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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. Brandy
    November 5th, 2007 at 13:48 | #1

    I have the upper right eyelid twitch. My twitch is odd because it does it twitches only ONCE or TWICE an hour. Only one single twitch. Sometimes it’s a light twitch, sometimes a harder twitch, but it is only one or maybe even two twitches in an hour. It started last year and it lasted for 6 months, and always a single twitch or maybe two twitches in an hour.

    Then it stopped for 6 months. Now it’s back again! It’s been about 3 weeks now, and it’s back in the exact same place and doing that same ONE twitch an hour (or maybe 2). I stay on the computer for long periods of time, so I guess that’s it, but I still don’t understand why it’s doing this.

    I’ve never had twitches that have lasted this long. Before, the longest it has lasted was 1 month. I get twitches kind of regularly in different places. I hope this twitch will go away soon, or I’ll be heading straight to the doctor.

  2. Sharon
    November 6th, 2007 at 16:04 | #2

    What a wonderful site. So it’s called myokymia. Such a lovely name for a small annoying little twitch. Mine is upper left. Fortunately it is not painful and does not last for more than a couple of minutes at a time. I tend to get it when I am tired. It is useful to hear that a specific muscle relaxant (see previous posts) seems to offer more chronic twitchers some relief. So if it is truly giving you a problem – get thee to thine physician.

  3. Paramedic
    November 6th, 2007 at 20:04 | #3

    My eye is twitching when i blink it hard and has been on and off for days. Maybe i should take 6 months off work to recover??

  4. Leo
    November 6th, 2007 at 21:55 | #4

    Amazing! We are so many! Upper left eyelid here. 28yo guy, important computer use, strong miopy, coffee lover, enough sleep, enough vitamins, enough sex, not particularly stressed. This eyelid vibration has been for three weeks already. It happens regardless I am wearing glasses or contact lenses.
    If it’s true that upper left twitchers are vast majority, that’s something worth a good research. Any scientists reading? Could it be because I have a higher miopy in the left eye?

    Good luck twitchers.

  5. insanetwitch
    November 7th, 2007 at 04:13 | #5

    Hi everyone I’m back, I posted earlier and my twitch has backed off a great deal (upper left lid)…Dehydration maybe?? I’ve been drinking mass quanities of water and it seemed to help…My new job required needles and lots of shots, like hepatitus, pnemonia and flu….I was just wondering also if anyone else has had these shots lately and maybe deviltwitch is a side effect of one of these shots????

  6. November 8th, 2007 at 18:28 | #6

    Interesting to note that this site is still going strong 4 years after the original post was written. Anyway, just wanted to add a me-too to the list of upper-eye-lid twitching. Although mine is in the right eye. Hopefully we’ll find a definitive cure for it one day.

  7. Scott
    November 11th, 2007 at 10:39 | #7

    Damn, a whole site devoted to sufferers of this annoyance! I think mine might be due to being over-caffeinated because it started almost immediately after my cup of coffee this morning. However that is the only caffeine I’ve had all day. I’ll try eating bananas I guess…

    Pretty funny that random people with nothing in common but for being victimized by Eyelid Twitching have been visiting here for 4 years now…

  8. ps40
    November 11th, 2007 at 11:03 | #8

    I had a similar problem with my left eye. This persisted for over six months. It would twitch constantly even when I had just woken up. I went hunting on google for a cure, found this site and many others. One of them seemed to suggest a lack of Manganese in the diet. I realized that I had switched from tap water to purified water a few months ago. So I started drinking tap water again…just one glass a day…after checking the water composition in my area. This seems to have fixed the problem. I live in NYC by the way. Hope this helps someone. Can you post back if it does?

  9. steven
    November 11th, 2007 at 16:20 | #9

    i’m 31 years old and have experienced minor twitching off and on for years. about two weeks ago, my lower right eye began twitching several times each minute, almost all day. it’s even twitching whenever i wake in the mornings. right now, it’s the calmest it’s been in two weeks. at times, my job can be quite stressful. i stare at a computer ALL DAY at work. we switched to laptops recently and the screen size is significantly smaller than the regular PC monitors we were using. I notice my eyes much more tired at the end of the day. The incesant twitching began around the time the switch was made. i certainly think the computer monitor can be adding to the problem. i’m going to try and take a vacation and rest up and see if that helps, as well. good to know i’m not alone.

  10. Rob
    November 12th, 2007 at 19:36 | #10

    Im going on 4 months… Upper right eye twitches 3-4 times a min 24/7. This also happened to me about 2 years ago in the right eye, but not as frequent in twitches per minute. That one took about 6 months for it to go away. I also have short, split second twitches in other mussels in the body all the time. Mainly in the calves. Anyone else??? I have no insurance so im not about to get checked out..
    PS) Great SIte!

  11. Ruth Toops
    November 13th, 2007 at 04:07 | #11

    Thank you everyone. Second twitch this month. First right eye, then left today. Recent blood test indicates my potassium is fine, but I just ran out of my calcium/magnesium pills 3 days ago. AND I am on low carb. Would someone please explain why low carb depletes the things that the eye muscles need? (I have had no caffeine, little stress, good sleep and not many computer hours, so we are left with the calcium/magnesium and the low carb theory, right?)

  12. Christine
    November 13th, 2007 at 15:09 | #12

    I have two potential theories as to the cause of the constant spasm of my right lower eye lid and right temple, maybe even a combination of the two.

    1. I have been on two antidepressants medications for a severe panic disorder for about 8 years now. One is amitriptyline and the other is effexor xr. I am starting to wonder if either of them could cause long term side effects and/or damage to various components of the nervous system including the brainstem or nerve receptors. For a couple of years now the right temple of my head also twitches and/or feels tight and knotted-up. The right bottom eye lid twitching started a few months ago and occurs much more frequently. I am guessing that both the twitching of my right temple and lower right eyelid are somehow related.
    2. Through personal observation however, both problems subside once my eyes have been closed for awhile and I am relaxed. I get the impression that the nerves or muscles are aggravated by a change in pressure such as eye strain while I am awake. I am thinking that this eye strain may be cause by sensitivity to certain types of light. This is because I have also noticed that when I stare at my computer monitor and also at the TV(ultraviolet light), I blink much less often and my eyes sometimes water and/or feel sore once I look away for a bit. Depending upon the angle and the duration at which I stare at the tv or the computer monitor my eyes occasionally become blurry and if I run and look in the mirror my pupils are large/dialated for a short time period after I turn them off.

    So I am wondering if any other folks out there with eye twitches have either of these factors in common.

  13. LizP
    November 14th, 2007 at 11:32 | #13

    I have been plagued with twitching eyelids for years. It’s so good to find that I’m not alone in my misery, but I am sorry you all are also miserable… LOL! Mineral supplementation seems to be the only thing that helps my twitches, especially magnesium and calcium. Hang in there!

  14. SteveB
    November 14th, 2007 at 12:55 | #14

    Hello all…misery indeed loves company. With a community this large I feel like a twitchers convention is warranted. Wow. Ok…Hello, My name is Steve…and I’m a left-eye twitcher [“hello Steve”]. This has been going on, persistently, for the last 10+ weeks. The twitching is in the upper lid, seeming to affect the upper, outer corner more so than toward the inner portion of the lid. When I’m concentrating on something, it seems less prevalent, but that might be more attributed to concentration than anything else. It’s with me, most days, from the moment I wake up, until I go to bed. I’m a network administrator, so I’m looking at computer screens all day. I’m in very good health, I take copious supplements, I workout regularly, but I DO drink coffee and I DON’T sleep very well. (Coffee and not sleeping well, hmmmm…is there a connection – nahhhh)
    Before deciding to go into IT, I was on the Pre-Med path – I’m now retaking classes to become a Naturopathic Physician; I’ve studied nutrition/supplementation and have helped people with their diets for a number of years – so I’m going lay down my two cents.
    As far as mineral deficiency is concerned, magnesium and calcium are the two primary minerals that might have an effect on involuntary muscle spasms / twitching. A simple search on Google, for instance, rendered this result: “One of the first signs of calcium deficiency is muscle cramping, muscle irritation, eye twitching and more.”
    Calcium is an essential mineral, meaning your body cannot produce it on its own. Contrary to popular belief, dairy calcium is NOT good for you. In fact there are some studies that indicate that it can actually impede the absorption of calcium – so try to get it from another source (like dark-green veggies). Calcium also needs a little assistance to get its job done – and this is where vitamin D comes in. Along with that – if you happen to be a woman over the age of 40, taking a multi-mineral that contains Boron would be a good consideration. Both Vitamin D and Boron assist the body in assimilating and utilizing calcium/magnesium/potassium – and they should all be taken together in a balanced formula, spread out over the course of two meals (dinner, preferably, NOT being one of them)…these are all things that you can easily verify.
    I don’t think I need to say much about caffeine – it stimulates the central nervous system, elevates the heart rate, raises blood pressure, interrupts normal sleep patterns, and can trigger several ‘unnecessary’ hormonal reactions. Over an extended period of time, these events could have lasting, and unpleasant affect. Trust me, I know how hard it is to say no to a hot cup of Joe in the morning. Nonetheless, for those that drink it (or use other stimulants) we should all try to at least cut back.
    Another thing to look at, is water intake. If you are dehydrated, the affects can be quite astonishing. Dehydration doesn’t mean that your some poor soul lost in the desert – the fact is….that most of us are. Water extracted from coffee, tea, soda…etc…is simply not enough. Muscle spasms and/or cramps are a normal sign of dehydration. You may get relief just from drinking 4-6, 12oz glasses of good clean water every day…again…look it up – it’s true. Try to drink at least a half gallon of water a day.
    I don’t know what the connection with a low carbohydrate diet might be, but suffice it to say that an extreme in any direction of dieting might have unusual/unpleasant side effects. The fact is, our bodies are always trying to return to state of balance and equilibrium; when we deprive it or flood it with anything for too long – it has its ways of letting us know.
    Moderation is certainly a key ingredient in maintaining stable health. Certainly, in times of need (like illness), it may be prudent to mediate a problem by aggressively elevating or decreasing a given nutrient…but that sort of approach should not be something pursued for all too long.
    Lastly, your body will do far better with a few smaller doses (of whatever) spread out over time, versus one or two larger doses. On the whole, that holds true for both food and supplements.
    I’ll keep looking around and digging through journals – If I find something truly salient to share, I’ll post it.
    P.S. If you’d like a GREAT nutritional reference, look for “The Prescription for Nutritional Healing” – it’s an awesome book.
    Take Care.

  15. Gal
    November 16th, 2007 at 02:56 | #15

    Me too! both eyes, up and down, alternating randomly, over a month. Contemplated ripping-eyelids-out-with-spoon treatment but I will research Skelaxin next. thanks for that- nothing else worked so far.

  16. twitchy2
    November 17th, 2007 at 03:36 | #16

    OK… I talked to The Dr. about this twitch cuz it’s been going on since June and so has my stress. The Dr. didn’t think that eyelid twitching was anything serious but said a botox shot would definatly put an end to this misery. However they are very costly and not covered (800.00). So now I’m saving my money, Not for that new car I wanted, For a shot in my friggin eye!!!

  17. regina
    November 18th, 2007 at 05:50 | #17

    I am a third shift single mom nurse who drinks alot of caffeine and whose eye twitches. I notices it seems to happen more oftern when I where contacts than glasses and also when I blink hard.

  18. Carolee
    November 18th, 2007 at 23:55 | #18

    Wow! All this twitching going on and here I thought it was just me.. Mine’s been going on for several years, off and on, left or right, upper or lower. Definitely related to stress in my case. I notice it re-presents itself when my trapezius muscles or neck are stiff. Major stress, and lots of caffiene are probably intensifying the symptoms in my case. Although it’s totally annoying, I’m not quite ready to take a spoon out of the drawer and dig my eyelids out. Hang in there twitchers!

  19. Gabriele
    November 19th, 2007 at 19:19 | #19

    You see, my left lower eyelid started to shake in a stressful period, when I was drinking a lot of coffee and not sleeping enough.
    The problem is: it keeps doing it even tough I don’t drink coffee anymore (replaced by green tea) sleep enough, etc.. it did not even stop during a 10 very relaxing days vacation!
    I start to think I should talk to my doctor, what do you think?

  20. Twitchywoman
    November 20th, 2007 at 08:03 | #20

    I’ve been twitching off and on for about a year, and I also have twitches in other muscles, which needless to say, is driving me mad. When my eyelids twitch, I sometimes get strange sensations on my face, kinda like someone put scotch tape along my nose or on my cheek. If I don’t muster the courage to get the spoon, I may just scotch tape my eyelids closed! MAKE IT STOP!!!!

  21. Edwina
    November 24th, 2007 at 00:35 | #21


    I have just developed a twitcy left eye this past few days and like a lot of others here I googled ‘twitching eye’ and found your Blog, Thankyou for having it!

    I just this week started a very healthy alkalizing diet of green veg, salads and soup, after months of white bread an junk food, so Im wondering, also like some fellow twichers on here, if the sudden change in diet could be the cause, even though it’s a change for the better!

    I will pop back and keep you posted!

    Love from Yorkshire, UK

  22. nicola
    November 24th, 2007 at 01:16 | #22

    Yaayyy thank goodness i’m not going to die from it. i’m an upper left lid twitcher myself. been going for a good few months. getting more frequent at the moment too. i have a tremor every five seconds odd. it can’t be seen on the outside but its driving me nuts on the inside.
    i thought it had something to do with one morning when i bent down fast in the dark to put my slippers on and almost concussed myself on the knob of the bed. i thought i was going to have a black eye but didn’t. i just got this twitch.
    i’m going to the pub tonight to try gin and tonic though. that way i will be testing the alcohol idea and the quinine idea in one go.
    love to all you twitchers. it’s good to know you’re out there too. i’ve been worrying about having to have it taken out and it’s a nice eye. i’m very attached to it. anyhoo you guys put my mind at rest.
    thank yooooooooooooo

  23. nicola
    November 24th, 2007 at 01:23 | #23

    just tried that blink hard thingy like regina said and it went nuts. very uncomfortable too. i won’t be doing that again reg!

  24. beth
    November 25th, 2007 at 11:59 | #24

    My top left lid twitches. I hate it. I don’t seem to be stressed or have a lack of sleep and I never drink caffeine. It does feel good to know this is not life threatening. Thanks for this site. It has been going strong for years. Thanks again.

