been twitching for about 4 days now. I have had this in the past. I think I’m not getting enough rest and have too much on my mind. I hope that catching up on sleep and drinking more water will help. I’ll let you know.

  149. Twitcherella
    October 14th, 2004 at 11:19 | #149

    Mark R, your post killed me. You are so
    funny! Personally.. I’d rather be a
    rabbit.

    First of all, I’ve had this annoying twitch
    on and off for a couple of years. It used to
    be very sporadic. One day it went away, and
    life was good.

    Then about three months ago, the bastard came
    back bigger and better than ever. At any
    point of the day, you can see my eyelid doing
    the cabbage patch and about two months ago,
    the other eyelid chimed in.

    I feel sorry for the people that have to
    pretend that they don’t notice this violent
    twitching.

    To top it off.. i’m getting twitches in my
    upper arm, and calves. My finger is now
    tap tap tapping by itself as well.

    I want to tear my own eyes out. It is
    bugging the hell outta me and right now,
    this is the only freaking stress in my
    life!!!

    I think we should all get together and have
    a contest to see who is the most fucked up.

    Wendy.
    “I’m bitchin cause I’m twitchin!!”

  150. Lizard
    October 16th, 2004 at 22:39 | #150

    I posted back in September and I wanted to say that my eyelid twitch is gone: here’s why, I think.
    I went to the doctor about unrelated stuff, and one of my problems that I discussed with my doctor is my insomnia. I have 2 small children who get me up at night and I can’t go back to sleep. I asked her for a sleeping aide and she said that she often prescribes a low dose anti-depressant to people like me who are very anxious at night (and during the day, too sometimes). I started taking 5 mg of escitalopram (Lexapro) and it just occured to me the other day that I have not had my twitch since this medicine kicked in! And hey, I am not yelling at my kids all day long, either! I really think my twitch was stress related, and this anti-depressant took the edge off of it. Mother’s little helper, I like to call it. I am sleeping much better, too.

  151. Twitcherella
    October 17th, 2004 at 02:59 | #151

    Lizard,

    I really don’t think its stress related. I am married 13 years very happily, and we have no children. I am self
    employed and work my own hours and answer to no one. We
    are very financially stable and get along great.

    My life isn’t perfect.. but I hardly have anything to
    be stressed about.

    I was reading on the internet about a vitamin D deficiency
    and it rang true for me because I rarely get in the sun.
    I’m very fair skinned and I have twitching in areas other
    than my eyes.

    Here is the link:
    http://www.healthmart.com/supplements/vitamin-d-deficiency.html

    I’m going to try taking a vitamin D supplement and let
    you all know what happens.

    Wendy

  152. Sasha S.
    October 19th, 2004 at 09:25 | #152

    My right upper eyelid has been twitching for almost 5 weeks now and it is seriously bugging me out. It comes and goes during the day and when I place my finger over the lid, it feels like there is something just bouncing around in there!

    I’ve heard tales from various people that if its your right eye it means bad luck or that it will rain soon. Not wanting to believe the bad luck syndrome I tried the expectant rain theory…and I must admit before it rained my eyelid did twitch like crazy! However, I soon gave up the notion when rain ceased for a few weeks and I was still twitch, twitch, twitch.

    I read other’s comments about the stress, java, and potassium explanations. I am a senior at university and in all 4 yrs of “higher learning” this is the only year its twitched without avail. AND YES, I AM STRESSED OUT and lack of sleep is a definte factor. Don’t drink coffee and take my Centrum everyday so I’m resorting to the senior stress and sleep deficiency theories.

    I have a feeling this won’t end unitl I graduate…till then, I’ll be twitching.

  153. Tina
    October 20th, 2004 at 00:02 | #153

    I posted a few days ago about my right eye lid twitching and as I suspected, it went away once I got some rest. The twitching comes along when I am really sleep deprived. And I think drinking lots of water helps. Maybe napping during the day will help some of you with this problem.

