Muscle tics! Do you get them? Do they drive you nuts, too?

@mentalward (14716)
United States
November 11, 2008 1:50pm CST
I was just sitting here reading and responding to discussions like I always do when I noticed that my thumb had a muscle tic. I've others throughout the years that come and go. My son has a muscle tic in his eye that drives him batty! It'll switch from one eye to the other, occasionally in both eyes at the same time. My son was told it was eyestrain but, when he rested his eyes, not going on the computer for a few days, not reading or playing video games, he still had that tic! It got me to thinking, other than some medications, what causes them? They're rhythmic and stop as abruptly as they start. They may go away for months only to come back again. They may stop after a few minutes or go on for weeks. So, does anyone know what causes them? Do you want to cut that part of your anatomy off when you get one because they drive you insane? Or, do I just have a weird family?
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@sunnflr (2770)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I have them sometimes. I have the eye one and it will drive you crazy when it's happening. I've read that it's a hypothyroid symptom so most likely that's what causes mine.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
11 Nov 08
The old hypothyroid, eh? I'm going to have to investigate that! I doubt that's my problem because I've had my thyroid checked more than once and it was always fine. I used to get one in my belly! It almost felt like I was pregnant with a baby that was just beginning to move around... freaky! I haven't had that one in a long time now. But this thumb! It's STILL ticking... guess I should go do something else for awhile, huh? LOL
@kenzie45230 (3563)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I'm not sure what else causes them, but my son was helping me do some searching about the meds I take and we discovered that many of today's most "popular" prescriptions have been known to cause tics.
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• United States
13 Nov 08
I don't get tics usually. I get muscle spasms that trive me nuts. It's not just my skeletal muscles that spasm, but my organ muscles too - like heart and stomach. Even my arteries and veins spasm. And they blame it on the fibromyalgia.
• United States
13 Nov 08
That's "drive me nuts", of course.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Wow! I have fibromyalgia but haven't noticed an increase in muscle tics since being diagnosed with it 6 years ago. Well, unless you count the thumb tic I had yesterday! I've always had eye twitches before AND after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I do have sudden spasms in my arms and legs, though. It's one quick jerk, then it's over. I belted my hubby with my arm once, poor thing! LOL From what I'm seeing, most people get eye tics whether they're on meds or not. Maybe it's simply a normal part of life. Did you read anything about muscle tics being associated with Lyrica or Ultram ER? Those are the meds I take for fibromyalgia. Maybe I should do some research, too. I rarely read the things that come with the prescriptions. I don't want to talk myself INTO any of the reactions they list there! LOL
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I get them in my arm sometimes and sometimes my legs. This morning while I was still in bed I actually had one in my BUTT. It got me laughing. I have never had one in my butt before.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
11 Nov 08
You have ME laughing pretty good there, lily! That's a first that I've heard of! I used to get a muscle tic in my lower abdomen that felt like I was pregnant and feeling the baby move around... but that's impossible!!! LOL But, NEVER in my butt! I'll probably think about this when I'm trying to go to sleep tonight and it'll keep me awake laughing! I've heard that muscle tics CAN because by overuse of those muscles. How would you overuse your butt muscles???
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
11 Nov 08
BE CAUSED, not because... sorry!!!! I've GOTTA start proofing these things before I hit the post comment button!
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I have not been using my butt for anything unusual.
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@nadooa247 (1097)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Weird family =P No no seriously, sometimes i have a tick in my eyelid it is so visible sometimes and sometimes no one notices. I noticed it happens the most when im under some sort of stress and i am seriously trying hard to NOT be stressed which in turn breeds more what? More stress yeah... I went to doctors and what not and was told it's alright... not serious that it's just an involuntary reaction and since it isn't (God forbid) dehabilitating then i should be fine... yes sometimes i get so awkward feeling i just wish i could... rip it out or FORCE it to stop... wish there was an off button don't you?
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Oh, man... YES! I guess that's one of our flaws as humans... no 'off' button! Wouldn't that be awesome??? When I get them in my eyes, I can see them. It makes you feel self-conscious, of course causing more stress and causing them to last longer, or not. I don't know if stress or lack of stress really has anything to do with it. I was completely relaxed yesterday when my thumb started twitching. I've been very happy for the last few weeks, actually. No worries! Just part of life, huh? Unexplained, involuntary reaction seems to be the most logical answer! Someone should create an off button that can be added to our anatomy somewhere! Hmmm...
@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
13 Nov 08
I get those tics in my ankle from time to time. They came and go and is not a nuisance to me. Just a little uncomfortable when it happens. I have no idea why they happen. As they do not pose a problem for me, I have never needed to see the doctor for any relieve. Maybe the next time I go for a medical checkup, I can ask the doctor what the problem is, the cause and the remedy.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Yes, I think that's the right thing to do. It seems that everyone gets them somewhere on their bodies at one time or another and I've never heard of anyone dying because of them! They may simply be a normal part of life. No known cause, they just happen. They can be annoying, especially if it's in our eye. My son goes nuts with his, which can last up to a week! Poor thing! I feel so bad for him! There's probably nothing we can really do for them so we just have to accept them as part of life, I guess. Well, if that's the worst thing that happens to us, we should feel pretty darned good, huh?