  25. Twitchywoman
    November 26th, 2007 at 09:33 | #25

    Left upper is still twitching off and on. Last year it was the right one for several months. Does anyone know if it can be linked to MS? I’m scared of that. I’ve had some strange sensations on my skin that came after the twitching. I’m also somewhat of a hypochondriac. I hate this. It helps to listen to the rest of you! Thanks everyone!

  26. Kaila
    November 26th, 2007 at 11:55 | #26

    Hi everyone, my left eyebrow has been twitching for 5 hours non-stop today, it still hasn’t stopped, it’s driving me crazy, has anyone figured out anything that gives immediate relief ..even if it’s temporary? pleeeeeeeease!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Keira
    November 27th, 2007 at 00:08 | #27

    I have had right upper eyelid twitch off and on for about 3 months now. I also have started getting mild insomnia for the same amount of time, so I think that sleep is definitely related. All my other habits are good, no coffee, okay diet, exercise etc. So I hope everyone finds their cure, because this is annoying!! Twitch twitch.

  28. Twitchywoman
    November 27th, 2007 at 05:02 | #28

    I had deja vu today. Last year, the Monday after Thanksgiving, I went bowling with some friends and I remember my right eyelid twitched the entire time. Afterward, we went to Chili’s where it continued. I also had to send my meal back because I’m on a gluten-free diet, and they screwed up my order. I waited and twitched while everyone else ate. Today, one year later, I went to the same bowling alley with the same friends, and this time my LEFT eyelid went bonkers. Afterward, we went to the same Chili’s, and VOILA, my meal was ruined again in the same way. Yet again, I waited and twitched while everyone else ate. AT THIS POINT I’D RATHER STARVE THAN TWITCH!!!!!!! I’m trying to keep a sense of humor, but c’mon! AAAAAGGGGHHH!

  29. Chris Ryan
    November 29th, 2007 at 04:04 | #29

    Hi, I have very recently realised that i also do twitch, it is my bottom right eye-lid.

    I was wondering whether it could be linked to using computers, especially laptops. I recently have been using my laptop a lot (the past few months), sometimes in the dark late at night after i have come in from my bar job at lie 2-3 in the morning (online poker, football manager etc).

    Maybe this has something to do with it??
    Anyone have anything similar to this?


  30. Dawn C.
    November 29th, 2007 at 10:16 | #30

    I have been suffering with eye twitches in both eyes for about a month. Over the past eight years, I have had constant twitching (mostly in my legs) all over my body. I figure it can’t be serious because it is not painful, not getting worse, and my doctor seemed completely unalarmed by it. He suggested it was stress and anxiety.

    I noticed that while I was reading the posts here, I was laughing out loud and my eyes were tearing up. The twitching stopped when my eyes were tearing! Maybe part of the problem is the dry air in my car and home now that it is winter and the furnace is on. I have noticed that I squint and blink a lot lately. Anyway, I’m going to try some wetting drops and see if that helps. I am ready to try anything, really. This is so annoying. Good luck to all.

    Dawn C.

  31. Twitcherguy
    November 29th, 2007 at 16:05 | #31

    ” The only insight that I have is that my twitching eye does not focus while this is occurring, in which case the eye’s pupil or cornea has a focusing problem….therefore I wear glasses now, it helps a bit. Avoid wearing dark glasses, it will make it worst.

    Weekly activities: Computer work…6 or 8hrs
    Working out with wieghts
    Running and Jogging
    Heavy Reading
    Heavy variations of lighting while all of this occurs

    What helps out… eating to my stomach’s desire.
    ” Don’t over do eating unless you have time to burn off what you eat. ”
    “Kinda makes sense with the lost of potassium and other brain related fuels” If your using the mind a lot more often… you probably need more brain fuel and brain rest.

    Me : 5ft7
    190 pds

  32. Joe
    November 30th, 2007 at 10:02 | #32

    I’ve been having an intermittant upper left eyelid twitch for a couple weeks now. The funny thing is that it seems to correspond with the time I started Chantix to quit smoking. I wasn’t able to find any on Google, but I’ll sure be glad if that’s it. :)

  33. Ann
    November 30th, 2007 at 22:27 | #33

    Just started using an electric toothbrush. It makes my nose and face itch and tingle when I use it. The left eye twitch also started, but does not stop when I finish brushing. Any connection?

  34. Noldi
    December 2nd, 2007 at 12:30 | #34

    Hi, I have this same weird symptom. It started a few months ago and I’ve noticed that when I don’t get enough sleep, or I’m under stress my eyelid starts shaking or quivering. I sleep from 1:00 – 7:00 am, about 6 hours of sleep. I blame my job for coming home late. I wake up at 7 because I have to drive my kids to school. This…thing, does it have some sort of cure, like eating something perhaps? Or do I just need some more sleep?

    December 4th, 2007 at 17:34 | #35

    Hello again fellow twitchers!Last Christmas my right lower lid started twitching and it hasn’t stopped since. I’ve tried bananas,magnesium,stopped coffees but in vain.I’ve done a whole lot of examinations but they showed nothing.THE ONLY THING THAT MAKES IT STOP ARE THE EYE DROPS EMADINE-1 DROP IN THE MORNING AND 1 BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP.They are drops for stopping the symptoms of allergies.

  36. Suzanne
    December 7th, 2007 at 13:41 | #36

    Twitchers unite–
    I love this site!
    But I’m at 7 months & it’s still twitching…

  37. Anonymous
    December 8th, 2007 at 15:18 | #37

    My left eye will twitch all day and something bad usually happens to someone I know or me. And if my right eye twitches something good usually happens to me or someone i know. My fincee said It was witch craft can someone help me out please.

  38. jeannie
    December 8th, 2007 at 15:22 | #38

    Yes I been having a problem with my eyes twitching and when the left eye twitches something bad happens to me or someone I know. But when my right eye twitches something good happens to me or someone I know. My fincee’ said this is witch craft can someone please help me and tell me what can cause this.

  39. Chris
    December 12th, 2007 at 05:34 | #39

    “I’ve been having an intermittant upper left eyelid twitch for a couple weeks now. The funny thing is that it seems to correspond with the time I started Chantix to quit smoking. I wasn’t able to find any on Google, but I’ll sure be glad if that’s it. ” From Joe on Nov 7

    My gosh! I am experiencing the same thing and I started Chantix a week before Thanksgiving! Could it be a side effect? Will Google that – but what a coincidence, especially when I rule out stress, caffeine and all the other like suspects!

  40. DoctorEmmeTBrown
    December 12th, 2007 at 13:49 | #40

    One word… potassium, the u.s. f.d.a. has a patent/copyright on it as a heart medication, so any multivitamin/supplament won’t have more than 2% r.d.a. luckyvitamin.com has two products you can buy potassium chloride like 800mg. potassium per. teaspoon pretty much table salt but better because it has potassium. or potassium gluconate no taste & rooughly the same ammount of potassium. Both are powders & they seem to clear any twitches/charlie horses or any neurological disruption like that I’ve had. Any more Information on the subject is Greatly appreciated. Spread the word!!

  41. Holly
    December 13th, 2007 at 04:26 | #41

    My lower left starts twitching whenever I drink any form of alcohol. It starts about 2/3 of the way through a beer and continues until the alcohol wears off. If I drink more, my other eyelid starts twitching too! It makes my eyes water and people think I’m a weepy drunk… or that I’m winking at them…

  42. Paragenic
    December 13th, 2007 at 20:36 | #42

    My left eyelid is twitching. I’m 37 years old and I’ve had this as far as I can remember since I was 7. My mom told me (when I was 7) it was something that “just happened” and that it would go away by itself. I get it in waves, two to three weeks at a stretch, where my upper eyelid will just sort of move left-and-right for about 30-90 seconds, on average one session per day. Then, just as mysteriously, the phenomenon stops. At the end of two to three weeks it stops and I don’t even realise it. And maybe two, three years later it will decide to start again and I think ‘Oh No Not AGAIN’. It’s not painful but sheesh it creeps people out when you’re talking to them and then your eyelid starts moving and you can’t control it.

  43. Anonymous
    December 15th, 2007 at 03:24 | #43

    I think i have this since i have memory, but it got worse in last 2 years , upper, lower, left, right, eyelids and even in the nose and chin, its comes and goes, but now when i sneeze it always comes, 4 months ago i found a “way” to stop it when happened , i concentrated and imagines with my eyes close that i was looking at my eyelid not shaking like i was looking a mirror, i tried a Neurolinguistics programing technic named dissosiation, it worked for a while, not anymore , or ,maybe im not doing it right, but i think it might be a conditional behavior triggered by something we asociate in our brains with the phenomen.

  44. Anonymous
    December 17th, 2007 at 14:42 | #44

    My upper left eyelid is twitching and twitching …. I want to be in the club…. No stress, eat regularly, do not stare at the computer more than 10 hours a day… WHY WHY WHY?€…. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    December 17th, 2007 at 20:24 | #45

    Dear fellow twitchers, hello again!
    I would like to share a few thoughts with you.
    Exactly one year before my right eye started twitching.I was really sad because it didn’t stop and actually it hasn’t stopped till today, except for a few moments. Only the magnesium and some eyedrops helped a little but it still twitches. To tell you the truth, I have got used to it and I don’t feel so sad as I did last year when it first appeared.I am convinced that it won’t ever stop and that it is a permanent damage to this nerve, probably by a virus.The only thing that I think and I feel a little better is that this problem is not a serious one and I prefer it than having something more serious.
    I wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!Hopefully with no twitching!

  46. Dillon
    December 19th, 2007 at 08:05 | #46

    Damn this twitch! Damn it to hell! I work in my office all day which is great if people don’t walk in all the time looking for answers. I’m trying to look the part of an all-knowing all-understanding manager here. Who’s gonna listen to some guy telling them what to do while his left eye’s doing the congo.
    Sleep is the key…sleepsssszzzzzzz….

  47. Mary Perkins
    December 21st, 2007 at 00:36 | #47

    Good day, I have read about the story of your eye sickness of eyelid-twitchings. For your information, I have been suffering from exactly the same type of sickness like yours in the past few years whereby my eyelids also tend to twitch both continuously and uncontrollably without me being able to do anything to control the twitchings at all. As a result, my eyes would seem like blinking all the while to anyone who looks at me and I totally could not drive, look directly and persistently at the pc or tv screens and most of the times, I simply can’t read any books or newspaper properly. And I have sought lots of medical treatments and apply various kinds of eye drops and even have the MRI examinations taken to get my eyes cured , but these efforts turn out to be in vain and don’t yield any positive results at all. Luckily, just about a year after I suffer from such a sickness, I come across an accupuncture expert who studied and observed closely about my problems and then administer a therapy needle on the part of the flesh which is about 1.5 cm above the middle part between my thumb and my forefinger of my right hand. After that, he just ask me to press (using just mild force) that accupuncture point using such objects like toothpick /normal writing pen or anything with a blunt pointed-end for at least 2 hours a day and persistently for about 2 months. Having done that exactly based on his order, my eyelid-twitching that makes my eyes blinking all the time just totally recover and I can drive, work with the pc screens, watch tv, movies and read as well as work like any other normal persons.
    For your further information, I have also come across quite a couple of people in my real life annoyed by such an eyelid-twitching problem, and each of them vary in their different degrees of seriousness, and accordingly, I just recommend the method as mentioned above to them and within weeks, they just experience significant improvements to their conditions after applying this therapy, and after a few months , they just recover totally from this sickness. As a matter of fact, I actually intend to put an illustration of that part of the hand (the one between the thumb and the forefinger of the right hand) to demontrate that area of the hand to you more clearly, but this cannot be done due to editing limitations of this website. However, shall you have any further enquiries about the method I recommend above, you are welcome to address it to the email address :mary_perkins81@yahoo.com and I’ll try my best to help you.
    Lastly, I sincerely wish that the ones troubled by such an annoying eyelid-twitching sickness can recover finally from their illness.

  48. Maryloo Pippins
    December 22nd, 2007 at 06:07 | #48

    Damn I thought I was a freak until i saw this site lol. Well latley my left eye has been twitching, mostly everytime i stretch or yawn or both. its really weird. I work as a data entry personelle so maybe it does have to do with sitting in front of a computer for hours lol

  49. Danielle
    December 22nd, 2007 at 06:56 | #49

    I have had my twitch for over 2 years now. It does go from annoying to worse and like many of you, it is my left eyelid. I am on Xanax and don’t feel stressed, but it seems like that’s what everyone thinks it is. I’m taking vitamen B12, multi vites, folic acid, and eating and sleeping right. What else is there to do???

  50. Ashley
    December 22nd, 2007 at 09:31 | #50

    I have discovered something very interesting! I had an eye twitch for weeks, but it just so happened that during the weeks that I had this twitch, I was eating a BANANA EVERY DAY! I didn’t eat bananas that much before, but my husband started wanting me to buy them. People were saying that bananas (potassium) will help the twitch, but I thought this is impossible since I am getting more potassium than ever before and I have a twitch more than ever before. So I figured I would do the opposite, and I did! I stopped eating the bananas and 2 days after I stopped eating them, my eye stopped twitching! Coincidence? No, because I ate a banana today and yesterday and my eye started twitching again! The twitch was gone almost a month until today! It is not as bad, but it is back, and believe me, I won’t be eating a banana tomorrow or anytime soon! Good luck to all you twitchers! It will go away eventually… But don’t listen to them about the potassium! It’s not from lack of potassium!

  51. jeev7689
    December 25th, 2007 at 21:37 | #51

    cant imagine that twitching is such a world wide problem that this thread is still running on and on since four yrs now. i too have had this problem since past 20 days, presumably started alongwith a bad bout of cold. i tok some vit B and the twitiching has subsided for now. hope i have this remedy as final!!

  52. Josh Baur
    December 27th, 2007 at 12:29 | #52

    Re : Eyelid Twitchings / Spasms

    I would like to recommend an interesting and informative article about the possible causes, suggested cures and other medical details about eye twitching which is recently posted by ‘anonymous’ through the weblink
    http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/387431 (under the main heading : What makes my eye jump? like constant twitching all day, whats up?) and I hope that it will somehow be relevant and useful you all in dealing with this sickness. Thank you.

