For The Love Of All That Is Good And Holy..!!!

Lounge By jescapades Updated 1 May 2008 , 7:12am by dragonflydreams

jescapades Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 5:00am
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please someone help me with this eye twitch i've had for 6 months. yep, you read right, 6 MONTHS!

it started right before i had my indian bridal shower cake due in october. i was nervous about it and up late working on it, and boom, eyetwitch. i've had it since then. it's killing me! i talked to my eye dr about it and she said it's from stress (no kidding!) and from lack of sleep (you think!?). Needless to say, i left the office with no help for my eye twitch.

I am to the point that i want to gauge my eye out with a spoon! i can't handle the twitch anylonger and need help!

what should i do? what do you do when you have a persistant twitch, were the buggar just won't let it go?! ack! it's making me crazy!

thanks so much for any help!


19 replies
JoAnnB Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 5:13am
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What a huge pain! Have you tried relaxation/medication for the stress. there are several tapes/cds you get get cheaply that can really help.

Also, if you have an open mind about alternative medicine, I would be an accupuncture specialist can help.

good luck.

dailey Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 5:25am
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hmmm, i'm wondering if botox would help?

chutzpah Posted 13 Apr 2008 , 5:34am
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I was thinking she could slap herself upside the head right good a couple of times!

buzymom1975 Posted 14 Apr 2008 , 1:36pm
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try taking a potassium supplement. the twitching can also be a sign of low potassium as well as tiredness and stress.

imagine76 Posted 15 Apr 2008 , 6:08pm
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what about going for a professional massage? some of my friends get them at their chiropractor's office and insurance covers most of it!

BigTexinWV Posted 15 Apr 2008 , 6:20pm
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Go on a spa vactaion!!!!

jescapades Posted 15 Apr 2008 , 6:53pm
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oh boy, doesn't a spa vacation sound great?! i forgot to add that i am a sahm of 2 1/2 year old twin boys, so the stress and lack of sleep are inevitable.

i am going to try the potassium and see how that works because i get leg cramps too! thanks everyone!

cakesbyjess Posted 16 Apr 2008 , 3:49am
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Originally Posted by buzymom1975

try taking a potassium supplement. the twitching can also be a sign of low potassium as well as tiredness and stress.

I was going to suggest this too. icon_smile.gif We just talked about low potassium in one of my nursing classes. You may want to have your doctor do some bloodwork, too ... low potassium levels are not usually caused by dietary issues alone. Not trying to alarm you or anything ... just thought you might want to have it checked out (and let your doctor know about the persistent eye twitch at the same time). icon_smile.gif

LiliS Posted 17 Apr 2008 , 5:11am
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my naturopath recommended magnesium supplements for my twitch. it works!!

CoveredInCake Posted 17 Apr 2008 , 5:12am
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dragonflydreams Posted 17 Apr 2008 , 5:45am
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. . . I don't know much about eye twitches . . . but since you mentioned the leg cramps as well . . . how much water do you drink a day (and I mean water, not water based drinks, coffee doesn't count) . . . you might try increasing your water intake if you aren't drinking much now . . . salt intake and potassium (bananas) can also help if you are lacking these in your diet . . . as far a the eye twitching itself, sounds like caffeine can also play a part (over and above lack of sleep and stress) . . . so tell me . . . how many of pots of coffee do you have to drink to stay on top of twin 2 1/2 year olds and all the "extras" you have to do in a day . . . icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif . . . here's a link that may have some info you can use . . . . . . and Botox is a possible (temporary) cure in Canada and US . . . but I think if I was you I would sooner get to the root of the problem and go from there . . . consider yourself hugged . . . now go drink a glass of water and take a nap and call me in the morning . . . icon_biggrin.gif

KrisD13 Posted 17 Apr 2008 , 6:31am
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Sounds like what I went through for almost 9 months after I was in an accident and ended up with whiplash. No doctor could figure out the twitching. It would go crazy 5 or 8 times during the day.

For me it wasn't caffeine, or water deprivation, or potassium levels that anyone could find. icon_confused.gif

I started to put pressure on points around my eye, even on my eye itself. Almost like cutting off the blood "twitch" supply. This helped. It started slowing down once I found the right spot to apply the pressure. In 3 months it had disappeared altogether.

Since then, I've had it happen about once every 6 months or so.

HTH icon_biggrin.gif

miss_sweetstory Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 8:24pm
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I too have an eye twitch. I've had episodes that have lasted for days. Mine is usually related to stress and fatigue, but I think the potassium and caffeine advice that you have received are excellent. I have one more suggestion...make sure that your home isn't too cold. My twitch was particularly bad a few years ago when I was turning the thermostat down a few degrees in order to keep the bill down. When I put it back to my normal setting, the twitch eased off.

waywordz Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 9:09pm
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I just started using a product my doctor suggested for the leg cramps. I get them BAD @ night sometimes and lose sleep. It is called "Leg Cramps" and is OTC. Before you start using potassium I would ask your doctor. My Dr. said I could also drink Tonic water which has quinine in it which is what helps with the leg cramps. For the eye twitch which I've had also, though, I'm relieved to say never that long! I massaged it and used other things but, warm heat with my eyes closed help the most. Good luck.

jescapades Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 10:22pm
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hi everyone. thanks for all the help! i actaully don't drink caffeine at all! (you think i would need a coffee iv!)

i drink only water during, but i don't really drink that much at all.

i think i'll try the moist heat too! that sounds nice and relaxing! thanks again. you are all wonderful and i don't know what i would do without you!

big hugs right back!

kakeladi Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 10:49pm
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<...leg cramps...I get them BAD @ night sometimes and lose sleep. It is called "Leg Cramps" and is OTC... My Dr. said I could also drink Tonic water which has quinine in it which is what helps with the leg cramps....>

Oh boy! I am the *QUEEN* of leg cramps! It's called "restless legs syndrome" and I have suffered with it for 45 yrears! icon_sad.gif
About 8 months ago I started taking "Requip" and have had great success with it. I'm still at 1/2 pill per night but in the past few weeks have had to take another 1/2 many nights. This is a problem w/any med for RLS - after a short time it can cause the syndrome to get worse icon_sad.gif Still it has been worth it - I *SLEEP* at night now! icon_smile.gif

waywordz Posted 20 Apr 2008 , 1:15am
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Just thought I'd add; I check with my dr. before I do anything. I'm on several meds and even some otc can cause problems. I like talking to you guys so, please be careful and check before you start dosing yourselves. I know somebody that got hurt doing that. Thanks for listening.

SaraO Posted 21 Apr 2008 , 12:50am
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It sounds like your eye twitch might be your body's way of telling you that you need a break. If at all possible, I think it might make a big difference if you let yourself have a little break for a couple of days or even just one night. Stay in a hotel or go visit a freind for the night. And try not to think about cake or kids the whole time icon_smile.gif And then start sleeping more if you can, because it will probably make you more productive and the time you "lose" by sleeping will likely pay off in how much you get done in the long run! Take it easy icon_smile.gif

dragonflydreams Posted 1 May 2008 , 7:12am
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. . . how are you keeping . . . haven't seen you around the forums lately . . . hope all is well (any relief yet??) . . . take care . . .

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