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Is eye twitching a symptom of anxiety disorder?

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Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2015
Question: This morning I had a doctor's appointment where we discussed my current issues. I have an anxiety disorder and have been having the following symptoms: I get tingling every now and then in my hands, feet, and sometimes mouth. Also, there are times where when I'm walking at work, my left leg will feel limp, however, I haven't fallen down. The last few days I've gotten light-headed more than once and have tension headaches. I also have a tooth infection. In March, I had blood taken and a CT which came back great, thyroid is good. My nurse practitioner tested my reflexes, everything was good. She told me if she were to recommend a brain scan, it would only be for my benefit, that she in no way thinks or worries something is wrong. And she doesn't want to expose me to that much radiation just for my own reassurance. However, when I left, I realized I forgot to mention that last night I had a sort of twitch in my left eye and felt a little numb under that eye. Now today, my eyes feel very strange and my eye sight feels off. It's not entirely blurry and I'm not seeing double, but it's like it is hard to focus. Is this concerning? Could it have to do with sleep or hydration? Is it neurological, or is that just anxiety really playing games?
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Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar (18 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Nothing serious may be anxiety related

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXX,
I have gone through your question and understand your concerns.
Twitching in eyes muscle may be occasionally present in most people related to fatigue, stress and strain on eyes.
Also previous questions and complains seems to be more pointing towards anxiety related issues.
As you have normal Brain imaging and examination you can continue taking anxiolytics with proper hydration and diet.
For some time you can take multi vitamin and calcium also.
Hope you found the answer helpful.
Do get back to me for further queries.
Regards
Dr Neeraj Kumar
Neurologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Neel Kudchadkar
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Follow up: Dr. Neeraj Kumar (11 minutes later)
I think what's really on my mind is that I don't know if brain imaging is fine. I got a CAT and CTA on my neck, but I was never told if they took images of my brain. The CT I also had in March was on my chest. Would the blood work tell if I had any brain issues? I think that is my main concern, that I'm afraid with the tingling and headaches, and now with the currently eye sight weirdness, that I'm concerned about my head.
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Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You can have a CT head

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXX,
Presently all your symptoms are anxiety related but presence of objective visual loss must be evaluated. You need to consult a neurologist who can properly examine eyes and fundus.
In presence of any danger signs you should undergo CT head.
Further investigation can be planned later on.
Hope you recover early.
Wishing you good health.
Regards
Dr Neeraj Kumar
Neurologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Neel Kudchadkar
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Is eye twitching a symptom of anxiety disorder?

Brief Answer: Nothing serious may be anxiety related Detailed Answer: Hello XXXX, I have gone through your question and understand your concerns. Twitching in eyes muscle may be occasionally present in most people related to fatigue, stress and strain on eyes. Also previous questions and complains seems to be more pointing towards anxiety related issues. As you have normal Brain imaging and examination you can continue taking anxiolytics with proper hydration and diet. For some time you can take multi vitamin and calcium also. Hope you found the answer helpful. Do get back to me for further queries. Regards Dr Neeraj Kumar Neurologist