April 26, 2005

Eyelid myokymia

This is getting very irritating. My thumb and eyelid keep twitching involuntarily.

I must admit, if there is something wrong with me, I'm likely to inform anyone around. Constantly. I don't think I'm cut out for suffering in silence. My theory is that if you feel bad, you might as well get the pleasure of complaining about it.

Twitching eyes and thumbs don't sound too interesting though. In true hypochondiac style, I will consult my family health encyclopaedia…

Right, that's better. Apparently these are not just twitches, oh no. They have names. Proper medical clever sounding names. It seems I am a sufferer of eyelid myokymia and muscle fasciculation in my thumb. It happens as a result of stress and tiredness and it goes away naturally so there's nothing to be done.

Except complain to my friends of course.

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  1. My eyelid was twitching for about three weeks during the easter holidays, it's bloody annoying and well worth complaining about, I reccomend r+r.

    26 Apr 2005, 09:56

  2. There's no escape, is there? There was I thinking 'oh the blogs will provide sweet sweet relief from the complaining, at least for half an hour or so,' but oh no, oh no…

    26 Apr 2005, 11:42

  3. KC

    I reccomend a tissue mineral analysis as this is usually a nerve problem caused by an imbalance of nutrients. Just look at alzheimers patients and give them a latin or greek medical name and they won't get better, they will continue to twitch and be poorer for it.

    06 Jul 2005, 14:44

  4. rickylee johnson

    is there no cure for this weird problem

    15 Jul 2005, 13:14

  5. SARAH

    It's a trapped nerve damnit! Poke your finger really hard into the squidgy bit above your eyelid and hold for 10 seconds…....sometimes works….soemtimes not. (I get this all the time, it drives me nuts.)

    PS. Don't poke too hard, your eye will pop out, but the eyelid will continue to twitch…

    02 Aug 2005, 12:56

  6. SARAH

    And another thing… mineral analysis!!!!? methinks I sniff a medical student. What was that about alzheimers? ITS A TRAPPED NERVE! POKE IT!

    02 Aug 2005, 12:58

  7. melanie o'dowd

    My right eye has been twitching for months i'm sick of it, the doc said it was down to stress but i'm not stressed you cannot believe a word they say.

    19 Mar 2006, 19:35

  8. Craig

    My left eyelid has been going crazy for about 3 weeks now! Quite depressed to hear that I can expect it to continue for at least a couple more months…
    Seen it going on in a mirror and the eyelid seems to pinch itself in half almost. Uncomfortable to the point of painful sometimes. For the same amount of time though I have been extremely tired whilst still going out at weekends and playing sport. Rest seems to be the only answer. Shame.

    04 May 2006, 11:50

  9. Coligny

    Try magnesium, calsium, and potasium. Solves my prob always.

    27 Jun 2006, 10:27

  10. Jess

    Try getting over it and stop being hypochondriacs! Love you really darling, mwah xx PS: Sorry, couldn't resist!

    12 Jul 2006, 14:35

  11. roboknight

    I get this every so often. It usually doesn't last more than a week or two for me. It appears that rest and relaxation are the only cure. But the rest must be good quality, undisturbed. Otherwise it is just wasted.

    14 Jul 2006, 16:58

  12. valicia

    I was reading up on the Myokymia. I have as well, I think mine is nerve damage from a wreck that I was in. It involved my right upper eyelid and it twitches constantly, has for months and months. Anyway I read that you can try a antihistamine such as optivar or patanol? Its worth a shot! I have also thought about looking into botox or accupuncture!

    27 Sep 2006, 19:42

  13. Tami

    my mum’s left eye has twitched every day for almost 10 years now; she has killer migraines too and sometimes her eye just shuts completely and she can’t control it. over the years it’s become worse and worse, to the point where it now affects the whole left side of her face, and her eye and eye socket have a distorted shape.
    she’s tried acupuncture, botox, a million types of massage and nutritional supplements, and is looking into kinesiology now… her only other hope is an operation which has a 50% success rate… if it fails, she goes blind in one eye.

    is there any hope???

