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Why has my eyelid been twitching for the past 10 days, and how do I get it to stop?

Asked by kevbo (25624points) May 10th, 2009 from iPhone

My left eyelid keeps spasming, and I haven’t figured out how to make it stop. Its origins are correlated with back to back nights of semi-heavy drinking. It feels like rubbing it should make it stop, but it doesn’t.

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The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

I used to get that during the period just before finals.

ems's avatar

You are slowly going crazy. And everyone can see it twitching.

PupnTaco's avatar

Sleep, don’t strain your eyes too much, easy on the booze, lots of water.

My guess, anyway.

Allie's avatar

Don’t listen to PnT. The booze is not the problem.~ (I hope.)

PnT is probably correct.

YARNLADY's avatar

Get a lot of sleep, and rest your eyes frequently during the day, for short (5 minutes)periods. At home put a warm wet washcloth over your face for 15 minutes, then follow up with a cold cloth. Don’t use your eyes any more than necessary for the rest of the week.

augustlan's avatar

Are you taking any anti-seizure or mood-stabilizer medications? I only ask because I had this exact side effect from taking Topomax, and it’s a serious one. Turns out that Topomax can cause Glaucoma! As soon as I stopped taking it, the twitch went away.

rooeytoo's avatar

I always thought it was some sort of muscle spasm, it not only happens to my eyes occasionally but sometimes in a muscle in my leg or arm. It always just went away of its own accord.

But I have heard that eye strain can cause it in that area, don’t know for sure though???

DragonFace's avatar

I noticed my eyelid starts twitching when im under stress so its a good sign for me to sit back and calm down

kevbo's avatar

@augustlan, not taking drugs, but good suggestion. I’m guessing that it’s maybe stress or fatigue. I’ll try the washcloth idea. Thanks @YARNLADY.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I get that too, but not for as long as you

jbfletcherfan's avatar

I was just going to say stress, too. Mine does that on occasion, but for just a few minutes. I hope it stops for you soon.

bezdomnaya's avatar

I get the eye twitching thing every once in a while. I’ve heard that it is a lack of potassium. Eat a banana… unless you have this as well.

Knotmyday's avatar


I get them too, and they suck. The good thing is, most people can’t tell you’re having them.

I’m going to try Yarnlady’s trick as well.

rottenit's avatar

Mine is usualy stress or lack of sleep related

MissAnthrope's avatar

Muscle twitching is usually due to muscle fatigue. I get a twitch in my eyebrow sometimes when I’m tired. Try getting a couple of really good nights’ sleep.

augustlan's avatar

So, Kevbo… are you still twitching? Did you ever find out why?

kevbo's avatar

No, it went away shortly after this q. Probably, I just needed more sleep (and a few days of detox). ;-) Thanks for checking in, my dear.

augustlan's avatar

Thanks for the update. I’m glad you’re twitch-free! :)

Shuttle128's avatar

Muscle fatigue as well as deficiencies in calcium and potassium can cause muscle spasms. I have the same problem with my left eyelid. I usually take some vitamins and the problem dissipates.

It’s possible that alcohol effects absorption of calcium or potassium. This could explain why this happened after a few days of drinking.

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