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Eyelid Twitching

September 8th, 2003

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. Ali
    January 10th, 2005 at 22:27 | #1

    Hello my friends…

    I got a twitch on my left eye yesterday… I didnt get enough sleep last days because I was traveling for 24 hours no sleep..

    Then, I had squash match the 2nd day after arrival, and yesterday I had flu with an increase in body tempreture.

    I noticed that the twich decrease while I wear my glasses (which I dont usually need).. Maybe its eyestrain…

    well, I hope everyone get cured soon…

  2. Anonymous
    January 11th, 2005 at 00:53 | #2

    Hello everyone,
    I thought I was a weirdo…now I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one out here that has this problem. It’s SO annoying! But, I completely agree with the MS thing. I, too, think my twitching is a sign of MS since my eye is not the only part of me that does this. I’m hesitant to go to my doctor because I know he’s going to say nothing’s wrong with me, but I know there is!!!

  3. Tori
    January 12th, 2005 at 02:25 | #3

    I just bought the B-12, stopped the caffeine,
    sleeping more, and although it is still there,
    it’s not as bad. I can still feel the lower,
    left lid dance every once in awhile, usually
    when I look down and then look up???? Strang,
    know. I also have an appointment with the eye
    doctor this week. So, I will let you know
    what he tells me! I’m sure it’s just stress, but
    with some peeps writing about MS, I’ve gotten
    myself in a tizzy! I really don’t think that
    it’s a sign of MS, because with that other areas
    are effected, which is not in this case. Thank

  4. Robyn
    January 13th, 2005 at 02:19 | #4

    Somebody needs to get a grant from somewhere and study this group! I’m an upper left Twitchy, latest spasm going on 3 weeks now. Don’t know a cure, but I know the CAUSE for this episode… 3 weeks ago I DROVE 12 straight hours with almost no break (and a 4 yr old in the backseat). By the time I got to my destination, I was raiding the cabinets for eye drops like it was a drug fix. My eyes were dry, bloodshot, strained … the next morning, hello Twitch! Of course, my husband is overseas in the military, so I’m also holding out hope for the lack-of-sex theory. At least that would be an end in sight! In the meantime, I’ll keep coming back here where I can at least laugh about it! (instead of muttering curses under my breath). I have found some temporary relief wearing an EYE-PATCH, but only around the house unless you’re going for the Dread Pirate Roberts look.

  5. Tori
    January 13th, 2005 at 07:21 | #5

    Hello all, I just got back from the eye doctor. He said not to worry about any MS, brain tumors etc… He said that under the microscope my eye is extremely dry, and “grainy”, almost no lubrication at all. Sounds strange but he went on to say that he himself had this annoying twitch for like 6 weeks one time, before he was an op (eye doctor), and until someone came along and told him to just keep the eye lubricated, was only when he found relief. He told me to use those tears drops and keep the eye extremely lubricated. I have to say, its been one hour and it is better. I can still feel alittle flutter, but nothing like before. Why haven’t I thought of eye drops before? He also said that people tend to get them more in winter when the heat is cranked up and drying out the eye. Im keeping my hopes up and will let you know how it works. Good luck all. Dont forget to Lubricate!

  6. Tori
    January 13th, 2005 at 07:22 | #6

    Hello all, I just got back from the eye doctor. He said not to worry about any MS, brain tumors etc… He said that under the microscope my eye is extremely dry, and “grainy”, almost no lubrication at all. Sounds strange but he went on to say that he himself had this annoying twitch for like 6 weeks one time, before he was an op (eye doctor), and until someone came along and told him to just keep the eye lubricated, was only when he found relief. He told me to use those tears drops and keep the eye extremely lubricated. I have to say, its been one hour and it is better. I can still feel alittle flutter, but nothing like before. Why haven’t I thought of eye drops before? He also said that people tend to get them more in winter when the heat is cranked up and drying out the eye. Im keeping my hopes up and will let you know how it works. Good luck all. Dont forget to Lubricate!

  7. Tori
    January 13th, 2005 at 22:11 | #7

    Sorry for the double post, I don’t know what happened. Anywho, it has been over 15 hours that I’ve been putting in those drops and I have to say, NO TWITCH!!!!!!!!! Hip Hip Horray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Mr Healer!
    January 14th, 2005 at 00:02 | #8

    Hey you all. I havent bothered to read all comments here. But I think I have found the all almighty solution to the twitching eyelid.

    Ok, it is probably related to stress, but Also i think a defficiensy (sorry spelling).
    I got twitching eyelid for about 4 months ago, and it kept
    on going on and off every minute, even at night..
    It almost drove me crazy. In the end (a few weeks ago)
    It started on the left eye as well..
    I work with couputers so I thought it was the screen or something.

    bla bla bla..

    To cut the story short and to probably help a lot you you out there.

    Try MSM capsules. This is just a natural substance found in fresh fish and vegetables. you can get it in most health stores.
    MSM eyedrops also exists.
    It was almost magical. After 2 days of taking it (first day 2 capsules, then 3 the next day) the muscle spasm in my eyes was gone!!!!

    MSM is usually used by people with acing joints, but it also helps to soften cells and ease up muscles. It certainly worked wonders for me.

    Try it out.

    It definetly worked, and has given me a “new life” without twitcing eyelids!!

  9. Anonymous
    January 14th, 2005 at 00:43 | #9

    Hey guys…
    I’m a former lefty, upper twitcher. It had been going on for like two weeks. But, OH-MY-GOODNESS!!!! Its a miracle. It really works. I just used some lubricating eye drops and it’s basically stopped!!! It still twitches just a teeny tiny bit, but its WAY better. I’m on my way to no more twitchys…yaaaaayyyy!!!

  10. Tori
    January 14th, 2005 at 02:18 | #10


  11. Tori
    January 14th, 2005 at 02:21 | #11

    The time at the bottom of the posts are all wrong!

  12. Ed
    January 14th, 2005 at 08:02 | #12

    I get a LLT, er, Lower Lefty Twitch, every now and then. I fully believe the eyedrops help, but I also found a more instant cure, for when you don’t have the drops available.
    If you use accupressure, simply applying pressure right above the cheekbone, under the eyelid, using your index finger, and for about a minute, it makes it go away for a while. Sometimes it doesn’t come back for quite a long time. I think it might have something to do with interfering with the nerve firings, and allowing the muscles to settle down. Sort of like short-circuiting a cramping muscle. Anyway, it works for me!

  13. Mr Healer
    January 14th, 2005 at 22:20 | #13

    Hey guys, I really recommend MSM supplement.


    “Muscle Cramps: MSM has the surprising ability to reduce the incidents of or eliminate entirely – muscle cramps, leg and back cramps after long periods of inactivity, or in athletes such as runners, football, basketball and soccer players who experience cramps during the participation of their sport.”

    You have to remember that a twithcing eyelid is just a musclecramp, a
    constant one that is.
    I havent done anything else than start taking MSM supplement,
    and it is totally gone, ive now been almost 3 weeks cramp free,.
    And it has other benefits as well as it acts as a detox for your body.

    Give it a try. Search for MSM capsules or just MSM supplement in google and have a read if you have any doubts.
    Its a totally natural product.

    I am sure it will help better than applying pressure from time to time,
    or being dependent on eyedrops. I cant see why eyedrops should help. Your eye produces enough lubrication by itself, and if not
    the reason is not musclecramps. And i dont think Cramps is a side-effect of lack of lubrication, red eyes is probably more common then.
    I’ts a muscle cramp/nerve thing. If eyedrops helps it probably just give temporarly releif, like “red eyes” eyedrops does, or cleareyes type drops.

    I found that applying pressure helped me as well before, but only for an hour at the most.
    MSM has now given me almost 1 month, and I dont see it coming back.!!

    I’m now back to normal and dont give it a second thought that its gone. Its great!!!!

  14. Tori
    January 15th, 2005 at 02:23 | #14

    In some cases, Mr.Healer, the eye isn’t producing its own lubrication, such in mine, as the eye doctor saw! Well in any case, it has worked for me..
    . GONE!!!!!!!!!!! Do what you will to make it go away, I’m just relaying what an eyedoctor informed me to do!!!

  15. Viv
    January 16th, 2005 at 20:33 | #15

    Phew! Im normal. For the past two months I thought I had inherited my grandfathers debilatating muscle disease which started with an eye twitch and droopy eyelid. Now I know its nothing but a silly twitch Im off to bed for a peaceful sleep!!

  16. Ricardo
    January 17th, 2005 at 01:49 | #16

    Hello from Portugal… yeah I just had a twitch and have already had some occasionaly, though very discrete and mostly while at the computer. Googled it and here I am. Nice topic! I’ll take a further look into those supplements, I’ve been doing that anyway recently, trying to determine my most exact needs of all the different nutrients :-)

  17. Thomas
    January 17th, 2005 at 15:14 | #17

    Something to ponder:

    Maybe all of us have been chosen by extra-terrestrials. Our eye twitches when we receive signals…

  18. Ron
    January 18th, 2005 at 01:30 | #18

    Im 23 and I was in Israel for 3 weeks and I noticed my left right eyelid was twitching after I was at a club one night. I took a shot of Abynthe and since then its been twitching. I dont know if it could of been a reaction to the drink but its been 2 long now to be just a reaction to a drink. my eye twitches most of the day and and even when I wake up. This sucks

  19. Tori
    January 19th, 2005 at 04:03 | #19

    Ron, get some eye drops and put them in a couple of times a day, get the kind that say “tears” like refresh brand. You might have dry eye.

  20. Kizer
    January 19th, 2005 at 07:12 | #20

    Hi there I have had this eyelid twitch for quite a while, some days I either do not have it, or simply do not notice it, but other days I have intense periods of it, where it twiches (pulsates may be more accurate), every 30 seconds for and hour or so!!!

    I think it may just be me, but I quite like it. Put your finger on the twitching eyelid, you may be shocked to find yourself finding it quite amusing. I say: If you can’t beat it, join it. Feel the twitch and love it rather than loathe it.

    Any comments welcome.


  21. Jennifer
    January 22nd, 2005 at 05:07 | #21

    I’ve had an upper left eyelid twitch for a couple of weeks but mine is also joined by headaches and a pain behind my eye. Any ideas. I wonder if they’re all related or just a coincidence. I have an Eye appt tomorrow. Maybe my eyes are straining to hard using the computers at work. Wonder if I need glasses. Let me know if any of you have experienced any of the same things.

  22. Stephen
    January 23rd, 2005 at 13:33 | #22

    I got minor twitching from lack of sleep (via everquest).

    But I had major twitching lately and I have been getting good sleep. It seems as a bad after 9 hours as after 6 hours.

    The main change has been that I cut out coca cola as part of a new years resolution until April. Guess I’ll see if it stops then.

    It seems to twitch less when I’m actively focusing on something (like typing this) and then resume when I’m more relaxed.

  23. Cheryl
    January 24th, 2005 at 03:22 | #23

    I am 30 years old and just started getting this damned annoying twitch in my lower left eye lid. Mine is starting to scare me a ted because its just not going on every few hours or so. this is an every minute or every 5 minutes. Its freaking me out. It took me hours to get through all the info i am reasing on here and it seems i aint alone (thanking my lucky stars) i thought i was going insane all by myself. It is to the point now that i am ready to tape my eye shut so i dont have to fell this anylonger. I swear if this doesnt go away bythe end of the day i am defiantley going to the doctor about it tomorrow. I’ll let everyone know what comes about but it best not be nothing serious. ugh its twitching again. c ya later “twitchy”

  24. Dan
    January 25th, 2005 at 03:00 | #24

    My right eyelid has been twitching for several months. I’ve tried calcium, magnesium, reading glasses, you name it…nothing worked. I started taking vitamin B12 last week and the twitching lessened to just a few times in the morning…then I added a good multivitamin that has a large amount of the rest of the B-vitamins and the twitching has stopped…at least I haven’t had any twitching for 3 whole days! Today, I just took the multivitamin without taking the additional B12 and still no twitching. The multivitamin I take has 500 mcg of B12 which should be plenty for anyone.

  25. phyllis
    January 25th, 2005 at 06:21 | #25

    My right eyelid has been twitching constantly for the past two weeks. After reading some of your comments here, I started taking Vit. B12 and putting natural tears in my eye. I have seen a dramatic improvement in 24 hours. My eye twitched briefly a few times today. I feel so much better. I wanted to share this with all of you.

  26. AM
    January 28th, 2005 at 06:23 | #26

    I have been a lower left lid twitcher for a few weeks now. It’s driving me nuts. I discovered this site today and, based on what I read, just ran out to buy an MSM supplementand MSM eye drops. I have also vowed to drink more water and liberally use the Moisture Eyes eye drops that I have sitting on my desk but rarely use.

    I will report back about how my condition is affected. I already have this to report:

    Since using Bausch & Lomb Moisture drops this morning I have had NO more twitching — and earlier, while I was reading the site, I was twitching non stop, so just the drops seem to have helped.

    (I don’t think Visine helps, because that’s what I’ve been using for red eyes. If anything, I’m wondering if my new “Visine Advanced Relief” has made it worse, or even been the cause.)

    Here are some things about me that can be used for comparison by people who are interested in finding commonalities with other eye twichers:

    I am 47 years old.

    I work at a computer 40 hours a week, minimum.

    I have dry eyes that bother me a lot.

    I drink lots of orange juice with calcium.

    I drink a fair amount of coffee.

    I generally eat well.

    Lately I have been on a bit of a chocolate binge. (I have been eating it at my desk at work.) This binge more or less coincides with my twitching history. Probably a coincidenc, but maybe not.

    Recently I stopped drinking wine after dinner because it puts me to sleep. This also roughly coincides.

    I have NOT had a cold or any other illness this year.

    I live in Orange County (Southern California).

    I don’t think air quality has anything to do with it, because it has not been at all smoggy lately.

    Lately I have been eating a lot of red ginger at work. (I keep it in the same desk drawer with my chocolate stash. )This might also coincide with the onset….

    I am pretty stressed out.

    That’s it for now. I’ll write again in a few days and report how I’m doing with my new regimen of MSM, eye drops, and water….

    Good luck twitchers. I feel your pain.


  27. AM
    January 29th, 2005 at 06:16 | #27

    It’s been a day and a half now since I started taking the MSM supplement and using lots of lubricating drops, and it seems to be working like a miracle.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to the people who wrote in with that advice.

    I bought some eye drops at a Health Food store called “Similasan Healthy Relief Homeopathic eye drops #3” (for relieving “Computer Vision Syndrom” and “eye fatigue”) and I really like them.

