Non-stop Persistent Eyelid-twitching induced by medication allergy - My Comments
Note : The following article is only meant as a reference material to the intended recipients and advices should be sought from the medical experts to establish the authenticity of its contents. For your information, I get this sickness while living abroad indirectly from depression through subsequent allergy and overdosage of the related-medications with muscle spasms side effects and I hope that the information given below will be useful to the intended readers.
Eyelid twitching, which is lately referred to as Blepharospasm or Myokymia is actually a symptom of involuntary and uncontrollable movements in the muscles around a person's eyes which in turn make them appear like 'blinking non-stop' to other people.
Generally, the movements of one's muscle is controlled by the nerves around them that in turn receive signals from the brains which ultimately dictate the variety of 'ways' in which such movements are to be conducted based on a person's will.
The causes of such eyelid-twitching symptom in most common cases may just due to short-term stress, over-tiredness, over-straining of one's eyes, occasional anxiety, temporary panic fits and nervousness which in turn can be easily relieved and recover naturally by a good rest, more relaxation and trying to calm oneself down to stop getting anxious, panic and worried and stressful over certain things. In this regard, such phenomena tend to be quite common among certain students and other professionals.
However, in the cases of a persistent uncontrollable twitchings of the eyelids which only get aggravated rather than improved over time and last for months and even years, it may just probably imply that the nerves around the eyes organ are simply not 'properly functionable' enough to bring about the desired movements of the muscles based on the mental instructions from the brains of a person.
Except for any brain and other eye muscle damages/eye muscle disorders caused by permanent lack of certain nutrients and minerals etc or other irritations to that organ like dry eyes, sore eyes, bacteria infections etc, such a chronic eyelid-twitching sickness may likely be caused by certain disturbances and disorders that affect or weaken the functionality of the nerves around the eyes to bring about the desired movements of this organ based on the person's will.
In this regard, the possible reasons of such chronic eyelid-twitching sickness may probably due to the causes as mentioned above which is experienced by a person over a considerably long period of time rather than just temporarily. Apart from that, other likely causes maybe be certain traumas, especially the emotional ones, allergy to or overdosage of certain medications that carry such side effects as muscle spasms, particularly photophobia in the case of eyelid-twitching symptom.
In fact, I myself have also been suffering from such a sickness due to allergy and overdosage to such medications like Risperdal and other similar drugs (of which I have stopped taking and replaced with something else so as not to further worsen the eyelid-twitching problem and to prevent a relapse of that sickness after I get healed). As such, I would very much like to share my own genuine personal experience with you over the course of my treatment of such a sickness and I hope that it will somehow be helpful to a certain extent especially to those who have been having the similar experience as mine and I would to emphasize that it again only is meant as a reference material to anyone reading it.
For your information, I have been suffering from this sickness in the past few years whereby my eyelids also tend to twitch both continuously and uncontrollably without me being able to do anything to control the twitchings at all. As a result, my eyes would seem like blinking all the while to anyone who looks at me and I totally could not drive, look directly and persistently at the pc or tv screens and most of the times, I simply canít read any books or newspaper properly.
And I have sought lots of medical treatments and advices as well as apply various kinds of eye drops, taking various types of vitamins, mineral pills as well as many types of anti-muscle spasm medications from lots of eye specialists, neurosurgeons and psychiatrists (who explain the medical theories mentioned above to me), ENT specialists and other general practitioners, and even have the MRI examinations taken to get my eyes cured , but these efforts turn out to be in vain as they fail to yield any positive results and my eyes still keep on blinking non-stop.
Luckily, just about a year after I suffer from such a sickness, I come across an acupuncture expert who studied and observed closely about my problems and then administer a therapy needle on the part of the flesh at the back of the palm which is about 1.5 cm vertically from the point of intersection between my thumb and my forefinger of my right hand (as per attachment) to strengthen the weakened and sensitive nerves around my eyes. After that, he just ask me to press (using just mild force) that acupuncture point using such objects like toothpick /normal writing pen or anything with a blunt-pointed end for at least 2 hours a day and then consistently for about 2 months. Having done that persistently based on his order, my eyelid-twitching that makes my eyes blinking all the while just totally recover in time and I can drive, work with the pc screens, watch tv, movies and read as well as work like any other normal persons.
For your further information, I have also come across quite a couple of people in my real life annoyed by such an eyelid-twitching problem of different causes and degrees of severity, and accordingly, I just recommend the method as mentioned above to them and within weeks, they just experience significant improvements to their conditions after applying this therapy, and after a few months , they just recover totally from this sickness. . And I hope that by contributing this piece of article to you, it will somehow help you to in at least getting a clue about this sickness.
Lastly, I sincerely wish that the ones troubled by such an annoying eyelid-twitching sickness can recover finally from their illness. Thank you.
Re: Non-stop Persistent Eyelid-twitching - My Comments (extra details)
Note : The following is only intended as a follow-up of my previous article and the information given are meant to serve only as reference materials to the intended readers. Relevant medical advices should be sought to establish the authenticity of the contents below.
About my personal experience of getting totally healed from this eyelid-twitching sickness, well, in fact I was initially instructed by a psychiatric to take Rispderdal in the first place for the treatment of my Schizophrenia sickness. And having taken this medication for about one year based on his prescribed dosage, my eyelids started to twitch, quite unnoticeable by me at first, but when more and more people began to ask me the reason why I kept on blinking my eyes to anyone who looked at me, I just started to sense this particular eyelid-twitching symptom but without being aware of its underlying causes at all.
It was only when my eyelids began to twitch non-stop and violently day after day without me being able to do anything to deal with it, I then just referred this problem to my psychiatric who subsequently told me that he couldn't do anything about it and referred me instead to a the eye doctors, ENT Specialists and neurosurgeons. Having examined my conditions, medical history as well as my diet and the existing medications that I was taking by that time, they all unanimously arrived at the diagnosis that the eyelid-twitching was definitely and undoubtedly caused by the prolonged intake of Risperdal which actually carried such side effects of muscle spasms especially the ones inflicted on the upper part of the face of a person who took it for a certain period of time.
In fact, by that time, I just accordingly followed the advice of the new psychiatrist and replaced this Risperdal with an alternative medication called Seroquel,which was actually a second-generation drug that didn't cause that much muscle-spasms side effects. However, even after I had quit taking Risperdal for more than 6 months, the violent non-stop twtichings still persisted. And actually before I decided to seek acupuncture treatment (as recommended by my friends) to deal with this sickness, I did accept the suggestion of a neurosurgeon to take Botox injections to deal with the problematic eyelid-muscles that caused all the twitchings. Next, the Botox injections, in fact did give positive results in the first place whereby my eyelids just didn't twitch that violently after being given the injections.
However, upon knowing from the neurosurgeon that Botox injections was actually not an effective cure for this eyelid-twitching sickness, for the very reason that the medications would just serve to sort of 'half-paralyse' the eyelid muscles without being able to do anything curative to the problematic nerves around the twitching eye muscles, coupled with the fact that such Botox medications tend to get immunized by the human body, it thus would just mean that larger and larger dosages of such medications would be required for each subsequent injection therapy (which would last for 3-6 months each) in order to achieve the similar healing effect of the previous ones.
Besides, it was also actually a very expensive therapy as it would cost me about 5,000 dollars for each injection therapy session and hence, to keep on spending such huge sums of money to stop my eyelids from twitching would just be very expensive and unreasonable.
Whilst the neurosurgeon mentioned to me also about a surgical treatment to effectively cure the eyelid-twitching, the operation, apart from being very costly, was also actually a very risky one as its failure may very well bring blindness to the persons being operated. At the same time, even such surgery were to turn out to be successful, it would also be unable to achieve 100% complete healing to anyone being operated in the sense that the eyelid-twitching conditions can never 'look perfectly normal' like the ones who were totally not troubled by such a sickness at all. So, I just eventually gave up the idea of getting a surgery to treat the sickness.
Being terribly desperate, I just came to the decision of referring my eyelid-twitching sickness to an acupuncture expert which was recommended to me previously by my friends. Frankly speaking, at first I didn't actually have any faith or confidence in such a needle-based therapy and I hardly believed that these needles alone would be able to get my eyelid-twiching healed. Next, having received such therapy, my eyelids still twitched violently like before without any improvements.
