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triskele

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Location: The Dragons' Roost


Posted: Feb 14, 2009 - 1:19pm

romeotuma wrote:


Triskele, it sounds to me like you may have what is called benign essential blepharospasm (BEB)... "benign" indicates the condition is not life threatening, and "essential" is a medical term meaning "of unknown cause"... blepharo means "eyelid" in Greek, and spasm means "uncontrolled muscle contraction"... in addition, it is called both a cranial and a focal dystonia— cranial refers to the head, and focal indicates confinement to one part... the word dystonia describes abnormal involuntary sustained muscle contractions and spasms...

Your problem could be caused by something as simple as dry eyes... it has been observed that the signs and symptoms of dry eye frequently precede and/or occur concomitantly with blepharospasm... it has been suggested that dry eye may trigger the onset of blepharospasm in susceptible persons...

There are a lot of other things you don't want your problems confused with—

Ptosis— drooping of the eyelids caused by weakness or paralysis of a levator muscle of the upper eyelid
Blepharitis— an inflammatory condition of the lids due to infection or allergies
Hemifacial spasm— a non-dystonic condition involving various muscles on one side of the face, often including the eyelid, and caused by irritation of the facial nerve... the muscle contractions are more rapid and transient than those of blepharospasm, and the condition is always confined to one side...
Nystagmus— the jerking or jumping of the eye itself... this is an entirely different condition and an optometrist or ophthalmologist should be able to make a proper diagnosis after a full examination...

eye twitches are muscle spasms and, like most muscle spasms, they generally have no long term side effects...

other causes could be—

fatigue or lack of sleep
over consumption of caffeine
physical or emotional stress
anxiety or phobias
drain bamage or other neurological disorders
eye stress associated with extended viewing of the computer screen
Estrogen replacement therapy for women going through menopause

blepharospasm is thought to be due to abnormal functioning of the basal ganglia which are situated at the base of the brain... the basal ganglia play a role in all coordinated movements, but nobody knows for sure what happens with the basal ganglia to cause the twitches...

it can be treated with some drugs, and there are surgery options, but the best way to treat it by far is a proactive approach to decrease the overall daily stress... some ways to reduce stress are— exercising more, sleeping more, working less, meditation, and eliminating all forms of dietary caffeine (coffee, chocolate, cola, certain over-the counter medications, etc.)...

here's a video about it that you might find interesting, just for info—

Diagnosis & Treatment with Botox of Patients with Benign Essential Blepharospasm & Related Disorders

It explains a lot about BEB, and offers a subcutaneous injection of Botox as a possible treatment...

It's up to you to decide if it is bad enough for you to see a optometrist/ophthalmologist, but if they last more than a week, or make your eyes close completely, you might want to consider it...

and relax, because it is not a dangerous medical situation... sorry to hear you are having to deal with it... good luck with it... remember my disclaimer— I am not a doctor; I am just a humble blue-collar foot-washer... I am not making a diagnosis— just offering data...




thank you for this, romeo.  i am already on drops for dry eyes, and i do spend 90% of my waking hours in front of a computer screen.  i have a policy of getting up and walking away at least every hour, if not more frequently.

the right lower eye lid is effected, and it doesn't make my eye close.  it's just horrendously annoying, because, when it's active, it can be nearly constant.

some of the other things, i didn't know.  this was very helpful.

(former member)

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Location: hotel in Las Vegas
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 14, 2009 - 12:38pm



Triskele, it sounds to me like you may have what is called benign essential blepharospasm (BEB)...  "benign" indicates the condition is not life threatening, and "essential" is a medical term meaning "of unknown cause"...  blepharo means "eyelid" in Greek, and spasm means "uncontrolled muscle contraction"...  in addition, it is called both a cranial and a focal dystonia— cranial refers to the head, and focal indicates confinement to one part... the word dystonia describes abnormal involuntary sustained muscle contractions and spasms...

Your problem could be caused by something as simple as dry eyes...  it has been observed that the signs and symptoms of dry eye frequently precede and/or occur concomitantly with blepharospasm... it has been suggested that dry eye may trigger the onset of blepharospasm in susceptible persons...

There are a lot of other things you don't want your problems confused with—

Ptosis— drooping of the eyelids caused by weakness or paralysis of a levator muscle of the upper eyelid
Blepharitis— an inflammatory condition of the lids due to infection or allergies
Hemifacial spasm— a non-dystonic condition involving various muscles on one side of the face, often including the eyelid, and caused by irritation of the facial nerve... the muscle contractions are more rapid and transient than those of blepharospasm, and the condition is always confined to one side...
Nystagmus— the jerking or jumping of the eye itself... this is an entirely different condition and an optometrist or ophthalmologist should be able to make a proper diagnosis after a full examination...

eye twitches are muscle spasms and, like most muscle spasms, they generally have no long term side effects...

other causes could be—

fatigue or lack of sleep
over consumption of caffeine
physical or emotional stress
anxiety or phobias
drain bamage or other neurological disorders
eye stress associated with extended viewing of the computer screen
Estrogen replacement therapy for women going through menopause

blepharospasm is thought to be due to abnormal functioning of the basal ganglia which are situated at the base of the brain... the basal ganglia play a role in all coordinated movements, but nobody knows for sure what happens with the basal ganglia to cause the twitches...

it can be treated with some drugs, and there are surgery options, but the best way to treat it by far is a proactive approach to decrease the overall daily stress... some ways to reduce stress are— exercising more, sleeping more, working less, meditation, and eliminating all forms of dietary caffeine (coffee, chocolate, cola, certain over-the counter medications, etc.)...

here's a video about it that you might find interesting, just for info—

Diagnosis & Treatment with Botox of Patients with Benign Essential Blepharospasm & Related Disorders

It explains a lot about BEB, and offers a subcutaneous injection of Botox as a possible treatment...

