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What causes eye twitching and involuntary smile?

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Posted on Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Question: I have been facing this problem since 14 years now.... I feel I have no control over my eye moments there is eye twitching and an involuntary smile... and when I am anxious it happens more... My vata is also aggravated. I am taking sahachardi tablets 2 tablets twice a day morning and night after meals... is this ok? My constipation is better now. i also have burning and pricking sensation in both the eyes (don't know if this is twitching) Pls. advise what is the cause is it because of vata
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Answered by Dr. Senthilnathan Subramanian (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
hai,

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX ,

I appreciate your concern.

From your history you got neurological dysfunction. (Motor neuron problem)
Imbalance in tridosha (especially vata)

Vata can aggravated because the followings
improper and irregularity in food intake, constant traveling, sleeplessness, intake of dry food etc

Sahachardi tablets is okay. Need proper medication and advice after the assessment.

Taking only the medication will not help in reducing the symptoms along with that you should follow the proper lifestyle to rectify the imbalanced dosha (vata).

Eye burning and other discomfort will also include imbalance in your vata as well as pitta

I need certain detail of you like
Weight and height
Which side of the eye got involuntary movement
Any medical history of Hypertension/diabetes/any other
Any relevant family history
Occupation/mode of work
Diet pattern
Lifestyle
Any past diseased condition like facial palsy

Kindly get back to me with the relevant details and any query from your side.

Thank you
Stay healthy





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Follow up: Dr. Senthilnathan Subramanian (12 hours later)

I need certain detail of you like
Weight and height 57 kgs ht 5.1
Which side of the eye got involuntary movement - It is a sting in the eye followed by a twitch. The sting in eye is in the corners of the eye.
Any medical history of Hypertension/diabetes/any other - No BP or diabetes.
Any relevant family history - Mother diabetic and has lost vision due to glaucoma and is alive. father had a bypass and is no more.
Occupation/mode of work - Secretary by profession work Mon-Fri
Diet pattern - used to skip breakfast till the last 15 days. Since 15 days having breakfast
Lifestyle-Have done art of living courses so I do XXXXXXX and meditation & an deeply into spiritual practices regularly
Any past diseased condition like facial palsy (I don't think I have this)

which city are you based out of?
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Answered by Dr. Senthilnathan Subramanian (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Thanks for your reply

Detailed Answer:

Hello mam,

Regularizing your lifestyle and diet is appreciated.
As you are doing XXXXXXX and medication is well enough.
I didn’t get the details regarding which side eye (right or left) or both eyes are getting twitching.

Assessment:
As eye twitching can be physiological response to the external factor like eye strain, allergy dust and fumes or some internal factor like nutritional deficiency, stress, dry eyes because of lack of eye (tears) lacrimation.
Prolonged usage of computer will cause dryness in eyes which causes twitch. Dryness is the property of vata.

Depends upon on the following factor
(The severity, duration, occurrence, how long expending in the day,)
We can assess the cause and treatment requirements.

Involuntary movements of your facial muscle will lead to involuntary smile.
May be localized problem of weakness in facial muscles or any cranial nerve defect which control the facial movements from the brain.
We need to elicit by performing a cranial nerve examination which also rule out your eye problem also.
Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve conduction test will helpful in ruling out the problem with facial nerves.
If needed MRI Scan suggested.

Advise:

You should take some oil based medication like gandharavasthi kashayam daily at night 15 ml with warm water to reduce your vata.

2 drops of pure Sesame oil in both eyes in early morning and advised stay calm for 15 minutes with closed eyes is advised. It will help in maintaining your eyes healthy. XXXXXXX Tarpana is advised if you have localized cause.

Performing Eye exercise will also help.

For your facial problem physical assessment is must. To rule out the severity.
If it is cranial nerve problem following advise will help.
Certain choornams like satavari, aswaganda, karpuradhi will help .mucana pruriens powder will level regeneration and strengthening the nerve fibers. Facial massage with medicated oil like XXXXXXX tailam, Karpasasthyadi Thailam is advised.

Shirovasti is recommended for facial palsy. If needed nasyam also.
Above all I strongly suggest you to perform XXXXXXX yoga regularly will help you in keeping your dosha in balance.

Food advise:
Fats and oils are beneficial in the digestive system and help reduce Vata. Use up to 3 teaspoons daily of ghee. ghee should be melted while using.
Rice and wheat are the best grains for balancing Vata. Using Brown rice is appreciated.
Cooked vegetables are best.
cardamom, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed, XXXXXXX asafetida,black pepper will neutralize vata.