However, after taking a good sleep at night that particular day after the acupuncture treatment, I just woke up the next day and found that there were lots of dried mucus that stuck around my eyes, and surprisingly, after rubbing away these dried mucus to open up my eyes, my eyelids just don't twitch so violently anymore and immediately I was able to do the simple readings and watch tv as well as work with the PC screen without getting any discomfort. And based on the acupuncturist who dealt with my sickness, that acupuncture point as mentioned in that main article was actually directly interconnected with the bundle of nerves around the eye muslces, and so by administering treatment to it, that will sort of applying some kind of 'reflexology stimulus' to the nerves around the eye-muscles to improve the blood circulation around that area as well as to strengthen these specific nerves and to enable any unwanted metabolism wastes, blockages and toxins accumulated around that eye areas to be effectively purged out of a person's body (through dried mucus around one's eyes) And having applied that therapy on my own as instructed by the acupuncturist, my eyelid-twitching condition just got better and better day after day and within 2 months, the sickness was totally gone whereby my I just appeared to be perfectly normal to anyone who talked to, looked and stared at me until now.
Though the therapy mechanism mentioned above could hardly be scientifially verified and proven by the modern medical science, however, as far as a patient suffering from this sickness is concerned, it is more the very effective cure for such sickness itself rather than all other medical and scientific reasonings that would eventually matter the most to the patients. As such, this is the main reason why I would seek acupuncture treatment as a last resort to deal with my eyelid-twitching sickness.
And being subsequently encouraged by the dozens of successful cases of those other people in my real life who had been troubled persistently by such non-stop eyelid-twitching sickness and who then eventually got effectively and totally healed in time through the acupuncture technique that I recommended to them, I was thus greatly inspired to post such articles about my very own genuine personal experience of getting totally cured from such a sickness to at least give a clue and some guidelines to the ones who are still being troubled by it so that the similar wonderful thing will happen to them too.
Detailed Descriptions of The Acupuncture Technique For The Eyelid-twitching Sickness
Re : Suggested Acupuncture Technique For The Treatment of Eyelid- twitching sickness - Extra Descriptions
Note: The following is only meant as reference materials to the intended readers.
This is meant as a follow-up to give you some additional details about the acupuncture technique I have mentioned to you before. Well, regarding the acupuncture point I have mentioned in my article for the suggested cure for eyelid-twitching, its exact location is at the back of the palm of one's right hand, which is 1.5 cm measured vertically from the point of intersection (that would appear visibly when the fingers are closed loosely together) between the thumb and the forefinger. (Kindly take note that this point is located at a much 'fleshy' instead of a much 'boney' area - perhaps you would need to briefly explore that part of your right hand at the same time to locate that point, and I hope you will understand that the hand structures of each person differ from one another).
When the acupuncture point is identified and marked accordingly, you can then re-open your hand , and then what you all can do is to sit down, and at the same time press that point (using just mild force) with any long blunt-pointed object such as toothpick, a normal writing pen (which is out of ink of course) etc against your chin (suggested for convenience purpose) for a continuous 2 hours, and it's preferably to do that when you are about to go to sleep at night (so that you have more free time to do it). However , if you are eager to find out the very exact location of that particular acupuncture point to further verify the information given above, I would suggest you to seek consultancy from a licensed acupuncturist.
Please be reminded that a good sleep at night throughout the therapy period is essential for the healing to be effectively done. And a person shouldn't associate oneself again with the underlying causes such as over-straining of the eyes, excessive cafeine intake, allergy/overdosage of certain medication (with muscle spasms side effects) that causes this eyelid-twitching to the particular person in the first place to avoid a relapse of that sickness, especially after getting cured from it.
Please refer to the attachment file added to this reply for a pictorial illustration of that acupuncture point. Thank you.
Further Details About The Suggested Acupuncture Cure Meant For Non-stop Eyelid-twitching
Further Details About The Suggested Acupuncture Cure Meant For Non-stop Eyelid-twitching
About the acupuncture cure suggested above, since I am not belonging to the medical field or an acupuncturist myself, I thus would not know whether such an acupuncture technique would actually work in the case of genetical eyelid twitching sickness, and honestly speaking, out of so many people to whom I have personally recommended that acupuncture treatment, I have not yet come across any of such cases before. Nevertheless, I am pretty sure that most of the people with non-stop eyelid twitching problems actually get this sickness from other post-birth causes rather than genetically, and I believe that once the acupuncture point is clearly identitified, the recommended technique would work effectively to provide reliefs to the ones suffer from post-birth causes-induced non-stop eyelid-twitching sickness.