It's up to you to decide if it is bad enough for you to see a optometrist/ophthalmologist, but if they last more than a week, or make your eyes close completely, you might want to consider it...

and relax, because it is not a dangerous medical situation...  sorry to hear you are having to deal with it...  good luck with it...  remember my disclaimer— I am not a doctor; I am just a humble blue-collar foot-washer...  I am not making a diagnosis— just offering data...


hippiechick

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Location: topsy turvy land
Gender: Female


Posted: Feb 13, 2009 - 6:18pm

 romeotuma wrote:


Good stuff, folks—

Medical Support Communities

 
I bookmarked


(former member)

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Location: hotel in Las Vegas
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 13, 2009 - 6:17pm



Good stuff, folks—

Medical Support Communities


(former member)

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Location: hotel in Las Vegas
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 8, 2009 - 3:43pm



Mixing Acetaminophen and Caffeine May Cause Liver Damage


hippiechick

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Location: topsy turvy land
Gender: Female


Posted: Jan 31, 2009 - 8:44am

 romeotuma wrote:


My pipes are clear, honey, but I got real bad drain bamage...

 
Well, at least some of the parts work! {#Roflol}
hippiechick

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Location: topsy turvy land
Gender: Female


Posted: Jan 31, 2009 - 8:39am

 romeotuma wrote:


I think those girls could easily cause an election...

 
Not if your pipes are clogged

When I order a burger, a single, I usually have to take the second half home. I couldn't imagine jamming one of those things in my mouth.

hippiechick

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Location: topsy turvy land
Gender: Female


Posted: Jan 31, 2009 - 8:33am

 romeotuma wrote:


Except the waitresses, except in the right places...  hubba hubba...

 
They're enough to give any guy in there a heart attack! And the way most of them look and eat, they probably haven't had any in awhile.

hippiechick

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Location: topsy turvy land
Gender: Female


Posted: Jan 31, 2009 - 8:26am

 romeotuma wrote: 
Ewwwwww!!! Did you notice, almost everyone in there was fat?

phineas

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Posted: Jan 27, 2009 - 6:16pm

 BillnDollarBaby wrote:


Um, yeah, no.  I'm married and you're creepy with that foot thing.  Just sayin'. 

 
Worse, creepy and boring...

(former member)

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Posted: Jan 27, 2009 - 5:59pm

 romeotuma wrote:


Let me rub your feet real good...  I will make you a winner...

 

Um, yeah, no.  I'm married and you're creepy with that foot thing.  Just sayin'. 
(former member)

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Posted: Jan 27, 2009 - 5:44pm

 romeotuma wrote:



Here's a list of inexpensive, over-the-counter skin care products... and I'm talkin' over-the-counter, as in drug store, not as in Saks Fifth Avenue... these reasonably priced products work just as well as their designer counterparts...

For Face
Cleansers:
- Moisturel sensitive skin cleanser (the one I love for winter dryness)
- Purpose liquid or bar (I use the liquid in summer)
- Cetaphil bar or liquid (really burned my eyes)
- Basis liquid cleaner for sensitive skin
- Oil of Olay fragrance free cleanser
- Eucerin gentle hydrating cleanser

Moisturizers for Face-Daytime-SPF:
- Purpose dual treatment
- DML for face
- Eucerin 25
- Ombrelle 15
- Oil of Olay for sensitive skin
- Not on list, because it's newer than list, but I use and love Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion, with SPF 15

Nighttime
- Oil of Olay daily renewal
- Complex 15 for face
- Eucerin Q10
- Kinerase cream or lotion (twice a day)

For Body
Moisturizers
- SBR lipo cream (great for flakey patches)
- Moisterel lotion
- DML forte
- Eucerin Plus
- Aguaglycolic lotion ($15 might be high for a drug store product, but this stuff works as well as designer brands. Caution, as with all glycolic acid formulas, don't use this after shaving. I also use the face cream version)
- Cetaphil moisturizing lotion or cream (I also use this)

Body Soaps (bar)
- Lever 2000 unscented (used to use, now unfortunately I'm in love with a French soap at $8.50 a bar)
- Dove unscented
- Cetaphil bar
- Dial sensitive skin

Body Soaps (liquid)
- Oil of Olay daily renewal
- Dove

Sun Blocks 
- Solbar AVO
- Pre-sun Ultra 30 lotion or gel
- Ombrelle 15, 30 (my choice)
- Vanicream SPF 15 or 35



 

RT, most of your categories list more products than I use total!!!!!!  I'm a failure as a chic!!!!!!!!!!!!
AliGator

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Posted: Jan 27, 2009 - 5:42pm

 phineas wrote:

BMI is a crock if it doesn't account for body type.
 