  53. Danielle
    December 27th, 2007 at 15:37 | #53

    I’m so glad I stumbled on your site! I can’t believe it’s been running for years! I want to join the club. I have had off and on problems with my right eye for just over a year now. They eye doctor diagnosed me with eyelid myokymia and said, “don’t worry, it’s common. See you next year.” Like that helps me. I’ve found it’s worse when I’m temping (repeted computer data entry doesn’t help), working my normal job in theatre (sitting in the dark staring at a bright stage for hours), or really stressed out and not sleeping enough (also a side effect of working in theatre). A coworker with the same problem suggested Vitamin B complex, and this has been my best answer so far. I’ve taken it for the last few months, and it helps. My eyelid goes back to twitching on the days I forget to take it. I know it won’t help everyone, but it’s a possibility. Thank you all for blogging! Misery loves company and it’s good to know I’m not alone. Good luck and happy new year!

  54. Anonymous
    December 28th, 2007 at 16:37 | #54

    Note : The following article is only meant as a reference material to the intended recipients and advices should be sought from the medical experts to establish the authenticity of its contents.

    Eyelid twitching, which is lately referred to as Blepharospasm or Myokymia is actually a symptom of involuntary and uncontrollable movements in the muscles around a person’s eyes which in turn make them appear like ‘blinking non-stop’ to other people.

    Generally, the movements of one’s muscle is controlled by the nerves around them that in turn receive signals from the brains which ultimately dictate the variety of ‘ways’ in which such movements are to be conducted based on a person’s will.

    The causes of such eyelid-twitching symptom in most common cases may just due to short-term stress, over-tiredness, over-straining of one’s eyes, occasional anxiety, temporary panic fits and nervousness which in turn can be easily relieved and recover naturally by a good rest, more relaxation and trying to calm oneself down to stop getting anxious, panic and worried and stressful over certain things. In this regard, such phenomena tend to be quite common among certain students and other professionals.

    However, in the cases of a persistent uncontrollable twitchings of the eyelids which only get aggravated rather than improved over time and last for months and even years, it may just probably imply that the nerves around the eyes organ are simply not ‘properly functionable’ enough to bring about the desired movements of the muscles based on the mental instructions from the brains of a person.

    Except for any brain and other eye muscle damages/eye muscle disorders caused by permanent lack of certain nutrients and minerals etc or other irritations to that organ like dry eyes, sore eyes, bacteria infections etc, such a chronic eyelid-twitching sickness may likely be caused by certain disturbances and disorders that affect or weaken the functionality of the nerves around the eyes to bring about the desired movements of this organ based on the person’s will.

    In this regard, the possible reasons of such chronic eyelid-twitching sickness may probably due to the causes as mentioned above which is experienced by a person over a considerably long period of time rather than just temporarily. Apart from that, other likely causes maybe be certain traumas, especially the emotional ones, allergy to or overdosage of certain medications that carry such side effects as muscle spasms, particularly photophobia in the case of eyelid-twitching symptom.

  55. seASIAN
    December 29th, 2007 at 03:29 | #55

    Hi everyone,

    I was born and raised in Southeast Asia, in my country we believe that eye twitching is a sign of what about to happens. As for me, if my left eye twitch that mean something bad is gonna happens, but if my right eye twitch then something good is going to happens. This is something that I’ve been noticing for years, and don’t get me wrong I aslo understand medical point of view.

  56. Laura
    December 29th, 2007 at 04:58 | #56

    I’ve periodically had an eyelid twitch (usually upper right). I’m convinced it’s due to stress. The bigger the stress the harder the twitch and the longer it lasts. For example, I just found out that, after only a month of symptoms, I have a very severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome and have to have surgery on both hands at the same time. The twitch is driving me crazy! Funny, but it’s actually way more irritating than having two very sore hands.

  57. Michael
    December 30th, 2007 at 10:18 | #57

    My left upper eye lid has been twitching away for 7 days now, Comes and goes. Annoying shit. Started last weekend after numerous amounts of coffee. Lots of stress from work also. I guess i will have to hit the decaf and quit my job. What a life.

  58. Alicia
    December 30th, 2007 at 18:19 | #58

    My eyelid twitches last for two months. Drove me crazy! People could see my eyelidss twitch and told me so! Sometimes, I would feel twitches on my cheeks, lips, arms and legs. The eye twitches would wake me up. Lower and upper eyelid twitches. I felt like banging my head! What worked for me was no coffee and I started taking magnesium, calcium and potassium!!! You need magnesium to absorb calcium and potassium. Please try these, it will save you so much trouble!!! P.S. I started drinking coffee again, and twitches started again, stopped and twitching stopped. : )

  59. Megan
    January 1st, 2008 at 14:53 | #59

    I have had eye twitching problems for 7 months now. It started in my right eye lid and still continues when ever I yawn, sneeze or rub my eyes. It now is beginning in my lower left lid as well. Sometimes I feel as my face is going to twitch. This is driving me crazy, but Im glad to know Im not alone. I bought some B vitamens and magnesiumm but haven’t taken them consistantly. Good Luck Everyone, Hope we all get over this crap.

  60. Anonymous
    January 2nd, 2008 at 13:00 | #60

    It is worthy to take note that in terms of the eyelid-twitching sickness, if the cause of it is clearly identifified as being induced to an individual by overdosage of or allergy to certain types of medications, especially the ones that have strong neurological effects and carry the side effects of muscle spasms such as certain drugs that are meant to cure depression, psychotic sicknesses and other neurological-related complications like epilepsy etc, it is thus necessary to at best stop taking such medications and replace them with something else if possible in order to at least stop such eyelid-twitching problem from getting further worsened as well as to prevent a relapse of such sickness after a person gets cured from it.

  61. Victim of twitch
    January 2nd, 2008 at 14:11 | #61

    I’m having it at left up. eyelid for 3 months now , even at midnight , it’s ruining my times,
    nothing worked till now even the patch & dark glasses , very depressed by that , please post any positive outcomes ,
    thanks for the constructor of this site ,
    happy new year ,hopefully with no twitching …..

  62. chaitanya
    January 2nd, 2008 at 18:11 | #62

    Hi All….

    Try this…

    Make the eye that is twiching get in contact with a gold object (ring or chain or watever) for a few minutes…

    This might look stupid, but it might work….

  63. Anonymous
    January 3rd, 2008 at 00:55 | #63

    Hello All, Glad to know that I am not the only one out there with this annoying eyelid twitch. I am 32, a Registered Nurse and like some of the other medically astute people on the blogs, I first thought of every neurological disorder and strongly considered seeing a neurologist. Well, I am still considering my options, but I must say that massaging the ring finger on the same side as the affected eye seems to help.. You have to massage starting at the base of the joint where the joint of the ring finger and hand meet up to the kuckle. Usually on the outter side of the finger, but I massage all around for good measure.. It seems to help especially when the eye is twitching or having the spasms. But do it anytime.. It does help.

  64. Eoin
    January 6th, 2008 at 22:27 | #64

    Hi – nice to find this site. I have recently started to suffer this (30 years old, healthy male) and what started as a small annoying twitch in my right upper lid has now moved to the other lid too. I have made an appointment to see my GP and will let you know what he says or recommends.

    It’s annoying and yes I do drink cofe, coke and spend a lot of time online!

  65. Zac
    January 9th, 2008 at 08:56 | #65

    So many of these posts are from the winter months.

    I’ve got to go with: dry indoor air as the main cause. Which makes sense considering the eyes are a delicate membrane.

    I would suggest a steam humidifier as it disinfects the water before putting it into air.

    Also, get a humidity gauge (a few bucks). You may think the air is humid because you have a humidifier going, but to humidify an entire house you need about three of them going all the time. 50-60% is ideal…

    Winter humidity drops to about 15-20%. Even 10% on the coldest days. So you’re going to need to TRIPLE the humidity in the air. That’s impossible with one humidifier, except in a small space.

    P.S. a winter vacation to a humid climate my give the eyes a chance to regain their equilibrium.

    Sounds like a good excuse to me. Nothing worse than an eye twitch on a date!

  66. Ginyah
    January 9th, 2008 at 12:22 | #66

    I’m happy to report that as soon as I found this blog…my eyelid stopped twitching……thanks!

  67. Mary Perkins
    January 9th, 2008 at 18:51 | #67

    About my personal experience of getting totally healed from this eyelid-twitching sickness, well, in fact I was initially instructed by a psychiatric to take Rispderdal in the first place for the treatment of my Schizophrenia sickness. And having taken this medication for about one year based on his prescribed dosage, my eyelids started to twitch, quite unnoticeable by me at first, but when more and more people began to ask me the reason why I kept on blinking my eyes to anyone who looked at me, I started to sense this particular, eyelid-twitching symptom but without being aware of its underlying causes at all.

    It was only when my eyelids began to twitch non-stop and violently day after day without me being able to do anything to deal with it, I then just referred this problem to my psychiatric who subsequently told me that he couldn’t do anything about it and referred me instead to a the eye doctors, ENT Specialists and neurosurgeons. Having examined my conditions, medical history as well as my diet and the existing medications that I was taking by that time, they all unanimously arrived at the diagnosis that the eyelid-twitching was definitely and undoubtedly caused by the prolonged intake of Risperdal which actually carried such side effects of muscle spasms especially the ones inflicted on the upper part of the face of a person who took it for a certain period of time.

    In fact, by that time, I just accordingly followed the advice of the new psychiatrist and replaced this Risperdal with an alternative medication called Seroquel,which was actually a second-generation drug that didn’t cause that much muscle-spasms side effects. However, even after I had quit taking Risperdal for more than 6 months, the violent non-stop twtichings still persisted. And actually before I decided to seek acupuncture treatment (as recommended by my friends) to deal with this sickness, I did accept the suggestion of a neurosurgeon to take Botox injections to deal with the problematic eyelid-muscles that caused all the twitchings. Next, the Botox injections, in fact did give positive results in the first place whereby my eyelids just didn’t twitch that violently after being given the injections.

    However, upon knowing from the neurosurgeon that Botox injections was actually not an effective cure for this eyelid-twitching sickness, for the very reason that the medications would just serve to sort of ‘half-paralyse’ the eyelid muscles without being able to do anything curative to the problematic nerves around the twitching eye muscles, coupled with the fact that such Botox medications tend to get immunized by the human body, it would just mean that larger and larger quantities of such medications would be required for each subsequent injection therapy (which last for 3-6 months each) in order to achieve the similar healing effect of the previous ones.

    Besides, it was also actually a very expensive therapy as it would cost me about 5,000 dollars for each injection therapy session and hence, to keep on spending such huge sums of money to stop my eyelids from twitching would just be very unreasonable.
    Whilst the neurosurgeon mentioned to me also about a surgical treatment to effectively cure the eyelid-twitching, the operation, apart from being very costly, was also actually a very risky one as its failure may very well bring blindness to the persons being operated. At the same time, even such surgery were to turn out to be successful, it would also be unable to achieve 100% complete healing to anyone being operated in the sense that the eyelid-twitching conditions can never ‘look perfectly normal’ like the ones who were totally not troubled by such a sickness at all. So, I just eventually gave up the idea of getting a surgery to treat the sickness.

    Being terribly desperate, I just came to the decision of referring my eyelid-twitching sickness to an acupuncture expert which was recommended to me previously by my friends. Frankly speaking, at first I didn’t actually have any faith or confidence in such a needle-based therapy and I hardly believed that these needles alone would be able to get my eyelid-twiching healed. Next, having received such therapy, my eyelids still twitched violently like before without any improvements.

    However, after taking a good sleep at night that particular day after the acupuncture treatment, I just woke up and found that there were lots of dried mucus that stuck around my eyes, and surprisingly, after rubbing away these dried mucus to open up my eyes, my eyelids just don’t twitch so violently anymore and immediately I was able to do the simple readings and watch tv as well as work with the PC screen without getting any discomfort. And based on the acupuncturist who dealt with my sickness, that acupuncture point as mentioned in that main article (on the part of the flesh at the back of the palm which was about 1.5 cm vertically from the point of intersection between my thumb and my forefinger of my right hand – please refer to the article I posted on 21st Decemebr 2007 as per above ) was actually directly interconnected with the bundle of nerves around the eye muslces, and so by administering treatment to it, that will sort of applying some kind of ‘reflexology stimulus’ to the nerves around the eye-muscles to improve the blood circulation around that area as well as to strengthen these specific nerves and to enable any unwanted metabolism wastes, blockages and toxins accumulated around that eye areas to be effective purged out of a person’s body (through mucus around one’s eyes) And having applied that therapy on my own as instructed by the acupuncturist, my eyelid-twitching condition just got better and better day after day and within 2 months, the sickness was totally gone whereby my I just appeared to be perfectly normal to anyone who talked, look and stared at me.

    Though the therapy mechanism mentioned above could hardly be scientifially verified and proven by the modern medical science, however, as far as a patient suffering from this sickness is concerned, it is more the very effective cure for such sickness itself rather than all other medical and scientific reasonings that would eventually matter the most to the patienst. As such, this is the main reason why I would seek acupuncture treatment as a last resort to deal with my eyelid-twitching sickness.

    And being subsequently encouraged by the dozens of successful cases of those other people in my real life who had been troubled persistently by such non-stop eyelid-twitching sickness and who then eventually got effectively and totally healed in time through the acupuncture technique that I recommended to them, I was thus greatly inspired to post such article about my very own genuine personal experience of getting totally cured from such a sickness to at least give a clue and some guidelines to the ones who are still being troubled by it so that the similar wonderful thing will happen to them too.

  68. Salty
    January 10th, 2008 at 03:19 | #68

    I think we should all get together, have a party and watch each other twitch.
    We will select the King and Queen of Twitch (grand prize a 12 pack of decaf Cokes).

    Anyway, thanks for the blog it was very informative.

    See you all at the convention!

  69. marmotte
    January 10th, 2008 at 21:55 | #69

    Just a thought… I’ve had horrible twitching for months. Don’t drink coffee but was very tired and stressed by work and a toddler at home. So stressed my doctor prescribed time off. Twitching stopped. Hmm, the trick is staying in my pyjamas all day? This week, getting ready to go back, I’ve forced myself to get up early get dressed, put on makeup… twitching is back. I thought the ‘throw your mascara out after four months’ rule was a myth by the makeup companies to get people to spend more money, but based on my unscientific research I’m giving it a second thought. (I’ve also been taking regular supplements of b-vitamins and magnesium, so it’s not that.)