Life style: Avoid stress, sleeplessness.
Above clarification will help you to fix your problem. Kindly visit your nearby classical ayurveda specialist for physical assessment and further management.

I am from XXXXXXX city

Thank you

Stay healthy.
'Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help". For Follow up queries, end with "If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer. Wish you good health

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Follow up: Dr. Senthilnathan Subramanian (8 hours later)
Thanks for your detailed input!!!

I will do the needful that you have mentioned and continue to have the medicines also. How long do you think I should consume the medicines? with Sahacharadi tablets twice a day after meals I am feeling much relieved. Should I continue this and for how long?
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Answered by Dr. Senthilnathan Subramanian (12 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Continue as long as you feel better...

Detailed Answer:

Thanks for your reply

As far as your problem get resolved you should follow the medicine and other advise as mentioned in earlier conversation. For the time being you can take it for 60 days and reassess the condition.

Kindly take protein rich food. It will activate your nerve action better.

Sahacharadi tablet can be stopped once you are symptom free for more than a month.

In the meanwhile you should follow the yoga and diet plan that will keep you always healthy.

thank you
stay healthy

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Follow up: Dr. Senthilnathan Subramanian (35 hours later)
Should I start the medicines mentioned by you (as below) along with the Sahacharadi tablets? How long should I take the medicines mentioned by you.

Should I do the tests mentioned by you after I try out the medicines for about a month or so?

will this oil based medication not add fat to the body and is it ok for the heart?

Your prescription -
You should take some oil based medication like gandharavasthi kashayam daily at night 15 ml with warm water to reduce your vata.

2 drops of pure Sesame oil in both eyes in early morning and advised stay calm for 15 minutes with closed eyes is advised. It will help in maintaining your eyes healthy. XXXXXXX Tarpana is advised if you have localized cause.

Performing Eye exercise will also help.

For your facial problem physical assessment is must. To rule out the severity.
If it is cranial nerve problem following advise will help.
Certain choornams like satavari, aswaganda, karpuradhi will help .mucana pruriens powder will level regeneration and strengthening the nerve fibers. Facial massage with medicated oil like XXXXXXX tailam, Karpasasthyadi Thailam is advised.

Shirovasti is recommended for facial palsy. If needed nasyam also.
Above all I strongly suggest you to perform XXXXXXX yoga regularly will help you in keeping your dosha in balance.
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Answered by Dr. Senthilnathan Subramanian (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Yes, take along with sahachardi tab

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for replying,

I have given you the medication choice depends upon the severity of the condition.
First we need to assess the condition.
As you already went to neurologist ,whether he performed those investigation what I mentioned earlier and what is his diagnosis .kindly let me know?

Medicated oil will not harm your heart.

Ideal way to treat is after proper assessment of the disease or a condition.
However,
I will suggest you medication to take for one month along with sahacharadi tablet.
Gandaravasthathi kashayam -15ml at bed time with warm water. It will give smooth passing of stools in the morning.
Mucuna pruriens powder- 15g with butter milk or mix with rice kanji and you can take. Twice a day.
Sesame oil drops in both eyes weekly thrice a time in morning.
Use mahamasa tailam for facial massage alternate days.

Avoid spicy,salty foods.

Anti vata food and anti vata lifestyle should be avoided.
follow your routine yoga as well as.

if you want try with above medication without any investigation you can go ahead and follow it for one month and give me a feedback.

if you didn’t feel improvement kindly go for investigation as mentioned earlier and kindly get back to me for further management.
I hope I given you a clarification.

Thank you
Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help.If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer. Wish you good health

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What causes eye twitching and involuntary smile?

Brief Answer: hai, Detailed Answer: Hello XXXXXXX , I appreciate your concern. From your history you got neurological dysfunction. (Motor neuron problem) Imbalance in tridosha (especially vata) Vata can aggravated because the followings improper and irregularity in food intake, constant traveling, sleeplessness, intake of dry food etc Sahachardi tablets is okay. Need proper medication and advice after the assessment. Taking only the medication will not help in reducing the symptoms along with that you should follow the proper lifestyle to rectify the imbalanced dosha (vata). Eye burning and other discomfort will also include imbalance in your vata as well as pitta I need certain detail of you like Weight and height Which side of the eye got involuntary movement Any medical history of Hypertension/diabetes/any other Any relevant family history Occupation/mode of work Diet pattern Lifestyle Any past diseased condition like facial palsy Kindly get back to me with the relevant details and any query from your side. Thank you Stay healthy