Can you help me stop twitching?
June 5, 2011 8:29 PM Subscribe
Since I was a little boy I've had all sorts of facial twitches. I don't think this is a medical issue because they're not involuntary. The problem is that at this point in my life I'm so used to twitching that I can't stop. If you can imagine, it causes me a lot of stress.
posted by jykmf to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The twitching happens practically all over my face. Squinting my eyes, scrunching up my nose, opening my mouth wide, pulling my neck, clenching my teeth, blinking hard, blinking rapidly and finding it hard to stop until I get it just right, peering out from the corner of my eye, clearing my throat, swallowing, inhaling/exhaling completely (until there's no more room), and probably some more I'm forgetting.
These are not amazing descriptions, but it's hard to describe muscle spasms. They don't last long, but happen in succession, maybe a few in a row.
I can usually control myself when I really need to (around people), but even then I have trouble. I'm worried that at this point I don't even realize when I twitch. If I stop and think about it, of course I can hold off twitching for a few minutes, but the thought of breaking decade-old habits is daunting.
When I twitch, it's like I'm trying to soothe a muscular itch, twitching until I get that "feeling" of relief. I tend to twitch more when I'm tired, and it tires me out even more. After a couple bouts or so, I might come to my senses and stop.
The blinking problems are stupid because, when it's bad, sometimes I can't even keep my eyes open. The breathing problems are obviously bad because I can't breathe properly.
Does anyone have any advice? I'd appreciate any help or ideas.