  154. Anonymous
    October 20th, 2004 at 12:39 | #154

    My lower right eyelid “twitched” (though I couldn’t feel it, I could see it throbbing when I looked in a mirror) for 2-3 months non-stop. I went to one eye doctor who said it was nothing, called the nurse-line at the local hospital and was told to immediately see a neurologist (AAUGH!!), then saw a second eye doctor who also said it was nothing. Well, in the end, it was nothing. My right lower eyelid stopped twitching eventually.

    But …

    The twitch transferred to the upper left eyelid! This twitch was more intermittent and drove me nuts! This time, it wasn’t noticeable in the mirror (or to others), but I could feel it. It went on for about a month, then mysteriously disappeared.

    Yes, I tried various vitamins, stress reduction, caffeine reduction, sleeping hours upon end, hot/cold compresses, and every other remedy you could imagine. None seemed to work. The twitching stopped as spontaneously as it started.

    My conclusions …

    What caused it? No idea. What stopped it? No idea. I’m just thankful that it’s gone. The cure, I believe, is reassurance that in most cases, it’s nothing but an annoyance.

    Hang in there, twitchers. The twitch WILL go away! :0)

  155. DTillle
    October 21st, 2004 at 06:16 | #155

    About a month ago I serious and consistent with my workouts,and also taking a multi-vitamin once daily. I don’t use products with caffine, also I’ve also started to sleep better because of my hard workouts. At the same time about a month ago I bout a new blender, and make a smoothie at least once daily with 1 whole full sized bannana. I would say I noticed my twitch about 1 week ago today. So much for the theories we have here…

  156. Claudie
    October 22nd, 2004 at 11:56 | #156

    Hi all, I had that darn twitching problem and got rid of it by taking calcium supplements. 2 x 650mg of calcium (1 in the morning and 1 during dinner) with Vitamin D incorporated in the calcium. Worked for me, hope it works for you ! If I forget to take my supplements and my calcium level is low…guess what .. my eye twitches again.

  157. Em Dubya
    October 26th, 2004 at 00:46 | #157

    Lol…great site. Yeah, I’m a fellow twitcher. And all this time I thought I was special and unique. A FREAK, but a special and unique one. Now I’m just a freak like everyone else! :o) I do drink caffeine, but again, it’s not some new evolvement in my dietary regimine. Since my twitching is frequent (at least once every hour, and I can actually trigger one by squeezing my eye shut really hard) I’m about to go try puting ice on my eyelid to cause the muscle fibers to over-contract throughout the entire area, and potentially relax to normal at least long enough to get me through Physiology lab without looking like Bruce Willis on “The Kid”—you know, where he’s slapping his eye all the time when he gets upset. I love that kid, “Yeah? Well at least I don’t do this!” as he proceeds to convusively hit his eye with his fingers…great stuff. I’ll let you know if the ice is any short-term help for those of us addicted to The Twitch…I can’t seem to go more than an hour.

    Praying for withdrawal,

    mw

  158. Abhilash
    October 26th, 2004 at 16:00 | #158

    Hi All,
    Glad to know that I’m not alone and there are so many people across the world…having the twitch,twitch,twitch…
    I have started having this since a couple of months,in both the eyes,more often in the left eye..lower eyelid…
    It’s annoying…dead annoying…
    Im hypertensive and am on anti hypertensive drugs…but doctors say that the drugs shud not be a cause of this twitch. Ive had this for about two weeks a year back..and it all vanished on its own..
    I sit on the computer for about 8 hrs a day…and Ive noticed that on weekends,when Im away from computers..the twitching is relatively less..
    There is this chinese site that says that it is caused bcoz of heart defieciency…SACRES ME!!
    I read Josh’s recommendation and if it works..Josh.. I’ll owe it to you for a lifetime..

    the lumbar punctures and the cerebro spinal fluids scares me…

    its twitching…twitch..twitch..

    good luck to all..
    Abhilash

  159. Abhilash
    October 27th, 2004 at 14:45 | #159

    The twitching is relatively less today…I donno the reason… have been trying to track down what differenet i did yesterday… I guess, I played table tennis for half an hour…
    and one more important thing…when i sneeze or yawn…the twitching increases…
    my advice to all…to excercise…increase the blood circulation for some time in a day…
    forget about the lumbar punctures and the heart problems…

    EXCERCISE…for atleast 30 mins a day… you will find releif!!