    19 Nov 2006, 16:14

  14. Annie

    Well it’s nice to know I’m not twitching alone!

    My twitching eyes and thumbs have been driving me up the wall for the past few weeks and I must admit I’d begun to worry about what the underlying cause might be.

    I’ve been poking all the effected areas as recommended by Sarah, with no result I’m afraid, I’ll have to try the r&r treatment when I get a minute!

    27 Nov 2006, 18:14

  15. sarah


    the twitching eyelids is called Myokymia, i have had it for 4 years and recently been given an injection in my eyelid it solved the prob for 2 weeks but now the nerves are growing back the problem is coming back again,, i also have the problem in my cheeks and other muscles,, as said in previous messagesby others poking will not solve this problem a little bit, the docs say tea/coffee any thing with caffene in it starts it off, i rarley drink these so i know it’s not that,
    i am probing my consultant at next visit for more info

    at least i know i’m not the only one!!!


    18 Dec 2006, 19:12

  16. jeff..

    I am also suffering from eye twitching almost a year without even stopping a day. :( It happen to both of my eyes, sometimes twitching in left upper eyelid, sometimes in left lower eyelid, sometimes in right upper eyelid and sometimes in right lower eyelid. It is extremely annoying. :(
    You know, I hardly drinks coffee and tea since my childhood and I also don’t have too much stress. But I usually works a long hour with computer everyday.
    Also, my chest, my arms, my small finger sometimes twitch. I feeling like my whole body is twitching. If anyone has a good suggestion, please let me know.

    22 Dec 2006, 07:18

  17. Pravin

    I have been experiencing twitching of my right eye for about 3 weeks now, it is bloody annoying!!

    I think it maybe due to lack of sleep and stress as I know I may have been cutting the hours spent on sleeping recently. I have now started sleeping a few hours longer (8 hours), however I can I avoid stress, it is not something you can have any control on, is it? No matter how much you try to avoid it, you can’t get away from the things that maybe causing the stress; if you do then you stop achiving!!

    Atleast I am not the only person suffering from this weird problem, I thougt there was something wrong with me.

    11 Jan 2007, 18:21

  18. MIKE

    my eye has been twitching for about 11 years, more worst when i am eating and as a driver end of the day feels much worser. I have had scan on my headApril las year, herd nothing from the hospital, sometimes can not stop twitchin, i there anybody put there that can help me.

    23 Jan 2007, 20:14

  19. Michele

    My eye has been twitching for a while too! I want to say it started the week before superbowl (No, I am not the biggest NFL fan – college is another story yes but..anyway it is just a time reference) so I would say almost three weeks now. It is driving me UP A WALL. Everyone says stress or lack of sleep but I don’t have THAT stressful of a job – yes I am searching for one right now, I am trying to move into a new place, and I JUST met someone that I like but am unsure about – but seriously that is everyday stuff and not something that should make my eye twitch (lower eyelid, right corner). I tried the pushing thing, didnt work. I sleep 7-8 hours a night. And in college I probably slept 5 hrs a night and never had this problem. What should I do?!

    Pravin – You cannot avoid external events that would cause stress – BUT it really shouldn’t be an external event that affects you, only your own thoughts and actions can affect you. I know easier said than done, but its all about taking a step back and remembering that nothing is the end of the world and life will always go on. Your thoughts set your mood – if you allow yourself to become stressed or upset or anxious then you will. If you control your thoughts, then you can avoid those horrid emotions. At least that is what I am being taught in therapy haha.

    08 Feb 2007, 17:08

  20. domech2006@yahoo.co.uk

    Eylid myokymia is definately a very annoying thing. By itself is big enough stress so there is no point denying the stress factor in our life. Another factor not mentioned in literature is possibility of chemical irritant in body lotions we commonly use! is there anybody out there with similar experience?Lets just hope its a benign thing or some work of the evil spirit.

    09 Feb 2007, 09:21

  21. sam

    My right eye has been twitching for almost 3 weeks now,a week ago I also felt my right cheek twitch as well,I am just from the doctor,who advised me to try and relax and avoid stressful situations,but unfortunately I am a DENTIST,how do you avoid stress in DENTISTRY? anyone with a solution please help.