    I had a couple of twitches yesterday during a hair cut (which I curtailed immediately with some drops), but otherwise I have had NO twitching at all. And I was a hard case! I’d been twitching on a daily basis for weeks.

    So that’s what’s happened since I wrote yesterday. Hopefully my success story will continue.


  28. mr.healer
    February 1st, 2005 at 00:24 | #28

    Hi Annie,

    I’m glad that your twitch is gone!!!
    I am now 100% cured myself. I wrote earlier about taking MSM,
    and before i took it i was twitching like crazy for almost 3 months..
    I only took MSM for about 2 or 3 weeks, (as long as the first jar lasted)
    about 90 capsuels, and havent taken anything else since.
    No lubrication, and no nothing since, and I havent had a single
    twich since. If it comes back I know what to use.
    I’m living in London and there is alot of dust/air pollution from the
    traffic, so I thougt it was that, combined with me working with computers
    in general 10 hours or so every day. It certainly is not good for sensitive eyes. But again, MSM is my cure, and yours (Annie) i think?
    Im still a happy “no-twitcher”, even now 3 weeks or so after stopping taking MSM. :)
    Did you use MSM eyedrops Annie, or just the capsules?


  29. AM
    February 1st, 2005 at 02:31 | #29

    To MR Healer.

    I’m taking capsules and also lubricating with 2 types of drops — one being Bausch and Lomb Moisture Eyes the other being the Similasan (homeopathic) drops I mentioned in my last message. The latter I was given in the health food store when I asked for MSM drops.

    I have had NO twitching at all now for several days! I’m thinking it’s mostly the capsules, because I haven’t really been using that many drops. But I’m going to continue to lubricate anyway because my eyes bother me alot even with no twitching. Working on a computer all day is really hard on the eyes!

    Thanks again for the advice.


  30. Lindsey
    February 1st, 2005 at 15:35 | #30

    Glad to see fellow “twitchers” out there. My upper eyelid twitches on the left eye, and the lower on the right eye….strange i think. it does it id say about…hmmm…once every few days. some days a few times. it will last about a min or two…..occassionally more. i hate it. everytime im at home and it does it i run to the bathroom to watch it….thats about the only amusement i get out of it. its kinda neat to watch your body move when your not doing it….heh. but other than that, it irritates the heck out of me. and you KNOW it has to happen when im at college. especially if im talking to someone for the first time. ya, it starts doing that, and i just know that the person can see my eye twitching, so i try to find some excuse to go. that is really annoying. well, till another time, good twitching.

    lindsey in arkansas

  31. melissa
    February 3rd, 2005 at 04:16 | #31

    I am so glad i found this website because before today, I had not idea what to do.I am going to try the msm capsules, since those seem to work, I have had an upper left eyelid twitch for about 2 weeks now and I was freaking out until I seen I wasn’t the only one. Hopefully the capsules work for me.

  32. Dan Adams
    February 4th, 2005 at 00:18 | #32

    After reading every article in this list and from other sites, I thought I would try the mineral deficiency theory. The next day I went to a GNC store, and got a multi-vitamin for men. The very next day and every day since then (4 weeks so far) I have had no.. NO..twitching..as in none! This is significant as my eyes had been twitching on and off for years which would last for weeks on end 24 hours a day. It had gotten so bad that it was severly affecting my ability to study, sleep, and hold a conversation with someone without them mentioning something.

    I still have the same amount of stress, I still use the computer just as much and I read just as much as before, just now without the twitch.

    So whether it be potassium, magnesium or something else, for me at least it ws definately tied to a vitamin/mineral deficiency.

    PS Thanks for the site, it has made my quality of life much better. If you have found this helpful click through the ads on this site to help keep it running so that we can help others. I have!

  33. Susan
    February 4th, 2005 at 06:44 | #33

    Hey Luis.. thanks for doing everyone the service of having a meeting place and information exchange.
    After all the websites I’ve been looking at it seems that stress seems to be the most common thread.
    Stress is something that I live…single Mom, stressful job, always running, and the son’s science project finished at 10:00pm the night before it was due. :) That was 3 days ago and that’s when my twitching began.

    I’ve had occasional twitching all my life in my eyes, but this time it’s a bit different. It’s in the lower right lid. The rim of the lid ‘quivers’ from side to side rapidly for 30 some seconds and then stops exactly at the point I want a co-worker to look at it to prove I’m having them. I also am experiencing a feeling of irritation to the muscle that it attached to the base of the eye. (or at least that’s what I think it is) It almost feels like when I have extreme allergies in the spring/fall. I have eyes that are EXTREMELY sensitive to pollen, cat hair, dog hair, etc.. My eyes swell from the inside and puff out at the bottom rim and inner corner..painting a pretty picture huh…

    Anyway – I have the feeling of the irritated muscle and the twitching… about 1x an hour (mostly at work – where I work in front of a pc all day) and still occasionally at home.

    It seems like most people are missing the MSM or Manganese suggestion. It’s about half way up the page.
    I’m going right to the store to give it a try !!

    Has anyone else had the muscle or allergy eye feeling while having the twitches?

  34. Robert Leitgeb- Fresno CA
    February 4th, 2005 at 07:57 | #34

    Ok…I’m an eyelid twitcher, too. I have to say that this site is almost surreal! But I am glad that I found it. My eyelid twitching is driving me nuts! It started about a month and a half ago.

    Based on what I have read here-

    I drink too much coffee
    I live in the Fresno CA area- (Air quality that is rivaled only by LA)
    I dont eat bananas
    I dont take MSM
    My eyes are dry
    I have lots of stress at work
    I work on computers for a living
    I dont get enough sleep

    Im surprise that my eyelids dont slam shut!
    I am going to try the MSM, more sleep and some eye drops. I work out to relieve my stress.

    Thanks to everyone that has posted information on this problem. It is a great site.

    If that doesn’t work- I’m lookin’ out for Aliens…

  35. mr. healer
    February 5th, 2005 at 01:52 | #35

    seems like more people are being helped by this site,
    and that is great.
    probably more than 1 month now without a single
    twitch, and still havent taken any more msm or vit supplements.
    Just being careful to drink enough water every day.
    I agree that this site is a bit surreal hehe, but at least
    it is helping people!! I agree with Dan Adams, its amazing
    how it can change things.. Its a load of my back!!
    Good luck with fighting that twitch to all of you!!! :)

  36. melissa
    February 5th, 2005 at 03:22 | #36

    To Mr.Healer:

    I seen that you were taking the msm capsules and the drops, I was just wondering how long the capsules/drops take to work because I am on my 3rd day and they both don’t seem to be working for me, it almost seems like my eyelid is twitching more now.


  37. Barbie
    February 6th, 2005 at 01:42 | #37

    I have intermitent twitching of my right eyelid…ongoing for several weeks. Funny thing is, when I sneeze, both eyelids twitch for about 30 seconds. lol Anyhow, despite Jan’s preaching about water…I drink no more and no less water than I ever have and have a hard time believing it took 29 years to make my eyelids twitch. 😉 I’m certain it’s nothing more than our eyelids telling us they need to relax a bit. Soak in a hot tub, warm compresses, soothing scents and sounds…all the stuff most of us don’t have time for. :) I’m sure extra lubrication can’t hurt either. I do all the same stuff I always have caffeine, infrequent sleep, slacking on vitamin intake…maybe I should lay of the eyelash adhesive for a while….lol

  38. Ian
    February 8th, 2005 at 11:07 | #38

    Having had my upper eye lid twitching for a couple weeks now it was good to find this and other sites. As my wife says “No one goes to the doctor about eye twitching, look on the Internet!”

    This brings me to a new hypothesis, judging by the number of messages left on this site, maybe the eye twitching comes from computer usage? lol

  39. rodney
    February 8th, 2005 at 16:24 | #39

    thanks for the site I thought my head was going to explode – so the alternative – cutting down on caffeine and getting sleep isn’t such a bad thing.

  40. mr Healer
    February 9th, 2005 at 01:09 | #40

    to Melissa,

    Hey, it stopped just after 1 or 2 days, but I only took capsules,
    not the drops, didn’t use any drops at that time. not now ither.
    As anything i can not 100% guarantee that it was the msm supplement, but i cant see no other reason, because i did not take anything else to try and stop it. Hopefully you’ll find something that works,
    Haha,, to Barbie.. I had the same for a while. they twitched like crazy when i sneezed.

  41. mr Healer
    February 9th, 2005 at 01:27 | #41

    Hey Melissa,

    It stopped after about 2 or 3 days. and I only took the capsules,
    didn’t use any drops.
    Hope it works for you too, or you find another cure.

  42. melissa
    February 10th, 2005 at 02:01 | #42

    Thanks for the advice mr. healer, I continued taking the msm capsules and I have not had anymore twitching for about 5 days now, maybe I just needed to take the capsules for a little longer before the twitching stopped. I am going to finish taking the rest of the bottle and hopefully the twitching doesn’t come back. I also went to my eye doctor this past monday and he said everything seemed fine, he just said that I need to relax because I strain my eyes so at work I decided to take a break from the computer, at least every hour. I also wanted to mention that the drops didn’t seem to help me, it almost seemed to make the problem worse for me.

  43. Judye
    February 14th, 2005 at 16:24 | #43

    My left upper eye lid has been twitching off and on since Dec 9, 2004. It stopped entirely about a week ago but then came back after 3 or 4 days. I also feel more frequently a fluttering of both eyes. Besides my eyes, I twitch on my arms, wrists, feet, toes, elbows and legs intermittingly. I am under alot of stress and anxiety. I gave up caffeine alotgether. Only drink decaf. I take a multi vitamin which has magesium in it. I’m also on a low carb diet which I have been on for 1 1/2 years. I started twitching over a year after being on a low carb diet. I am craving relief. I want these twitches to stop. I also experiencing burning of my skin on my hands, fingers, arms, legs, feet. Sometimes it can be very severe. I don’t know what to do. Is this all stress related? I’m been seeing various doctors. But nobody has any answers.

  44. genevieve
    February 17th, 2005 at 00:29 | #44

    glad t o hear so many stories. I’ve had this twitch for 3 weeks now on my lower left lid and its slowly driving me insane. After reading about the causes I have concluded that it is from stress. I am going to try to take an extra yoga class, take some vitamins and see if i cant get rid of it. I will write to let anyone know if any of these remedies worked for me.

  45. Marko
    February 18th, 2005 at 02:04 | #45

    Hello To All You Eye Twitchers ,My Entire Lower Left Eyelid Has Been More Of A Tremor/Spasm Since Thanksgiving Time 2004. I Would Kill For A Simple Twitch Every Now And Then.This Lid Shakes From Side To Side For About 45 Mins Of Every Hour.So The 10-15 minutes That It Dosen’t Move, Doesn’t Leave Enough Time In That Hour To Notice Any Relief.Have Called My Eye Specialist To Schedule An Eye Appt.But Come To Find Out She’s Booked Until The Middle Of May 05.And So I Will Have Plenty Of Time To Try All The Other Remidies You All Have Suggested Above. Maybe Something Will Give And I can Cancel This( Most Likely Unnecessary Eye Appt.I Made ) Maybe Your Suggestions Will Prevail, Since I haven’t tried Any Yet. Has To Be Stress For Me. I’m Not A Good Sleeper. Have Been Taking Ambien For That Lately. But I wish You All Good Luck With This eyedventure. And Hoping All Will Be Twitch Free , And Can Continue A Normal Life. Thanks For The Site. Talk To Ya’s Later. Going To Grab Up Some Water And A Little R&R. Bye For Now. Will Keep You All Posted. Marko

  46. February 21st, 2005 at 19:26 | #46

    All I can say is wow. I actually didn’t expect to find such a concise explanation of my problem or such a wide range of sympathizers for a problem I thought would be unique. I’ve had my upper-left eyelid twitch for about two or three weeks now, happening for about an hour at a time maybe four or five times a day.

    I’m definitely stressed, definitely not sleeping enough, my diet is horrible, and I never exercise. I’m 26, though, and this has all been the status quo for some time now. So nothing new there…

    The one thing that has seemed to change though, is my caffeine intake. I’ve always enjoyed caffeine, but lately I’ve starting to cut back on sodas and increase my (occasionally binging) coffee intake. This essentially means that I might drink a lot of coffee one day, then none for the next handful of days, while cutting back on my perpetual coca-cola drinking habit. I think it’s throwing off my normal caffeine balance, which is definitely a neurotransmitter nightmare. That’s my best guess.

    Glad to be part of a club, and glad to hear it’s essentially harmless. Just one more thing to annoy me. I’ll survive though :) Thanks!

  47. Jenni
    February 23rd, 2005 at 05:28 | #47

    Wow before today I had no idea that so many people share my problem!

    I am a 33 yr old nursing student, soccer player, and single mom. I have stress, but nothing major.

    I was trying to self-diagnose my condition and figured the cause was due to a recent diet I started.
    I lost about 16 pounds in one month and my twitching started shortly after I started my diet!

    Isn’t that just the way it goes? Now my body looks great, but my eye won’t stop twitching! I guess I will just have to make a decision, whats more important? losing weight or stopping this twitch?

  48. SK
    February 24th, 2005 at 06:19 | #48

    I truly think this site is worthy of a compilation. Or even a full-fledged book.
    I would buy it, and read it everytime my eyelid twitched, and draw comfort in my misery, knowing I wasn’t alone, and that most of us didn’t really have brainstem neoplasms to go with our racing eyelids.
    By the way, I started drinking a lot more coffee recently than I used to, and also, a lot more stress than before-my eyelid twitch started soon afterward, and has been going strong on and off for nearly a week now. So there must be some truth to the stress and coffee story.

    Actually, I think I “thought” my lid into action today, for the first time. I was describing it to my friend and my eyelid decided to do a little demonstration. Fortunately, she couldn’t see it, until she was really close, so it must not be as obviously ugly as it feels.

  49. Micky
    February 25th, 2005 at 19:12 | #49

    I can’t believe that I can actually find a website that documents “myokymia”. My lower eyelids ( bags!) twitch, vibrate, pulsate, quiver, involuntarily. Has been like this for almost a year. Yes, I do drink caffeinated coffee, 6-8 cups a day, and will definitely reduce the intake to see if it alleviates this rather annoying thing.

    Thanks for the website!