    Thanks…good luck to all..
    AB

  160. Faye
    November 1st, 2004 at 17:54 | #160

    Gosh, my bottom right lid is twitching like crazy now. Along with that my heart is pumping pretty fast and I feel kinda weak and nauseous. What is happening to me? I’m feeling something bad’s gonna happen.

  161. Tim
    November 3rd, 2004 at 02:55 | #161

    Wow what a group, glad not to be alone. Left lower eyelid twitches every couple minutes, sometimes a few times, sometimes it just contracts a little like it wants to twitch. A few days ago it fluttered for a few minutes straight a couple times in WAL*MART. This has been going on for about a week. It seemed to alleviate somewhat during the less-stressful weekend. Stats: 30s, high-stress Type A, 50-60 hr/s week in front of the computer, exercise a few times a week, overweight, moderate caffeine intake, moderate+ alcohol, low sleep. Sound familiar? Lots of people here just like me. Maybe eye strain + stress + diet is the problem, not a single factor. I’ll also not that sometimes my left thumb twitches. The thumb twitching is not synchronized with or connected to the eyelid twitching, they seem to be independent. After reading all of the above this is my plan: more green veggies, more water, more sleep, more family time, less work, better diet overall. I already take a multivitamin plus C and E supplements. Maybe I’ll try the magnesium and/or B6. GOOD LUCK

  162. Hawaiian
    November 5th, 2004 at 06:40 | #162

    I began twitching about 4 weeks ago when I was to encounter a stressful situtation. My lower/outer left eye twitched for about a week and slowly disappeared. About a week ago, after working in the back yard and sweating profusely, my left upper/inner eyelid began to twitch. It subsided but a couple of days later after jogging the twitching started and subsided again. I started eating bananas and taking calcium (perhaps too much calcium?). Now that upper/inner twitch is starting and is a little sharper. It can sometimes make me blink. I am going to try Magnesium per a post half way up from here. Odd thing is that although I do have some stressful situations coming up, the fear of having this twitch recognized by people give me more stress than anything else.

    I do believe that most of us can have this remedied by some sort of supplement. I am not a doctor but it seems to make sense that because of emotional stress it does affect our our bodies physically (twitching). The key may be to find what physically we are deficient (potassium, calcium, magnesium, water, etc.).

    Thank you for this forum/blog. Pray for those of us who do not have access to the internet for information or this forum/blog and are going through this alone.

  163. ham
    November 8th, 2004 at 14:36 | #163

    yo this shit is so funny im on the floor. iv had the same prob for the last week after the 2nd day i got scared but i never go the the doctor so i looked online and found some probable causes but coming here and reading some of this shit you cant help but die laughing

  164. November 8th, 2004 at 15:28 | #164

    my lower right eyelid has been twitching for about 4 months or so on and off. i’ve always eatten bananas regulary and I’m fairly sure Iget enough B vitamins.

    The only fluids i drink are water (bout a 1.5 gallons) and fresh veg. juice. no coffee, no tea, no soda, no …..

    The only thing i could imagine that brought this on is a probable elevated stress level.

  165. Magnolias
    November 9th, 2004 at 21:56 | #165

    Hey! I am so glad I found this site. I’ve been having twitching upper left eyelids for a couple of weeks. It’s never been so serious and it is absolutely annoying! I’m just glad that there’s a normal explanation to all this and it really suprised me that there’s such an overwhelming amount of eyelid twitchers:) I really think it’s the stress and lack of sleep. I’m going to try banana eating…hmm.. I’ve noticed that other than when I’m tired, my eyelid also twitches when my emotions are more extreme, like if I’m really angry or laughing a lot. I’ve also noticed that a lot of people have eyelid twitches on their upper left eyelid…hmm?