  70. Stacey
    January 11th, 2008 at 00:43 | #70

    I have had twitching in my upper right eyelid for almost 2 months now. And the more I feel it, the more I think about it & the more it happens. It seems to happen almost constantly, all day long. The only time I haven’t noticed it is when my eyelids are closed. Even the second that I open my eyes in the morning, before I’ve had a chance to think about it, or stress, it twitches! What’s going on??? I’ve gotten it before, for about a week or two, but then it went away (after a coworkers father of mine passed away). I thought it was superstition related, but now this is just getting annoying. It helps to know that so many people have this same issue, but I still think it’s unfortunate for all of us. I believe, like many others, that this is probably due to high levels of stress, combined with staring at a computer at work all day. But most people are stressed & have desk jobs, so there’s really not much to do in the way of avoiding this. I just hope that it’s nothing serious. I know it’s rare, but I’m still worried. Will probably see an opthamologist soon to be sure. But I’ll try to cut back on chocolate & coffee, relax more & take some vitamins. All the best to everyone! You are definitely not alone.

  71. Josh M.D.
    January 11th, 2008 at 03:43 | #71

    blepharospasm, blepharospasmus 

    Involuntary spasmodic contraction of the orbicularis oculi muscle; may occur in isolation or be associated with other dystonic contractions of facial, jaw, or neck muscles; usually initiated or aggravated by emotion, fatigue, or drugs.

    thats straight from steadmans medical dictionary. I’m stressed from medical school, I rarely sleep, and I also take atomoxatine (strattera)- looks like I’m screwed.

  72. courtney
    January 11th, 2008 at 13:26 | #72

    It is unbelievable what a Google search will bring you to. For some reason I think that my upper left eyelid twitch has something to do with my neck and back being out of line. I find that when I rub the places that are painful in my neck and back it usually triggers the twitch. I also agree with others that it is somewhat stress related. Interesting. I read on another website to try placing a warm compress on your twitch (ha that sounds funny) in order to relax the muscle. I enjoyed reading some of the other posts!

  73. Twitcher’s R Us
    January 11th, 2008 at 14:33 | #73

    Oh my how I laugh when I read how many people I have this in common with. My twitching (upper lid and lower eye/cheek) has been going on for 2 months. Now only does it twitch without a mind of it’s own but now I can make it twitch on command!!!!! If I blink, if I laugh, if I smile there is a great chance it will twitch! The upper lid is a real doozy because it makes it real hard to focus on my task at hand, such as gretting customers at my job or even driving. Now I have noticed that eye is a bit swollen. I know, stress, lack of sleep and coffee could be the culprits BUT I believe I found out my true cause.. I am going to hit the big 40!!! (LOL) Thanks everyone for making me laugh (which makes my eye twich), and taking my mind of my twitching just for a moment. The convention of twitchers would be a great idea…….

  74. Jo (Manchester, UK)
    January 11th, 2008 at 22:52 | #74

    I’m in the club too, that’s the eye twitch in the left upper lid. Had it since October when I came down with a heavy cold. I just can’t get rid of it, flickers all day until I have to hold my eye lid just to calm it down. But recently I have had a cold sore and when that was coming up, my eye twitched madly and I could feel something from my eye travelling down to my lip. So I think it could be a virus travelling in the nerves which lies dormant in the eyelid. So all in all, now I have a lovely cold sore and a twitch too. I do think generally you do have to look after yourself and I am guessing it will eventually stop….. here’s hoping!

  75. MR. ISAM
    January 12th, 2008 at 04:09 | #75

    Ihad the same problem,for the last 2 weeks.its annoying
    however ,Ithink it might be due to my heavy smooking,some mild infection in my upper eyelid or drug-induced ,eg omeprazole, quinolones group etc..
    although iam much worried by the brain stem neoplasm particularly Iam heavy smoker
    any how iam not the only flickerman..

  76. January 15th, 2008 at 02:30 | #76

    Some of the stuff written on this blog is golden. I actually found myself laughing out loud at some of these hysterical posts (all the while my little eye twitching away).

  77. January 15th, 2008 at 02:44 | #77

    My lower left eyelid is twitching as I am typing this. Such a pain…Im going to try a multi vitamin.

  78. joanne (Raleigh, NC)
    January 15th, 2008 at 06:24 | #78

    I thought I was going to lose my mind with this twitching (which has been ongoing for almost 2 months now)! It’s good to hear that I am not alone with this! I’m 44 years old and have never had any problems with twitching in my life.

    My left eyelid is twitching multiple times a day (it seems like every hour!). I called my eye doctor and he recommended that I take Claritin or benadryl as this may help to relax the muscles (stated that I had eyelid myokymia). Any one else have any home remedies??

  79. BiBi
    January 16th, 2008 at 00:00 | #79

    Has anyone tried this?

    Is there any treatment?
    In most cases of BEB the treatment of choice is botulinum toxin (commonly called Botox) injections, which relax the muscles and stop the spasms. Other treatment options include medications (drug therapy) or surgery.

  80. Mary Perkinis
    January 16th, 2008 at 16:40 | #80

    The following information is meant as a follow-up to the one I have posted on On January 9th, 2008 at 6:51 pm under the same name (please refer to the archive listing above).

    And I would like to recommend BiBi (who have posted on On January 16th, 2008 at 12:00 am) to read about my personal experience and comments about these Botox injections, other drug therapy and surgery therapy for the treatment of this eyelid-twitching sickness.

    Basically, for the acupuncture point that I have mentioned in my previous article for the suggested cure for eyelid-twitching, its exact location is at the back of the palm of one’s right hand , which is 1.5 cm measured vertically from the point of intersection (that would appear visibly when the fingers are closed loosely together) between the thumb and the forefinger. Kindly take note that this point is located at a much ‘fleshy instead of a much ‘boney’ area and perhaps you would need to briefly explore that part of your right hand at the same time to locate that point, and I hope you will understand that the hand structures of each person differ from one another.

    When the acupuncture point is identified and marked accordingly, you can then re-open your hand , and then what you all can do is to sit down, and at the same time press that point (using just mild force) with any long blunt-pointed object such as toothpick, a normal writing pen (which is out of ink of course) etc against your chin (suggested for convenience purpose) for a continuous 2 hours, and it’s preferably to do that when you are about to go to sleep at night (so that you have more free time to do it). However , if you are eager to find out the very exact location of that particular acupuncture point to further verify the information given above, I would suggest you to seek consultancy from a licensed acupuncturist.

    Please be reminded that a good sleep at night throughout the therapy period is essential for the healing to be effectively done. And a person shouldn’t associate oneself again with the underlying causes such as over-straining of the eyes, excessive cafeine intake, allergy/overdosage of certain medication (with muscle spasms side effects) that causes this eyelid-twitching to the particular person in the first place to avoid a relapse of that sickness, especially after getting cured from it.

  81. Mary Perkins
    January 16th, 2008 at 22:49 | #81

    The following is meant as a follow up for my previous posting (Mary Perkins : On January 9th, 2008 at 6:51 pm)

    Well, regarding the acupuncture point I have mentioned in my previous article as per above for the suggested cure for eyelid-twitching, its exact detailed location is at the back of the palm of one’s right hand, which is 1.5 cm measured vertically from the point of intersection (that would appear visibly when the fingers are closed loosely together) between the thumb and the forefinger. (Kindly take note that this point is located at a much ‘fleshy instead of a much ‘boney’ area – perhaps you would need to briefly explore that part of your right hand at the same time to locate that point, and I hope you will understand that the hand structures of each person differ from one another).

    When the acupuncture point is identified and marked accordingly, you can then re-open your hand , and then what you all can do is to sit down, and at the same time press that point (using just mild force) with any long blunt-pointed object such as toothpick, a normal writing pen (which is out of ink of course) etc against your chin (suggested for convenience purpose) for a continuous 2 hours, and it’s preferably to do that when you are about to go to sleep at night (so that you have more free time to do it). However , if you are eager to find out the very exact location of that particular acupuncture point to further verify the information given above, I would suggest you to seek consultancy from a licensed acupuncturist.

    Please be reminded that a good sleep at night throughout the therapy period is essential for the healing to be effectively done. And a person shouldn’t associate oneself again with the underlying causes such as over-straining of the eyes, excessive cafeine intake, allergy/overdosage of certain medication (with muscle spasms side effects) that causes this eyelid-twitching to the particular person in the first place to avoid a relapse of that sickness, especially after getting cured from it.

  82. Justin
    January 17th, 2008 at 04:16 | #82

    Looks like I get to join the club! My left upper eyelid has been twitching for about a month now, and it’s getting worse! It used to happen more frequently if I’d squint, or close my eyes, or especially sneeze, and it would only last a few seconds. Now, it’s almost all day, regardless of anything else going on. But, I seem to have all the contributing factors listed in previous posts:

    – I spend 8-10 hours on a computer
    – I have a terrible diet (time seems to only allow for fast food)
    – I have an insane amount of stress.
    – I normally sleep for 4-5 hours per night (more recently, I had about a 60 hour stretch of no sleep)

    Short of quitting my job and heavily medicating, any thoughts/suggestions?

  83. thomas
    January 18th, 2008 at 02:04 | #83

    i had eye twitching on my left lower eye lid for last 3 months…..its gone now….but twiching has been started on my right upper eye lid…..somthing is wrong dear all …. help

  84. Terri
    January 19th, 2008 at 13:11 | #84

    I’m just about over it! For about 4 months just above my left eyelid was twitching like mad. People could see it throbbing and would say ‘just rub it out.’ Well, dear friends, THAT DOESN’T WORK. I have been rubbing the crap out of it. Anyway, one day last week my right eyelid decided to join in on the fun. Now I feel like Quasimodo. My right lid is actually coming down halfway over my eye. I’m embarrassed to look at people b/c I feel like they are staring at me as I am freakishly winking at them. Dare I close my eyes for more than a second b/c then the right one starts blinking like crazy. I’ll take any words of wisdom I can get. I take multivits and am a nutritionist/health educator so I’m familiar w/nutrient deficiencies. I read somewhere about Quinine. Any thoughts?

  85. Melissa
    January 20th, 2008 at 08:18 | #85

    LOL wow so many twitchers.. I have had eyelid twitching most of my life… Recently it has gotten worse. Lasting longer a few days instead of seconds or a few min, and it also has moved into the lower part of my eye when it never was there before. Kinda makes me wonder what is going on.. .guess I have alot of reading to do. (:

  86. mommyk5
    January 20th, 2008 at 10:37 | #86

    What a great site! Hello fellow twitchers. I have a left upper eyelid horizontal style twitch. I recently was dx with BPV (benign positional vertigo) so when the twitching started (about 2 months now) — thought it was somehow related to an inflamation of some nerve. Of course it could also be any of the aforementioned factors as well (long computer screen use, poor diet, lack of sleep). RE: Claritin use — have taken daily for years — still get the twitching. Will see the opthalmologist on Friday, so will know more then. Hang in there fellow twitchers.

  87. Thomas
    January 21st, 2008 at 05:13 | #87

    I have the eye twitching for several years now. Suddenly this summer while on vacation away from computer screens, and at the beach, it was my birthday and my wife and children decided to get me a new pair of nice sunglasses for a birthday gift. I got Maui Jim polorized lenses and for months I experienced no twitching at all……IT WAS GONE! Now, it is back, and I just stumbled upon this blog. I will be trying adding the calcium, potassium and B 12 to my diet and getting off the caffeine. I do take really good vitamins daily, but will be more regimented w/ this new info. I do believe that staying away from the computer screen daily is helpful and I am trying to wear my sunglasses more often, because at the end of the day, I am just worn out from all the twitching…UGH! Hope some of my info helps somehow!

    January 21st, 2008 at 14:14 | #88

    My doctor told me when I complained of my right eye lid twitching out of the blue
    to stop putting caffeine in my system, and to get more than 6 hrs of sleep at night.

    I took a trip to Cape Cod, got ten hours of sleep for three nites, saw no
    city concentrations of large populated areas and people, got lots of fresh air, walks and sitting in the sunshine. My eye twitching disappeared completley. came backto Brooklyn, Ny drank a half a can of coke, and my twithcing came back immediately. I now know what causes my twithcing, its the caffeine. Get rid of caffeine if you have twitching or else…..it keeps coming back.

  89. foolface
    January 22nd, 2008 at 04:45 | #89

    I think it’s genetic. I’ve had some muscle or another twitching all my life. I’ve tried giving up the caffeine, extra vitamins, etc… Just gotta get used to ’em. They won’t kill you…but then again, if they do, we should stop twitching…

  90. Judy
    January 22nd, 2008 at 11:42 | #90

    My eye twitch was really starting to bother me until I found you guys…

    Great site!

    I’m going to search about my ingrown toenail next!

  91. Twitchy P
    January 24th, 2008 at 23:02 | #91

    You guys – I’m in the same boat. Think it’s stress. That’s not the point though. I just think it is really funny (and not something you see every where!) that these twitch-postings started in 2003 and are STILL going strong in 2008!!!!

  92. Raymond
    January 25th, 2008 at 15:57 | #92

    Its amusing how popular this page has become.

    Well, anyway, a few months back, i estimate probably November, I had a lower left eye twitch with which i got a little concerned. I looked it up in Google of course and came accross this site which was incredibly helpfull.
    Durring the time of my lower left twitch i was attending school full time, working a very stressfull job, on a computer for a minimum of five hours every day, sleeping no more than five hours every night, and, consequently, consuming caffiene regularly to combat the lack of sleep.

    It was no surprise to me that, when the fall semester at school ended and i was finally able to get plentiful sleep to skip the caffiene and only have to focus on my job, the twitch went away! lol

    well, i’m back in school again for the spring semester, working, not sleeping, living on caffiene, and either working on a computer or focusing on books and papers for at LEAST 8 hours every day. Surprise, surprise. My upper left eyelid has started twitching.

    well, i figure i’ll just deal with it. i’m 20 years old and i’m just going to live with it because i’m not going to sacrifice accomplishing my goals just to get rid of a measley eye twitch.

  93. Anonymous
    January 26th, 2008 at 09:17 | #93

    i think its potassium. now that i think about it i’ve stopped taking my vitamins on accident

  94. Nedian Bravo
    January 28th, 2008 at 18:17 | #94

    Wow, what a great site indeed. Thanks God I am not alone out there.
    My right eye started to twitch like a month before. Its not so frequent but still may be 4-5 twitches for a cpl of seconds per hour. Hope it will get off by itself. I had a great relief after reading all the posts from this site. Otherwise, I was thinking to visit my eye-specialist doctor some day. But I think, Iwill first try to act upon the remedies and reliefs indicated in this site by users. Oh its still twitching…please stop!

  95. eviltwitch
    January 29th, 2008 at 03:38 | #95

    Hello fellow twitchers. Well I would never have thought there were that many of us in the world! Mine is a lefty-upper-eyelid which has fluttered every few minutes for the past 3-4 weeks. I’ve also been getting frontal headaches for the last 2 months which are now waking me up in the early hours of the morning and bugging me all day. I’m glad it sounds “normal” to have the eye twitch but wondered if anyone else gets headaches too? At least having found this website has convinced me that I don’t need to see a doctor and that I’m not alone with this crazy, annoying thing. I think I’ll try supplements and bananas as I’m fortunate enough not to have stress at the moment and I have loads of sleep. I’ll be looking out for any new remedies though – I’m happy to give anything a go to be rid of the evil twitch.

  96. Twitch man
    January 31st, 2008 at 06:33 | #96

    Ok, I used to say eye-lid twitches are nothing… that is after I started gettting twitching in my hands, arms and everywhere else. Went to the Neuro, did some simple tests and said it was most likely bening.. no weakness and twitches were everywhere. Just as anything, I learned to deal with it.
    About 3 weeks ago, my eyelid twitched again.. last time that happened was about 9 months ago.. cant even remember how long it lasted because I was more concerned with a hand twitch. Since then, I have had twitches everywhere and I live with it.. really no big deal, no pain or anything like that. Now, 3 weeks ago, the upper eyelid started!!!! Damn.. I would have to say that this is the most annoying, right? Somedays It is gone, but when I touch or rub it.. it comes back. One thing is that right before it happened I got a black eye playing b-ball.. got nailed with the back of someones head- OUCH!.. Could this have caused it? Maybe.. So, I went to my primary— take some xanax.. not working… I guess, the eye Doc is next. I heard botox can help? I am already taking the calcium/magnesium, bananas, daily multi, drinking water, drinking tonic.. not working.. sleep is ok… so, I will keep you all posted. One thing I always say.. “all things shall pass”… It will.. but till it does… major annoyance! Hang in there all… could be worse, just did a benefit show for children with major deformities.. those poor kids, that is really something! My eye.. I guess it’s nothing, right? Take care!

  97. Mark Taylor
    February 1st, 2008 at 08:58 | #97

    Hey guys, I have just recently come across an interesting website : http://eyecareeyedoctorandvision.yuku.com/forums/71 which brings together different categories of eyelid-twitchers who share their different stories & experiences of dealing with this annoying eyelid twitching sicknesss and I find it pretty useful too.

  98. Dana
    February 4th, 2008 at 13:51 | #98

    I have what is called a lower eyelid twitch on my left eye. It’s been going on for a week now. My eyes feel super dry. Sometimes water just pours out of them though. It happens 24/7. I have never had this problem before. I have fibromyalgia and some other lovely things that go along with that, and maybe its all connected. Stress should be my first name. I have a very stressful life and see no end in sight. Anyway, I thought I might just need a new prescription since I wear a no line bifocal since about a yr ago. I sure hope everyone out there gets that twitching to stop, its not very nice,take care, Dana

  99. Anonymous
    February 5th, 2008 at 13:12 | #99

    I bought some MSM as suggested in one of the comments, and I’m on my 2nd day of taking 2 pills 3x’s a day. Seems to be subsiding, but I’ll post back next week with my findings. Looks good for now though!

  100. 48YEARS
    February 6th, 2008 at 04:24 | #100

    My family mother brother and myself have had this “ability” all of our lives.
    Beyond a shadow of the a doubt!!
    The left eye is a warning of negative conditions in your environment. (i.e. a romance that is going south.. or someone trying to gain control of yor assets.. or maybe trouble on your job.

    the right eye is good fortune like a guy meeting the love of his life. or a girl getting that dream job or “knowing that a special person is coming your way … or a family member is safe and sound.

  101. 48YEARS
    February 6th, 2008 at 04:30 | #101

    i believe that this is a sense like the other five that we already know about.

  102. February 7th, 2008 at 07:27 | #102

    I thought I was alone! Man what a weird feeling, it sort of impares my vision when it happens. I have the right side quivering on the top eyelid (the weirdest feeling) and on the left its a little poke in the center of the bottom….poke, poke, poke, poke”.

    The only thing I can nail down as the cause would be that I just recently started up my gym routine. I’m doing lots of cardio and some cardio-like weight lifting (lower weight, more reps). Sooooo yeah. I have to wipe my eyes when it happens becaue it sort of tickles when it does. Ah well.

  103. bre
    February 8th, 2008 at 11:48 | #103

    My upper right eyelid has been twitching for about 8-10 months on and off all day long…very frustrating. It is visible when i look in the mirror. I have also read on the internet that it could be stress, caffiene, fatigue….etc. Not sure what mine is. Although all three are present in my life right now. Thought about seeing a doc…but then, what could they do for a twitching eyelid??? I had no idea there were so many people with the same problem. Good to know …i guess.

  104. Jack
    February 8th, 2008 at 22:16 | #104

    One of the reasons may be due to the muscle spasms side effects of certain medications, and I heard that acupuncture can actually work out something effective for it.

  105. twitchy2
    February 9th, 2008 at 17:32 | #105

    48years- that can’t be true. It’s my left eye and have had nothing but very bad stuff happening for the last year.

  106. DavidAllen
    February 9th, 2008 at 18:06 | #106

    Great to find myself a part of a vibrant community of fellow twitchers. One thing we shouldn’t do is organise a game of wink murder – genocide!

    Anyway, my twitch started the groggy morning after a heavy night out – during which I had consumed quite a lot of alcohol and a few tablets of ecstasy. It’s been going for a few days now and is extremely annoying, and slightly worrying.

    Dehydration was my first thought, so I consumed measured amounts of water at regular intervals, and must have reached full-rehydration at least a couple of days ago, but to no discernable effect on the twitch. My diet is generally good (Multivits, fresh fruit & veg etc), I exercise regularly and I would not consider myself unduly stressed having retired from my job over a year ago.

    My only thought is to take some more ecstasy, as it’s an extremely relaxing experience and will probably have some somatic effect on my eye. I’m a late-comer to the drug and would prefer not to rely on my grandson for everything, so perhaps there is a doctor or nurse on here that could advise me on my considered course of action.

    Until then, good luck to everyone trying to beat the twitch.

  107. Anonymous
    February 9th, 2008 at 20:28 | #107

    Wow, I enjoyed your humor and explainations, you are funny. I was actually looking for what the meaning of a burning sensation of the outer ear means, weather that be a scientific reason or just simply a supertistion, so just wanted to leave you this comment and thanks for making me laugh. RH.

  108. frustrated eye twitcher UK
    February 10th, 2008 at 21:50 | #108

    Jeeeeesus… there’s a lot of twitchers out there 😉 … *raises hand* … yup I’m one too…

    talk about annoying, and then times that by 1,000,000!!!

    My left eyelid, both top and bottom in the outer corner, has been twitching for one month now. I have small episodes lasting around 5-30 minutes and then nothing for a few hours… all is fine and then bam the twitching starts AGAIN……. arghhhhhhh…. lol…. several times a day without fail.

    I have put up with some crap my body has decided to dish out to me over the years but is by far the most annoying!

    My first thought was stress? … I have no debt, a good life, no money problems, nothing to cause me worry of any kind, so it’s can’t be that.

    Diet, which was my next thought… I’m a body builder and follow a strict’ish diet… 50% carbs / 30% protien / 20% healthy fats … I take flax oil, a multi vitamin, and cod liver every day… my diet has been several years in the making to match my workouts and metabolism… I can’t fault that at all!

    Sleep, I get at least 8 hours a night, sometimes more… can’t see a problem there either.

    Work/Computer use. I’m short sighted in my left eye anyway, it’s always been my “problem” eye according to me optician. I wear glasses for driving but other than that not during my normal day. I use a computer for several hours a day and when this first started I found I couldn’t sit in front of my screen (24″ tft) for more than 10 minutes without the twitching starting and getting progessively worse. So I cut out all computer use for 5 days… lol… that was like cutting my arm off literally considering I use it for work, but that seemed to help-for a while and then it started again, just not as bad. So I limit my time currently to working only really when I need to, but it’s still 3-4 hours a day.

    Caffeine, I don’t have soda’s/fizzy drinks, haven’t done for well over 10 years… I only drink decaf tea, which I’m thinking about cutting down to 2 or 3 cups a day, I’m currently on about 10…lol… we’ll see how that one goes!

    Drugs/Alcohol… I don’t drink often, maybe 3 beers a month if that. I avoid spirits now, I have done for around 3 years. Now an interesting part. I used to smoke weed *back in the day*, yeah it’s bad for you I know that already, I don’t smoke it often at all now, and I have never smoked tobacco… but last Thursday whilst at a friends I was discussing my eye problem and she gave me a small bit of weed to try. When I got home I had a few bong hits …figured it wouldn’t hurt to try… and whilst I was stoned my eye started twitching… now for those that have/do smoke weed you’ll understand this part a lot more than those that don’t and never have done… I concentrated on my twitching and sure enough it stopped! If I thought about it once it stopped it would then start again, then again concentrated on it stopping and it did! So… I could actually control the twitching… my thoughts then turned to a possibilty that this could this be psychological? I have tried this technique whilst not stoned and been unsuccessful.

    This has really bugged me because I’m have the belief that most / if not all common ailments can be treated by simply avoiding certain things and through changing your lifestyle and diet, I’d really rather not have to take a drug to sort my problem out. To me that’s not actually “fixing” the problem, it’s like turning a blind eye …lol… no pun intended! I’m now 33 and have lived an extremely healthy lifestyle for the last 8 years, I don’t want to, and wont, become a regular weed smoker again just to cure this!

    The only other thing I have found that kind of works it to simply close my eye, holding it shut fairly tight, but that’s totally 50/50… and obvioulsy not easy to do at all times, ie driving!

    In total desperation I’m going to try smoking some weed again tonight, so that’s 4 days after I last tried, I’ll report back here with my findings, good or bad 😉

    Anyway…. other than all that it’s been a whole month now and I really don’t know what else to try so I’m, against my will, going to the Docs tomorrow to see his prognosis might be…

    Oh, and by the way my eye has been twitching the whole time it took to write this!

  109. Lauren
    February 12th, 2008 at 12:11 | #109

    Fellow twitchers, I am proud to be one of you. You are all the funniest, most compassionate bunch I’ve seen in print. My left eye has been going at it for what seems like forever but it’s probably just a month. Thanks to all for the suggestions. I am going to drink water, wine, eat bananas, get a massage, do yoga, and meditate. I’ve been doing all those things for years now, but perhaps some freaky mix of those things will heal this most annoying problem. It’s gotta beat gouging my eye out, which was what I was thinking of doing. I’m with the person who suggested we wear eye patches. It could become the tacit symbol of our brotherhood. Good luck to all.

  110. Paragenic
    February 12th, 2008 at 14:30 | #110

    I posted here about two months ago – my eye had started twitching again. Now it’s stopped. Like all the times before, I didn’t notice when it stopped this time. But I started decreasing my caffeine intake by drinking less coffee at work and drinking more water instead. I have a theory that that might be in part responsible… will just have to wait till next time to test it again!

    Love you all, everyone on this very amazing site! See you in two years or so!

    February 13th, 2008 at 17:24 | #111

    Hey Fellow Twitchers…..

    Am very impressed this blog has gone on for soooooooo many years!! I’ve been twitching for a few days – possibly due to stress – I work out daily at the gym and have a healthy diet and do sleep well.

    Having just skimmed through all the suggestions, I tried finding the acupuncture pressure point as per the suggestion – and my twitching seems to have stopped – its a miracle!!!

    So definitely recommend the pressure point thang!! Hell, if you get 5 minutes of non-twitching, it’s worth it!!!

    Happy twitching :-)

  112. twitchy2
    February 14th, 2008 at 00:04 | #112

    Yes! The pressure point thing does work! Difficult to do while driving but I’m working it out. Happy thumb pinching to all!

  113. Jessica
    February 14th, 2008 at 02:26 | #113

    I came for an eye twitch, I stayed for the writing!


  114. February 15th, 2008 at 10:15 | #114

    Hello! I can not believe I just read eye twitching posts going back to 2003!!! I am a left eye twitcher.. it started about 2 months ago. It has become more and more frequent, to the point it’s happening almost constantly!! I am under a huge amount of stress, but that’s nothing new. As an insomniac – I think there are times in my life I’ve been way more fatigued… I’ve actually been sleeping a little more, as my daughter is forcing me to go to bed fairly early. I’m going to try the vitamin thing and see if that helps. I used to be addicted to a certain type of chocolate milk and I stopped buying it because I couldn’t find the brand here once we moved. I’m wondering if the eye thing started around that time – I think it did?

    I also wear contacts, so I’m getting ready to go check out that amoeba infection link.. and I’m sure freak myself right out the door.



  115. semi-frustrated eye twitcher UK
    February 15th, 2008 at 22:58 | #115

    well I said I’d report back after my experiment… smoking weed does help BUT it certainly doesn’t stop it …lol… so I’ll be closing that chapter for a while thankfully…

    I didn’t go to my doctor as I know what he’d say, stupid maybe, but I have no faith in our NHS system… long story.

    I did however get some “tired eye” drops. Since I started using them my eye has stopped twitching as often, although still not completely, and it does seem to have calmed the instensity down a lot too, either that or I’m just getting used to it now *shrugs* …

  116. Teddy
    February 16th, 2008 at 16:54 | #116

    Hey, that acupuncture method really works terrifically, and my eyelids simply don’t twitch nowadays anymore.