    23 Feb 2007, 20:07

  22. Mike

    My left eye would constantly twitch, finally got rid of it after using some eye drops. Try this site for more information: stopthetwitch.com

    25 Apr 2007, 20:27

  23. Keith

    I have had a twitch in my left eye and some of my face for the past 11 months, I finally got an appointment woth the specialist. i was blood tested for excessive salt in my blood and am no awaiting a brain stam scan, it is possible that i have a leision in the stem, do not know what the treatment is, if any, it was called Facial myokiymia. drives me mad when it is in full twitch mode.

    has anyone else had a scan, and what was the result

    08 Jun 2007, 12:46

  24. caroline

    I’ve had begnin myokmia for 2 years now.It involves all my muscles which twitch randomly, its brought on by exercise, stress, fatigue and caffine. It is extremley annouying as i used to be very active, but i’ve had to really alter my lifestyle. It also involves my heart and diaphgram so i get palpations regulary and hic up loads! Any tips would be gratefully recieved.

    11 Jun 2007, 15:45

  25. Iain


    I’ve had it for about 8 years: been to GP several times, multiple consultants, 2 years at the Hale Clinic for complementary medicine, Moorfields visits, Dublin Teaching Hospital visits. All to no avail.

    I twitch in both lids of both eyes. Occasionally, I get it in my face and my index fingers.

    When I’m in multi-person meetings and a rival puts me under pressure it is at its worst! However, I don’t wish to use beta-blockers or diazapam. I also blush terribly under pressure, and my eyes kinda glaze over, but don’t know if this is related. What do you think?

    Someone needs to invest in some quality research in this. Does anyone have any ideas on any trials that are going on?

    17 Jun 2007, 20:27

  26. tony

    I’ve had involuntary twitching in just about every muscle of my body my entire life (age 59)...Went to a neurologist for the first time last year and had the EMG, which showed the fasciulations but, I left the doctor’s office with no diagnose except “possible myoclonus” and a prescription for dilantin which offered no relief…My GP told me to drop the dilantin and “deal with it” ...Sometimes it feels as if there is a short circuit in my extremities…Extremely frustrating!!!

    30 Jun 2007, 05:00

  27. Shana

    Never, never, never “poke” your eye! You could end up with a blind twitching eye! These are benign fasiculations. Not much you can do about them, but I’d try vitamins (magnesium and potassium are especially good, and B-12) and yoga or something similar to relax. Just DON’T POKE YOUR EYE! EVER!

    05 Jul 2007, 20:21

  28. Infoshare

    Excellent question and answer resource here:


    08 Jul 2007, 04:01

  29. Jess

    BLOODY HELL! You’re still getting comments on this. I don’t know what made me remember it, I just wanted to have a look. Haha! xx

    17 Jul 2007, 12:13

  30. joanne

    OMG – i have had my twitching eye for only 4 days and its driving me crazy already gets worse each day despite me sleeping and resting and eating potasium filled bananas! i feel a bit freak like and have to teach for a living! I dont know how ppl lived with it for so long u ppl deserve a medal!

    19 Jul 2007, 00:09

  31. Heather

    Wow, I can’t believe I actually found a site to write about my twitching eye. I’ve had it now for 8 days (on and off) and it’s annoying the heck out of me. I recently had an EEG due to a couple “fainting” episodes and was told that I probably had temporal lobe seizures. The EEG showed some abnormal activity on my temporal lobe; my MRI was normal. Does anyone know if my twitching eye could be related to these “seizures?” Thx!!