  166. Roy
    November 11th, 2004 at 08:11 | #166

    Hello fellow eyelid twitchers!

    Just wanted to add my two cents. My upper left eyelid has been twitching for around 7-9 years (I’m 21), off and on. I’ve grown pretty used to it, but it’s darn annoying! Recently I’ve been sick (probably viral), and it’s happening many times a day — about 5-10 seconds per twitch. Sometimes it has gone on for a minute or two, but not recently.

    I totally believe it’s related to stress and overstressing my eyes. It happens most often when I’m low on sleep or stressed out.

  167. Jan
    November 11th, 2004 at 11:19 | #167

    I am convinced that different things may cure different people, but each time my twitch wants to return, all I have to do is begin drinking a whole lot of water (3 to 4 20-oz bottles will usually do it) and it goes right away! Within the hour! Cheap cure, worth a try!

  168. Linda
    November 11th, 2004 at 21:45 | #168

    My right eyelid starting twitching about a month ago. It is getting worse and driving me nuts. I had laser surgery around my eyes. Do you think this is what caused it?

  169. Wendy
    November 12th, 2004 at 00:05 | #169

    Hey everyone!!! Well I cannot believe that I found this site and to see that so many of us experience the same. Left bottom eye twiches 10 seconds or so for about a week now. Lifestyle: Work 50 hours a week in front of a computer, run kids here and everywhere, stress level is elevated for sure, no coffee or soda and I drink lots of water all the time. I think I will try reducing stress and take some additional vitamins. Thanks for the input…..Have a great day :)

  170. ida
    November 14th, 2004 at 22:04 | #170

    thanks so much for the info u put up on eye twitching. and thanks to all those who commented and gave informative feedback. i found ur blog more useful and user friendly as compared to all other medical scientific sites i visited.

    i use to get twitches but they’d go off in a while. my cause for concern was when the twitching didnt stop for the entire day today :(

    maybe its stress…cos im gonna be having exams soon..

    niwae, thanks again ya

  171. Brian
    November 24th, 2004 at 11:37 | #171

    My right upper eyelid has been twitching off and on now for about a year. Im now glad to see, from this site, it probably isn’t MS. I think I have been watching too much West Wing. At least from this site I now know that I should expect good luck. I will post back if the caffine thing works. My eye has been going nuts today after having a Mt. Dew rather than my normal Dr. Pepper. Maybe we need to get together and lobby congress for a bunch of money for research. Maybe we could have a twitching convention or something. That would be a riot.

  172. Sandy
    November 29th, 2004 at 10:19 | #172

    Hello everyone….I also just joined the twitcher club about two weeks ago. My lower eyelid on my right eye is going crazy on me with the twitching and I’ve been taking magnesium, B-complex, and I already drink plenty of water. However, I was just put on a new medication about 8 weeks ago and am feeling fine otherwise, but I pulled out the info sheet that comes with the meds and freaked out when I read under “serious side effects” that vision changes is listed…trying not to panic here and wondering if a twitch is actually considered a change in vision…you know? Or is it just coincidental that the twitch started a few weeks after being on this medication….so, tomorrow I will call my regular doctor first to see what she thinks about that and from that conversation I’ll know whether or not to call the eye doctor too. If I find out anything that may help anyone else, I will be sure to post. For the women twitchers out there, the med I am talking about is a new estrogen hormone I was just put on. Good luck to all of you who do find a cure…it will be a blessed relief. Take care everyone!

  173. November 30th, 2004 at 11:38 | #173

    Hi. I’m Patrick and I’m a Twitcher.
    What an incredible blog. I’m doing the low carb thing, got serious tension and knots in upper back, lack of sleep, just had the flu. I’m prime candidate material. I’ll try the mag. and pot. supps to start with and get back. Thanks for all the advice.

  174. new to the twitch
    December 2nd, 2004 at 05:34 | #174

    Cool blog!
    My twitching started 2 weeks ago. Funny thing though, my twitch started at the tip of my eyelid and then a couple days later went up to the top of my eyelid where it seems to have stayed. I am hoping it does not continue to move into my brain! Has anyone ever had a twitch move from one spot of your eylid to another?

