Twitchy Eye Syndrome

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In 2013, I briefly suffered from left eye twitch syndrome. Ok, so it’s not really a syndrome… but I did have the damn twitches. Picture me in a staff meeting, pushing the end of my pen into my under-eye bag to keep my eyeball from bouncing out.

It wasn’t pretty.

I was suffering from a host of symptoms at the time, mostly caused by being overworked and stressed, but the eye twitch was a new and scary development. After a week of twitches, I went to Google to find out what kind of cancer caused an eye twitch.

Causes of Eye Twitches:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Caffeine

Ok, not cancer, but I was def guilty of drinking too many Diet Cokes. During that time, I was treating my stress with holistic approaches like healthy(er) eating, massage therapy, chiropractor adjustments, and Netflix and chill. Over time, the twitch faded away and I forgot about it.

Until this week.

My RIGHT EYE began to twitch. I headed back to Google and WebMD to see what else could be causing the eyeball dance, since I’m off the Diet Coke and my stress level is decent. The eye conditions and nerve disorders jumped off the screen.

Other Causes of Eye Twitches:

  • Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
  • Dry eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Pink eye

Very rarely, it can be a sign of a brain or nerve disorder, such as:

  • Bell’s palsy
  • Dystonia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Tourette’s syndrome

A BRAIN disorder? My mom died of BRAIN CANCER!!! This is it… I have cancer.

I read through the different diseases, digging deeper into WebMD. I realized, I have all the symptoms of Bell’s Palsy. Stiff neck? OMG my neck is stiff! Ear pain? My ears ring all the time, that’s painful sometimes! I spent at least an hour pouring over articles and staring at my face in the mirror, looking for drooping, or signs of the palsy.

There was none.

I was finally ready to admit I went a little too far with this one. I reined the crazy in, tossed my contacts for a fresh pair and dropped some lube into my eyes.

And then I scheduled a massage.

 

Until next time!

Jada’s Mom

*twitch/wink/twitch*

 

 

Self-diagnosed thanks to WebMD:

http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/why-your-eyes-twitch

http://www.webmd.com/brain/bells-palsy-nord

The Five Day Cluster Headache

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I feel like I’ve slammed my head into a wall. It’s the kind of pain that makes me want to chop off my head.

I think I can blame my recent cluster headaches on the new birth control pills. See, I’m waiting for my hysterectomy this year and until that happens, I’m taking this prescription to suppress my ovaries and prevent cancer.

That’s right, birth control to prevent cancer. I’ll circle back and talk more about that later.

This past Thursday, I found myself with a bit of a headache. And then I couldn’t sleep, and then a worse headache came on. So I googled.

Symptoms of Insomnia:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Feeling tired upon waking

OK, I was having trouble falling asleep. I DID wake up a lot, even though it’s probably b/c I drank too much water, it still counts. And waking up early… no one should wake up before 8am. So of course I’m going to feel tired!

Definitely insomnia.

I fell asleep around 4am and woke up too early. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday sucked, with the headache coming and going. I stayed up too late with this new insomnia, and slept too long throughout the days.

By Monday, I decided the foggy brain was my new normal. But thankfully, I woke up Tuesday feeling like a new woman, and wondering what the hell kind of headache I’d just had. I turned to Google!

Symptoms of Cluster Headache:

  • Type of pain: The pain of cluster headache is almost always one-sided, and during a headache period, the pain remains on the same side. When a new headache period starts, it rarely occurs on the opposite side.
  • Severity/intensity of pain: The pain of a cluster headache is generally very intense and severe and is often described as having a burning or piercing quality. It may be throbbing or constant. The pain is so intense that most cluster headache sufferers cannot sit still and will often pace during an attack.
  • Location of pain: The pain is located behind one eye or in the eye region, without changing sides. It may radiate to the forehead, temple, nose, cheek, or upper gum on the affected side. The scalp may be tender, and the pulsing in the arteries often can be felt.
  • Duration of pain: The pain of a cluster headache lasts a short time, generally 30 to 90 minutes. It may, however, last from 15 minutes to three hours. The headache will disappear only to recur later that day. Typically, in between attacks, people with cluster headaches are headache-free.
  • Frequency of headaches: Most sufferers get one to three headaches per day during a cluster period (the time when the headache sufferer is experiencing daily attacks). They occur very regularly, generally at the same time each day, and have been called “alarm clock headaches,” because they often awaken the person at the same time during the night.

Mine wasn’t really one-sided, but it was behind my eye(s). Pretty sure it was a cluster headache. A new disorder for the books.

Until next time!

Jada’s Mom

 

Self-diagnosed thanks to WebMD:

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/insomnia-symptoms-and-causes

http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/guide/cluster-headaches