  50. scarlet
    March 1st, 2005 at 12:49 | #50

    I’ve been having this problem with having my eye lid twitch.It had stoped for some yrs.but for about 2 wks my left eyelid is twitching now like crazy and it’s bothering so much,so i decided to go on any website to find out what can it be ,but no luck i still dont get the answer that i want,i am glad i went to this site and i feel i’m not the only one with the same problem…..my mom thinks is to much stress and also to much on the computer can damage the nerves in your eyes,i may be wrong i dont know i,m not a doctor but if anyone can find out were and how to get rid of it pls put it on this site to let anyone here know ty

  51. Laurie
    March 2nd, 2005 at 10:01 | #51

    We all seem to be having eye-lid twitching, the past month or so How Odd. Maybe a virus, It is annoying, my life was fine until this twitch, now I’m stressed about it? Wondering if I should see a neurologist. Eye-lid twitching can be an underlying indication of many muscle related diseases. So If It doesn’t go away for all of us, then maybe we should see a Doctor. A EMG can be done to rule out tumor’s etc… Good luck

  52. mr healer
    March 2nd, 2005 at 18:15 | #52

    I think you should all read the tips mentioned further up
    in this forum, there is a lot of good advice, and many
    seems to help.


    “no twitching, going for over 2 months now!!!” :)

  53. Jessica
    March 6th, 2005 at 02:25 | #53

    Hey eye twitchers!

    It’s the second day that my left eyelid has been twitching on and off all day for a few seconds. I don’t think it’s noticable to others, but like a lot of you say, it does get annoying. I have a feeling that it’s stress, because I really want a different job, and things have been pretty hectic lately. School work, work, making all these plans for doing different things, people at work being grumpy and getting after me for nothing. Stuff like that, but I think that once I get a different job and go on my trip to Europe for spring break (i live in Canada), then hopefully I won’t be as stressed out. It was good to see all the different people that have the same problem…geeze, here’s another twitch 😛 But I’m hoping that it goes away.

  54. Dave
    March 10th, 2005 at 20:58 | #54

    I’ve had the dreaded ‘T’ word on & off since 1981. I went to the doctor with it & was given a course of tablets. All they did was make me feel strange. I think they were supoosed to be muscle relaxants. Over the years i’ve tried various methods (magnets, dry battery, getting pissed (drunk), cucumber slices (feels nice), ice cubes, vibrating massage machine) but to no avail. I read somewhere that accupuncture could help. I have recently tried an eloctronic accupuncture kit which appears to have an effect of reducing & ultimately stopping the twitching, however, it does still return with time.

  55. Jacob
    March 11th, 2005 at 03:25 | #55

    Well, I joined the “ETC” a few days ago, I thought it was lack of sleep, so I went to bed earlier. Still there. After reading all of these postings I think it may have something to do with my beer and chocolate intake(this past weekend). I look forward to the day when this has all been a bad joke. My lower left is driving me nuts.

  56. Buzz
    March 12th, 2005 at 06:32 | #56

    I guess most of us here are smokers and have been smoking for many years. If you hold the cigarette in your right hand and suck the cigarette on the right side of the mouth like me, the twitch will be on the left.
    If you cannot give up the habit, then try doing everything on the opposite side. If anyone have tried it and find that the twitching is indeed due to the development of hyperactive muscles in a situation of musculo-skeletal imbalance, then please post here to confirm. Thanks.

  57. Kris
    March 12th, 2005 at 21:23 | #57

    Amazing board! I had an eye twitch last summer that was driving be bonkers. I searched homeopathic remedies and found that Mg would help. It went away amazingly quickly! Now my twitch is back, but Mg and B’s aren’t helping, but not making it go away. (I’m probably stressed, so I took B’s for good measure.) I’ll keep it up, though. Plus, I’ll try some suggestions here! Good luck everyone!

  58. DIYman
    March 16th, 2005 at 13:21 | #58

    Hey fellow twitchers,

    My left lower eyelid has been twitching for more than 2 months, and of late I notice that the left ala of the nose, the left corner of the mouth are also affected.
    Although I have not eliminated this annoying condition, I am confident somebody is right about it. Do take note of the one posted by : Anne on April 11, 2004 07:50 AM.

    As the sensations run along the paths of the facial nerve, which comes out of the foramen ovale at the base of the skull, I am pretty sure any compression of the nerve at that level will trigger some sensations.
    As I don’t have good access to the services of a chiropractor or osteopath, and DIY my chronic bad back a lot with isometric stretches, muscle energy techniques, and acupuncture, I hope one day I will disengage the nerve trapping.
    Please don’t waste $$ on Cat scans, brain scans, MRI’s which some Docs are ever-ready to suggest.
    Like Anne, I’m sure one day I’ll be alright with a correct spinal adjustment.
    Personally, I doubt smoking and caffiene cause the problem. Stress, muscle tensions around the neck and lower back should have a compressive effect to the base of the skull

  59. StillTwitching
    March 21st, 2005 at 04:40 | #59

    Eye twitches are like STDs; once you get one, all you can do is think about how wrong you’ve been living and if it would just go away, you’ll never be so depraved again.

    This is week 5 and there has been some progress. That’s if you consider that it started with my lower left eye lid 5 weeks ago but today it’s all about the upper left eye lid. No lower left twitching. Now if this annoying twitch could just work it’s way OFF OF MY FACE ALL TOGETHER I could return to normal. The upper left eye lid feels worse. It’s like someone is shaking out my eyelid like you shake out an old rug. The rippling effect is creeping me out.

    I thought maybe I should just put the whole left eye in time out since it doesn’t know how to behave anymore. Since spring is in the air, I’ve started thinking up clever ways of accessorizing pastel eye patches.

    The sad part is that my life seems way less stressful than ever though I do still have problems sleeping. I really think that it’s a sign that SOMETHING EVIL THIS WAY COMES. I really feel like I must have done something to deserve this torture. It’s working. I’d be about willing to do anything to get this eye in check. I’m going to try this vitamin thing and check back with you guys to let you know how it works out. Worse case senario I can just amputate my lids. Can’t twitch without ’em, right?

  60. parislondres
    March 21st, 2005 at 18:00 | #60

    I am so glad to read that I am not the only one in this entire universe suffering from the upper eyelid twitch problem. Thanks for all the suggestions – wish we could get some relief from this constant twich.

  61. Lisa
    March 22nd, 2005 at 00:41 | #61

    I can’t believe there are so many of us out there. Mine is also an upper left lid twitch. Hopefully it does mean good luck. I am also on a low carb diet, but I take vitamins and exercise daily. I do have a stressful job. I usually get plenty of sleep. I do drink alcohol but no caffeine. I plan to try more potassium and B12 and take 2 days vacation this week. We’ll see… It is driving me crazy. I also occassionally have panic attacks and migraines. I bet some xanax would help, but I can’t take them everyday!! Usually it happens if I am staring at something kinda off in space- but then I don’t notice it but my husband does. He noticed this years ago and told me. Only recently has it started just for the hell of it and not when I am staring off in space. I also stare at a computer screen all day!!! Anyway, good luck to everyone. I loved this site- it was so funny. Thanks for posting it. At least now I don’t think I have some sort of rare disease.

  62. claudette
    March 24th, 2005 at 02:35 | #62

    Thank you for enlighting me about the twitching, I have been twitching on and off for the past 6mth and i thought it was because I turn 33yld. I glad to read that i am not alone. Thank you, and I will try the msm supliment if I can find it. again thank you for this website..

  63. 3rd eye
    March 30th, 2005 at 00:34 | #63

    This blog site is the only comfort i am getting for my twitching :(
    I can’t beleive how terrible this thing is becoming. And what is really strange about my left eye lower lid twitch is the fact that my right eye is so goddamn relaxed! How retarded is that? It just goes to show that evolution does not always produce optimal results. Anyways, here’s what i think might help (not that it’s working):
    – stop drinking coffee (anyone know a free hypnotherapist?)
    – meditate with your third eye, closing the other two
    – breath very slowly, through your eyelids
    – deep thought: image we exist at 0 Kelvin, where motion stops!

    good luck fellow brain damaged people.

  64. bob
    March 30th, 2005 at 08:33 | #64

    upper left lid every day for 8 weeks, more stress and caffeine than ever in the last 2 months so this all makes sense. i only have 4 weeks left in my practicum so i will report back and let you all know if it stops… i also drink heavily, eat terribly and cross busy roads without looking both ways. could that stuff cause eyelid twitching too?

  65. Heather
    March 31st, 2005 at 22:24 | #65

    Hi all,
    Wow it sure is great to hear that so may people are in the same boat. I have a twitching upper left eyelid. It seems to get worse when I focus on it. If I am busy and going about daily routines, it seems to twitch less.
    I have had this before throughout the years. It comes and goes maybe once every couple of years. Nothing major. This time it just seems more agravating than in the past. Maybe because it is lasting longer. I have had more stress, chocolate, sunlight, and less vitamins. I am going to go back to my good eating habits, vitamins and see how long it will take to stop the twitch. I will let you all know. I believe the body will naturally try to heal itself given the right tools.

  66. Joe
    April 1st, 2005 at 10:04 | #66

    I have had many problems with my eyes in the past. Currently I have 2 problems. One is that I have severe dry eye in the morning when I wake up. Throughout the day my eyes are fine, but in the morning they are extremely dry and irritated. I use artificial tears morning and night , but they just put a bandage on the problem. Any tips on this would be greatly appreciated. Secondly, I have have eyelid twitching on my top right eyelid. It has only been happening for about a couple of weeks now. It is like a vibrating, twitching feeling on the eyelid. After doing some research on the net I think I have myokymia. I have tried taking some more vitamins, etc., and it has helped, but more advice would be great. Please respond to jpzsports@yahoo.com

  67. Mike
    April 2nd, 2005 at 02:53 | #67

    The last week or so I’ve noticed my upper right eyelid twitching. What’s weird is I realized that is goes into a twitching fit only when I squeeze that lid shut for a second. If I don’t do that, it doesn’t seem to twitch. It twitches for like 30 seconds then stops. I then have to wait 10-15 minutes before it will do it again. Anyone experience that or have an explanation?

  68. April 3rd, 2005 at 13:53 | #68

    Well thats interesting. I typed in ‘continuous eye twitch’ expecting to find information on how to get rid of it and totally was expecting a thyroid page to pop up when I found this blog. I am a thyroid patient,half of my thyroid has been removed, along with a goiter, a mass they werent expecting to be there at the time of surgery and told me about when I woke up (which was malignant and Thank Jesus…they got all of it) and well, I live life on this odd schedule of eat at this time, but dont eat that, dont eat that…here this may be safe….and no more coffee. Sucks…every thing I’m not supposed to eat turns out to be my favorite things to eat. particulaly coffee.

    Now, 4 year after my surgery and everything seems to be going well, life got back to normal…well normal for me, and all of the sudden heres this twitch. first thought: hmmm wonder where thats coming from, did i eat the wrong thing….again? However now….its been 2 weeks…it doesnt stop, even when I am fortunate enough to go to sleep and stay asleep while its still going. at first it wasnt so bad as it doesnt actually hurt, but now its at the point where folks can actually see my face moving.

    When I got twitching 4 years ago, I had to tell the doctor about it, cuz he couldnt see it. Said it was an ‘invisible’ symptom of thyroiditis…this…you can see. this is my lower left eye…driving me insane.

    Dont get me wrong, I do intend to speak to my doctor about it, I am a thyroid patient for life becuz with half a thyroid…them are the rules I must live by, but at least on this blog I can vent. No one saying ‘oh dont worry, thats normal…for you’

    When something is wrong, someone telling you nothing is wrong, when you know something is very wrong…well it irritates you. If there was nothing wrong…then why would my left eye start twitching non stop for this long. normal? I dont think so. Anyway, I would be very interested to see how this conversation plays out. Oh the only new thing in my diet is virgin coconut oil…I cook with it. stopped when this started…started back when it didnt go away. opinions welcome. bye now.


  69. chrisjh
    April 6th, 2005 at 05:59 | #69

    left part of my upper left eyelid is twitching as i write this! horrraaaah! :) i’m gonna eat a banana because if i actually sit here and read all these comments, my twitch will be no doubt only grow stronger!@# 😀

    chris hampton in santa barbara

  70. Griffin10
    April 14th, 2005 at 01:51 | #70

    BY: GRIFFIN <>

    Hi my name is Griffin and yes I am an eyelid twicher.
    Well what can I say I am one of the many many people with this anoying eyelid twich. I have since doubd the nickname twichy from my girlfriend eventhough you really cant see it but since she knew I had it she has been calling me twichy. I am very surprised that there are so many people with this problem. As I read all the crazy remedies for this eye twiching dilema I am going to do the only thing possible, sit back relax and take life as it comes to me because I have to many problems in my life as it is, and as long as this twich doesn’t kill me or get to noticable or annoying I will just hope one day I wake up and its gone. “The only serious answer to this as I see it is a change in my routine/get more sleep/and be less stressed”. I see what everyone is saying in this bulletin board and some of the fun loving facts that are mentioned here are true in my behalf but some are not. I love bananas so I eliminate that theory, stress on the other hand is something more along the area also not enough sleep. I also thought to myself and wonderd how many people with this problem have or are people that use eyeglasses or contacts and if you do use contacts, how many people have slept with their contacts over night constantly because I have, I know its not right to do so but I have been under a lot of stress and well it happens uncontiously. Personally I am starting to think that there is no proven remedy for this twich but yet it might have different causes for it, might be stress, not enough sleep or even not enough vitamins. Whatever the case may be I think that it is something that might come and go, but eventually will subdue itself and go away perminently, hopefully? Somehow I think it has to do with our eye nerv system have you ever noticed how a cows skin will twich just by standing around, I think it has something to do with our nervous system. Whether or not it is something controlabel is a mystery. I think that if we werent born with this twich there had to be some kind of irregular disfunction in either our routine or our body health that caused for this twich to happen. Whatever the case may be It’s not something you are going to die from, but it will annoy the living hell out of you. You know how hard it is to have a serious face to face conversation with the main BOSS of the corporation and for your eyelid to start twiching as you are talking and as if that wasn’t enough to be self contious about thinking that while you are mention all your plans you expect for the corporation looking at him and thinking that he can see your eyelid twiching, him thinking what the hell in gods name is wrong with this guy. As I sit here typing away I am amazed at the number of people with this problem I don’t feel so uncomfortable now, hopefully it goes away but in the meantime to all the eyelid twichers of the world: When you look at your neighbor think and know that you are not alone so let whats going to be be. ;):);):) When ever anybody finds the cure for this please let it be known we will all feel much better being twichless. DONT WORRY YES I AM TALKING TO YOU YEAH YOU THE PERSON THAT IS READING THIS I KNOW THAT YOUR EYE IS TWICHING AS YOU READ THIS BUT HEY WERE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT SO FEEL AT HOME WE’LL SURVIVE :)

    Weird how when you try to find info on eyelid twiching it directs you to this the mecca for eyelid twichers.