  175. new to the twitch
    December 2nd, 2004 at 05:34 | #175

    Cool blog!
    My twitching started 2 weeks ago. Funny thing though, my twitch started at the tip of my eyelid and then a couple days later went up to the top of my eyelid where it seems to have stayed. I am hoping it does not continue to move into my brain! Has anyone ever had a twitch move from one spot of your eylid to another?

  176. Francisco
    December 3rd, 2004 at 05:57 | #176

    Well, just about 2 weeks ago, my left eyelid started twitching . At first, it was super annoying, and everytime I entered in a conversation, I couldn’t even focus properly, because I thought that people maybe instead be staring at my twitching eye. It stopped after a while, totally out of the blue. It started again a few days ago, and got quite stronger.

    I was super annoyed by this, so I began to look at the Net for more information. And boy, am I glad I found this site. It short of a calming site for me, as I realized that this problem is quite common. About the only attribute I can associate my eyelid twitching, would be the fact that I’ve been under a lot of stress lately. I am a 29 year old guy, work out by playing Ice Hockey, eat healthy, take lots of vitamins, etc.

    So I decided to focus exclusively on the relaxing part. The first thing I did after visiting this site, I got into my hot tub, while thinking to myself that I must relax. I turned the water on very hot, but to a point that I could manage. After 15 minutes, nothing happened…but it was sure relaxing. Towards the end of my bathing, I decided to sink my head into the hot water…it hurt a bit, (hot!) but it was relaxing. After spending about 15 seconds under water, I emerged and left the shower. Suddenly, my twitching decreased dramatically to the point where I could no longer feel it. Whoa. I guess something to do with relaxing the facial muscles did the trick….If this worked, I am going to try to take it to the next level…I will probably go to a professional Spa/Sauna to see what happens…

    Well, just my two cents..

    Paco

  177. Lauren
    December 5th, 2004 at 06:25 | #177

    WOW!!!! SO many eye-twitchers!! What a weird problem, huh? I have never ever had this happen before, but about 4 days ago now it just started happeneing, randomly! I was kind of annoyed but expected it to go away by the end of the day. And it didnt! It happens on and off throughout the day, sometimes for longer periods of time than others. One day it barley seemed to happen at all. But now I am getting more and more annoyed because it is harder to concentrate on things, (like plying music and reading) and I do feel self concious when I talk to people. In my case, I think it is lack of sleep, diet and stress. Ay yi yi yi yi! But I have been a lot more stressed out before and have even been getting fair amounts of sleep. I have been searching the house for bananas, since thats what I have heard works, but have yet to find one. Could eye twitching possibly be hereditary? I dont know if anyone in my family has it or not, just a thought. I sincerely hope all of your “tremors” go away as soon as possible! Your fellow twitcher, Lauren

    PS- by the way, my twitch is in my upper left eyelid. Too bad for bad luck! But that seems to be pretty common, so i will take comfort, I guess. 😀

  178. December 6th, 2004 at 02:00 | #178

    I’ve noticed my eyelids, both eyes, both top and
    bottom lids….all 4 lids twitching with a very quick
    vibration-like twitch….sometimes all at the same time,
    making my eyes water. But usually stops after a couple
    of minutes. I’ve looked in the mirror to see the
    twitching is detectable. Sometimes I can feel the twitch
    but not see it when I look in the morror. Anyway, I
    thought rest and destressing would help….nope!…now after two years of this condition and it increasing, I’ve decided that I’ll just speak to it to go away with thoughts of love and peace to my spirit. I’ve actually seen other parts of my body healed in this manner….just for those reading, I’m wondering if any others out there posting their twitching scenarios have ever tried this
    “Creative Word” type of healing?
    JB