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@winterose (39913)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
they are caused from strain or in some cases from stress, if you are worried about something over a period of time, like money issues etc, it can cause them.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I think everyone gets eye tics every now and then. I know that I wasn't the least bit stressed or worried yesterday, or for awhile before that, when my thumb started twitching. I was actually pretty happy! My youngest son, who has had a very hard time getting his life together, is FINALLY getting it together! My oldest son is doing very well at work and in his life. My husband is doing much better after his surgery for hemorrhoids and has been very busy since he stopped hurting so much. We don't have money worries or any other kind of ongoing worries. So, I don't know why my thumb just started twitching out of nowhere! Maybe my fibromyalgia could have something to do with it. Maybe it's arthritis. Maybe it was just tired. I don't know. I'm not going to worry about it, though. These things happen, then they go away. They don't physically harm us, at least not permanently, so there really is nothing to worry about. Just grin and bear it, huh?
• United States
12 Nov 08
I am not sure what causes them,but i get this tick in my eye sometimes.Funny thing is when i ask if yu can see it when it jumps and they always say no.And sometimes my foot does it if i lean on it a certain way.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I'm sure it has something to do with our nervous system! I think it's just part of life. After reading these responses, it looks like everyone gets them and most have a different theory! I've seen my own eye twitch! I've also seen my son's. My husband gets a muscle tic in his thigh that is VERY noticeable! He said he's had it all his life. I won't worry about them but they can be so annoying! Sigh! Life, huh?
• United States
12 Nov 08
i get them and i know a lot of people with and without health problems that do.. it could be just like other health problems.. i know fibro will make your muscles go crazy.. ive had muscle spasms where it jerked my arm so bad i hit my hubby!! but yeah they never seem like they are permanent.. but do pay attention if its after starting a certain medication because i know some will caused Permanent twitches and stuff!! stress may cause some.. stress seems to cause almost anything!
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Yep, I know that some medications can cause them! My youngest son was on Ritalin for years and it always worried me because I read about that causing permanent muscle twitches. As he grew, his dosage needed to be increased until I finally said, "Enough!" I didn't want him having twitches forever! Luckily, he never got any twitches from the Ritalin! I get those 'jerks' also. I had to laugh when I read your statement about hitting your hubby! LOL I've done that, too! Our poor guys! My thumb tic started when I was as relaxed as I could possibly be! I'm not normally stressed about anything. I've learned how to pick my battles and let the rest go. My mother was always stressed about something and there was no way I was going to be like her! I'm usually very laid-back and I was yesterday when this thumb tic began! Who knows? Maybe it's just part of life. I haven't met a single person who claims to have never had one!
@ambkeb (782)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I get them to...especially the thumb. But the legs I usually get when I'm laying down trying to go to sleep. Ive always thought it was my body's way of relaxing itself in preparation of sleep. I don't think that it means anything serious, otherwise everyone would be going to the doctor about it.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
That's true but, if everyone went to the doctor about it, maybe there would be more research into it's cause! It's not harming us physically, at least not in the long-term, so I'm not going to worry about it. It seems that most people get them somewhere on their bodies at times. Maybe it's simply a normal part of being a human!
@annjilena (5621)
• United States
12 Nov 08
yes i get them in my legs on my face are my eye i hate getting these tic it bother you when you get one your eye keep jumping and your face seems like it is moving all the time.i just want them to stop i don,t know what causes them but it certainly don,t feel good if you get one you will think you are going crazy at times.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I hate them the most when I'm trying to watch TV. It really distracts from whatever I'm watching! My son gets them a lot. I've seen his twitching. That made me look at myself in a mirror when I had an eye twitch and I could see mine twitching, too! That doesn't help when you know others can see them; I think that might even make them last longer! I guess it's just something we've got to learn to live with. Sigh!
• United States
12 Nov 08
I always get one around my mouth when I have to take pictures. It only happens during that time. I don't know if it's because I'm nervous and shy but if it's a formal picture people tell me that they can see that I'm twitching and it looks like I really don't want to do this. My mom has the same issue but it's with her eyes. I never thought to check it out since it could be a medical condition. I just figured that we hated taking pictures.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
That's happened to me, too. If I try to grin or smile for the camera, and don't really feel like smiling, it kind of twitches. I think that kind is from being nervous. But they go away once you aren't in front of a camera. My son gets eye twitches that sometimes last a week! Continuous twitching! Poor thing, it drives him crazy! I get them in my eyes, too, but they don't usually last too long. Sometimes, they'll go on for a couple of days but stop just as suddenly as they start! I'm not going to worry about them, I was just curious.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I have back spasms but sometimes that nerve in my back will cause my foot or toe to have a tic. Its a weird thing and I hope that it dosent last toolong. Sometimes then it will go into a cramp.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
That doesn't sound good, ea! I'd love to know what causes these types of things!