    Thanks for listening;

    Griffin <>
    College Graduate

  71. Kizer
    April 16th, 2005 at 03:11 | #71

    Hello all you eye-twitch “sufferers”. The reason I use the inverted commas, is because I don’t believe that we are in fact suffering.

    I too am an eye-twitcher (hence, why I am posting on this site), and I recieve great pleasure from the occasional twitches. At this moment in time, my twitches are far and few between, and I miss them, it only twitches about once every 3 hours.

    I posted before on this same topic, but at the time of that previous post the twitches were very frequent. There are numerous reasons for my profound love for this supposed ailment (I consider it a blessing): the involuntary nature of the spasms add to the excitement, the way you just sit there and your eyelid seizes up is a euphoric feeling, the speed of the twitches never ceases to amaze me.

    Try bringing yourself physically closer to the twitches, by this what I mean is that you should put a finger lightly against your eyelid, then you can feel it as it twitches, you will evoke a great deal of pleasure from this as you are kept in suspense, wondering when the spasms will hit.

    (Just to get this straight, I DO NOT get any sexual pleasure from these…)

    Have fun with your Blepharospasm’s!

  72. ibcris
    April 21st, 2005 at 23:24 | #72

    Wow..Me too. And it seems a lot of us are upper left lid eye twitchers. One thing that came to mind last night was that the twitching started about the time I started using a tanning bed. I do where the little plastic glasses, but how much UV does that really protect against? Maybe the computer/Sun/Tanning Beds…could it be to much UV rays?

  73. Star
    April 27th, 2005 at 03:44 | #73

    My lower right eye IS twitching as I read the posts.
    It has been for days now (occasionally stopping).

    The Cause.
    ITS DIET because:

    all my life Ive eatn JUNK FOOD, gone out to eat at least 3 times a day (although Im thin, age 21).

    About 1 1/2 weeks ago I flipped my diet. All VEGIES, SALAD, FRUIT(no bananas), 8 glasses of WATER a day, YOGURT, and EGGS. NO BREAD, NO TORTILLAS, NO RICE.

    Im stress free, caffein free,

    Now my eye twitches..Thuna nuna, nunu, nuna.
    (I get teary eyed 😉 just knowing ya’ll are out there)

  74. Teresa
    April 27th, 2005 at 19:36 | #74

    My eyelid (left upper) has been doing this about 50 to 60 times a day since 1999…..it still bugs the ( well you know) out of me….thats why i’m still looking up sites about it…..and its so annoying when i ask my husband to “look at it go”…..and he see’s NOTHING!!

    Thank you all for being Tremmorers also………..now i don’t feel alone in this world…

    Just keep twitching
    just keep twitching
    just keep twitching

  75. Terri
    April 28th, 2005 at 00:08 | #75

    My left eye has been twitching for the last two weeks. I now believe that it is due to stress. I have never been stressed before in my life and I never believed that there was such a thing, but at the age of 45 and lately(the past two weeks) I have been going through some things with 4 of my five children, two moving back home and the two youngest 13 and 14 seem to be fighting more than ever now, I will say it is stress. I also have been watching my 15 month old grandson and still have full time job. I work on the computer most of the day and I do wear reading glasses. So I guess I am going to say it is stress. I think that If I could just take a vacation I’ll be alright and I won’t have to look up stuff like this. Hey thanks for listening. My eye seems to feel a little better now. BYE EYE TWITCHERS!

  76. afraid
    April 30th, 2005 at 04:24 | #76

    This site makes me really worried.
    I’m gonna eat a vitamin, and a banana,
    and pretend I’m not one of you twichers.
    My lower left eyelid is not twiching,
    I swear it, no really it’s not, I’m not one of you
    I’m not, really, I am here by mistake,
    I was looking for a web site about
    switches, not twitches, this is all a big mistake,
    I’m going now bye and good luck sorry to bother you

  77. Hema
    April 30th, 2005 at 05:39 | #77

    Ok I’m getting worried now, why is everyone writing its only their left eye twitching…..my right eye has been twitiching for the past week,
    I was stressed out at work so I took a week off to do absolutley nothing….
    it hasn’t worked ..my eye is still twitching, like right now..
    or may be its everytime I argue with my boyfriend my eye twitches….maybe its telling me something…hmmm!

    Someone once told me there are little bugs in our eyes and when the twitching starts it means the good bugs are eating up the bad bugs hence the twitching….. of course I didn’t believe her!!

  78. DR S
    April 30th, 2005 at 07:28 | #78

    Like many of you, I am a lefty (and I don’t mean handed). It started almost two weeks ago. Also, like you – it drives me crazy! My co-workers think I am stranger than normal! Many people have offered advise, this is what I got…

    try drinking tonic water
    eat bananas
    use eye lubrication drops
    put a patch over your eye to protect it
    don’t wear eye make-up
    get plenty of rest
    don’t watch TV (oh, but my computer all day is acceptable?!)
    stop complaining

  79. Kizer
    May 3rd, 2005 at 08:00 | #79

    Why do you people mind the eye twitch? I could understand the hatred towards the ailment if it was visibly noticeable to the casual observer, however it is (in most cases) extremely hard to see it. My partner is unable to notice it, unless she stares at my eyelid from about 5 cm away, and even then its only a VERY minor twitching.

    I hope that the twitching for those of you, for who it is a source of great anguish, ceases.

    But in such a time of despair, remember there is an easily accessible means of escape open to those who are willing to accept their eye twitch. The key is in acceptence.

  80. Eddie
    May 5th, 2005 at 09:57 | #80

    My lower left eyelid started twitching several times a day a few weeks ago. I just recently QUIT caffeine (before it started), have had ZERO stress, and have been getting more sleep than I had in my entire life.


  81. Leza
    May 6th, 2005 at 00:26 | #81

    Hi everyone! Never before have I felt such a kindred with my fellow species until I discovered this site. I too was on a quest to discover what could be the cause of my frequent upper right lid twitches, when this site popped up. I laughed, I cried, I agreed, I disagreed as I read through earlier comments. I can now rest at ease to know I am probably not dying from some major neurological condition.

    As for the possible remedies: bananas, vitamins, and more exercise couldn’t hurt; I’ll have to deal with the stress (solitude in a padded cell isn’t going to fly); give up coffee? Let ‘er twitch!

  82. Emily
    May 8th, 2005 at 09:23 | #82

    i am kinda gonna have to agree with kizer (the strange guy who is spreading his eyelid twich love!!). Its not really that bad if you think about it. i think me and kizer are the kinds of people who just accept stuff after a while, n eventually get driven to a point where we take interest in our misforture (i.e. the twitching eyelid). I do sortof like it wen it twtiches so fast its kinda cool!

    you shud try lovin ur twitchiness!!

    kizer supporter xx x

  83. Kurt
    May 10th, 2005 at 11:14 | #83

    Hello all,

    I hope this doesn’t post twice, but after several reloads
    and not seeing it I assumed the first attempt crashed. I am alittle concerned because it is my right lower lid that is twitching. I do have major stress and probably don’t get adequate sleep.

    Also, I was alittle worried about the references to ALS, since I had a great uncle who died of this disease.

    Thanks for the great site.


  84. May 12th, 2005 at 06:17 | #84

    Twitching Gone
    Had an annoying left upper eyelid twich past two weeks. As with many fellow twitchers, I was worried about some nerve-degeneration type disease setting in. I found this site two days ago and followed some of the advice: drank a litre of water (~ 32 oz) , popped multi-vitamins with breakfast and now fill half my coffee cup with decaf (the bigger half still gets full-test dark). That night the twitching strated to fade, and today it is gone (oops just had a minor flick [maybe thinking about this stuff isn’t good either!]).

    I wanted to test the wine remedy as well, but since I ran out on the weekend, I couldn’t. This of course means that it may not be a good preventative – however my dosage may have been too small, so I will try again with bigger doses and will report back in a month to report on all these new preventative therapies.

    On a final note to all that worry about this strange phenomenon, I saw my doc today, and he basically told me that it’s, well, a strange phenomenon, with no known causes. I wear hard (gas-permeable) contacts, and the doc said that wearers of those contacts can be more prone to the ol eye twitch. More importantly, he said that this problem is VERY common (he sees lots of folks about this), and knows of NO link between the twitch and any hideous diseases. None of his patients with the twitch have developed anything more than a “whine” (or a drinking problem due to “wine”).

    Don’t worry, be happy

  85. traveling1
    May 12th, 2005 at 12:26 | #85

    Wow! What a bunch of twitchers we are! My left lower eyelid started twitching last summer every day, now it’s my upper lid and it’s almost constant. I actually get headaches from the strain of the muscle contractions.
    I drink a case of Caffeinated soda daily, eat sticky buns, and glazed donuts for breakfast (no low-carb diets here, so that’s okay), only eat chocolate-covered bananas, and have a vitamin phobia since the “Great Choking-On-A-Horse-Pill Vitamin Incident of 1997”. I sleep great though except for the twitch. I don’t see the problem. Any ideas?? :)Going to eye doctor next month. I’m interested to see how many Excedrin I’ll be popping daily when he says to cut out the caffeine.

  86. Jennifer
    May 14th, 2005 at 04:30 | #86

    Hello all,
    It’s Friday, TGIF, and I still have this twitch after a week. I just happened along this site, looking for reasons WHY!!! I seem to have all the symptoms as well, stress, lack of sleep, vitamin deficiency, but I need a cure. Great site. Thanks…

  87. Gabriella
    May 17th, 2005 at 03:56 | #87

    Ok. I guess I’m one of you. My lower left lid (like, 1/8 inch under the eye) has been twitching (or as I think of it, “pulsating”) for about a full week now. Here is a break down of my situation and symptoms:

    I’ve been unemployed for six months and incredibly freaked out, and am now in a grueling interview process that I keep hearing I’m ‘top candidate for’ yet the interviews continue on week after week and still no freaking offer on the table. Already had 9 interviews…. I can’t pay rent on time this coming month and will probably have to take a loan out from The Dad til my first paycheck of new job that I pray I will get, comes in…STRESS STRESS STRESS

    If/When* I get the new job, I’m going to have to relocate an hour from here, from all my friends, from my lovely little town. I will be a stranger to the new area. This freaks me out somewhat. boo hoo.

    I’ve been drinking a steady dose of wine (usually red) and sometimes beer. Saturday at a dinner party I asked a friend if my eye was twitching. She leaned in and said, “Yes, a little.” (being polite) Then several hours and bottles of wine later, I ask her again and she says it seems to have stopped. Yah surrrre it did. More likely, she couldn’t focus her drunken gaze anymore.

    I eat a big vege omelet w/bacon for breakfast every day (shades of South Beach) but am getting plenty of bad carbs later in the day when I have the wine.

    Did I mention the Cigarettes??

    Sleep is not so great lately. I wake up often throughout the night, thinking, worrying. I don’t always feel rested.

    I haven’t exercised for SEVERAL MONTHS. I have this hunch that if I got on the elliptical, I’d see improvements. I don’t know if I’m foolish to think that exercise and water will cure this, but somehow I just think it will.

    I’m gonna go pop some vitimans right now, drink a ton of water (which I don’t do enough of, that’s for sure) and maybe skip the second cup of coffee today. If hell freezes over, I might go to the gym.

    Thanks for the commiseration. This site totally cracks me up. Yet it is soothing to find so many others who are also “afflicted.”

    Twitch on,

    PS Yes I spend a lot of time on the computer, and I do have every reason to believe that I need glasses for the first time in my life. I’ve been straining my eyes for a couple years, actually, refusing to be a Glasses Wearer.

    PPS My new job I’m trying to get is for business to business sales. Yeah, that will look REALLY good to have the twitching eye while trying to close deals with CEO’s and CFO’s. I really should go to that gym today.

  88. Patty
    May 18th, 2005 at 06:22 | #88

    Incredible! I had no idea this was such a common problem. I have been going quietly insane for about 6 weeks now with my left eyelid twitch. I do wear mono-vision gas permeable contacts and had just replaced my left one about the same time my twitching started. The Rx was a little stronger and I’ve had a difficult time getting used to it. Yesterday I called my eye doctor and he suggested wearing my old contact for a few days and see if that helps. If so, he will do some adjusting on my new one. I will have to say that today has been less twitchy so I’m hoping (ooops – I spoke to soon…it is off and twitching again!)Anyway – good luck to everyone – at least I had some chuckles reading through your emails.

  89. Jimmy
    May 18th, 2005 at 08:27 | #89

    Hey all, I searched eyelid twitch on google, and it came up with this site. I searched it just becaused I wanted to know why I have this thing. It doesn’t particularly bother me too much, because I looked in the mirror, and could hardly actually see it. It is quite funny when you look really carefully in the mirror and see it twitch completely involuntarily and random. Its actually strangely amusing!!
    Well hope you all get better !

  90. K
    May 18th, 2005 at 11:08 | #90

    I’ve had a right upper-lid eye-twitch off and on for three weeks. It seems to only happen when I sneeze, yawn, or otherwise scrunch my eyes closed tightly. I’m a hypochondriac, so it really freaks me out, but it does seem to happen the same way to some of the other people who posted on this site. Nevertheless, I worry about the worst possible things. Is this normal – how long can it possibly last?

    I am stressed – namely about this! The longer it lasts, the more stressed I get! Ahhh, the viscious cycle of anxiety and stress.

    Glad I came across this site though – if nothing else, it really proves how common eye twitching is.

  91. twitchy
    May 18th, 2005 at 13:10 | #91

    Thanks all for the information. I am also a ETC member.
    I think mine has to do with being on a low carb diet. I started that couple of weeks ago and I have started having this twitch since.
    Other reasons could be contributing too.
    1. Stress
    2. Caffeine.
    3. Sleep
    4. Vitamin Def.

    Thanks all again.

  92. lynn
    May 19th, 2005 at 16:14 | #92

    i like all the people who have come on here after only weeks of twitching.
    my upper right eyelid has been twitching on and off for 3 years. the first instance occurred when i stayed up for 36 hours finishing my thesis. since then it happens sometimes for months at a time several times a day, and i am past being annoyed with it and more curious and perhaps even paranoid.
    i definitely sleep enough, and am totally unwilling to give up my morning coffee. it is possible that i have vitamin deficiencies, and i often use a cell phone.
    the thing is, i always thought it might have to do with medications i take. i am bipolar and take trileptal, remeron, zoloft, and welbutrin. when this started i was taking just welbutrin, i think. however, trileptal is an anti convulsant, so… ? i also have a history of drug use (cocaine, speed, ecstacy, and ketamine, mainly).
    does it have to do with any of those things?
    has anyone ever found out that they do in fact have some weird neurological problem that is causing it?
    is it no big deal, or what?
    i also sometimes have similar (tiny, imperceptible, annoying only to me) twitches in my legs, neck, arms, or other muscles. but mostly it’s the eye.
    the eye! the dastardly eye!

  93. Michael P.
    May 20th, 2005 at 05:00 | #93

    My left upper eyelid began twitching five days ago. The only thing that still has me concerned is that yesterday I started having some headache pain confined to the left hemisphere- today too, it comes and goes. Also, my left eye has teared up some on a couple of evenings. I had a minor case of bells palsy when I was a teenager, I’m 47 and hoping that the tearing and headache are not additional signs of a bigger problem. I’ll come back and let everyone know what the prognosis is.

  94. Mary
    May 22nd, 2005 at 15:34 | #94

    the comment on how you pitied the poor eye twitchers visiting the site was hilarious. haha, i thought i was the only one..um..wierd enough to look it up on google..and turns out..i didn’t break the cycle too much after all. but really, thanks for the concern for us fellow eye-twitchers, lol, and the research you did. it helped my paranoia of getting some nasty disease. turns out i just had too much starbucks and lack of sleep this week (which is awefully true). well, thanks again, and good luck to all the fellow eye twitchers out there.

  95. Rachel
    May 23rd, 2005 at 22:59 | #95

    twitch twitch twitch
    I have had this before but never so long and in both eyes. It showed up right after I booked plane tickets to go visit my family in So Cal in June. Thats enough to make anyone twitch. I hope it goes away after the visit.

  96. krysta
    May 24th, 2005 at 10:33 | #96

    my eye started twitching about 2 months ago and it drove me crazy!! i couldnt stand it but then about 1-2 weeks later it stopped. then about 3 days ago it started againg, ugh!! i hope it goes away like last time!!

  97. John in Cincinnati
    May 25th, 2005 at 16:19 | #97

    I have had an eye twitch for the past two weeks. After reading your comments,catching my breath after falling down with laughter,and realizing how rediculous it is to let a minor problem like this bother me. I noticed it stopped and hasnt returned. Maybe a little stress relief was all I needed. Thanks a million.

  98. tami
    May 25th, 2005 at 22:19 | #98

    I’m a server and my eye twitches every shift! For the last week. I will rest and take some b complex. The reason I post this, is for all you people who eat out and tip less then 10% just remember you could be the cause of your servers eye twitch.

  99. Unknown
    May 26th, 2005 at 06:17 | #99

    Seriously….I have tried a Soma and Vicodin Combination before bedtime for about 4 days and find that helpful. The only problem is that the problem resurfaced after only one week….Need to quit stressing in my best opinion !

  100. mohard
    May 26th, 2005 at 10:17 | #100

    Hi everyone,

    Just wanted to put in my 2 cents on eyedrops. Very important step in the eye-twitching cure. The best drops I’ve found (and I’ve tried almost every kind) are called Rohto-Zi. Not sure on the spelling, but they come in a little square container with a triangle shaped lid. They are simply amazing. Hope that helps some of the dry-eyed folks out there.

    good luck!

  101. benjamin nokes
    May 26th, 2005 at 10:49 | #101

    Yeah. My twitching is switching between both left and right eyelids. I’ve had it it off and on for about a year or more. I am a 23 year old male, 5′ 10″, and a vegetarian. I envy the man that finds the cure! He’ll be a millionaire over night! Hang in there guys!

  102. Maya
    May 28th, 2005 at 12:07 | #102

    Do any of you chew gum? Just wondering if this would cause facial muscles to spaz out and twitch?

  103. guy
    June 2nd, 2005 at 12:18 | #103

    I have some info that I hope will be useful to someone. about a month or so ago I ate several Morning Glory seeds. It was a stupid thing to do; these seeds apparently contain LSA or Lysergic Acid Amide, a cousin of LSD. This is why some people eat them, hoping to get a ‘trip.’ The other thing is sometimes the seeds are coated with either a pesticide or some kind of emetic to deter consumption.
    Anyways, directly after I ate these seeds, I experienced A) a dull pain in middle of my left hand that persisted for about a week, and B) twitching of my lower left eyelid, which has been persisting for over a month now. It may just be my imagination but I think it’s dying down now.
    So, now that I’ve used myself as a guinea pig, perhaps this info will be of help to anyone who understands biochemistry, and the relationship between either LSA or pesticides to brainstem neoplasms, magnesium, potassium or any of the other known causes of the twitch.

  104. april
    June 2nd, 2005 at 14:21 | #104

    I also have the dang twitch! My right eye just started 2 weeks ago. I have tried more sleep, less coffee and pop, I am about to tape that eye shut. Very annoying. Some of whatyou guys wrote helped me try new things. I cant believe so many people cant figure out what its caused from, all the doctors and nurses and this eye twitch we cant get an answer, go figure.

  105. april
    June 2nd, 2005 at 14:21 | #105

    I also have the dang twitch! My right eye just started 2 weeks ago. I have tried more sleep, less coffee and pop, I am about to tape that eye shut. Very annoying. Some of whatyou guys wrote helped me try new things. I cant believe so many people cant figure out what its caused from, all the doctors and nurses and this eye twitch we cant get an answer, go figure.

    June 4th, 2005 at 14:37 | #106

    In October of 2004 I was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with chronic autoimmune hepatitis, in January of 2005 my sister in law had minor surgery and almost died, in February of 2005 my dad was diagnosed with bone, liver, and lung cancer. Now it is June 2005 and my uncle is on his death bed as I type. I have increased the amount of caffeine that I drink I have not slept well in a while and I have been reading quite a bit. Im also a nurse very high stress job and to top all that off my lower left eyelid started twitching on a regular basis about three weeks ago. It is driving me crazy and I to went on line and looked it up in books and all I could find in books and online other than this site was that it was not a serious condition and that it was related to being tired, dry eyes and stress. This site makes me feel better I am not alone and now Im going to start a multivitamin and cut out caffeine. Hopefully that will work. Thanks for this great site, boy do I feel somewhat better.

    [Changed to sentence case by Editor; original post was all-caps.]

  107. Susan
    June 4th, 2005 at 21:35 | #107

    I started taking Oral Contraceptives January 2005 to treat Endometriosis. I am 47 and in April my left eyelid started twitching. I am wondering if the oral contraceptives might be the cause. I have read that twitching is a rare side effect of estrogen use. It started just in my left eye and now every now and then my right eyelid twitches also.

  108. Sammy
    June 6th, 2005 at 19:15 | #108

    Hey thank god im normal!!!!!!!! my eye has been driving me crazy, the annoying thing is, it dosnt seem to stop!!!!! i feel great in sharing my feeling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  109. VAL
    June 9th, 2005 at 07:30 | #109

    Dear Eyelid Twitchers,

    My eyelid TWITCH started 2 days ago and WOW its very irritating and I am glad too that I am not slowly turning CRAZY….and I will try to lower some intakes that I give my body. Thanks for your info on this website… its has made my day..

  110. June 12th, 2005 at 05:55 | #110

    Thanks for the info…I voluntarily twitch my left eye sometimes when I’m really angry, but today it started twitching itself…I figured it was stress, & I’m probably right, but thanks again for the info…Dai

  111. Keri
    June 12th, 2005 at 08:30 | #111

    My right upper lid has been twitching constantly for about seven weeks. I suppose my stress level is up slightly as I just switched jobs and have a six month old baby along with a 3 yr old. Anyone else have increased frequency of severe headaches with theirs? I have had some real bad ones, including one migraine with pain behind the affected eye and nausea. I am a bit of a health nut… and exercise regularly (running and resistance training). I take a multi-vitamin (Purity Multi) and a joint supplement with glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM. I admit I do enjoy my tea and mochas on a regular basis. I am a veterinarian…another health care professional with this problem….supports the idea of stress as a main etiological factor. Of course, the more you know about medicine the more you worry when something like this happens…I have to say I am not nearly so concerned after reading this site…maybe I will be so complacent about it now that it will finally go away….I too wonder what clients are thinking as I talk to them and my eyelid is doing its little dance!!! Great site!!!

  112. grug
    June 13th, 2005 at 02:28 | #112

    I’ve been getting upper left eyelid twitches for almost a week now, about 4 epsiodes an hour, consisting of about 2-3 minutes of random twitching. From looking in the mirror, it seems my eyelid is twitching sideways, away from my nose.

    Very annoying, especially considering the twitching first commenced in the middle of a job interview.

    Also, talked with my mother, seems she gets the same thing every few months, and it also started at around my age… Maybe hereditary?

    In any case, it’s driving me nuts…

    BTW, thanks for the site

  113. Stefancek
    June 13th, 2005 at 15:54 | #113

    I had an eye twitch in my lower left eyelid in 2003. It lasted for 3-4 days then went away. It didnt bother me again until may of this year. I had it for a few days, but since then it has been coming and going.

    I too had various fears about what it might be, but I think it may be stress related. Sometimes our bodies can be stressed even when we do not know it. I wish it would stop though. I’ve had twitches in other areas, and while annoying, nothing is as annoying as a twitch that is in a very visible area and interferes somewhat with your sight.

    I have noticed though, at least in my case, the constant movement on the eye makes my eyes more prone to becoming watery. perhaps lubrication is the key here as others have said?

    I too am very, very happy to see there are other people out there dealing with this. I sure do hope this isnt a sign of something more serious, but I think its best for all of us if we start with simple causes and work our way up rather than leaping to MS/alzheimers, and the like.

    But just in case, let’s hope that stem cell research gets cranking soon!

  114. Kellylynn
    June 14th, 2005 at 04:33 | #114

    I have had the occasional eyelid twitch (like once a week or so for a few seconds) for years. About a week ago my lower left eyelid started. It is more like a constant pulse in the soft tissue rather than the actual eyelid twitching. It is so annoying. No one can notice unless I get them right next to my face and in certain lighting. But I notice and it is driving me nuts! I have bought bananas and multi-vitamins, so I will see if this works. Of course my first thought was “oh God, I have a brain tumor or the onset of MS!” If the vitamins don’t work, I’ll see about maybe a muscle relaxant or anti-anxiety medication. Even if no one can notice, I am tired of feeling like everything I look at is “bouncing”. So annoying!

  115. judy
    June 14th, 2005 at 06:58 | #115

    I have had a left upper eyelid twitching for three months now. It will start as soon as I wake up, not fully awake but just laying in bed early in the morning, with no stress, thinking of nothing. Having been to two eye doctors, one being an opthamologist, the only solution anyone has reached is botox. The opthamologist said there is no known cause, and I have to either live with it, or have botox injections. My eyelid twitching is so severe it will pull my eyelid over to the side for about 10-15 seconds at times. I have been to a chiropractor for a fall I had about the time the twitching started this last winter, and he has been working on my nerve in my neck, using laser treatment on my eyelid, nothing with him seems to help. I tried tonic water, drank almost a quart a day because an 8 oz. glass did not work, so I wanted to make sure I was getting enough, that didn’t work. I tried a multivitamin which I am still taking, also b6 vitamin and magnesium in case of a magnesium deficiency, no change, ate lots of bananas, tried everything from drinking more water to cutting out caffeine. I am under no more stress than before the eyelid twitching started, but it sure does cause stress in having to deal with it, and especially in public when it starts doing its thing. I had a complete physical to rule out thyroid, diabetes, and it baffles me how nobody seems to know the cause of this. I did read one thread someone mentioned estrogen in birth control could cause it, so that is my next research online, however many men have this so not so sure it is estrogen related in my case. If anyone has found any relief with botox please post your experience and or negative side effects from botox. I read droopy eyelid is a possibility from botox injections, which is worse, the twitching or having a possible droppy eyelid, maybe botox isnt the answer.

  116. Stefancek
    June 15th, 2005 at 08:22 | #116

    Re: Kellylynn

    I know the type you are speaking of. I had it from mid sunday to late yesterday. They are very irritating because you can really feel it in your eye.

    I’ve had two types of twitches mainly, one that seems to be the entire lower left eyelid, and this other one was more like a pulse. I thought it was a vein or something in the eye going crazy.

    I took a multivitamin and it stopped. If its related to that, I do not know. I’m just glad it stopped.

  117. Vu
    June 20th, 2005 at 14:10 | #117

    i hate eye twitching, i wanna dig my eye out
    but i found that many people faced same problem with me,
    sure it normal i think, i will try all the solution mention above,
    2.Change of daily activities
    3.Lack of vitamins

    1.Change ya time table.(get more rest, sleep well)
    2.Take more fruit and vitamin
    3.STOP thinking about EYE TWICHING.

    That what i going to do, and the result is depend on you, because i also dont know what the result will be.
    could you tell me if u know the result ? :)

  118. Mike M
    June 22nd, 2005 at 00:52 | #118

    I too am a twitcher – think it’s lack of sleep and stress for me. Upper left eyebrow.

    Was wondering if the side of the twitch was linked to handedness.

    Most peeps seem to have left eyebrow twitchers – are the same people right handed? And does the opposite apply?


  119. bargirl
    June 24th, 2005 at 10:45 | #119

    Hello fellow twitchers,
    I’m glad I’m not the only one with this annoying problem. I’m def. stressed – studying for a bar exam – and have had this left eyelid twitch for almost 3 days now. VERY IRRITATING, especially when it lasts all day long. boo. i just ate a banana though, and will soon take a vitamin. But how on earth am I supposed to give up the coffee????
    Good luck to everyone.