  179. Keith
    December 8th, 2004 at 04:01 | #179

    Hi:
    What an amazing site. I, too, had no idea that so many are afflicted with this. I have developed, over the past few weeks, an intermittent (what else) upper left eyelid twitch. The twitch is sort of a motion that pulls towards the corner and is really only visible if I pull the skin up slightly so the whole upper lid can be seen. Annoying indeed. I went online and researched this since I also have been diagnosed with Abductor Spasmodic Dysphonia, which is a neurological disorder involving the muscles that control the vocal folds. In short, I have difficulty speaking, especially words that begin with unvoiced consonants as a result of improper vocal fold closure. I have already had botox to treat this condition, with little success. MY concern with this ‘twitching’ is that, since my dysphonia is technically a focal dystonia, I am wondering if the incorrect signals coming from my brain are now also affecting the muscles in my eyes as well as those that control vocal production. A form of focal dystonia affecting the eyes is, as many of you may know, blepharospasm. However, generally it seems as though both eyes are inolved in this disorder.
    I am encouraged by those who posted on good results with the vitamin B supplements. I’ll probably give that a try. Good luck to all. I have enough in dealing with the spasmodic dysphonia, let along a new type of spasm.

  180. Sandy
    December 8th, 2004 at 06:09 | #180

    Hello again…I posted earlier regarding my twitch in my lower right eyelid and wondered if it might be connected to a new estrogen I was put on…well, since I posted I decided to just go have my eye checked out by my eye doctor and first asked him about a possible connection to my new med…he said usually if a med puts anything in their list of side effects regarding vision changes, they are referring to the cornea…he did a thorough exam of my eye..cornea is fine…but he said he could see several tiny bumps either inside that lower eyelid or on that low part of my eye..can’t remember, but I’m leaning towards the inside of the eyelid…I was nervous and tried to remember everything he was telling me…but when he got into the synapsis (sp)of the nerves, etc. I got lost! However, he said these bumps are usually seen with an allergy of some kind so he gave me some drops to use for two weeks and told me to pick up an over-the-counter allergy tablet with decongestant in it because for some reason or other the decongestant helps with such twitches!! Within two days of taking Benadryl Allergy and using the drops, the twitches subsided and then I didn’t have any for three days so I thought I found my cure…BUT, then this morning I had some very upsetting news regarding a family member and I noticed the old eyelid gave a twitch or two today…not strong twitches, but still it did twitch. So, I’m sure these darn twitches
    can be caused from just about anything….allergies, nerves (stress), and all the other things already mentioned in all of these posts….geeez, why can’t there just be on easy answer and solution for all of us?!! Anyway, I’ll see how it is after I calm down from the bad news…but it sure was nice not to twitch for those couple of days. Good luck everyone as you seek whatever will cure your twitch.

  181. Sylvia
    December 8th, 2004 at 14:36 | #181

    Wow! Am I relieved! Thought for sure I had a brain tumor or something like that. I’ve had this twich in my lower right eye for about 3 months now and I didn’t know what to think. Lets see now- Starting my own business so lets check the stress box. Drink lots of coffee and tea, caffeine- check. Getting lousy sleep, check. Haven’t been taking my vitamins like I should-check. Haven’t been drinking enough water, check and double check. I think I know what to do-duh! So glad I found this site. Thank you, thank you! It’s 10:30 p.m. better get some shut-eye, (no pun intended) g’nite

  182. December 9th, 2004 at 03:17 | #182

    The left side of my nose just under my eyelid has been twitching non-stop for 2 months now. 24 hours a day. I can’t sleep, I can’t work, it’s driving me mad

    I’m going to choke down a million vitamins and see if that helps, and stop the drinking, even though I think it pretty much stops when i’m drunk, but it’s driven me into constant drinking.

    arg, it’s very annoying.

    Thanks for this article though, im going to see if i can’t take some of the advice and apply it.

