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Eye Twitches Are Usually Benign

Is That Little Twitch Telling You Something?

When my eye twitches, I feel a little crazy and it amazes me that such a minute movement can cause such a jarring sensation. The cause of these twitches remains unknown, but fatigue, stress, and caffeine have all been fingered as suspects. Oddly enough, those three culprits all seem to occur simultaneously in my life.

Gently massaging the affected eyelid, from the inner to outer lid for about a minute, can help decrease the sensation. Although the vast majority of eye twitches are harmless, they can be symptoms of a larger problem involving nerves and muscles. But in those cases, they are accompanied by other symptoms as well. So is that little twitch telling you something. Yes, it is telling you to chill out, slow down, and get some sleep.


Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
This happens to me when I get really stressed. It's actually new because the first time it happened was about 2 years ago. When it does happen, I slow down and try my best to relax.
luv_bug1211 luv_bug1211 9 years
my eye always starts to twitch if i havent been getting enough sleep for a few weeks.
ajennilynrushhh ajennilynrushhh 9 years
wow, my eye was twitching earlier too and then now i see this article. good tips though!.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
The area under my left eye occasionally twitches. I have a tiny crease there, and the little bump twitches. I don't know why because sometimes, I'm not even stressed! Weird...
michlny michlny 9 years
thanks...that makes sense...I'm pretty confident it's not low potassium, maybe underlying stress.... since it's on my left side, I hope Jude is right and it's just good luck waiting happen! ;)
chameleon7 chameleon7 9 years
michlny - Could still be low on it, but I wasn't really saying every time it happens it means that. It is just one of the causes of it.
mwjank mwjank 9 years
Try a nice warm bath with epsom salts. I discovered this by accident. Seems to work every time now.
nancita nancita 9 years
Good tip for making it go away. I will have to try that when I get stressed and my eye starts twitching.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
"My mom used to tell me (in Chinese) that if the right eye twitches, something bad's going to happen, but if the left eye twitches, that's good luck. It sounds better in Chinese." LOL. Really?? That's good to know. My eye twitches sometimes due to fatigue and stress. It's ALWAYS my left eye. I think it's because I'm left-side dominant. Based on your Mom's saying, it's good luck. :)
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
My mom used to tell me (in Chinese) that if the right eye twitches, something bad's going to happen, but if the left eye twitches, that's good luck. It sounds better in Chinese.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I sometimes get those when I drink too much caffeine for whatever reason. Massaging the area definitely helps it stop twitching though.
michlny michlny 9 years
OMG! I have recently (last 3 weeks) picked up the twitch! It's driving me BONKERS!! When I had it in B-school, I thought it was stress and lack of sleep. But now nothing has changed in those areas... p.s. chameleon - I eat a banana a day....
Frenched Frenched 9 years
After reading this I'm getting a twitch in my arm. Weird.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Whenever I hear or think or have an eye twitch, I think "Stephanie Plum" and then I laugh. When I get them, I usually hold my finger down on it, poking myselfin the eye so to speak. One time I hadone for like, 3 hours straight. it was a horrifying experience lol.
chameleon7 chameleon7 9 years
I have heard it can also mean the lack of potassium.
cassedy04 cassedy04 9 years
it is so weird that this got posted today, as my eye never twitches but has been twitching ALL DAY today! its been driving me crazy - thanks for the tip!
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