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I have some twitching behind my left eye. Should I be con

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I have some twitching behind my left eye. Should I be concerned?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.

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Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

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What do you mean by behind your eye? Is it a feeling of twitching that you are experiencing or can you see it in the mirror etc?

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I see that you are offline. I'll switch over to the Q&A system. This system works a lot like 'text messaging' but an email is sent to each of us anytime something is posted to this thread. We can continue to work on your question there..... :)


Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
I look forward to your response so that we can figure out what is going on with this twitching you are experiencing
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I cannot see the twitching but can feel it.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
Ok. You are most likely suffering from a condition called myokymia.

Myokymia is an involuntary, local twitching of a few muscle fibers in the body of a muscle. This twitching, if it occurs in a limb, is not strong enough to actually move a joint but can be felt and sometimes seen as an area of quivering.

Myokymia commonly involves the eyelids and muscles around the orbit. It often appears and resolves for no apparent reason and has not been linked to any underlying significant pathology. What causes myokymia? Studies have shown that it is associated with anxiety, stress, lack of good sleep, high caffeine intake and the use of some drugs.

The best way to treat myokymia is to get more sleep, decrease caffeine intake and decrease stress. The good news is that myokymia is not a sign of serious underlying pathology and often resolves on its own.
Here is an excellent article on this topic:

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
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