    -scott

  183. Samantha
    December 11th, 2004 at 07:32 | #183

    ….My eye JUST started twitching today for NO reason. Thhey’re BIG twitches, you can DEFINITELY see them good. It’s lasted ALL day today, and I’m scared :(

    ~Signed,
    A 15 yr old girl who dreads the thought of a brain tumor. :'(

  184. Samantha
    December 11th, 2004 at 07:32 | #184

    ….My eye JUST started twitching today for NO reason. Thhey’re BIG twitches, you can DEFINITELY see them good. It’s lasted ALL day today, and I’m scared :(

    ~Signed,
    A 15 yr old girl who dreads the thought of a brain tumor. :'(

  185. Terry
    December 12th, 2004 at 06:46 | #185

    WOW. I had no idea that this little twitch was so popular. Not that I read every comment on the way down to the bottom of the scroll here, but I get the idea: tired, stress, vitamins, computer screens… Thought also of checking my lenses with the optomotrist (?) (doesn’t look right…maybe because of twitching?…)

    Well, gang, do what ya gotta do. (optometrist?)

  186. Jeanette
    December 15th, 2004 at 13:52 | #186

    So “the twitch” started about 3 weeks ago, and has progressively increased each day, or so it seems that way. It’s my upper left, and its annoying the hell out of me…Now that i know what causes it, i will try to be less stress, and drink less caffine. Question, how can i be less stressed when my eye is constantly twitching, lol…anyway…am i suppose to go to the eye doctor? didn’t realize twitching was such a gib problem!!

  187. Tanya
    December 17th, 2004 at 03:11 | #187

    This post is great! I didn’t realize there were so many people out there like me who were trying to take over the world and werent getting enough sex! =) Plus the fact that people just keep posting to this site even after a year. I couldnt even get thru all the posts as funny as some were, there were just too many.
    Well, i have been Dr Evil for about a week now. Everyday ALL day. In my lower left lid. It won’t stop! It’s insane. I guess I’m just going to have to live with it. Besides it’s starting to grow on me. lol
    Thanks for the club. I’ll check back in a year.

  188. K
    December 22nd, 2004 at 22:55 | #188

    I went to the eye doctor yesterday for a check-up and mentioned that I had an eye twitch. He told me that THE treatment for eye twitch is botox. In fact Botox was originally approved by the FDA to specifically treat eye twitches. There are many mysterious ailments out there that don’t have effective treatments, after seeing the eye doctor I don’t think this is one of them. Look up Botox online and/or go see an eye doctor.

  189. Alex
    December 23rd, 2004 at 07:06 | #189

    How funny, my left eyelid has been twitching for a week now – I believe it’s stress. How strange that it seems to be often the left eye.

    Message board has been going strong for over a year, how funny.

  190. J
    December 26th, 2004 at 16:30 | #190

    For about 4 weeks I’ve had a semi-persistant twitch in my right upper eyelid, usually lasting for about 2 minutes maybe 10-20 times a day. I have had some eye twitching in the past, but it has never lasted this long. This is kind of interesting though: about a year ago I had a kind of popping sound in my right ear (the sound in your ear you get when you force an eye-squint really hard) that lasted for maybe one or two months, and right as that went away I developed an eye twitch. My girlfriend suggested that I eat a lot of bananas, and I did that. It stopped 2 days after I had like 4 or 5 bananas. What is interesting is that right before my eye started twiching 4 weeks ago, I noticed the same popping sound in my right ear for a couple of days, and when that went away my right eye began to twitch. Im gonna try not drinking any coke or eating any chocolate and getting on a better sleep schedule. (going to bed at 4 and waking up at noon couldn’t be good for me anyway). I’m gonna visit my doctor monday, just for his opinion, and hopefully It’ll all get better soon. It is quite amazing that such a relatively ‘minor’ neusance can cause such agony!! ahhh

  191. Kristi
    December 29th, 2004 at 14:48 | #191

    I’m 41 years old. My right eyelid has been twitching a few times a day for the past several months. I’ve noticed that it will do it especially when i’m upset about something (i.e.. my husband yells at me, or if i get worried about something). If i’m speaking to someone when it happens i have to touch my eye to cover up the twitch. I’m going to try relaxing myself as much as possible and going into a de-stress mode with plenty of sleep. If that doesn’t work i’m seeing a neurologist to see about getting a MRI. I worry about it being a brainstem neoplasm. I’m sure everyone else is thinking the same thing!!!!