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I've had it happen to me with my eye and a few times in the corner of my lip. It doesn't usually last too long, but it is annoying, especially when you are in public and you are wondering if people can see it. I know I've seen it in my mother's face, and she'll ask if I can see it. I have no idea what causes it. I found the following on http://www.eyedoctorguide.com/eye_problems/eye-twitching.html "Occasional eye twitching is typically not a case for concern. Eye Twitching is associated with an abnormal function of the "basal ganglion" from an unknown cause. The basal ganglion is the part of the brain responsible for controlling the muscles. In rare cases, heredity may play a role in the development of eye twitching. Some believe the eye twitching is a hereditary problem that may run in families. So chances are if you experience the occasional eye twitch someone else in your family will too. Some people find eye twitching a result of nothing more than anxiety. Let's say for example you have a big speech to give in front of a large audience. If you are not comfortable with the idea of public speaking, you may notice your eye starts twitching. This is similar to a nervous "tick" people develop when facing uncomfortable situations. The catch here is the more you think about your eye twitching, the more likely it is to continue twitching."
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
11 Nov 08
So, I can blame this on my mom, huh? LOL Thanks for that awesome information, Barb! I can back up that claim about it being hereditary! I can't remember my parents ever talking about it, but I've had my share of eye twitches! Now, I'll have to apologize to my son for passing this problem down to him! I can see my son's eye twitching and I've seen mine. I'm sure that knowing, or even thinking that others can see it, makes it worse! Catch-22, huh? Oh well, at least it won't hurt us! Just grin and bear it. Thanks again for the wonderful response!
@beki710 (949)
11 Nov 08
I sometimes get a twitch in my eye like your son. I often get them at the end of long days when I'm really tired. I only ever get it in my left eye. I find it really annoying when I do get it because it's normally when I'm trying to a task and I'm already tired so it slows me down even more! I have no idea what causes it, I've just put it down to tiredness and stress because I'm always tired and stressed when I get it.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
11 Nov 08
Yep, that's what the doc said about my son's eye tic. His just doesn't go away when he rests his eyes. It might take a week before it stops! I think I'm going to have to do some extensive research into this phenomenon. It might be very interesting!
@ElicBxn (59752)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I HATE those! I get them in my upper lip, and it hurts! I've gotten them on other parts of my face and scalp. I have also have had them in my arms, and once or twice in my calves. I notice that I do get them more when I'm over tired, but that may just be me. I've heard that they could be a calcium deficiency. I don't know, I'm sure I have one, since I barely drink milk.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I've had my blood tested and it was always normal. Well, my potassium level was a bit low for most of my life but, since eating a banana a day, it's at a healthy level now. So, I doubt it has anything to do with any deficiencies. But, there could be several different things that cause them. Who knows? I guess we just have to grin and bear it. Well, maybe not grin, but bear it, anyway. Take care!
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@ElicBxn (59752)
• United States
13 Nov 08
eww, bananas, not one of my favorite foods - (I never touch them if I can avoid them)
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Wow! I LOVE bananas! They're one of my very favorite fruits! My youngest son can't eat them because, he claims, they make his chin itch! LOL
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Hey mentalward! Nope, you are not alone! I've had them in my eye from time to time. They come and go at will. No rhyme or reason. I get them in my arms, legs and again they come and go without warning and I have never found out why. It has never been found out where they came from or what they came from. I have mentioned it to the doctor, but never really got an answer. I think the eye thing he said comes when you are tired or straining too much. That was kind of logical. The other tics I have not answer for, just that they can be annoying when they happen. But, like I said they come and go thankfully so I never had to find out. If you want to know they will start poking around and you will end up at a neurologist. You know what that means.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Yeah, best to just leave it alone and not worry about them. My son's doctor said his eye twitches were from eyestrain but, after resting his eyes for 3 days, he still had a tic! He gets them and they last about a week! I don't think anyone really knows what causes them or, perhaps they have many different causes for different people. Who knows?
@singout (980)
• United States
9 Dec 08
I know this may sound nuts (so, what else is new?)but I kinda like them. It's a source of entertainment for me. I'll sit there for hours just watching my body involuntarily misbehaving; knowing full well I'm not to blame. Obviously, if it were something that occurred all the time, more than a few times a day, it would aggravate me. But it usually occurs in my thumb. I just sit there and laugh at it when it happens.
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
1 Dec 08
I dont have music tics since music is not in me. I might have nervous ticks but not music ticks. © ronaldinu 2008
@dragon54u (30837)
• United States
16 Nov 08
I get those, they're very irritating. I get them in my face sometimes and I've watched in the mirror and thank goodness they aren't visible! I get them in my legs sometimes and in my fingers. I have no idea what causes them!