    21 Jul 2007, 20:16

  32. Lizabet

    Just thought this entry was due a look-see… as Jess says, can’t believe this one’s still going! xx

    24 Aug 2007, 23:34

  33. Colly

    I’m really glad to read all your experiences.
    I have been twitching for about 3 months but it’s gradually getting worse. Mostly in my upper right eyelid (like a very light flickering) twitches about 30 % of time. As well as that I get a funny spasm goin on just above the left corner of my mouth (it can stay contracted for about 20 seconds… I always try to rub the area as it freaks me out) anyway got one last night above right corner of mouth for the first time. I can also feel a contracting sensation in my palms, fingers and various parts of my body eg calves, side of ribs, just above back of knee will just twitch for no reason.
    I’m getting worried and will go see a doctor tomorrow.. I just need peace of mind that it isn’t related to some serious disorder.
    I heard of all kinds of things, could be neuromuscular disorder, kidney problems, brain problems. Has anybody had all this eliminated and if so what kinds of tests did you have?
    Any feedback appreciated ; )

    28 Aug 2007, 10:31

  34. jazz

    i followed sarah’s suggestion of ‘poking’ the eye.

    mine-lower left eyelid kept twitching on and off during daytime while im at work for 3 days now…
    tried to rest my hand over it to stop the twitching.//
    after i tried sarah’s method…
    been about 5 mins now.,.

    19 Sep 2007, 08:17

  35. jazz

    damn. got back the min i posted …

    gotta trying singing in my mind to relax…lol..

    any other methods?

    19 Sep 2007, 08:18

  36. Andy

    my right eye has been twitching for 7 weeks and l feel so depressed because of it.
    I feel that its going to be going on for a long time and its really irritating

    20 Sep 2007, 16:44

  37. Scott

    I had eyelid myokymia just over 18 months ago in my right upper eyelid. It lasted for a good few months. I got my accupuncturist to attend to it, and after 2-4 sessions, it totally cured it. If you’re ok with accupuncture needles (very fine needles) they tend to stick them in your eyelid, around the eye and the back of your neck. Unfortunately it’s come back over the past few weeks, so I feel another accpuncture session coming on, as it’s starting to drive me mad. I really think it’s related to tiredness and/or eye strain, as it always get’s worst when I’m tired or have been working on the PC for a while. Trouble is, there’s no cure for 3 small children! Only other thing that works is pulling the eyelid out slightly, but this is very short-term. Hope this helps someone.

    28 Sep 2007, 17:05

  38. Danielle

    I’ve had the twitching on and off for 2 years. Both eyelids, both eyes, never all at the same time. Right now it’s my lower right eyelid and it happens almost every time I blink or open my eyes from shut. DRIVING ME NUTS. I am going to a neuro specialist, as I also have several other spasms/twitches/problems but you are NOT ALONE. People think it’s nothing but most of them have never had it continuously and repetitively. Good luck to those of you with the “twitch” as I so lovingly refer to it.

    01 Oct 2007, 19:47

  39. Andy

    My eyelid had been twitching for ages now and its been really awful.
    Went away on holday and had no stress and lots of sleep but it made no difference.
    It was worse when anyone spoke to me.
    People may laugh and think its funny but it really awful.
    I have just started reading a book by Louise L Hay called The Power Within.
    lts about changing the way we think.
    I am still twitching but feel less worried by it

    02 Oct 2007, 23:17

  40. Tabitha

    My left eyelid has been twitching on and off for about a week and a half now. I wonder whether it’s because I have recently begun to take anti-depressants?! The twitching only began after I took the medication. Trouble is, this has made me feel even more depressed!! Help!!!

    10 Oct 2007, 16:42

  41. nanik

    well every body here ,dont think much about urself ,just be human live ur life which is some decades of years, n dont denay all u got myokimyia after having stress or misusage,well i am myself worried what to do,we r just feeble ,even we human dont know ,why are r alive

    26 Oct 2007, 16:50

  42. Andy

    what is nanik talking about. if anyone can understand a word of it l would be interested

    27 Oct 2007, 22:31

  43. geraldine

    I’m twitching too. How much r&r will make it stop? A bit of extra sleep on the weekends? A week with no alarm clock? I’ve so much on in my life at the minute that at the most i can only lie-on in bed for 1 day a week max and that’s pushing it.

    01 Nov 2007, 19:44

  44. Lorraine

    I am so glad to here others are going through the same thing as me and i am not the only one yes its now stressing me out and waiting to see a consultand next month mine started after a car accident strange…...

    03 Dec 2007, 20:48

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