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  • Excessive blinking is also known as blepharospasm

    Blepharospasm

    Excessive blinking and spasming of the eyes, usually characterised by uncontrollable eyelid closure of durations longer than the typical blink reflex, sometimes lasting minutes or even hours. Read more →

  • Tourette’s Syndrome

    Someone with tourette’s will suffer from verbal and physical tics which generally take the shape of head jerks, blinking, teeth grinding, eye rolling, and neck twisting as well as grunts, squeaks, coughs, blowing and screaming. Read more →

    hi im 14 and im always blinking alot and very hard. when i do i twitch my fingers at the same time and i sometimes roll my eyes. also i tense up my muscles in my stomach alot. is this a tic?? please help





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    Durene. I find that when the blinking spasms start if u just hold ur eyes shut and breathe in deeply, that in about 2 mins go get a drink of water and relax and gain composure, that the blinking will not start

    For about 6 month now i have had a problem with rapid blinking. It only happens when im thinking to myself which is obviously most of the time because you cannot help but think to yourself. It started when i would close my eyes and listen to music and daydream simultaneously. Then after some months it just started happening whilst im thinking to myself. (without the music) Its almost like a tick (but i dont feel a sensation of relief after the blinking.) I dont even realize im doing it. Its like my brain has established a connection between blinking and thinking which has proven to be social suicide. For the last 6 months i haven't been able to go out because the problem attracts to much attention because the blinking is so rapid. My gut feeling tells me its never going to stop. My doctor has recommended Botox injections into my eyelids, which i want to try. Im sure that will leave my eyelids droopy for some time but im hoping it eradicate the problem on a permanent basis. This problem has had devastating effects on my life and its left me quite reclusive socially. I hate it.





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    I've had Blepherospasms for 19 years. The injections helped for about five years but unfortunately I've started blinking like crazy. I don't think you will go blind but it does over time affect your vision. And it dies affect your driving because if the blinking. I wish your mom and the rest of us much luck with a cure and soon. God bless us all!!

    i think i have a blinking problem. whats wierd is it only ever happens when my "friends" are around me. when im alone it doesnt happen. i think i sometimes say i have a blinking problem to get attention because i don't have any real friends. what should i do?





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    I've suffered with this condition after a severe head trauma over ten years ago. I'm unable to keep my eyes open and not blink for more than one second. And that alone takes thought and effort, which only invariably causes the eyes to hurt and water. But in the normal run of the day I'm blinking excessively. I don't drive, but even riding my bike is an effort. It's also very demoralizing and takes away my social confidence. I also refrain from having my photo taken, as I'm always found with my eyes half closed and blinking in the pictures. But what is worse is others make a judgement that you are not totally trustworthy, because of the excessive blinking. The condition is not well known, and I sometimes think I'll have a plaque on my back reading "I am completely trustworthy. I only blink a lot because I suffer from Blepharospasm. " :):)





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    I've had excessive blinking now since I was a very young child- 3 or 4. I've never been able to control it- if someone mentions it to me- it only gets worse. It frenquently gives me migraines because my eyes wear out so fast. In the last 4 or so years I have developed an additional twitch in only one eye that blinks even more than the other- giving me an involuntary wink. Eyedrops have never really worked to fix the problem beyond relaxing my eyes. But the blinking still continues. Do you think this is Blepharospasm or something different?





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    Hi my 4yr old has been doing a hard eye blink when watching tv listening to a story sitting in the car ect over a yr ago that stopped then he was making a funny niose for a few weeks then licking his lips till really sore for a few weeks then a sniff for about 3 weeks then a dry mouth sound which he is still doing he has just started primary school and the blinking had started again much more than before we are on day 5 of the blinking now could he have tourettes?





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    Hi, Do you get any feedback on this as my son is displaying the exact same symptoms?

    Hi my son had been referred to a paediatrician this week his school have also some about adhd so will know more by the end of the week

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    I think my 4 year old son has tourettes syndrome, ive never even give it a thought before but after watching a programme the other night it was like looking at my son, he has neck twists and eye blinking and hand movements and grunting, sniffing and snorting, we have had his adenoids and tonsils removed because they said he had sleep apneia and he is still doing it, he has glasses but he is still closing one eye and constantly blinking, he has a lot more tics too many to mention and have steadily got worse over the last year and more tics being added all the time, could this be tourettes or is he too young x





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    Hi, Racheal, my husband and two of my three children have Tourette Syndrome. Both of our babies exibited some tics very young before a year of age. Most doctors do not want to medicate small children, but usually will medicate if it is causing problems with eating, sleeping, breathing or functioning. TS gets worse in adolescence where the symptoms increase and most people will probably want to see a good Neurologist for treatment. I have found through more than 27 years living with people with this disorder that pediatricians and family doctors know little about it and are NOT the people to treat it. A good Neurologist, preferably at a University teaching hospital, as well as therapy to help the child cope with the illness is recommended. Only a good Neurologist can diagnose and properly treat your child optimally. (I first took our older dd to the Ped and she said my daughter was "nervous" I had to take her to a Neurologist to get her treated properly.) Good luck. You are not alone.

    Hello I am an 18year old male from Maine and I was first diagnosed at the age of 7. It became severe around the age of 12 up to still now, but it is dwindling. My tics involve verbal racial slurs, my left arm flailing, grunting, spitting, and my hand bones grinding together. There are medications for this and I reccomend consulting a doctor as I would strongly support the arguement that you have it. The medicine I am on is Haldol(tranqulizer pill) and marinol(thc pill)

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    My husband has a problem with his eyes and excessive blinking/twitching, he has had this problem for 20 years + and has been too embarrassed to seek help. We are unsure if it is an habit or a medical condition, lately I have noticed that the one eye is worse than the other and the blinking of the eyelids is also linked with a kind of twitch in the cheek bone. This is making him very depressed and self conscious, it is something that has been swept under the carpet for years and not mentioned due to how embarrassed he is about it. He has no control over the problem and only just recently the one eye seems to be sticking now and again. Can anything be done to help or is it purely an habit. It is now getting to the stage where he will not leave the house other than to go to work, he does not want to socialise and become very angry with himself.