Another thing is that since the ones to whom I have personally recommended such acupuncture treatment for the treatment of non-stop eyelid-twitching sickness are actually all grown adults, the "1.5 cm measure" mentioned in these articles mentioned above would thus definitely not be applicable to the young children whose hand structures are naturally very much smaller. Next, given that the skin textures of small children tend to be very much delicate and tender, and hence more fragile than that of the adults, they thus should definitely be attented to by the licensed acupuncturists to deal with their eyelid twitching problems in the case where they choose this choice of therapy.
Next, based on the acupuncturist who deal with my chronic eyelid-twitching sickness, unlike the other traditional method of acupressure which involves the use of fingers to press and massage the acupuncture point, the use of blunt-pointed object as instructed to me for the treatment of such chronic eyelid-twtiching is actually both intended as a substitute for the acupuncture needle and meant as a 'leverage' to provide an adequately focused and hence a 'reflexology stimulus' that is strong enough to deal more precisely and effectively with that acupuncture point as mentioned above.
Whereas, if that acupuncture point is to be treated with fingers, the stimulus effect generated would be very much smaller due to the fact that such pressings and massagings would reasonably not last long enough to provide any reliefs for the chronic eyelid-twitching. Besides, given the larger suface area of the fingers as well as their rounded physical shape (compared to the blunt-pointed objects), a large part of the forces produced from such pressings and massagings would then be reasonably applied onto the related muscles rather than directly onto the intended nerves through the related acupuncture point to deal effectively with such sickness.
My Subsequent Experience With Seroquel After Quiting Risperdal
My Subsequent Experience With Seroquel After Quiting Risperdal
Note: Advices from medical expert should be sought to establish the authenticity of the following information which is meant as reference materials for the intended readers.
When I switched from Risperdal to Seroquel for the treatment of my Schizophrenia sickness, apart from enabling me to avoid a relapse of the non-stop eyelid-twitching sickness after I get totally cured from it through acupuncture treatment, it helped me also to a very great extent to enable me to have a very good sleep at night. But when I was at work and hence had to refrain myself from taking such medicine so as not to let its drowsiness effect affect my work performance, I just became quite irritable without any known causes or reasons. And over time, I simply needed such medication to help me sleep at night, and to stop becoming irritable or get angry/frustrated very easily without any reasons.
About one and a half years ago, I was advised by a pyschiatrist that it was possible for a person to quit Seroquel and then lead a very normal life just like other persons. However, it would take a very strong determination and a great deal of emotional as well as counselling /communication support from the other people to achieve that goal.
For the sleeping issue, one would need to cut down the dosage of the Seroquel drug progressively over a reasonable stretch of time, such as starting from 200mg to 100 mg , and then 2-3 weeks later from 100 mg to 50 mg and finally to physically break up the tablet into separate parts to achieve a much lower dosage to finally reduce and then totally quit the intake of such medication for the particular person. However, since a progressively lower intake of Seroquel dosage would definitely cause difficulties of sleeping to the particular persons, he/she would then need to put in certain extra efforts on their own, such as doing some exercise a few hours ago to get oneself tired before sleeping, reading some really boring novels /watching some really boring TV programmes or even listening to some sentimental/ sleep-inducing musics before getting to sleep.
Next, since Seroquel is meant for the treatment of such sicknesses as bipolar disorders, Schizophrenia symptoms etc, it certainly has its own medicational values as an anti-psychotic drug. Hence, to effectively reduce and eventually quit the intake of Seroquel in order to enable a person to stop becoming irritable due to its addiction whilst at the same time to prevent the mental sicknesses mentioned above from getting worse due to decreased intake or eventual quiting of such medication, one would need to reach out more to and have more communications and interactions with other people around them, especially the close kin to seek more emotional support, increased fellowships and in some cases, get involved in more social/ religious gatherings /indoor/outdoor activities, engage oneself in a hobby/ meaningful activities for each one has deep interest in such as drawing, doing other sports etc, and obtain more conselling advices from the trained counsellors in order to improve the sanity /state of mental condition of the patient.
As far as my own experience is concerned a cheerful and contented attitude to life as well as a balanced approach of living a healthy life are conducive to developing a greater sanity and sounder state of mind for any patients troubled with any mental sickness. And I hope that my suggestions will be useful to you.