  192. Sandy
    December 31st, 2004 at 08:53 | #192

    Hi All,
    I first posted back at the end of Nov. regarding the very annoying twitch in the lower lid of my right eye…since that time I had thought maybe it was due to a new form of estrogen the dr. put me on…nope, that wasn’t it….then I visited my eye dr. who thought it might be due to allergy and he had given me drops….that didn’t stop it either. So, the twitch continued…had it every single day, all day long…some days much worse than others, but like all of you here I just wanted it to STOP already…geeeez. Well, after reading through many of these posts again the other day I decided to start taking a calcium supplement and a potassium supplement….guess what?!!! THE TWITCHING HAS STOPPED!! I only hope it’s for good….just wanted to share with you all that the only thing I did differently was started taking the two supplements…hoping maybe some of you might have the same luck. Take care and Happy (hopefully, non-twitching) New Year!
    Sandy

  193. Kelly
    January 2nd, 2005 at 02:13 | #193

    My right lower eyelid started twitching a month ago. It seems to be related to a sinus infection I have had trouble getting rid of. At least I hope that’s causing it, because the thought of giving up coffee makes it twitch.

  194. Laura G
    January 5th, 2005 at 12:20 | #194

    It’s driving me crazy! Under my eyes, the twitching is driving me nuts! Both eyes. If I scrunch up my eyes tight and then open it’s even worse! For me it’s been going on for a month, on and off, thoughout the day.
    I do drink coffee and will NOT give that up. I’m just glad to know it happens to other people. And I’m not the only one out there.

  195. Anbu
    January 5th, 2005 at 14:10 | #195

    Hi,
    I’m also a twitcher. While reading the above postings my eye was twitching. I got immediate releif when i focused a distant object through the window. I’m keep on doing that once for 5 minutes. For the past 45 minutes i’m not getting any twitching. Will let you know if it works for this whole day.

  196. Tori
    January 7th, 2005 at 02:21 | #196

    Thank goodness for this site. I have had an annoying eye twitch for about 3 weeks. I have all and more of the symptoms: tooooooooo much coffee, lack of sleep, toooooo much stress and etc. Left eye, but only when I move my eye a certain way I’ve noticed it happens. Around Christmas time it was worse, it seems to be getting better, but still there. Worried that it could be a symptom of something worse, however since reading about everyone else, feeling much better so thank you.

  197. Travis
    January 7th, 2005 at 02:55 | #197

    I’d like to join the ETC. My lefty’s been doing it 2 or 3 times daily, sometimes skipping a day or two, lasting a minute to an hour. Sometimes I get relief by drowning both eyes with a liberal amount of Visine. More effective is 3 or four shots of Evan Williams (taken orally, not in the eyes). Coincidentally, I am also engaging a plan for career enhancement that could possibly lead to world domination. If I could find a sure fire cure for this, I would be willing to pay………ONE HUNDRED BIZILLION DOLLARS!!!!! MUHAH HA HA HAAAAA!!!!

  198. karen
    January 7th, 2005 at 03:10 | #198

    Well being the fact I am 62 years old maybe
    it is my age. I have a twitch under my eye.
    I can’t be sure if it has something to
    do with the fact my face was paralyized
    5 times in the past, from brain infections.
    that killed most of the nerves in my face.
    I have very little feeling in my face, maybe
    the nerves are trying for a new life.

  199. mad max
    January 7th, 2005 at 13:21 | #199

    my lower right eye has been twitching for 3 years THREE FRIGGIN YEARS FOR CHRIST SAKE!!! im beginning to get a little pissed

  200. Anonymous
    January 9th, 2005 at 02:20 | #200

    I’ve had twitching in my left eye on and off for almost a year and a half. Now I’m having it in both. I’m also have twiching throughout my body – I think they call that fasciculations. Anyway I think it might be a symptom of MS.

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