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    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 →

    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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    Hi i am a 17 year old male and i have excessive hair on my legs(whole except soles), back(most), shoulders(most), chest and abdominal area(thin line off dark hair). i know its excessive because every time i'm in the changing rooms no one near enough hair than me its embarrassing to take my clothes off.is there anything i can do to reduce the viscosity of the hair.





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    Hi i'm 17 years old and I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. My doctor has told me that my hormonal balance is fine and this was seen through a blood test and pelvic ultra sound. Though she said my hormonal balance is fine i actually have excessive amounts of hair growth literally everywhere on my body and I don't know how to get rid of it. I was on the pill for 6 months to regulate my period cycle but the pill also didn't help with my excessive hair growth. Is there any creams or other pills i can take for the hair problem? Including facial hair.





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    DO NOT SHAVE IT. that is the worst thing you can do. Speak to your parents about it and see if they can afford laser/ IPL treatment. It's not available on the Nhs as it's considered a cosmetic procedure (even though you'd be having it done for medical reasons) and if you can't afford it then waxing would be your next best bet. I had IPL treatment when i was younger (i'm 20 now) and it honestly changed my life- my confidence grew so much and my personality changed from shy to outgoing. It's horrible how something like this can affect your life but there are ways to sort it :)

    I was told years ago that I had IBS many years ago and was prescribed Fibogel, which never worked but over the years increased my fibre intake which helped my constipation a lot. In the last 6years I was diagnosed with fibroids and polyps and been having excessive bleeding and sometimes excessive, debilitating pain. I contacted NHS Direct who advised I have further investigation done by camera as I have been under the care of UCH and they cannot see why I'm constantly receiving excess pain on the left hand side of my body. At first I wasn't sure what the pain was because it always came during or just after a period. My GP said having investigation with camera in a hospital would be inconclusive so wouldn't refer me. I'm very worried as my sister died of abdominal cancer in 2005. Please help!!





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    Hi EB Over the past three years I have noticed an increase in bodily sweating. The most socially awkward aea is the top of my head which is bald. A warm day can set this into floods even without excessive exercise. I havent noticed if this is diet related. I would say that I am a little over weight (A stone or two). I also notice that the top of my head acn feel quite hot often and I also get some symptoms of facial flushing. Sweating can be excessive two on my back and armpits and all over to a degree. Social situations can be a trigger but the symptons can even happen when I am on my own. I am 49 and around 14 stone 5"9 I have mentioned it to my GP a couple of years ago. He tells me this can vary from person to person and that not a lot can be done about it. Excerise can lower stress and reduce symtons. Any advice would be appreciated. thank you





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    I'm a 24m and have the following problems and need help 1. acne on the back n face and chest have excessive hair growth so waxed my chest which resulted in more growth, also shaving leads to a lot of skin irritation and more acne on th face. I wanted to know if i can reduce the hair growth in some way 2 excessive hair loss, itchy scalp and dandruff 3. the inner side of my thighs have become back. from inside n the skin is a bit rough. i dont feel pain or burning, at times due to sweat i feel itchy but no irritation in the area as such 4. worst of all i've got some small white sports on the pennis and i'm not sure what they are. been to embarrassed to get them checked. so please i need some help as to what to do.





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    Hi Nicholas. Thanks for your question. Typically men who have high levels of the hormone testosterone generally have quite a bit of body hair. Strangely enough, the same chemical responsible for hair growth on the body can also cause hair to thin on the top of the head. The reason for this is because (for reasons still unknown to science) the hairs on the top of the head are sensitive to a chemical called DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) which is a form of testosterone. What happens next is that the hairs on the top of the head tend to go into the 'sleep' stage of their development, which means that the hair follicle will only produce thin, short, pale hairs. There are many treatments for this kind of hair thinning such as Rogaine, Procepia and Growthex. For example, Growthex works by putting the hair back in to the 'growth' phase so the hair follicle start producing thicker longer hairs.

    Hello, i am really worry. I have excessive skin hanging from my vagina? What is this?





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    you mean the inner labia? like picture five? if thats what you mean its normal and definitely not something to worry about. if you mean actually coming out of the vagina (the hole) then you should go and see a doctor.

    Can pain killing medication cause excessive all over sweating?





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    i have excessive sweating but i also sweat on my eyebrows it occurs all the time and its really shamefull





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    Hello Has any females suffered and been cured from excessive sweating in the groin area? Thanks





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    Well I have found the answer!!!! Obdaban....dont use a lot, otherwise it will irritate but it works for me after all these years.

    Yes I suffer with that too and getting to the point where I might go to the doctors. I have had this for many years but I do sweat alot full stop.

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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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    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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    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.

    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 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!

    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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    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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    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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    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 please help me. I'm 18 years old male and i sweat alot all the time. I can't even remember since when i have this sweating thing. It's really annoying and it's uncomfertable having this excessive sweat all over my body. I feel really annoyed when everybody is really ok when it come to walking but i'm the only one who sweat alot only just walking for around 5 minutes or so. I've never check go to doctor what happen to me. Is there any cause why i've this excessive sweat?? Is this excessive sweat common to people?? And are there any cure for for this?? I've a sinus and it's this what cause my excessive sweat by any chance?? P.S. Sorry my English is a mess





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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'm a teenager and I suffer from excessive sweating in my arm pits which is really embarrasing and lowers my self esteem. I feel I am unable to play sports, wear certain clothes or do what I love doing such as performing on stage as my excessive armpit sweat stops me from doing so because it may cause people to laugh at me and bullying. I have tried using anhydrol forte which is a treatment for excessive sweating but it only works for about 5 days and as I have sensitive skin it is really painful when using it after a few days because I get rashes and it becomes really sore. I would love some help on how to cure this problem as it would really help my lifestyle. Thank you





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