  117. February 17th, 2008 at 13:10 | #117

    I had infrequent eye twitching in the upper left eye for the past 5 years — very minor and never annoying. These appeared to go away about when I switched home computer CRT to a LCD screen. However I recently switched jobs going from a fairly high stress job involving only light computer work (with a CRT) to one that involves a great amount of it (Programming) on a CRT. After the first week I noticed a high level of high twitching that has only increased over time. Stress levels? Very moderate — much less in fact than I carried before. Less caffiene too. Diet? It could be better but it is somewhat improved from before. The only factors that have changed is the amount of time spent sitting in front of a CRT and less physical activity on the job. There is also the possibility of dental issues as I have had an upper left molar crown put in a few months ago — maybe the work was a bit dodgy?

  118. Benjamin from Michigan
    February 18th, 2008 at 10:56 | #118

    I have had this eyelid twitching for about a week now. I have had them in the past and they always seem to go away on their own, but it is really annoying! It’s the upper right eyelid, and although it isn’t very noticeable to others, it really erks me when it happens because it distracts me from everything else I am doing. I have tried to hold the eyelid muscle still with my finger to no avail, I can still feel it trying to twitch. I have tried closing my eye for a few minutes. Nothing seems to work. It twitches on and off every few seconds for about an hour each time. Lately it has been happening 3 and 4 times a day.
    Nothing really has changed in the last few months. I still get plenty of sleep, eat fairly healthy with the occasional fast food about once a week, no caffeine, and a beer about once a week. And I actually ate a couple bananas last week (just cause they looked good when I went food shopping), and I haven’t had a banana in months. I wonder if it was my subconscious telling me I need more potassium?
    So I am going to try to get some more potassium and take frequent breaks from the computer screen. I usually am in front of a computer for 10 hours a day, on an LCD screen. Also I haven’t tried the 20-20-20 rule before I read it on this site. Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Sounds easy enough to give it a try.
    So thanks for having this site here for people to post comments. It has helped a lot reading about this, knowing lots of other people get this happening to them too.

  119. frustrated as well
    February 18th, 2008 at 11:12 | #119

    Quoted from above
    “When I got home I had a few bong hits …figured it wouldn’t hurt to try… and whilst I was stoned my eye started twitching… now for those that have/do smoke weed you’ll understand this part a lot more than those that don’t and never have done… I concentrated on my twitching and sure enough it stopped! If I thought about it once it stopped it would then start again, then again concentrated on it stopping and it did! So… I could actually control the twitching… my thoughts then turned to a possibility that this could this be psychological? I have tried this technique whilst not stoned and been unsuccessful.

    well I said I’d report back after my experiment… smoking weed does help BUT it certainly doesn’t stop it …lol… so I’ll be closing that chapter for a while thankfully…”

    So I just happened to have some weed and will give it a try as well. UK said that by concentrating on the twitch while sober that they couldn’t get it to go away, and neither can I. I’m going to go have a few puffs and concentrate on my eye and then report back what happens. I certainly don’t recommend this to anyone else, but I wonder if this eyelid twitching is linked to something psychological. I’ll report back with my findings in a bit.

  120. February 18th, 2008 at 11:51 | #120

    I just read the two comments about LCD screens and root canals. My teeth have been out of control for the past 6 months. I’ve had 2 root canals that have gone on FOREVER (I’m actually in the third stage of the second one. I wouldn’t be shocked if this made my head explode. However, I do have a new monitor, and like Benjamin said – my stress hasn’t really gotten too much worse, but my time in front of this monitor has increased.

    I’m twitching right now!

  121. frustrated as well
    February 18th, 2008 at 21:15 | #121

    So after I had a few puffs from a joint I had, and trying everything in my power to concentrate on my twitching eye, I found that for me, getting stoned made no difference whatsoever on my twitching eye. i would have guessed this would be the result, but I am willing to try just about anything to make my eyelid stop torturing me at this point.

  122. robin
    February 18th, 2008 at 22:09 | #122

    My left eyebrow is twitching but I am begining to think that it has something to do with a ‘One a Day” multi vitamin that I started taking at the same time that the twitch began. This really does not sound correct becuase you always hear that it might be a vitamin defecincey, not an overload of some sort. Not really sure if there could be a link but I thought that I would throw the idea out there.

  123. Lesley from Michigan
    February 19th, 2008 at 02:19 | #123

    It seems odd that most of us have left eyelid twitches. What is it with the left eyelid? I’ve had the twitches in my Left eyelid since around October 2007. I think it’s stress, my husband travels a lot, so I’m left on my own, and I get stressed at work a lot – do a lot of computer work, which strains my eyes as well. I thought it would clear up over the Xmas holidays – but it didn’t. It was a little less though. It is just so annoying.

    So stress is definitely my reason, as I eat very healthy.

  124. Twitchywoman
    February 19th, 2008 at 10:32 | #124

    Hello Twitchers,

    Don’t know if this is a coincidence, but since I’ve started taking Omega-3 fish oil capsules (2, twice a day), my eyelid(s) haven’t twitched since. Neither have any of my other muscles. I’m not sure if there’s any correlation, but I’m not complaining. Bye!

  125. chardn
    February 21st, 2008 at 00:19 | #125

    My upper-left eyelid has started twitching. It started after I donated blood for the first time though that’s totally anecdotal and I’m still going to give again! Glad I’m not alone and that some of the posts I’ve read here seem to be from people who are “all there” even though their eyelid has been twitching for years. I would hate to think that I was going bonkers at the ripe old age of 26!

  126. Throgglesprocket
    February 21st, 2008 at 20:31 | #126

    I am so glad that I’m not the only one! My right eyelid is twitching and has been for the past few weeks, so is really annoying, so allegedly I’m going to either get rich or have something serendipitous happen.

    However, now my left eye has decided it wants a piece of the action, so obviously something dire is about to happen!

    On a different note, I think I’m also losing my marbles, as I frequently say the wrong words i.e. thinking carrots, but looking at tomatoes so say tomatoes instead! Used to be amusing, but it’s past a joke now! Is this all related or am I just a hypochondriac?

    As for the stress – yes; computers – yes; caffeine – yes
    (obviously I need a new job!)

  127. February 22nd, 2008 at 07:27 | #127

    I *think* I figured mine out (maybe)!! I am a photographer and I have always closed my left eye to take pictures. Only recently did I have an issue with the camera’s manual focus. I switched eyes, and the twitching stopped.

    I wonder with digital cameras being so common, how many people who twitch are using them? And how many people who twitch on the left take pictures while looking through their right eye?

    Just a thought.

  128. Twitch&Jerk
    February 25th, 2008 at 17:54 | #128

    YIKES! so many twitchers out there! my right eye began twitching around new years day, and a few days after, my left eye began to twitch a bit.

    presently, the right eye twitches when i squint my eyes

    hmmm, i’m thinking there’s something in the air, food or water

    and i’m guessing that the remedy might include more rest and definitely stress-control

    is there at least something romantic about twitching??????

  129. emilyxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    February 25th, 2008 at 20:29 | #129

    omg and i thort i was the only one!
    my family think im going crazy
    my friends jst laugh
    its so annoying
    my top left eyelid started twitching about 3 wks ago and it goes on all day and night constantly it stops for an hour or so and then carries on
    it feels like something is pulsing in my eye
    its driving me mad
    my mum wants me to go to the dr but nowing my luck it will stop as i get there
    most people cant see it neway !
    well good luck evry 1
    i hope urs stops as i do

  130. Rookie
    February 26th, 2008 at 16:45 | #130

    I go, I go, I go”twitching”, I go! Geeez! I started getting these twitches very often now, since a few weeks ago. And boy, is it annoying! Reading these posts, I suppose these twitches I’m having now relates to being on the computer too often most of the day. Not to mention the stress that my husband is giving me! I started taking some online classes and one is on Math. I guess since my eye has to focus so much more on the monitor to get those figures right, it strains the eye. Thanks for the others who posted some tips on what to do. I will surely try them out. Although with the calcium supplement, I’ve been taking those even before this twitching began. So strike out that low-calcium theory, for me. I don’t like bananas so I suppose I need to start liking them for a change… everything is worth a try so long as it’s not surgery! I go, I go, I go “twitching”, I go!!!

  131. Mason
    February 26th, 2008 at 18:55 | #131

    Hmm… such abnormal eyelid twitchings may just very well be one of the symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia.


  132. Throgglesprocket
    February 26th, 2008 at 20:00 | #132

    Well, I’ve just been for a blood test for both Magnesium and Potassium, so I’ll just have ot wait and see what the results come back as. I’ll keep you posted with further updates as and when I know anything!

    February 26th, 2008 at 23:00 | #133


  134. cindy
    February 27th, 2008 at 19:03 | #134

    MANGANESE supplement (not to be confused with magnesium) will fix eye twitches. I had an almost constant eye twitch for months & was told to try this & it worked. I have the same bottle for years (I don’t take vitamins consistently) and know whenever I get an eye twitch that I need to take one.

  135. February 29th, 2008 at 03:41 | #135

    Upper right, occasional, mildly annoying

    After surveying these posts, I’ll attribute it to: (1) too much computer screen; (2) stress; (3) caffeine (though caffeine is clearly not a necessary compenent).

  136. February 29th, 2008 at 12:46 | #136

    I’m a regular twitcher. I let myself get far too stressed over nothing, I drink far too much soda pop, so caffeine is a definate, I get hardly enough sleep, and I’m extremely hormonal…….Sooo, TWITCHERS UNITE! THE WORLD WILL BE OURS AT LAST!!!


  137. February 29th, 2008 at 16:09 | #137

    I am so gald to read all these comments as I thought I was going nuts. I dont drink caffine but I am under stress and constant pain from my elbow and knee. Maybe this is the cause of my left eye lid twitch which has being going for about 3 weeks now and is getting very annoying especially when writing as my eyes are getting worse with age (44 years old).

    February 29th, 2008 at 21:06 | #138

    TO JMR
    Upper right occasional: i bet something positive took place either with your job or your love life etc …
    shortly after the upper right

  139. March 1st, 2008 at 04:45 | #139

    i have the same problem ONLY since i got my new glasses.

  140. mark
    March 1st, 2008 at 08:13 | #140

    I am 26 years young and the whole eye twitching thing is very cool. Throughout my life I started to notice my lower eye lid twitching, sometimes on the left and sometimes on the right. Usually when my lower left eye twitches, something bad is going to happen, and when my right eye twitches, something good happens. I am not the only one who gets it. My parents have the same problem. One time, my lower left eye twitched constantly and a few days later I got into a car accident with some idiot teen that failed to yield making a left turn, while I’m going straight. I can go on and on with more stories but you guys can get my drift… Call me crazy if you guys want but I stand by it and I believe that once it twitches, be cautious or be ready for good news. OH! I found this site because my upper left eye lid has been twitch constantly for almost a week and I may have found why its been doing it…energy drinks….

  141. stevie
    March 1st, 2008 at 10:26 | #141

    BOTH of my eyelids are twitching. Going on 3 weeks now. BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA…..! Help it is driving me to the brink. I have read that a pinched nerve in the neck is what causes this–but that doesn’t help. I have tried cranking my head around every which way and nothing helps–I get good sleep. I do use a little caffeine but who doesn’t? I am stressed a bit–just started a new job, husband who is a crack addict, diagnosed a year ago with leukemia…so what else is new? We all have stress right. Somebody tell me a remedy that is for sure!
    Thanks for the site, happy and funny and cool…Love it. Put it in my Favs and plan to come back whenever I am feeling down…

    March 1st, 2008 at 12:28 | #142

    MARK :3-1-08 8-13 am…
    My family has had similar episodes with this intuition. while we r not able to see clearly into the future we surely have some sort of 6th sense.

  143. Tina from london
    March 5th, 2008 at 00:52 | #143

    I’m a twitcher too, right lower eye lid…the odd thing is that it happens every Tuesday!!! I teach and on Tuesday my time table is light and I end up on the computer all day, plus I happen to enjoy a TV show on Tuesday night, late…who knows but i’ll give the banana diet a go!!!

  144. Cheryl from Fort Lauderdale
    March 10th, 2008 at 12:34 | #144

    About 6 weeks ago I turned over a new leaf. Started pilates. eating better and doing these natural cleanses. I did a liver detox and now I’m in the middle of a natural detoxification. I wonder if my body was so used to be neglected that its stressed out or if these natural cleanses are my problem. Before I did them I read up on them and only read good stuff. I’m going to buy banana’s this week and see if the cleanses are getting rid of all my vitamins as well. Maybe even start a one a day vitamin. I hate to admit it, but i am in my forty’s. It seems like everything is breaking down.

  145. Kiarro
    March 11th, 2008 at 04:15 | #145

    My eye has been twitching about every 5 min for 3 or so seconds and it’s annyoing….I do play World of Warcraft (comp game) 5-14 hours a day…is that it?

  146. March 11th, 2008 at 09:54 | #146

    I was so glad to find that there are others like me- my right eye started twitching about 8 months ago and now my left eye started twitching 2 weeks ago along with a twitching sensation in the right side of my nose. It’s driving me nutso! I don’t really think it’s noticeable to others but i can see it when i look in the mirror. It’s all i can think about. Get ready for work twitch twitch, get the kids ready for school, twitch twitch- all day long. I definitely think mine is related to stress but I can’t quit my job or decrease the stress. When i’m away from work for more than one day, the twitching decreases and sometimes stops- it also helps to drink alchoholic beverages (at night of course). I was starting to think i had a neurologic disease but i feel better knowing that there are many many others like me. I also spend about 6 hours per day on the computer-I am in management and it’s getting hard to speak in front of others- the twitching gets worse and i think everyone is staring at my eyelids. I just want to get toothpicks and stick one end in my eyeball and make a tent out of my eyelid with the other end- if i can just keep it stretched out it stops…….anybody checked into eyelid transplants lately? ha ha

  147. Cornel
    March 14th, 2008 at 14:49 | #147

    I’ve got it! Started a few days ago. Left upper one. Not fun.
    I believe that stress and sleep deprivation are the roots of it. Well, I’d like to believe this.
    Maybe the long winter season. Lack of sun, too much sex?(hehehehehehehe) Whatever else. I’m not happy to see you guys having the same problem, but it gives me some comfort at least.
    We should start a Union of some kind. So we’ll be able to get affordable health insurance just in case we’ll need one. Or retirement benefits, so we could blink and twitch for long years with no worries.
    As I’m writing this nonsense it has stopped. Aha! I’ve got it! Nonsense!
    This might be the answer. So many worries in our lives. Too many rules and concerns.
    Good twitching everyone!

