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The area under my left eye has been twitching for about a week.

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The area under my left eye has been twitching for about a week. It is not my eye-lid but in the "bag" area under the eye. It is involuntary - doesn't hurt - but is so annoying and the more I am aware of it, the more nervous it makes me. I have to say that I have been under tremendous stress for about five months now and suspect this is an "after" reaction to things that have happened. I have read that it will usually stop on its' own. It does not effect my vision or anything. I feel like my eyes are getting dry because I blind more because of this. Any suggestions? Are there any treatments?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

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What you are suffering from is called myokymia.

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.


I have already looked up my condition and know what it is, but I am wondering if you have any solutions to this or as with what I have read, the situation usually resolves itself? I am definitely stressed due to some situations that happened over the past few months. Do you recommend any warm compresses or anything else for this?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Also doctor, from what I have read there is nothing much that can be done for this condition other than try to relieve stress, cut down on caffeine (which I drink very little of) - and that is about it. Any more information on what I could do?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
get more sleep. That is about it. Myokymia is due to an irritation to the nerve that runs the muscles that are twitching. It is not a sign of any more serious condition and it needs no treatment....which good as there really is no treatment that works other then the things you have already read about.

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