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:
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
- 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!
Self-diagnosed thanks to WebMD: