Left-Eye twitch driving me nuts!

By jefff Latest Activity October 25, 2010 at 10:57 pm Views 3,897 Replies 10 Likes 3


Anyone have a remedy or solution for the "twitchies?" The muscle below (1/2") my left eye will not stop twitching and it's driving me nuts. People notice it as well because I can see them looking when we're having a face-to-face discussion. I feel like I have to apologize for it or explain why it happens because I don't want to offend anyone. The research I've reviewed says it's stress related, but this has been going on for too many months now. I've tried sleep, meditation, stretching, ice, massage…

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  • jpaulson1
    jpaulson1 December 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm   

    Hey Jeff I am new to the forum and I doooooo get botox injections in my left eye area. I have had that spasm for over a yr now. It came from the last relapse and hasn't stopped. Botox can be expensive… but my dentist gives them. Not the usual reason, but it works and I am thrilled.

  • ChristieAnn67
    ChristieAnn67 October 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm   

    I don't know how severe it is, but I had a minor eye twitch and mentioned to my neurologist, and he said to stop caffeine. I did and soon after, the twitch went away. Good luck. Hope you're better.

  • jefff
    jefff December 9, 2010 at 1:05 am   

    I really NEED to solicite the communities help on this one because it's getting out of hand and I can't control it. Embarrassment is an understatement and people look at me like I'm crazy. I heard someone mention Botox injections, but I'm nervous about that one so if anyone has anything new or old on this that works…PLEASE reply and let me know????? THANK YOU!!!

  • djan63
    djan63 July 21, 2011 at 1:32 am   

    Hello Jefff, I know exactly what you mean about the eye twitches, it is very annoying because it is beyond our control. I have had those also and it is embarrassing. I'm sorry, I still don't know how to stop them either. Hopefully having all of us for support will help a little!!!

  • oldbuttercup
    oldbuttercup March 5, 2011 at 10:01 am   
    Edited March 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm by oldbuttercup

    It saddens me that you feel the need to have to apologize to people that you are having a face to face conversation with. I feel an appropriate response to the people that make you uncomfortable is "Judge not lest ye be judged". Who am I to stand in judgement of you. I may have more reason to apologize for things that I can control, than conditions that I am unable to control. If they make you uncomfortable it should be on their short comings not yours. I am sure that if someone takes the time to know you they will find you to be a wonderful person.
    As far as involuntary twitches go I am sorry I do not know how to stop them. You said stress makes them worse. I hope that as you improve your opinion of yourself, by not blaming yourself for them, they will lessen.
    May God Bless You

  • jefff
    jefff March 28, 2011 at 3:49 am   

    Hey there Old Butter Cup,

    It's been a few months since I've replied to you or anyone…in the middle of an exarcerbation that won't seem to go away. Your thoughts on my apologizing for a condition is silly, but I can't help it sometimes because of the professional settings I'm in at various times throughout the day. Oh well, let em' judge me if they want to and that's the way I have to move forward or everything will bug me?

    Take care and thanks for the advice…it will work! jefffffff

  • sadi23
    sadi23 July 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm   
    Edited July 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm by sadi23

    Hi jefff Iam Teri, you may of seen me on page, I also, have that problem, (the eye twiching) its funny I never even thought to tell my doctors, or it to be related to any of my medical conditions, I now know to bring it to his/her attention, my doctors are many and my main condition is Lupus w/organ involvement, w/several secondary conditions, so thanks for bring that up, so I can w/my doc's SECOND on your feeling embarrassed, I have Sjogrens, which is destroying all my mucus membrains, which causes me to have little to no saliva. I proformed many trainings, meetings and such, in my career, where I spoke to groups, or a few at a round table setting, with that said, I found myself, feeling embarrassesed as my lips would begin to stick to my gums, get caught up, a little here and then a little there, my voice would sound deeper, and my speech would sound strange.In my head I would be thinking, "people may think Ihave been drinking" at least something strange?? I would aplogize, and go on, then sip my water in mid sentance, then my head would say to myself, 'now that was rude"..I went round and round, trying different things, like "siping without saying anything," (rude) "my face and speech was messed up", "didn't comment, or did" I just wasn't sure what I should of been doing in this situation, that once again my illness was creeping into my career, in a new way, taking again something I was good and proud of, and making it uncomfortable, and beginning to cause me to stress, during a time where I enjoyed myself, being myself and expressing myself to teach others, that were as passionate on what my career was all about, as I was. I then found, I needed to take control back…I would begin by saying " I have a medical condition, which causes decreased saliva, where I find it necessary to sip my water, sadly, often in mid sentence, hopefully not during mid word, as that would be really wierd, lol then hahahaha we would all laugh a little, and I would just begin speaking, without a blip. (or spit, sorry lol) there would be those one's that looked like they had the words to yell out, "what kind of condition would cause you to have low saliva?", or "why the hell wouldn't you have any spit?? but the slight laugh, after annowsing I would sip in mid or between sentences, would just stopped them from saying anything. Afterwards I sometimes had a few people, waiting and dieing to asks me more, I would just tell them, I had Sjogrens, which causes the decreasing level of saliva I produce daily, and I deal with it as well as I can, I try to make it as unpleasent for myself as well as my listeners, so I tell you first off, what it is, and how it effects me, and how I deal with it, and thats about all there is to say about it"… I may add, is there any more questions, on the topic this afternoon? and that would be that. I then felt like I took my power over one more LUPUS attemp to win…It continued to work for years, I am far sicker now, and do little teaching, (but I am looking in to continueing some kind of trainings on line, but thats a different story) I guess my point is, I felt the same way…try saying oh my eye seams to do that now and then, and continue talking, or I have this condition&%%* it causes this silly symptom…and keep talking, most of the time, people sit there and think strange things to them selves when they see something like that, but if you nip it in the bud, they move on, and so can you. My saliva probelm, is really hell, I have sores, and it causes many different problems, I try to address each one, one at a time..but try just saying a little something and keep on talking, it may surprise you, that the looks go away, they may even "look up to you' for stateing the fact, but it will help them to continue to listen, other than just stare at my lips getting stuck on my gums and looking like a freak, unable to seem to move on..LOL good luck, and thanks for the eye twiching knowledge, I need to look a little closer to (no pun intended) haha hehe {:>)<: Teri Sadi23

  • jpaulson1
    jpaulson1 December 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm   

    I also have the saliva problem and my dentist said you must take care of it or you will be in your condition. There are many mouth rinses out there now that are for the dry mouth. Have used them and they work. You can also get some sugar free hard candy and suck on that. Hope this helps you

  • sadi23
    sadi23 December 31, 2012 at 2:56 am   

    Thank you so much for your reply :) I have had Sjogrens for so many years I have found many things to help & that didn't work for me…we should talk some day & share ideas? I hAVE BEEN VERY ILL lately… keep in touch… your friend Teri sadi23

  • jefff
    jefff January 12, 2015 at 10:24 pm   

    How are you doing these days?????? j