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    This sounds a lot like blethraspasm and I would certainly get to see a neurologist - I am sick of people thinking this condition is a habit and you can help it - if that was the case believe me my daughter would accept it was a habit and try other things rather than having needles into her eyelids every three months. It is so hard to get a diagnosis for this condition over here due to the fact that there is not a simple blood test that get the answers. You just need a good neurologist and someone who understands this condition.

    I have been blinking since I was 15. Am now 25. It only use to happen when I had a drink. Now it's happening a lot throughout the day. I have had botox which didn't help at all. I have now been refered to a neurosurgeon. The stress this causes me is terrible.sometimes I just want to scream and shout. I find it as o hard to drive and I use a company van which is essential to my job as I am a gas engineer. I am now waiting for a head Scan and blood tests from the neurosurgeon. He does say that there is a very rare blood condition which can cause this, as he says he thinks I am to young for blephrospasm. The worst thing is that I just don't think it can stop. My eyes just shut and the blinking is as constant. They even squeeze shut and I end up holding my right eyelid with my finger just to try an see. Just wish somebody could just do something for me. I have been going through this for far to long now. I have too children a good family and job but this is wrecking my life. I can't even read my child a bedtime storey without holding my eyes open. I as m now coming home from work when it starts as its impossible for me to do it safely.





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    Unfortunately, it took years before I was properly disgnosed with blepharospasm. All physicians are not clear on this condition because it only effect a small group of people from all walks of life of all age groups in one form or another. This dystonia can also effect the face as well as neck and other muscles. There is no known reason for this condition and no known cure at this time. I receive botox injections every three months. I suffer with crainofacial dystonia and cervical dystonia as well . For support and information , treatment andtreatment and rearch contact: blepharospasm.org. They can help you get the support you need.

    What was the blood condition? My husband is suffering from this and Botox did nothing for him. We don't know where else to turn!

    can anything be done about the constant blinking as it efects my life daily .





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    Hi, Do you have an update? Took my little boy to the doctors today and my GP says there is nothing wrong with him and he will grow out of it. Apart from the blinking and the facial movements he's a normal child. Not really convinced am seeking a second opinion.

    I am 14 and suffer from nearly everything what everone else has said, or getting there! Is it to early to use laser treatment? should I wait until all the hair has stopped growning (until i turn into a blinking monkey) or get it now? and will i have to pay seeing as I am young? my mum is on benefits because of illness so would it be free? Im not sure, so if anyone can awnser, that would be great :) x





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    I agree with the previous comment. I have Bletharospasm and exactly the same symptons of uncontrollable blinking and spasms which have spread down my face. I have Botox injections every 2 to 3 months which help and don't know how I would manage without them, but there is no cure. People do not realise just how distressing this condition is.





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    I was diagnosed with blepharospasm this year i have had botox injections which haven't worked and i am now waitng for more tests. I also find it very distressing that nobody seems to understand how difficult life has become in the last year . The very basic things that most people take for granted are now driving , walking the dog ,getting the groceries but the hardest thing is the looks you get from adults, kids at least ask, but adults just stare.

    Hi there im from new zealand and my 6yr has had blinking problems for the last 1.5-2yrs have seen 4 or 5 drs and even an optometrist that have all said its related to allergy, i took him to a chiropractor as he hurt his neck and he was the one that mentioned blepharospasm within 5 mins of treating him. Is he to young for this and could it just be phase or what else do i need to expect hes such a quite shy child as it is and really concerned about bulling if it doesnt go away. So what other symptoms do i need to look for.





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    im 17 and i have a blinking problem? my eyelids dont clamp shut but i bling a lot and with more forse than usual? i seen my gp and they said there is no problem but it makes me realy uncomfortable and i get depresed because of it. its also causing the skin in between my eyes to wrinkle? i was just wondering is there anything at all that i can do???





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    I am 16 years old and also have excessive blinking and squinting. I have only had it for the last 3 or 4 years and It does effect my social life and my studies. The hardest part is that we have been to more than 5 doctors and they all say its due to different things, some say allergies to the weather and some even said a nervous tick! I know its not though! I am wondering has this worked for you?? and would you recommend it!

    Me too and the tears stream so badly when I'm outdoors that it affects my vision. I was told it was dry eyes with watching the computer screen for long periods without blinking. now that I remember to blink frequently it has helped. Also artificial teardrops from Boots has helped too. Good luck.





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    By the way I am a 1st time blogger so... hope I don't sound like an idiot but I am 30 and in fantastic physical shape, I play football I am african american an I tend to blink excessively when I am mad or I feel akward and when I am hungry and I have missed a couple of meals also when I have not had water in a while. This is comforting to know I am not a side show because my friends and family wonder what's wrong with me and they ask me to stop blinking so much as if I can help it and they mock and tease me about it

    I have started getting spasms in my eyelids, that cant be controlled. I have seen my GP, but they think it could just be linked to stress. The thing is I do work daily with computers, and not sure if this contributes to the spasms. Its so annoying, as I lose focus, and it feels like everyone can see it. My next thing to try is have another eye test, although had one last year. They diagnosed Dryitis-excessive dryness of the eyes and lots of blinking.This was when I didnt get the spasms though. I hope does get worse than it is.





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