  120. sean p
    June 25th, 2005 at 06:59 | #120

    i wish i would have looked this up sooner.. sorry poor folks but i AM glad im not alone in this.. my upper right eyelid began twitching about a year or so ago and without fail occurs daily. i drink 3-6 cokes a day.. get little sleep.. have very little stress.. and i love banannas.so all i can say is.. i dont have a clue but i drive a truck for a living and the twitching couldnt be annoying on the road. oh yes.. i have extremely light sensitive eyes if that means anything. always have. dr evil.. i thank you.. :)

  121. Anonymous
    June 25th, 2005 at 09:09 | #121

    Here are a few clues for those of us with eyeLID twitches (eye ball twitches are a whole different game). It’s up to each of us to solve our own puzzle:

    – proper diet, nutrition, sleep
    – avoid caffeine and alcohol
    – competent physicians exam
    – test for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone and Thyroid antibodies
    – test for _____ (to be determined by your physicican. Much better qualified than just about any Internet blogger)

  122. Serene
    June 26th, 2005 at 03:52 | #122

    My lower eylid has been twitching for the past five days Everyone I know said it brings good luck, but since no luck came my way in the past five days, I got a bit concerned and decided to search for a cause and cure and landed here. Good to hear the fellow twitcher stories :-)

  123. laruft
    June 26th, 2005 at 23:40 | #123

    I went through a period of drinking a lot of diet coke. I was drinking 2-4 ltrs a day. I noticed my right eyelid twitching, it was a strange sensation – not unpleasant, but slightly worrying. Other parts of my body would also twitch if I would relax, typically my right thumb, or a muscle in the left leg. I’ve narrowed it down to these diet drinks. I have read about diet coke side effects, and it seems clear that appear aspartame causes spasms/twitches. I’ve not tried the caffeine free diet drinks, I do drink too much coffee too.

    I now try and drink cold water and diluted squash instead. I am sure it is much better for me than diet coke. The twitching I am pleased to say has stopped. I still drink the same amount of cofee. Sometimes I still go on diet coke binges, hot weather usually or when I run out of squash. It takes a while, but continued drinking of diet coke/pepsi max and the twitching does come back. I’m postive it’s the effect from aspartame. Sidetracking slightly, another side effect I’ve noticed is slightly itchy skin bubbles/excema which seems to flare up on the fingers.

    Hope this helps. Thanks for the site. If anyone has twitchy eyelids and drinks nutrasweet fizzy drinks I’d google for info.

  124. Anonymous
    June 28th, 2005 at 05:50 | #124

    dear luis, you have become the twitch god. alas, years beyond your original post, the link to this post is still bringing people like me … chronic twitchers wanting answers! this is unbelievably. too bad you don’t receive $1 a post. anyway, this first happened to me 10 years ago when i had an awful taxing job and i went to an eye doctor who suggested rid the stress and warm compresses. right now, i THOUGHT i had no stress. but here’s the twitch anyway! back to the compresses.

  125. cris
    June 30th, 2005 at 00:55 | #125

    I have had eye twiches now for over 8 years, that I first noticed. The first time I noticed it lasted over 6 months I had a brain scan my doctor wanted to make sure it wasn’t a brain tumour??? everything was fine. I have stopped coffee a long time ago I take one a month and it’s decaf.I don’t drink pop, I smoke!!! I didn’t think it was stress because it usually comes only after a big stress. Now it’s been back for two days. I eat properly I think, I must cause i’m always eating, fruit, meat, lots of water. It’s not cold, or heat cause I get it any month of the year.We have just bought a house once again after 2 yrs in apt, first time It started twiching we were losing our house, now we just got it but the bank account is low so maybe it’s an old stress you know what i mean. It is annoying,now it’s the right upper lid, other times it’s the left lower lid…I just got 9 hours sleep in a row haven’t done that in years, I usually get about 6to 7 hours sleep. I have to admit I don’t like this but I’m not as scared anymore.

  126. Anonymous
    June 30th, 2005 at 02:20 | #126

    Hello all,

    First of all as said above thanks for this forum!
    I found allot of my
    relief from this forum knowing there is hope and not the only one and it will maybe
    someday go away. :) 7th
    week of Twitches – joy

    Breakdown: Lower left eyelid twitch at least a 1/2 a dozen
    times an hour. Started taking all suggestions above, B Vitamins, Magns., Calcium,
    bananas, tonic water + extra water, and eye drops. I am a healthy active guy
    age 32 “web designer”.
    Very freaky and yes thought I was cracking up and it caused more stress having
    it than anything else in life. Went to the Dr. said all was good and would
    not recommend a neurologist without a few months of waiting first. He ran some
    blood work to check Thyroid and msm levels and even tested for Lyme since I
    had it 10 years ago but it was caught right away. All tests came back fine.
    Still stressing over the twitching, I went to my eye Dr. All good 20/16 vision
    almost as well. He recommended the same as you all have. He said his wifes
    gets it, then gets mad at him because he cannot fix it.
    It started lower left eye lid and that has almost gone “4 weeks later” but
    it has moved up top lid but not as severe or often. My left eye has very few
    and very infrequent twitchs as well . I just thought I would put in my 2cents and keep you
    all company since you have for me these past weeks. I will Let you all know
    if it disappears .
    Thanks all.

    P.S. Do us all a favor twitchers of the world. Please let us know
    when they go away and how long you had them.

  127. BlogD
    June 30th, 2005 at 02:28 | #127

    Well, as the author of this post, 526 comments later, probably I should chime in again.

    In my opinion, a lot of it is psychological. I have noted that twitching often goes away when I’m in a certain mental state, and comes active especially when I am mindful of it. Some strange stuff during twitching bouts: I think about it, it starts up. But if I try to see the twitching in a mirror, it stops.

    For me, the best cure is simply to not pay attention to it. Within a day or two, it goes away.

    Of course, that won’t work for everybody. But it certainly won’t hurt for anybody, and if you’re counting on any of the other cures, this one in addition to those may very well help quite a bit.

    Just don’t worry about it. It will pass.

  128. Anonymous
    July 1st, 2005 at 11:26 | #128

    I’ve had my share of eye twitching and here is my 2cents. In East Asian countries, where I am from, it is believed that eye twitching is sort of a rudimentary sign that is given to an individual about something either positive or negative in the near future.

    Left eye for a male indicates some thing bad or negative.
    Right eye for a male indicates somet thing good or positive.

    It is vice versa for females (i.e. left eye good luck and right eye bad luck).

    I haven’t kept any tabs or any sort of tracking to make sure this is true..

    For the past 2 days, I have been attempting to secure a position within a company I have been eyeing for (no pun intended).. and my resume is submitted etc. Now on the second day, I am getting this twitch in left eye.. it is making me think that it may not work out… but I am trying to keep a positive frame of mind.

    On other occasion, I had twitching in the right eye and frankly, I don’t remember or know anything that might have been good that come out of it.

    However, others (i.e. elders) say that it may not be something that we directly see the result of .. meaning, it might be something working in the back ground (such as something positively happening which we directly do not see the result of and perhaps later we may find something that went our way or good that happend and obviously there is no way to directly link it to our eye twitch)…

    All in all it’s an abstract topic.

    My twitching never seems to last for days etc. It comes on very rarely and perhaps few minutes at a time.. It keeps occuring in a day or two and it will go away…

    So anyone care to comment on this theory? :)

  129. judye
    July 3rd, 2005 at 19:03 | #129

    This is my second time posting. Today at about 5 pm my lower left eye lid started twitching every 30 to 60 seconds. It hasn’t stopped. I was not feeling stressed when this started. I take vitamins including magnesium and potassium. This has happened before but never as long as it it is now. I can’t explain this, but it is very annoying. I hope it stops soon.

  130. a concerned friend
    July 7th, 2005 at 04:12 | #130

    my daughter’s son is two yrs. old and he twiches, what could be wrong with him (he twiches all the time). I asked my friend if she has taken him to the doctor and she says yes and the doctors say that nothing is wrong with him (I don’t believe it). I don’t want to talk too much about it with her because I think she will get offended.

  131. Paul
    July 11th, 2005 at 09:57 | #131

    Hi guys.

    During my final uni exams (well, for the last couple of months of term) my left eyelid twitched a lot. But now all that stress (which I was only fully conscious of after my exams, when I felt the relief!) is over, it has gradually stopped. I can’t remember the last time I’ve twitched.

    BTW: I was talking to some school friends, and one mentioned that a good mate of mine was very conscious about his twitch when we were in secondary school. This was news to me; I hadn’t even noticed it! It feels worse than how it looks!

    I agree with the blog owner – just try not to think about it.

    Good luck, all!

  132. Dr Gianni
    July 12th, 2005 at 02:27 | #132

    My treatment would be, just to punch your self serveral times in the eye, if pain persists, consult your doctor, or sue the hell out of me, so you can get some cash and use the money to get better medical attention

  133. dalia
    July 12th, 2005 at 22:48 | #133

    wow!! so i’m NOT alone! woohoo! =)

    i think the problem has more to do with dry eyes, stress & fatigue more than it does vitamin deficiency…i have a combination of all three..yay me! =)

    i also think its quite common in lasik eye surgery “victims”…which i had done almost a year ago & which i have to thank for my dry eyes!

    strange thing i noticed though…it seems that most of the eye-twitchers here are upper left lid twtichers!…my question to u…can i still join the club if i’m an upper RIGHT lid twitcher? 😉

  134. Jennifer
    July 15th, 2005 at 05:03 | #134

    Hello, Everyone-

    My name is Jennifer, and I have a twitch. Right eye, lower lid. I noticed it when I woke up this morning (about 7:45 AM), and it’s been twitching ever since (it is currently 1:51 PM CST). My god, this is annoying. I was discussing my twitch with a co-worker, and I joking said I was just going to go get an injection of Botox. Through a highly scientific research process (the same highly scientific research process that led me to this site), I found that Botox is an actual treatment option. Seems a little extreme, but the only other recommendation I found was to see a trained homeopath. I live in Texas. They outlawed homeopaths with the homeosexuals. Ba-dum bum ching! That’s a little “I’m a liberal in a conservative state” humor for ya.

    Hmm… this is going to sound bizarre, but as I’ve been reading all the hilarious postings here, my twitch seems to have disappeared (pause as I wait for it to reappear now that I have opened my metaphorical “big yap”). Nope. Still gone. Woo hoo! This is a lot more fun than Botox!

    Thanks for keeping this site updated, and I hope others can find the same relief that I apparently did,


  135. Kristin
    July 20th, 2005 at 03:10 | #135

    My right upper eye lid starting twitching a week ago. I just recently ate bananas before it happened. Also I have been getting plenty of rest and I am exercising. Stress level is moderate. I started using a cleanser on my face now I have stopped using the cleanser and stopped eating bananas to see if it will go away. I’ll post my results in a couple of weeks to let you know.
    Hopefully a former eye twitcher.

  136. GirlnLasVegas
    July 21st, 2005 at 12:53 | #136

    Hi there, I am a dedicated twitcher! Mine is definitely caused by megadoses of stress and caffine! I really have no permanant cure to offer but I do know (and do not recommend) that a shot of whiskey or a dose of anti-anxiety drugs like xanax or valium will temporarily cure the problem. I read that it is technically called Blepharospasm and it is a caused by dysfunction of the seventh cranial nerve; It also says it affects approximately 25,000 people in the US (which judging from this blog seems a little under-estimated), usually between 50-60 years old… (hmmm I am 39 and this started 10 or more years ago about the time in life where everything got unbelievably stressful), and it happens to mostly women (well I think it is mostly women that internalize their problems. T

  137. lidtwitcher
    July 22nd, 2005 at 04:34 | #137

    Hello, I too am one of you. Upper Right’s been twitchin’ on and off for about a month and a half now. Never had any problems before. I do wear contacts and work on the computer for long periods. No caffine, cigarettes or sweets and keep in decent shape with exercise, multi-vitamins and a somewhat heathy diet. Does anyone else notice your twitch is more sensitive in bright light? (Sunlight or a close bright interior light) How about when the air is hotter? I tried actually placing ice on my eye which helped temporarily (About 30 minutes to an hour). Just thought I’d throw that into the mix. Let me know your thoughts.

  138. ushi
    July 22nd, 2005 at 13:08 | #138

    ummmmm..although i did not read all these post..(my gawd there is a lot of us.) i seem to be different than most.
    my left lower started it’s basic pattern of three steps and a shuffle when i was around 20 for maybe one year then after getting new eye glasses it cleared for …get this … the next 18 years. then after having a baby at 38 (my first and last)it came back. it is almost constant and very annoying. i couldn’t count the times in a day.. it is that often. if your wondering about my health… vitamins-yes- including potassium, stress -no..i don’t even have a job, addictions-none,no coffee, sleep like a baby,and i take no medicines of any kind for any condition. now, having just said all that any and all of my family and friends will tell you i’m hyper active ,so maybe that is my problem. :0) but i’m 43 now and 5 whole years of this “dance ” is wayyyyy too long, so i had a botox injection 11 days ago. nothing has changed as of yet,but the doc says it take 10 -14 days to kick in…if it doesn’t work i’m going to kick him because it hurt like h*ll.:)anywho…
    wish me luck and i to all of you in stopping what seems to be the tiniest visual cha cha known to man.

  139. Min
    July 28th, 2005 at 07:13 | #139

    wow! I’m an eyelid twitcher. This site amazes me. I found out that eyelid twiching is more common than I thought. But this site definitely affirms how common it is. It looks like the list of eyelid twichers goes on and on and growing! :)

  140. Meri
    July 29th, 2005 at 22:06 | #140

    Hi, I came across this site a few weeks ago when I googled my way around to try and obtain information on my upper left eyelid twitching. I cannot tell you the relief I felt when I realized there were so many of us, all suggesting “cures” and submitting tips on how to stop it and hazarding guesses on why it started in the first place. My experience is that, after one month and a half twitching like mad with apparently no reason at all (no changes in my working or eating habits, no particular stress at the time), when I started taking vitamin supplements (only vitamins and minerals, don’t take anything containing Ginseng, it will only make you jittery) and completely abstained from drinking Diet Coke and other aspartame-sweetened drinks (can commercial names be mentioned here?), it stopped as suddenly as it had started. I am now in my fourth twitch-free week, and not dreading its return, because I really think this was the cause of my problem. Try to live a few days without diet sodas and see if it works for you too!! :)

  141. may may
    July 30th, 2005 at 13:54 | #141

    This is funny…I don’t usually post but since it took me a while to scroll down to the bottom of this blog after reading so many interesting, idiotic, yet funny antedotes, I had to submit something. My left eye started twitching on the way home from work this evening. And I decided to research it on-line. I was hoping that it meant that someone was sending me money. But after reading this blog (is it?- I failed computer literature) I feel more depressed. I don’t know why you all eyes are twitching but my eye twitch stems from stress(working two jobs 7 days a week), nearly no sleep, no sex, more than my fair share of caffeine and a pack of cigarettes a day. Since my real life sucks right now I’m going to keep my fantasy and wait for the money.