Please refer to the following weblink for further information about such non-stop eyelid twitching sickness, which is actually one of the symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia in regard of the information given in the prior articles above :
Follow-up : Further Medical References
Follow-up : Further Medical References
Please refer to the following weblinks for further information about the related medications & acupuncture point mentioned in the articles above :
Further Details About Tardive Dyskinesia
Further Details About Tardive Dyskinesia
For further information about Tardive Dyskinesia, please refer to the following :
In the first place, I would consider myself really fortunate enough to eventually get totally cured from such an abnormal eyelid twitching sickness which is a symptom of Tardive Dyskinesia caused by prolonged intake of Risperdal.
I don't know really much about the levels of compliance for the established medical ethics for the modern western countries of U.S and other European nations, but as for the country that I live in, which is not as modern or developed, such an issue tends to be ignored by the related medical personnel. To be really frank with you, the psychiatrist who prescribes Risperdal to me in the very first place just dispenses this medication to me more as a mere 'routine' each time I visit his practice and he has actually never notified to me the underlying side effects of such medication when it is taken for the long-term. And even when observing my abnormal eyelid twitching symptom that appears to be more and more obvious to him, he also choose to ignore it and just keep asking me to continue taking the medication.
For your further information, Tardive Dyskinesia syndrome tends to be a rare medical term which is rather unfamiliar to most of the medical personnel in my home country. As such, initially when I sought treatment for my abnormal eyelid twitching, most of the normal medical specialists actually failed to associate such a symptom with the Risperdal drug that I had been taking. In the end, I found the right medical experts who have informed knowledge of my conditions in the expensive private medical centres and honestly speaking, the medical details that I included in my articles were actually told by them during my numerous visits to their practices.
Whilst by the time I have totally recovered from such a sickness, I resume my work in my former firm and at the same time I also undertake a committment as a part-time social worker for my religious body with the main duty of providing counselling services to the in-patients of certain psychiatric wards and dwellers of certain special-care nursing homes. Similarly, most of the doctors-in-charge of these facilities, based on my interviews with them, also tend to be very much ignorant about the adverse side effects of such anti-psychotic drugs, and as a result, the persons taking such medications would tend to be the ones suffer unknowingly from their potential side effects. For this reason, I thus feel that the welfare of these people has been rather 'unintentionally neglected'.
As such, by posting these articles over the net, I just hope that I could promote a higher level of self-awareness among the existing persons taking such anti-psychotic drugs about such syndrome of Tardive Dyskinesia and the need to take the necessary precautions against it. Thank you.
Note of Thanks
Note of Thanks
First of all, thank you for being kind enough to allow me to post these articles in your website.
As far as the anti-psychotic drugs and other related medications which carry such inherent side effects as Tardive Dyskinesia are concerned, I am actually in the opinion that appropriate levels of professional care and discretion should be exercised by the related medical personnel when prescribing and dispensing such medications so that the medical well-being of the related patients can be duly taken of effectively.
In this regard, I am pretty sure that the physicians of the related fields in such countries as United States and other technologically advanced European nations are appropriately eligible and duly conscientious enough to fulfill such a requirement in carrying out such a demanding task.
Unfortunately, such an expected ideal scenario has never been the case in my home country as well as other nations which are not as modern and developed.
For your information, the related patients in my home country have also the necessary access to the similar neuroleptic, anti-psychotic and other related drugs like these modern nations for the treatment of their related sicknesses. Unfortunately, due to the lack of knowledge of the potential side effects of such medications on the part of the patients as well as the failure of certain related medical personnel to duly exercise the essential professional duty of care and other required precautionary measures to safeguard the medical interest of these patients, because of both negligence and sheer ignorance, such category of persons, especially the young children getting such related treatments would tend to be the ones who suffer unknowingly, silently and helplessly from the side effects of such medications in the end.
In such a connection, being a social worker dealing with such category of persons and given the fact that humanitarian principles are the priorities of my religious body and any other charity organisations, I thus feel that I am vested with a responsibility to do my part to promote a higher level of consciousness of such Tardive Dyskinesia syndrome among the related persons so that the unwanted saddening disasters and misfortunes can be effectively avoided whilst the sorry plight of the existing victims of the side effects of such medications mentioned above can be finally relieved.
Lastly, I would like to express my heartfelt thankfulness for your kind and generous support for such a cause. Thank you very much.