  148. Chris
    March 16th, 2008 at 19:57 | #148

    I’ve been getting twitches in my upper right eyelid for 3 months now and it seems to be getting worse….HELP!!!!
    Anytime I suddenly laugh or when someone throws a paper ball at me in class i get a spasm that lasts about 4 seconds…anything that is sudden and un expectected seems to trigger it!
    This page was a good comfort because I’m the kind of person who jumps to huge conclusions about any minor medical thing…I was thinking that it was the early signs of developing Multiple Sclerosis(MS) or parkinsons……..AHHH!!!!
    Well I suppose my worrying is over…it seems to be very common…I’ll just pray that it dissapears!!
    Regards to all my fellow twitchers!!

  149. steve
    March 17th, 2008 at 04:24 | #149

    Greeting my fellow twichters!
    …aint it fully when u think your the only one with a problem,only to find out there are plenty more like you?I gues its true-misery loves company.for me its my lowe left lid,been happening the last 2wks,worse, at work in meetings! Speaking of work I kinda tend to thnk its the root cause of it-the stress I mean….anyhow I really hate it.
    But what to do? Any solutions?


  150. steve
    March 19th, 2008 at 00:59 | #150

    Greetings , fellow twitchers!
    i too am a left upper eyelid twitcher….
    ongoing for about 3 months now. Began about 3 months after a job transfer from the field into a 9 x 9 cubicle.
    talk about a stress level change…..
    my diet and excercise level didn’t change. But my job change
    did coincide with our toddler going from mostly immobile to totally
    mobile and getting into everything!!! AAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!
    there it goes again!!!!!!!!

  151. kyle
    March 20th, 2008 at 01:21 | #151

    My right eye is “going off” as I type. This has been going on for years, with months of normality. Feels like a fish biting, a random tugging sensation. Eye twitches themselves produce no suffering, except to one’s peace of mind.
    Toss in a few other simulataneous annoyances, and it can trigger a tooth gnashing rage!

    Up until a minute ago, I believed this was an eye muscle spasm.
    But I managed to grab my eyelid before the twitch stopped, and pull it upwards.
    Lo and behold, I saw clearly while the twitch continued. It’s the lid, not the eye!

    No doubt, the involuntary eye twitch is a very mild form of torture. And hopefully I have a normal brain stem commanding this insane eyelid of mine.

    (I am a coffee drinker, 4 cups a day or more. Caffeine aggravates eye twitches, but I read here the LACK of caffeine can also produce a twitching episode. .)

  152. Trisha
    March 20th, 2008 at 23:59 | #152

    Blogs are great. They make you feel better. I will go home happy, knowing that there is a 90% chance that the coffee pot in the KITCHEN is the reason for the TWITCHEN hehe

    CSF? Spinal tap???Well, if I want a pity party maybe I will suffer through one to rule out demylinating disease, ALS…but after my MRI showed a REAL LIFE TUMOR I decided to stop crying wolf LOL (its benign thankfully)

    i read medical reports for a living, all day. ITS A SCARY WORLD.

    So a little twitching and a whole lotta company is NOT that bad!!!

    Love this blog like my family!!!! Oh god….the right eye just twitched too….

  153. Cindy
    March 21st, 2008 at 04:08 | #153

    My right eye has been twitching for four days now, inspiring me to “Google” the cause. It’s driving me NUTS.

    Like many others, however, I don’t think I possess any of the potential contributing factors: I have neither been under any more stress nor have drank much more coffee than usual in the last four days (less than one cup a day); I try to get my 7-8 hrs of sleep every night; My diet has been a modified version of low-carb for the past 5 years, (which doesn’t exclude the occasional banana); I stare at a monitor all day at work, but have been doing so for the last year and a half (and not only is it a fancy non-glare monitor, but I do take occasional breaks); my vision is excellent, etc etc….

    So, the only thing different in the last four days was that I started jogging again. I am out of shape because I haven’t jogged regularly for a few months. Could this be the cause? It sounds ridiculous for a twitch to develop after taking a good measure toward health.

  154. Jerry
    March 22nd, 2008 at 04:23 | #154

    Going on for almost a month. It’s the outter third of my lower left eyelid, barely noticeable, but It’s driving me INSANE !!!! I have 2 kids, I’m a doc training in critical care and NEED caffeine to be alive… never had it before for this long but it’s really, really annoying… I’m thinking about getting one of my neuro buddies to inject a little botox in there, has anyone tried that? how long can this last? I know people get it (obviously) but this time it’s been tooooooo long. I’ve tried cutting back on caffeine, sleeping extra on my days off, massaging the eyelid, warm compresses…. nothing, the twitch is there when I go to sleep and is there when I wake up….

  155. mommyk5
    March 22nd, 2008 at 12:49 | #155

    To Jerry:
    Botox will definately stop the twitching. Can become quite expensive, however if you have a MD friend giving you a good discount, price may not matter. Good luck.

  156. Cindy
    March 22nd, 2008 at 14:03 | #156

    Botox sounds pretty interesting. I can’t help to think that a lot of this is psychological. Don’t we think?? I mean, the more I think about how much it’s bothering me, the more it stresses me out. I can’t help to think that the increased stress *regarding* the twitching is making it hang out longer. I wonder, though, if the temporary fix the Botox would provide will help make it go away permanently. If something made it go away, I would stop thinking about it all the time, and maybe–just maybe–it would go away.

    Upon waking up this morning, my eye twitched immediately.

    March 22nd, 2008 at 19:24 | #157

    the right eye twitch is related to good fortune. (ie love life work )
    the left eye is related to bad fortune. ie job problems love life problems

  158. Jerry
    March 23rd, 2008 at 04:16 | #158

    I’m taking some days off from work (much needed)… it’s actually getting slightly better, fewer episodes and short lasting, maybe the end is coming soon. I agree Cindy, the stress of the twitch itself probably causes the twitch to continue, like a vicious cycle. Sometimes I find myself thinking that it’s been a while since I last had it, and then a few minutes later *BOOM* I’ll get it again. Well, if it gets worse again or doesn’t stop in about a week I’ll give the botox a try, at least it’ll make it dissapear for a few months.

  159. Mary Perkins
    March 24th, 2008 at 00:19 | #159

    I get an abnormally rapid eyelid twitching which last for about a year before and it is actually diagnosed as one of the symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia (neuroleptic medication-induced repetitive, involuntary, purposeless facial muscle movements) caused by prolonged intake of Risperdal. And I actually get it finally and totally cured through treatment administered onto the “He Gu” acupuncture point of my right hand.

    And this “He Gu’ acupuncture point, based on the acupuncturist is actually related to the treatments of facial nerves especially the eyelids. Whilst the treatment itself is a self-administered alternative instrument-aided acupressure technique provided to me by the particular acupuncturist.

    Related References

    For Tardive Dyskinesia :



    For “He Gu” acupuncture point :


    My personal healing experience from this sickness :


  160. March 24th, 2008 at 04:22 | #160

    Hi All,

    It was fun to read experiences of some eye twitchers. Few weeks ago my leftlower eyelid started twitching. Now it is the right. I am a physician by profession. When I am at work and having a serious conversation, it will start twitching. It is barely visible to others but quite annoying for me. I always have high stress level and until about 2 years ago had full panic attacks after my dad passed away.

    So overall, I agree this eye twitching is a benign condition and most likely related to stress. I have full sympathy for all the fellow eye twitchers.

  161. Barbara
    March 24th, 2008 at 10:37 | #161

    I just found this website after having my right eyelid twitch for 5 months last year when I was hyperthyroid. It stopped twitching for about 4-5 months. After surgery to remove my thyroid and becoming hypothyroid, my eyelid twitch returned. There may be some connection there. Some other things to consider that may be causing eyelid twitching which I found on the Internet:

    1) MSG and other “excitotoxins” in foods, such as Aspartame (Nutrasweet) found in many diet products. MSG is in just about all processed foods under a number of different names.
    2) Living close to one or more cellphone towers (or perhaps being on a cellphone a lot????).
    3) Sleeping on the stomach because turning the neck may cause a pinched nerve that could cause the eyelid to twitch.

  162. Sarah
    March 25th, 2008 at 21:56 | #162

    Yet another twitcher. I have it in my upper right eyelid, and it drives me crazy! I don’t know how long it’s been going on, but it’s an everyday occurance. It usually starts when I get stressed out or overtired, but it occurs at random too, as it just started while I was typing. However, I am 4 months pregnant and have two young children, too, so maybe this baby is pinching a nerve that sending me down insane lane. Still, those factors do contribute to my overtiredness! I just try to ignore it, hoping that it will go away soon on its own. And if it doesn’t, well, maybe I’ll wear an eye patch. Just kidding.

  163. chaitanya
    March 26th, 2008 at 01:57 | #163

    Hi All..

    Earlier i gave a suggestion that bring the eye that is twiching in contact with a golden object. That has got no comments. Here is another medication for the same:

    1. when the eyelid is twiching if you feel like there is lot of light around you, and you are in a place where it is all bright, just close your eyes for sometime and close them tight. soon after you open your eyes open them very widely… repeat the process of closing tight and opening widely for a few times…. see whether it works.. It worked for me temporarily…

  164. Bobby
    March 26th, 2008 at 23:30 | #164

    Mine was real bad, so I poked my eye out with a pencil. It went away.

  165. Sharon R.
    March 27th, 2008 at 05:05 | #165

    I have found this site very informative.

    I am 50 years old and have had lower right eyelid twitching for almost a year. Today the muscle around my lower left eye is also twitching, which is new.

    What I have found over the last year:

    The twitching isn’t caused by the many vitamin supplements I take, as I have eliminated each one, one at a time, for a week or so, and the condition has not improved. I take B complex, Vitamin E, evening primrose oil, Vitamin D3, and Glucosamine & Chondroitin.

    I have noticed that taking more calcium and magnesium definitely helps. I suspect that due to my age, I am having trouble absorbing those substances and I need more than the average person. I’ve found that calcium citrate is the best form of calcium to take.

    Today the twitching was particularly bad, even after I took calcium in two divided doses and my normal morning magnesium. Around 1:00 p.m., I took another magnesium, and now, two hours later, the twitching on both sides has stopped. I think this is more than coincidence, as I have noticed that magnesium has helped before.

    I read someone else’s suggestion that salt might help. I maintain a no-salt diet because my son is diabetic and epileptic (more for the diabetes than the epilepsy). I’m going to try adding some salt to my diet, as perhaps that is a missing element in my diet.

    I eat no junk food, drink 8 glasses of filtered water a day, plenty of fresh vegetables, and I take a green drink every day. I also take a probiotic twice a day. I was doing all of these thing except the green drink when the twitching started last May. I even tried eliminating the green drink to see if that was the culprit, but it was not.

    I work with a homeopath regularly, and he suggested a remedy called “Cuprum Metallicum.” At first I thought it worked, but the twitching persisted, regardless of how high a potency I used. I also tried “Magnesia Phosphorica” with the same result.

    I hope this information is helpful to someone. I haven’t found a regular pattern; on days when I am terribly stressed, I might have no twitching, and on quiet, low-stress days like today, it has been very annoying.

  166. Nick
    March 27th, 2008 at 15:46 | #166

    Thank you Mary! My eye has been twitching for a week now and while I was reading this post i scrolled straight to the bottom and found your acupuncture point. I pinched the web-muscle between left thumb and pointer and the twitching immediately stopped.

  167. Suz
    March 27th, 2008 at 22:03 | #167

    My right eyelid has been twitching now for 2 days, thanks for all the input the site has been helpful. I will chalk it up to stress for now due to all of the other factors do not have much bearing in my life right now. I just hope to God that it is not ongoing like some, I truly hope everyone finds relief soon. I know I would/will go completely crazy if it was/is ongoing for too long. Maybe I will go for a spa weekend and relax for a few days. Good luck everyone.

  168. Sharon R.
    March 27th, 2008 at 22:54 | #168

    Another important thing I forgot to mention in my post yesterday is that after reading this blog, I eliminated all caffeine, and it really did help. About 98% of the twitching stopped on most days after doing that. I think I had a bad day yesterday (both left and right lower eyelids twitching) because I had dark chocolate two days in a row. It seems, then, that this twitching is a result of caffeine intake. When I stay away from caffeine totally, things are much better, almost to the point where I think I’m cured of this annoying condition!

  169. miss
    March 30th, 2008 at 02:19 | #169

    I have posted on here about 3 times now over the past 3 years.

    I have suffered from this since I was a young teenager.
    I am now 54 yrs old, female.

    I knew then, as I know now, that my eyelid twitching is a premonition.
    Nothing more, nothing less as I have done EVERYTHINg imaginable to link this to some medical reason.

    I have cut out all drinks, foods, vitamins, minerals and added them all back again.

    Doesn’t matter.

    When my left eyelid twitches it is good news.
    When my right eyelid twithces it is bad news or rather, not so good news.

    After 41 years of this. I am TOTALLY convinced that this is a premonition.

    The only thing that comes close to eliminating this twitching is to denounce it when it happens.

    I’ve been to all doctors, shrinks, therapists.
    I have never gone to a priest because I am so afraid.

    After 41 years of this you would think I could.

    This is what it is for me.

    If you scroll back on this blog you can find my entries.

    Many others have posted about premonitions.

    I am of Greek heritage.

    March 30th, 2008 at 10:43 | #170

    to:miss said,

    I agree with you , the twitching is in fact a premonition. the only thing i disagree with is the left eye is the bad one and the right eye is the good one. Are you left or right handed?

    most people don’t believe what they can’t see!

    how far would mankind have advanced if we only believed in what we could see?

    can you see the air? yet you know it is there!
    We are all experiencing just a bit of what nostradamus saw 500 years ago!

  171. Nanny
    March 31st, 2008 at 13:30 | #171

    Hello, my name is Nanny Sue and I’m a twitch-oholic.

    Only I’m a semi-subtle pulser instead of a twitcher. I’ve been one for about a year. It’s faint you REALLY have to get close to me to see it — reminds me of my heartbeat the way it pulses steady never ending. I’ve had it so long I don’t even feel it anymore — My dad had a vein on his temple that did that when he was ready to blow his stack. Us kids knew to run for cover when that vein came out –Sort of it reminds me of that. Only I’m not feeling like hollerin.