  142. Anonymous
    July 30th, 2005 at 16:32 | #142

    Thanks Luis for keeping this eyelid twitching webpage up. I didn’t read all the comments here because there were too many of them. Eyelid twitching seems to be a widespread concern. I think the reason why people were searching for the answer to the eyelid twitching problem was because there exists some mundane belief that eyelid twitching was foreshadowing some bad event about to happen. Good thing that is just non-sensical understanding. My lower left eyelid had been twitching for the past couple of weeks and I found the answer here. Hopefully, I can take the advice of all fellow twitchers and resolve this annoying problem. Why don’t they just make some eye drop specifically for this problem? Good Karma to all.

  143. mj
    August 1st, 2005 at 04:50 | #143

    Thanks for the info. My left upper lid has been twitching all day. I’m going to take a nap! :-)

  144. bolen
    August 1st, 2005 at 07:00 | #144

    hey this page about twitching eye is great!
    there are too many suggestions and i could not comprehend all of them. therefore, i would like to add more to make the suggestions even more complete! an alternative way to treat this is to relax yourself, sit back with a straight spin and meditate for 10 mins. concentrate on some thoughts other than the eyelid and hold. it seems that this regulate the neurons somehow and this work for me well.

    another way is to concentrate on your hand and massage a finger. some netizens mention ring finger is a good choice, and i find that as long as you concentrate on the massage, any finger make no difference. massage any of the helps!

    give it a try if other fails!

  145. Carol
    August 2nd, 2005 at 00:56 | #145

    HA!!! Okay yes, I typed in ‘bottom eyelid is twiching’ on Yahoo search and your site was first. I have to admit it’s more amusing than helpful, which was fine with me! Mine has been going on for over 4 days, on and off. At first it was funny because co-workers just couldn’t look at me without staring, moving in closer,then laughing! I told them to leave me alone because I’m suffering from a breakdown and that was just the fuse getting antsy. I’m so laid back and organized here that I couldn’t figure out why it was occurring. After the 3rd day I was truly annoyed and about to go psycho on someone! I just shook it off. Reading your post was too funny! And to make matters better (?) my nerve began to flutter even more!? Now that’s funny!
    I better get a new cup of coffee. Hey! Why not make both of them go at the same time!

    Seriously, thanks for the humor. I’ll seek professional help later. Whether that be an eye doctor or mental physican!

  146. KimberlyDi
    August 3rd, 2005 at 05:52 | #146

    I’m a right upper eye twitcher. I came here seeking a cure. I feel better knowing that this is a common occurance and not some rare dreaded disease. I’ll try more water (can’t hurt) and the vitamins. Good Luck Everyone.

  147. king_b
    August 6th, 2005 at 06:05 | #147

    hey, well i just needed to say something. well my eyebrows have been twitching for quite some years now. but the thing i have learned about it is, that it tells me something. every time my right eyebrow twiches, something good happens to me, and everytime my left eyebrow twitches something bad happens to me, like its been tested and tried and i can say with confidence that this is why it twitches for me, maybe this is some sort of 6th sense that we all have? i’m not sure, but this twitching has saved me from a lot of unwanted situations and danger, it has taken me years of observation to come to this conclusion, well i dunno it’s up to you…

  148. Nobby Mabale
    August 8th, 2005 at 19:50 | #148

    I started having localized twitches on my left upper eyelid about a 2 weeks ago and they can really get irritating and affect perfomance if your occupation depends on efficient use of your eyesight like mine.

    I sit in front of a monitor for about 8hrs a day,although it’s an LCD screen(which is supposedly much easier on your eyes) i also go home and do stuff on my PC again.
    So in my case i really do think it has a lot to do with just too much of staring at the monitor(be it LCD or CRT)

    I’m going to change my habits and will post a follow up after 2 weeks or so to let everyone know of my progress and possibly provide light,no not light,that’s the cause of the problem, i like the term insight better :)

  149. Colleen
    August 9th, 2005 at 17:16 | #149

    My right eyelid has a storm of electricity going through it that is driving me nuts, all the old men I talk to think I am winking at them…seriously, this has been going on for over a month, I sleep, I don’t drink coffee very often, it’s a puzzle and a bit scary. Thanks for the info everyone,at least I don’t feel all alone in this anymore.

  150. Twitchy
    August 11th, 2005 at 07:53 | #150

    One interesting thing I have noticed from all of the comments is it is more common for the upper left eye lid to be twitching. Mine has been going on for about a week now and is quite annoying. I went to the doctor for this before and she told me it is caused by stress or lack of sleep. In other words, she didn’t know why. Thanks for the great website. I think it is just helpful for all of us fellow eye twitchers to not feel like a freak.

  151. Kristin
    August 12th, 2005 at 00:41 | #151

    Guess what my eyleid stopped twitching it took more than two weeks, but it finally stopped. I stopped eating bananas and stopped using the cleanser on my face. I still don’t know which one had a hand in it or if either one contributed to it. Stress level is higher than the first time I posted. I know bananas carry a lot of potassium and my level could have been too high or I was allergic to something in the cleanser, so I switched cleansers. I know I have sensitive skin, so I can’t use just anything on my face. I have eaten bananas before, but with age your body definitely does not react the same to certain foods. I could eat a couple of bananas and see if the twitching starts back up but that twitch was really annoying, but to know the truth sometimes you have to take one for the gipper. I’ll be posting back soon. Thank you Blog for allowing me to tell my story. Former Eye Twitcher who might be back to twitching!

  152. Amy Strickland
    August 14th, 2005 at 16:35 | #152

    Caffeine and Calcium draw Magnesium from your body and cause nerve tension, which produces twitching. The most absorbable form of Magnesium is Magnesium Citrate

  153. Anonymous
    August 14th, 2005 at 21:04 | #153

    My experiences are that the eye twitch occurs with something else, i have a bad neck sometimes shoudler problem, where the muscles in my shoulder have cramped just enough to stop you turning your head on one side completely.

    My point is that something happens to the muscles to cramp, and like an athelete lack of water can do that, so in turn the same happens with the eye which you strain alot. I can actually stop it if i rest the problem eye, or hold the eyelid for a shortwhile.

    I think it comes back because the muscle/nerves get strained again. Think of a cramp in your leg and why that happens.

  154. Donna
    August 19th, 2005 at 11:52 | #154

    sign me up….twitching four days now, outta the blue…

    well, sortof.

    I have really bad migraines around the time of my cycle every month, and this month no exception…..lower eyelid twitching on same side as mirgraine was.

    I’ve had a twitch or two before, but this is crazy….

    so I’m gonna meditate…
    eat a banana..
    take my vits…

    and pull myself away from the screen.

    I wondered if an eye patch would help (sorry know y’all probably said this, but this one LONG Blog.

    Viva la no twitching….

  155. SpAZtastIUM
    August 20th, 2005 at 00:26 | #155

    Good ol’ archive_000253. Been a hit for twitchers everywhere for years.

    Well,my twitch is in my eyeball, in a large vein that appeared about the time I started my crash course in Linux, and it’s been on and off every few seconds for about a week now. The vein must connect with the tear duct, because when I don’t put any pressure on it my eye starts to well up.

    yeah… ~o< GAAAAAH!

  156. SpAZtastIUM
    August 20th, 2005 at 00:40 | #156

    From http://www.emedicine.com/neuro/topic235.htm:

    The central nervous system’s electrotonic spread of discharge from rhythmic generators toward anterior horn cells also might play a role in generation of the spontaneous discharge. Each patient may have a different operating mechanism, depending on the particular areas involved and the different etiologies. The fact that patients with Isaacs syndrome respond dramatically to treatment of myokymia with phenytoin and/or carbamazepine suggests a possible abnormality of the potassium channel in this particular entity.

    There’s where the potassium thing comes from. Not just in people with Issac’s, but anyone with the Twitch (now it has it’s own name).

  157. Maggie Smith
    August 22nd, 2005 at 03:20 | #157

    I’ve had twitches in both my eyes on and off over the years. But over the past 5 days I’ve developed a really annoying twitch which appears when I yawn, stretch, sneeze, or make any facial movement. I may lay off the banana’s and red wine to see if it stops. But like everyone on here I think eneryone can see it – but its not that visable unless you are right up close.

  158. Suzy
    August 24th, 2005 at 19:17 | #158

    Hi, I’m from Sydney. I don’t know if this is helpful or not.. maybe for you budding brain surgery/brain chemical students??

    This one time when I was about 25, somone gave me an extacy tablet. It wasn’t much fun and I got very bad eye twitch intermittently throughout the entire ‘trip’ (upper left). Needless to say, I never tried it again.

    Over the years whenever I’ve been tired or stressed, it returns. I’m now 39 and always imagined I had done some sort of damage to my brain with that brief experiment. Ho hum, so much for my ‘walk on the wild side’ !!!!

  159. BlogD
    August 24th, 2005 at 22:36 | #159

    Eyelid twitching begins at a certain point in life, for what reasons or by what causes we don’t know. But your reasoning here may just be Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc–just because one thing happens and then another, that does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. More likely, the ecstasy triggered an eyelid twitch for some chemical reason, and then after that, twitching happened naturally–in other words, the later twitching probably would have happened anyway. No way to prove that either way, but I would be surprised if one drug experience like that triggered a lifetime malady the nature of an eyelid twitch.

    Part of it may also be psychosomatic–maybe the first time you suffered an eyelid twitch after the drug experience, you connected it to that, and your worries brought on subsequent attacks. I know that my eyelid twitches begin sometimes just from my thinking about them and worrying that they might be starting. Often I can stave off an attack by concentrating on the knowledge that it’s pschosomatic–that usually works. Try to change your attitude, disassociating the twitch with stress or fatigue, if possible. Who knows, it could help.

  160. Bannie
    August 28th, 2005 at 00:49 | #160

    My right eyelid, and eyebrow have been twitching for three days, oh my god I feel like a freak. My boss told me it was stress. I have high blood pressure at 31, and my dad always telling me to eat banannas for the potassium. My father has had a brain tumor now for years that he keeps under control with medication. And he also has high blood pressure and my mother too. Sometimes I feel my heart pounding hard and I get very stress out like a panic attack. It’s scary…there goes the eyes again..ohh

  161. Sue
    August 29th, 2005 at 07:51 | #161

    Glad to find this site.
    My left eyelid portion (corner close to my nose) started pulsating,twitching about 3 days ago consistently. Now just about 8 mins. ago, my right eyelid (towards the corner away from the nose) started twitching.

    I work alot of long hrs @ a computer.
    Yes, I stress alot inside.

    The twitching is annoying & a little embarrassing when I’m trying to talk to someone. I feel like eventually my eyes will explode or something awful.

  162. Nick
    August 31st, 2005 at 21:28 | #162

    Amazing site, never thought I’d find so much on this topic. My lower left eyelid has been twitching non stop for two days now and it’s getting very annoying. No stress(at least that i think), work out, take vitamins, and even have a banana once a day. Can’t figure it out. My finace thinks it is from not sleeping so well, which could be the case as I tend to get up a lot throughout the night for no reason(maybe another problem in itself). Hoping this runs it course and the twitching stops soon.


  163. rosemina
    September 3rd, 2005 at 14:29 | #163

    oh, thank you for starting this twitching page. i’m a medical student, and i can tell you two things with certainty: 1) my eyelid twitching DEFINITELY correlates with periods of fatigue, sleeplessness, and stress; 2) no one in medicine cares about eyelid twitching (myokymia) and thus no one ever teaches you about it or talks about it or even merely mentions it in lectures.

    my onset is transient and likewise it ends unpredictably. but i feel so much better knowing others have suffered and survived :)

  164. Ted
    September 5th, 2005 at 05:46 | #164

    I came to this site like most through google and I’m much relieved to find that like other ET’ers, I am not alone. I think there’s a good chance that the twitch is viral. My daughter mentioned the twitch a few days before going down with a nasty head cold. This week it has happened identically to me, the symptoms were first the twitch, then the dry back of the throat then the streaming nose, followed by the full-on head cold. Though that may be the symptoms in turn of a reduced immune system suffering from stress. (she is waiting for exam results and I have a student back in the home for the summer break!!)

    I really do think though that there is an unparalled opportunity for a medic student or practitioner to collate some useful info from the visiting twitchers. Or luis, if you’ve any skills in databases or even excell get some data (age, times, lifestyle, geography etc) and corelate the info. If anything transpires from it you could claim the honour of the first blogger to announce a new syndrom/disease (luis chatter perhaps). If nothing else it would give the conspiricy theorists amongst us some ammo.

    bye from Ted
    Glasgow UK

  165. Lisa
    September 5th, 2005 at 07:30 | #165

    Just to confirm for everyone that this is a truly international issue – I am a left-eye twitcher from New Zealand. Same story as everyone else – after 3 weeks of constant twitching in my upper left eye, I googled to find out something – anything! It gets worse when I bend over – go figure!

    Didn’t think I was overly stressed, do some light-weight yoga, and yes I drink caffeine, but probably less than usual at the moment (caffiene withdrawal – hmmm, now there’s a possibility!)


  166. kara
    September 9th, 2005 at 01:44 | #166

    haha yea it’s international alright. I’m Asian and there’s a saying that when your left eyelid twitches you’ll get fortune and when your right twitches its bad luck. My upper right eyelid has been twitching virtually non-stop for today.. But I guess the irritance is already bad fortune by itself..=) I ‘m not sure about the dryness bit, cos my eyes are somehow always super moist and I simply have to blink and a tear would come trailing down. In my case it’s probably the stress.. exams in a week’s time.. good luck to all you guys out there! hope the cures work!

    P.s. it shlouldn’t have anything to do with beef. I don’t eat beef.

  167. amy
    September 15th, 2005 at 12:24 | #167

    this site is too funny!!!! I go to research eyelid twithing and I am seriosly expecting to read about some deadly disease that starts with eylid twitching!!!i had no idea that I am in a serios EYE TWITCHING CLUB!!!(by the way, in case it matters, I am a right eye twitcher) I am going on a couple of months of daily annoyance with this that is driving me crazy!!!! If it is related to some bizarre brain cancer***alot of us are going DOWN!!!!!!
    I feel so much better that you have offered this site to us phycos that think we have some deadly disease (or atleast i did). thank you

  168. Crystal
    September 17th, 2005 at 18:21 | #168

    thanks for this site, at least i know it’s not some early stroke symptom or something. I’m a right eye twitcher, By the way :).