Thank you. Because, uh, according to my BMI, I'm obese. Yeah, I could stand to lose weight. But I don't have tiny bird bones either.

Red_Dragon

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Posted: Jan 27, 2009 - 5:40pm

 phineas wrote:

BMI is a crock if it doesn't account for body type.
 
We're all human, right?

phineas

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Posted: Jan 27, 2009 - 5:26pm

 musik_knut wrote:
More Americans obese than merely overweight
Latest statistics show numbers have flipped and now 34 percent are obese

 
BMI is a crock if it doesn't account for body type.

(former member)

(former member) Avatar

Location: hotel in Las Vegas
Gender: Male


Posted: Jan 10, 2009 - 9:22pm



Here's a list of inexpensive, over-the-counter skin care products... and I'm talkin' over-the-counter, as in drug store, not as in Saks Fifth Avenue... these reasonably priced products work just as well as their designer counterparts...

For Face
Cleansers:
- Moisturel sensitive skin cleanser (the one I love for winter dryness)
- Purpose liquid or bar (I use the liquid in summer)
- Cetaphil bar or liquid (really burned my eyes)
- Basis liquid cleaner for sensitive skin
- Oil of Olay fragrance free cleanser
- Eucerin gentle hydrating cleanser

Moisturizers for Face-Daytime-SPF:
- Purpose dual treatment
- DML for face
- Eucerin 25
- Ombrelle 15
- Oil of Olay for sensitive skin
- Not on list, because it's newer than list, but I use and love Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion, with SPF 15

Nighttime
- Oil of Olay daily renewal
- Complex 15 for face
- Eucerin Q10
- Kinerase cream or lotion (twice a day)

For Body
Moisturizers
- SBR lipo cream (great for flakey patches)
- Moisterel lotion
- DML forte
- Eucerin Plus
- Aguaglycolic lotion ($15 might be high for a drug store product, but this stuff works as well as designer brands. Caution, as with all glycolic acid formulas, don't use this after shaving. I also use the face cream version)
- Cetaphil moisturizing lotion or cream (I also use this)

Body Soaps (bar)
- Lever 2000 unscented (used to use, now unfortunately I'm in love with a French soap at $8.50 a bar)
- Dove unscented
- Cetaphil bar
- Dial sensitive skin

Body Soaps (liquid)
- Oil of Olay daily renewal
- Dove

Sun Blocks
- Solbar AVO
- Pre-sun Ultra 30 lotion or gel
- Ombrelle 15, 30 (my choice)
- Vanicream SPF 15 or 35




musik_knut

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Location: Third Stone From The Sun
Gender: Male


Posted: Jan 10, 2009 - 5:48pm

More Americans obese than merely overweight
Latest statistics show numbers have flipped and now 34 percent are obese

updated 6:33 p.m. ET, Fri., Jan. 9, 2009
WASHINGTON - The number of obese American adults outweighs the number of those who are merely overweight, according to the latest statistics from the federal government.

Numbers posted by the National Center for Health Statistics show that more than 34 percent of Americans are obese, compared to 32.7 percent who are overweight. It said just under 6 percent are "extremely" obese.

"More than one-third of adults, or over 72 million people, were obese in 2005-2006, the NCHS said in its report.
The numbers are based on a survey of 4,356 adults over the age of 20 who take part in a regular government survey of health, said the NCHS, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The figures come from the 2005-2006 survey and are the most current available.

"During the physical examination, conducted in mobile examination centers, height and weight were measured as part of a more comprehensive set of body measurements," the NCHS report said.

"Although the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled since 1980, the prevalence of overweight has remained stable over the same time period," it said.
Obesity raises serious health risks
Obesity and overweight are calculated using a formula called body mass index. BMI is equal to weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. Someone with a BMI of 25 to 29 is classified as overweight, 30 to 40 counts as obese and people with BMIs of 40 or more are morbidly obese.

In the 1988-1994 surveys, 33 percent of Americans were overweight, 22.9 percent were obese and 2.9 percent were morbidly obese. The numbers have edged up steadily since.

Being overweight or obese raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, arthritis and other conditions.

In May, the CDC reported that 32 percent of U.S. children fit the definition of being overweight, 16 percent were obese and 11 percent were extremely obese.

Childhood and adult obesity has emerged as a growing problem not only in the United States but also in many countries around the world.


musik_knut

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Location: Third Stone From The Sun
Gender: Male


Posted: Jan 9, 2009 - 8:48pm

 romeotuma wrote: 

thanks Mr. Zappa!
musik_knut

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Gender: Male


Posted: Jan 9, 2009 - 8:42pm

 JrzyTmata wrote:
damn, we're out of peanut butter

 

'so k...I have some...just scrape off the funky stuff on top...
JrzyTmata

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Posted: Jan 9, 2009 - 8:40pm

damn, we're out of peanut butter
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