    Question: I’ve heard botox injections help, but before I let someone come at my face with a needle I want to know if anyone else has had success with it and if they’d do it again? Yeah, I’m not too keen on needles.

  172. stevie
    March 31st, 2008 at 15:20 | #172

    I am still twitching..both eyes at times, seems to be worst when I am at computer…both eyes. I have to take a medication for leukemia which makes my eyes very puffy–and this makes it worse because when my upper eyelids twitch, sometimes they twitch almost all the way closed and then I can’t see or read–YAAACHCLCHCHDLKDJAL:KJ! It is just awful….How do we maintain any semblance of sanity with this clouding our sensorium…I have tried the acupressure point and it has worked well, but only for a few minutes–it doesn’t have any lasting effect. I wonder if actually having an acupuncture treatment with a needle in this area would be more beneficial? I am actually considering this to help deal with this problem. I have to use my eyes to do my work, and it is REALLY ANNOYING. Help. I have tried calcium, magnesium, potassium, sleep and relaxation, eliminating caffeine, etc., and it just keeps on…..I have my two little boys jump on my back for entertainment, hoping that something will pop back into place that is out of place, but that hasn’t helped so far (the boys like it, though). I have my crazy wire fox terrier puppy dig on my back, hoping it will be something like acupressure or acupuncture, and he hasn’t hit the right spot yet..but will keep trying…

  173. Sharon R.
    April 1st, 2008 at 09:50 | #173

    I would bet that acupuncture would work, if only for a few weeks, perhaps. I have used acupuncture for pain, and it can be very effective.

    I am still of a mind that a magnesium deficiency is at the heart of my problem. The twitching started last year when I ran out of my old cal/mag supplement, and I think I just haven’t found the right combination yet. I figure if I didn’t always have this problem, I won’t have it forever.

    I ordered a powder cal/mag supplement which is supposed to be very absorbable. I will report on whether or not this seems to improve the twitching.

    Last night I took a valium to sleep, and I noticed the twitching was almost nonexistent today, even though yesterday I had it all day to the point of desperation. I know someone else said that valium didn’t help, but it certainly seemed to with me. That supports my theory that it’s a muscle problem as opposed to an eye problem. I think the muscles need more calcium and magnesium to function the way they’re supposed to, and I’m determined to find the combination I need.

  174. LAH
    April 1st, 2008 at 11:19 | #174

    Can the fellow “Anonymous” please tell me if the MSM worked or not? Or if anyone else has tried it? Thanks from your fellow twitcher.

  175. Anonymous
    April 1st, 2008 at 23:48 | #175

    To: Trust Me On This

    No, I don’t have it wrong, at least for me it isn’t wrong.
    I have been going through this for 41 years so I KNOW that for me, the left eye is positive… the right eye is negative.

    It’s been tried and true for all these years, so it’s not wrong for me.
    I’ve heard that it’s the opposite for males though.

    I am right handed.
    What about you?
    Do you have this premonition… are you male/female?

    April 2nd, 2008 at 03:53 | #176



  177. Mary
    April 2nd, 2008 at 23:34 | #177

    First time visitor, first time poster.

    My eye was twitching for 2 days now, and while reading your site, (which, by the way took me about 1.5 hours) I saw the post about drinking water.

    So, I grabbed my tall tupperware water holder with straw and started to sip this whole time.

    Right now, 1.5 hours later, and 2 tupperware things drunk of water, I have to go to the b-rm.

    My eye twitch is now gone and while typing this, it has not twitched once, while before it was non-stop every 10 seconds. WOW is all I have to say. Who’d of thunk, water the cure. Thanks to the woman who posted CURE CURE CURE CURE CURE CURE post!!!! Love you much.

    Thanks Mr. Blog owner!

  178. miss
    April 5th, 2008 at 07:05 | #178


    I am Anonymous and Miss… I just forgot to post my name the other day and it automatically signed me in as Anonymous.
    Anyway… Yes I wouldn’t mind chatting about this.
    As I posted before…. I am a 54 yr old female and I have had this “gift” since I was a teenager.
    I hesitate to call it a gift as that implies something positive and I absolutely HATE having this.

    Does this ALWAYS come true?
    Not always… but after 41 years I can count on one hand the times it wasn’t true… or maybe it was and I didn’t realize it ???

  179. 22 y.o. former twitcher
    April 7th, 2008 at 01:11 | #179

    Hello everyone. I am 22, and I began having twitches under my right eye during my winter break from college. I was staying up late, using the computer a lot during my waking hours. My twitch was very constant, it twitched 2 times per second.

    I went to see a chinese herbalist doctor and was prescribed herbal tea which fixed the problem in about a month.

    NO SURGERY IS NEEDED!! If you can take the unpleasant taste of the tea then I’d say go for it. Chinese medicine is always not as invasive as western medicine but works a lot better. It worked for me.

  180. jc
    April 7th, 2008 at 01:59 | #180

    Something which is very interesting about this site is that unlike most blogs, here there are very few people that stick around and repost again and again. What does that mean? Probably that the twitches go away, by themselves, and that the person who had the twitch loses interest completely in the community of the thus inflicted. There is hope for us all!

  181. Sharon R.
    April 7th, 2008 at 10:53 | #181

    I have finally found relief from the twitching I have had almost incessantly for nearly a year.

    My homeopath had said that most muscle twitches are caused by a deficiency of calcium and/or magnesium. He always seems to hit the nail right on the head. However, I tried different products and could never seem to get the balance right.

    For me, calcium citrate is the only form of calcium that I seem to be able to absorb. I discovered the same thing with magnesium. It had to be magnesium citrate. I have been using that as a stand-alone product to go with the calcium citrate and have finally found real relief. I knew it must have had something to do with mineral balance, but it took me almost a year of experimentation to correct it.

    There is still a hint of the twitching at times, but by spacing the calcium and magnesium out over the day, I feel 100% better. The informational pamphlet which came with the magnesium states that many people are deficient in magnesium and don’t know it. With my total health food diet, I would never have suspected a deficiency.

    Relief, at last!!!

  182. Jen
    April 7th, 2008 at 21:24 | #182

    I landed on this site after looking for info on eyelid twitching. My right eye flutters periodically and it seems to get worse during the spring. I would pinch my nose and force my ear pressure to equalize – that would help sometimes. I tried Nasonex, Clarinex and warm compresses. Nothing provides permanent relief. Last night I finally put OTC eye drops in at bedtime thinking it would lubricate the eye (trying everything now) and interestingly enough this morning there was a single grain of sandy material in the corner of my eye. Now maybe this is a coincidence but as I write this no twitching as of yet. So maybe, JUST MAYBE allergies set it off and irritate the eye….dunno but I am hoping I found the cause!

  183. Rosemarie Asaro
    April 9th, 2008 at 12:56 | #183

    YUP, I have it too!!!!! That annoying movement of my right eye lid. Just when I think it’s gone it starts all over again. A sneeze, a cough, touching the eye, even a hardy laugh will set it off.
    I’ve had these pesty twitches on & off all day for 3 months.
    I’m going to make friends with them as I see no relief in the near future.
    Thanks for this site. Misery loves company,

  184. Anonymous
    April 9th, 2008 at 23:33 | #184

    BC said,

    I am not sure whether it is true or just coincidental. I had a twitching on my top left eyelid from yesterday. I collected my much awaited rental for my 1st shop today AND got a concrete offer for purchase my other two shops today. Miss Said might be right after all.

  185. Loretta
    April 10th, 2008 at 02:56 | #185

    Ok so I started reading this about 20 minutes ago and then while I was looking at the dates decided that I might want to scroll down to see if anyone was still reporting eye twitching and sure enough 2 posts today. This is driving me nuts! Thank you for all the postings it is putting me at ease that I am not crazy.

    I exercise daily, I eat balanced meals, no more stress than in the past (without twitches).

    Yet all of a sudden I am experiencing eye twitches in my upper right eye lid every day, all throughout the day, every hour, several times an hour for the last couple of months.

    I finally went to the doctor and she is sending me to a Neurologist since I have had other nerve issues over the past few years.

    Wish me luck.

    April 10th, 2008 at 04:06 | #186

    bc: r u male or female? miss said and i have a working theory!

  187. Dave & Rich
    April 10th, 2008 at 22:01 | #187

    Spooky. Me and my son Dave (18), share not just the same birthday, but have both simultaneously become twitchers. he has a left lower horizontal one, mine is a left upper vertical one. Mine is frequent lasts about 15 seconds, dave has a full on 20 second experience.
    Our next move is either twin eye patches, head transplants or maybe we too will reach for the spoon therapy and remove each others eye lids between spasms of course, wouldn’t want to accidently remove the wrong lid. great site. England.

  188. Chilltuman
    April 13th, 2008 at 00:30 | #188

    My mom told me as a child that if the upper right eyelid on males twitch it means good luck and left twitches on males its bad luck. For females its the other way around. What is messed up is even today as an adult I start thinking of what she told me as a child…so I’m always a little worried that something bad will happen when my left eyelid twitches and I get happier when my right eye twitches…it sounds crazy I know. Coincidently, good things happened to me and bad things happened to me according to this superstitious old wives tale from India.

  189. Meghan
    April 13th, 2008 at 10:44 | #189

    I wanted to share my success story with everyone — I just recovered from a month long eyelid twitch!!

    step 1: drink enough water — sounds strange, but it makes sense as eye twitches can be worsened by dry eyes. Which leads me to:

    step 2: eye drops — get them from your eye doctor, or use natural tears. Don’t just get the ‘red out’, your eye needs moisture.

    step 3: computer use — check ergonomic settings for your computer, plenty of information online. Check light levels, I used glare screens (Even with my LCD monitor!!) that helped a ton, check seating level

    step 4: blink more often–sounds strange again, but eye strain on the computer is perpetuated by dry eyes since we tend to blink a lot less

    step 5: I cut out caffeine, made sure I was sleeping enough, and took frequent breaks from staring at my computer by filing papers, looking out the window at distance objects, doing simple eye exercises, these are all extra options

    I fully ‘recovered’…. just wanted to share in case it helps anyone else. I know how ANNOYING it can be.

  190. Meghan
    April 13th, 2008 at 10:48 | #190

    oh!! AND I started a GOOD multivitamin (made by Shaklee company), as well as working to relieve my allergies….

    all of these things seemed to make one cataclysmic difference….

    GOOD LUCK everyone!

  191. Jeremy
    April 13th, 2008 at 18:59 | #191

    I have had constant spasms in my lower left eyelid for about 2 weeks now. In the past few days I now have spams of the entire muscles from the left corner of my mouth to below my left eye. By constant I mean 24/7. (Admittedly I don’t look in the mirror while I am sleeping.) At first I thought my left cheek was swollen, but now I realize the muscles in my left cheek are constantly slightly tensed, on top of having spasms. Over the past month and a half I have been having my bite realigned for the purpose of getting crowns on all of my teeth. Although this twitching is very annoying, I am very confident in my belief that the correlation between the realignment of my bite and the onset of these spasms is a natural side-effect. I am sure it is normal for the facial nerves to ‘freak out’ when suddenly (over the course of 1 1/2 months) the location of my lower jaw is changed. I am 36 years old, single, and relatively stress-free with the exception of moving last month and preparing for the transition to a new company. Given the combination of the dental work and the small life changes, I am more than willing to not worry about these spasms for now. If after four to six months I still have these symptoms, then I will seek consultation.

    As a side note, I must admit I am very entertained by those outlandish posts which are obvious gags. Even more interesting are those posts from people addicted to the Psychic Friends Network and who wear t-shirts stating that the scientific method is for dummies!

    April 13th, 2008 at 22:25 | #192



  193. April 14th, 2008 at 02:25 | #193

    I went to the doctor and they told me that it was because I wasnt eating properly, I was on the computer too much and I was more than likely stressed.

    I found this place that talks about eyes twitching, I think the person probably suffers too.


  194. twitchy2
    April 15th, 2008 at 14:32 | #194

    Too much! This is a simple nerve disorder! not an omen for good or evil. If such were the case… would we already know… Who’s the next PRESIDENT!

  195. Steven
    April 15th, 2008 at 23:35 | #195

    I’ve had this problem on and off for years, but it has recently gotten to the point where the twitching is fairly consistent throughout the day (5 minute breaks between the spasms, at most). I have been experiencing spasms in my jaw, as well.
    The only thing I can think of is the fact that my wisdom teeth have been gradually coming in over the past few months. They’ve been causing wonderful headaches, so why not muscle spasms?


  196. destiny
    April 16th, 2008 at 01:08 | #196

    my left upper eyelid has been twitching for maybe 3 weeks now at first about once a day now becoming frequent bout 5 sec every 10 -25 min im getting a little worried about it hope it’s nothing i should be worried about but i have a since that it means something else

  197. Anonymous
    April 16th, 2008 at 02:16 | #197

    well Ill agree. I have a lot of stress and I drink too much energy drinks and I dont sleep well. so thanks for the insight,.

    April 16th, 2008 at 05:31 | #198

    TO Jeremy:

    you strike me as a intelligent fellow:
    please help me understand the following:
    1. do you believe in the things you can’t see or explain? like air or god?

    the extra sensory perception that you find funny may be a warning for you to get a new or better dentist.

  199. Miss
    April 17th, 2008 at 13:11 | #199

    # twitchy2 said:
    (On April 15th, 2008 at 2:32 pm)

    Too much! This is a simple nerve disorder! not an omen for good or evil. If such were the case… would we already know… Who’s the next PRESIDENT!

    You are misunderstanding twitchy2.
    I never ever said you could predict who or what was going to happen… but rather that SOMETHING is going to happen.
    For women it’s left eye twitch = good
    right eye twitch= not so good

    For men it’s the opposite.

    How in the world did you read from this that you could predict the president??? sheesh!

  200. Anonymous
    April 18th, 2008 at 11:09 | #200

    This is the first time I have responded to any blog but I felt I should since I found something that worked for me. I have had the crazy eye twitches that continue for weeks and months and I saw where magnesium may help. I bought the high potency (500 mg) tablets an I felt the twitches start to lessen after about a day or two. It has been about ten days and things are going good.

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