  169. September 17th, 2005 at 23:32 | #169

    I’m a 58 year old Disabled Vietnam Veteran with Chronic Rhinitus and Conjunctivitus along with my left eye twitching along with the closing of the eye lid. The VA has given me drugs, Botox injections, allergy tests etc. Nothing works! I’m trying to link this to the Sinus system and any advise is welcomed. Also I was exposed to Agent Orange and have Prostate Cancer, suspected Diabetes Type II and a heart attack 2 1/2 years ago. My twitch is a pain in the _ _ _ and I still want to get feedback from the “Lefty Twitchers”

  170. Lynese
    September 20th, 2005 at 13:13 | #170

    Wow, I would have never guessed that so many people are experiencing the same upper left eyelid twitch as I am. I am a little stressed and have been drinking more coffee than usual. I work long hours in front of the computer monitor as well. So I guess I will stop some of that now. Thanks for everyones input.

  171. kym
    September 25th, 2005 at 23:43 | #171

    Ok. My Right upper eyelid has been twitching for a few weeks now. It is driving me crazy. I can actually see it when I look in the mirror!!!! Its gross. It involuntarily twitches when I move my eyes (e.g. to look at something else). I am not under any stress, am not tired and have very little (if any!) caffeene!
    Is this not the most annoying problem in the world especially when the cure seems to be… it will go away itself!? Aaargh!

  172. JJ
    September 27th, 2005 at 02:11 | #172

    I found this site because I was searching about muscle cramps and RLS and Dystonia.and taking potassium . Bumped into this site.and I just love your site. You have a calling…..and not what you had thought of when you started it.but gee.never look a gift horse in the eye ( in your case a needing of information) ROFL ! It really seems there is a NEED for a site regarding this and why not you? Learn about it and let others learn and also give their ideas… JJ

  173. Joe Cool
    September 28th, 2005 at 21:22 | #173

    My eyelid twitches… OH GOD MAKE IT STOP! OK it’s not that bad. Thanks for the info, chief.

  174. Sher
    September 28th, 2005 at 22:43 | #174

    Hey, my left eye has been twiching for a few weeks now, and I’m starting to think it is a lack of sleep and to much caffine. I drink a lot of tea and cappacino’s. I went to bed around 8:30 last night and woke up with red eyes, but I’m still tired!!!

  175. EricZ123
    September 29th, 2005 at 06:12 | #175

    WELL, how about this I have a whole family of twitchers some left and some right … me (left) wife (right) and son who cant remember which one, well , i am fairly analytical so.. i start thinking what do the three of us have in common.

    1. environment
    2. diet

    so could this be related to allergies , vitamin deficiency, dry air, stress(doubtful, everyone processes stress differently for and for all three of us to have it on occasion is just strange, and i dont think it can be explained away by stress, plus i can eat a handful of xanax and still have it happen)

    so then back to diet and allergies and dry air ? i find it strange that the medical communities best answer for this is botox injections.. oh wait a minute no i dont.. LOL

    I think the best way to track this is to keep a diary of where you are when it occurs and the pertinent details of the situation..

    Great site , if there is an official discussion site up on this somewhere id love the link !

  176. Persephone
    September 30th, 2005 at 06:29 | #176


    Ugh, I want to take the letter opener and shove it in my eye! I need a White Russian, dammit!!

  177. Sal
    September 30th, 2005 at 06:59 | #177

    Wow, great BLOG! Like all the rest, I found it through Google while researching the ever-annoying lower-right eyelid twitch that has been happening daily for a month or so. Stress makes sense and so does the dry air theory. I live in Phoenix and it started right about when the Monsoon season (high humidity) ended and my first semester of Anatomy and Physiology started (hence the stress and eye fatigue)! So thanks for the great site Luis, I definitely feel relieved and in great company.


  178. Zak
    October 3rd, 2005 at 08:04 | #178

    Seeing as though all of us here have stared at a computer screen long enough to find and read this site, that might have something to do with it. Unfortunately we can’t go tell our bosses that we can’t look at our screens anymore. So do we just live with it?? It obviously bothers us enough to look it up on the net.

    My lower left and upper right eyelid twitches. Often at the same time, but not always. Stress I can understand, but we all have stress in varying extremes. Why now? Why not earlier? Is it brought on with age? Some of us here are old, some young!

    Another one of those unsolved mysteries.

    Zak – 27 – South Africa

  179. Jenny
    October 5th, 2005 at 02:40 | #179

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much this site has helped me!!!! I’ve been “TWITCHING” since January.Must be stress.Since I was diagnosed with a thyroid nodule that may be cancer back in January.Pair that with dry eye syndrome and whammy…I’ve noticed that when my eyes are lubricated well,the twitching is much less.Seems like when I blink hard to clear my eyes the twitching starts.As when I rub my eyes also.My lower left eye is the “TWITCHER”Some days are better than others..Good-Luck to all my fellow “TWITCHERS” it’s awesome to know we’re not alone,and that we can be comical about it also…..Take-Care!!!!!

  180. ETC….
    October 7th, 2005 at 04:32 | #180

    I agree totally, blinking hard to lubricate eyes causes more twitching. I just wish there was so instant technique to stop this.

    Eye Twitch Club member

  181. nicoboss
    October 7th, 2005 at 04:45 | #181

    I’ve had this twitching for over 15 years (on an off of course) – started I was 14.

    Found it funny at first – but for over 3 years now, it is really annoying when it wakes up- much computer, not enough sleep, bad diet…

    Still funny sometimes when you look at a miror and come out with lines from Silence of the Lambs or Taxi.

    But not that funny

    Cool way to know it is a problem shared by many – wahhh 3 years of blog..

    I don’t think any of the solutions would cure the problem. Just live with it – although it can drive me crazy.

    But I will start taking vitamines, sleep better, exercise, eat fruits, stop going to mickeyD’s, stop biting my nails,stop scratching my eyes …. basicaly, finaly listen to what my mother told me when i was a kid – maybe she was right..

    If this thing cannot be fixed, at least it will make me a better man.

    That’s the bright side.

  182. IGOKSI
    October 7th, 2005 at 07:19 | #182

    I’m not sure exactly, but I normally don’t have a twitch in my eye(unless im not noticing it). My eye only twitches when something seriously bad is about to happen, physically. Usually im sick or I have a fever, and say 5-10 seconds before i’m about to throw up, my muscles in my right eyelid contract like crazy.

    Its very slow, nothing sporadic like flickering, its as if my body is forcing me to blink voluntarily when it doesn’t want to, except i really have no control over it. Sometimes it gets real bad, when im really ill, both eye lids begin having the problem, and i have difficulty seeing since my eyes are closed for a decent amount of time.

    When I do have it, most times it means : Get your face to the loo, cause you’re about to throw up! Very weird, but I guess a handy warning system… Anyone else?

  183. sheldon
    October 11th, 2005 at 09:58 | #183

    amazing site
    first time i ever wrote anything on a blog .
    upper left eye is my problem ….and i’m left handed…
    maybe considering wheather you sre right or left handed may shed more light

  184. headwellred
    October 12th, 2005 at 22:13 | #184

    I have been trying self hypnosis to settle the twitching, it seems to work for me, maybe it just calms everything down a little :-)

  185. too twitchy
    October 13th, 2005 at 04:21 | #185

    Left eyelid (upper and lower) started twitching about two months ago. Too much stress, but since then, even with less stress, massage, acupuncture, it still continues. Seems to occur mostly when I talk or eat, as if it is associated with my jaw. Must admit that I am a jaw clencher, teeth grinder and was doing that quit a bit before this started. Anyone else have that?

    Glad to know there are others like me out there.

    Twitch on!

  186. twitcheroony
    October 16th, 2005 at 00:31 | #186

    incredible site, I agree. I have had the phenomenon on and off for as long as I can remember. It has started up again this week; I suspect stress and primarily lack of sleep to be the culprits (difficult time for me at work). Always my left eye, upper lid. I too am left handed. Interesting idea.

  187. midnightmuse
    October 22nd, 2005 at 03:33 | #187

    mines started on the left, and has graduated to the right. probably is stress but is bugging the heck out of me! it isnt noticeable on the outside but i can feel it. hope i dont look crazy…

  188. twitched twitch of the west
    October 23rd, 2005 at 10:58 | #188

    Man!!! i wish i was like those of you who get it a few seconds at a time. I swear to you my left eyelid twitches for hours and hours on end. OK, I know in the big picture, this is the least of all of our worries…but it is DRIVING ME CRAZY!!! I see this post has been going on for a few years…and here we all are…still twitching away! Seems like there are more left twitchers than right twitchers…hmmmm…just one more mystery of the eye twitch. This is fun and all but dang I really want a solution to this thing…doesn’t look like were ever going to find one…or by the time they do, we’ll all be dead:) Wonder if our eye will twitch then??? LMAO

  189. Myospastic
    October 24th, 2005 at 12:00 | #189

    Heh, great site . . . gotta love google.

    ANyway for the last three weeks I have been “myospastic” (my new word) and it’s strange because it makes people think that I’m mad at them or getting really irritated because it’s on my upper lid and so it suddenly narrows and I look viscious!


    Good fun but I wish it would just stop!

  190. October 25th, 2005 at 08:35 | #190

    I think I am officially a member of the ETC :-)

    Only recently have I experienced eyelid twitching on my upper eyelid with my right eye. I am even thinking of going to an optometrist and asking for their advice or opinion…

    Great to see that I am not alone with this ‘twitching’ that goes on. It is not happening all the time but has been around the past several weeks on and off, I seem to find it happens more when I am straining my eyes.

    I work with computers every day and look at a laptop screen, I should give my eyes a rest more often from the screen. I also wear glasses as I am now short sighted (was long sighted when I was a kid) so now I can see everything in the distance really sharply and even see the scoreboard at the football! :-)

    I don’t think that I have been under any stress, a friend of mine is going through a rough patch with relationships etc. but it doesn’t seem to be playing on my mind – or perhaps it’s right at the back nagging me and I don’t really know it?

    Will see what happens, hopefully it doesn’t occur more often or get worse… when I got home last night I looked closely at my right eye in the mirror and noticed the twitching with the eyelid.

    If anyone wants to share stories, remedies or cures or advice, please let me know as I’d be interested to hear it!


    Shaun (Sticks) – Melbourne, Australia

  191. Kaka
    October 25th, 2005 at 21:47 | #191

    I have been having a right upper eyelid twitch for about 4 days now. It is driving me nuts. I have been stressed, untitl last weekend I was very very tired, and have been drinking little in the way of caffeine. I do also suffer from allergies and chronic sinus problems. I have noticed that in the last week my sinuses have also been driving me nuts. Now my twitch is not a very noticeable and isn’t a bigtime twitch. Just little “flutters.” I have noticed if I blink I can usually stop it, but it eventually comes back again. It really is annoying. I was thinking of going to see the doctor about it, but every site I visit says that it usually just goes awsay on its own and that there really is nothing else you can do about it. Wonderful. I’m thinking that I might be able to incorporate this twitch into a Halloween costume or something. At least it would prove useful for something. If it still bother me next week I am calling the eye doctor. Oh also, I have had laser surgery to correct my vision. My eyes are dryer than usual as a result. I am about 8 months post surgery.

  192. kay
    October 27th, 2005 at 01:47 | #192

    recently my left have has been twitching non stop, sort of getting freaked out about it as, there is a superstition that when your left eye twiches soemthing bad is going to happen and when your right eye twiches something good is goin to happen, this had proven to be true with some people i know, but then again it could be mind over matter. But i am glad it’s been associated with stress as my stress level has been high over the past few weeks and it would actually stop needless stressing that something bad is goin to happen.

  193. aj
    October 27th, 2005 at 12:26 | #193

    I have been way stressed out lately…and that’s when the (upper left eyelid) twitching began. of course, the stress also caused me to eat poorly and drink more caffeine. so is it the chicken or the egg?
    I randomly googled “eye twitch” & this page was the 1st up. I’m just glad to know there’s thousands out there with the same annoying twitch!

  194. Jay
    October 27th, 2005 at 21:09 | #194

    I hate to put a change to the site. But I have had thumb twitching now for the past few days. It comes in the morning when I first wake up and then it is gone for the rest of the day. Maybe a twitch or two in the evening. Anyone had this before?

  195. Danielle
    October 31st, 2005 at 01:55 | #195

    well it looks like I am not alone! I am still concerned do to the fact that THE TWITCH seems to start the minute I open my eyes in the morning. I went to the eye doctor and sge said everything looks okay! I just ticks me off that every time i go to the doctor for any of my little pain in the but things they tell me. It must be stress guess what it happens even at the most relaxing of times. I guess i will just deal or admit myself into a looney bin! Thank you everyone for the input this is a great little site!

  196. cinthya
    October 31st, 2005 at 22:56 | #196

    I spent a week sleeping very little and worked long hours on the computer and reading; since then my left eyelid started pulsating randomly throughout the day. I take vitamin b-12 suplements and my diet has not changed–so I doubt it is that. It seems to pulsate more when I am on the computer or doing an activity that requires me to focus on something close up. Perhaps it is due to straining?

  197. Courtney
    November 1st, 2005 at 05:25 | #197

    Heaven sakes! I thought I was the only one! My upper left lid has been twitching for a month. Sometimes, it’s so violent, it affects my vision (well, maybe a little anyway). You all have some good hints. I know I’m stressed, I could use a good banana, and tea is my only source of liquid. I’ll try to change my evil ways and see if I get a break from this constant twitching. If I yawn, it really aggrivates it!

  198. Philip
    November 1st, 2005 at 05:31 | #198

    Thanks for this. As dubious of a duty educating all of us about these twitches is, at least I appreciated it.

  199. Aida Alvarez
    November 1st, 2005 at 13:08 | #199

    Well hello eye twitchers of the world!! Yes, misery loves company and Im very glad Im not the only one with this annoying thing going on. I have no stress, I drink very little coffee and from reading all your posts we cant seem to find anything that can cause it. I’m going to psyche myself and think its something extraterrestial and divine about it. Remember those alien movies and suspense movies where people all over have the same strange happenings? Well my fellow eye twitchers get ready cause we might be encountering some U.F.O. Ok, is this frustrating that it makes me fantasize? Heck yeah!!! dang right upper lid is doing the mambo several times a day and its driving me nuts.

  200. Lara
    November 2nd, 2005 at 06:03 | #200

    I’m so glad I came across this site. I thought I was all alone in this. Although I knew in my heart there had to be a medical explanation. It’s good to be amongst other eye twitchers! It’s been happening to me all my life but lately it’s been unbearable. I thought I was going to go blind soon or something. My mother told me years ago that a twitching eye usually meant bad luck is on it’s way. So I’ve been praying really hard to counter act fate. Thanks for informing and enlightening me.

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