Wednesday, May 23, 2007


I have been ticking for 4 days. Specifically, the space just below my left eye has been ticking in near constant spasms. It is so annoying. (It has nothing to do with the "Bush Time Bomb" picture but I thought the pic was hilarious).

A friend of mine said that it might be because of a potassium deficit and that I should eat some bananas. I tried, but I continued to tick. Another friend suggested that maybe it's because my sleep schedule is still slightly off kilter and that I should focus on getting some rest. I've been getting around 6 hours a night, which is less than the 8 I need, because though I've been going to bed fairly early I keep waking up at 3 am as a result of jet lag. Last night, I took an ambien for the first time in 2 months and managed to sleep until 7 am but I woke up with a smashing headache. Ouch. It still hurts and it's almost 5 pm!

Does anyone know about eye-ticking? Do I need to go to the doctor? Will I be like this for the rest of my life? I don't want to tick forever.


Tara said...

Mine does that, in exactly that spot, when I am stressed. Might just be the pressure of culture shock and the new job. I wouldn't worry about it for a few more days. ;)

Sparky Duck said...

well typically I would say you need sex. But, on the medical front, maybe its dehydration of some sort.

Starshine said...

I have no idea what to recommend here, but I hope you are tick free real soon.

Candy Minx said...


Just caught up on some of your recent posts , it has been so much fun to rea. I am so happy about your new job and the welcoming you sounds so civilized! It also sounds like a firm that is working to build and respect morale. That is good for you.

The eye tick. Keep sleeping. You need those 8 hour nights and it will go away.

I've beent aking a tablespoon of flax seed oil an hour before breakfast, and an hour before lunch...oh my gosh...I have been sleeping like a baby. Try it.

(you can find out more in my review of The Shangri-La Diet on my blog)

Welcome home, I missed ya but am so happy about what an amazing trip you've had...have a great weekend!!!!


Bubbles said...

Go see a doctor. Thats my advice. It never hurts. I believe ticks can be a result of lots of things, vitamins, sleep, etc.

Buttercup said...

Tara - Maybe it's stress but that's so weird b/c I'm actually Happy!

Sparky - Ha ha. Now if only sex didn't come with emotional vulnerability, the risk of potential diseases, and mercurial men. I'll up my water intake.

Starshine - Thanks anyway!

Candyminx - Wow, I'm going to check out the flaxseed and your posts about the Shangri-La diet. I'm going to try a nutritionist in the next week or so, so I will keep you posted on that as well.

Bubbles - No insurance yet!

Willow said...

I've had the eye tic problem happen to me before, it eventually just went away. I believe when it happened to me it was a source of stress--I was in the old unhappy job place.

I bet if you are able to get the sleep you need, it'll go away on its own. I know how frustrating it can be, hopefully it doesn't last much longer:)

Gregory A. Becerra said...

Eye ticking is very common. This is generally a sign of tension inside you. You can do a few things to soothe it, like anything that gets adrenaline pumping—sex or running or a scary movie—but you need to figure out what your internal conflict is.

This doesn't mean some huge issue is going on inside, these usually solve themselves. It is usually something small that you keep obsessing about. It could be your new job and just that you are over thinking it.

If you are doing the yoga still, try the breathing exercises daily in the morning and evening where you push all the air out of your lungs. You might also try purging your body for a day, like a near fast, just water and fruits and vegetables. That would help with any jet lag still hanging about. And the breathing and purging will help clear your mind and help you identify if you are obsessing over anything. Again you could be obsessing over something trivial and not realize it. Crying and laughing also help get rid of the tension.

A slight medical possibility is you are using a monitor with a bad refresh rate and this is causing eye fatigue. It would have to be a very old monitor, or very cheap, or defective, and you would have to be staring at it for a very long time. If this is the case, get a better monitor, take more breaks, and try to apply pressure to the muscles around your eyes that are twitching. This will encourage blood flow.

Buttercup said...

Willow - Good to hear that it went away. Mine's still ticking.

Gregory - Great ideas about the fast and also the application of pressure to the area. I was thinking a fast would help me b/c I still feel out of sorts since getting back - kind of sluggish, not eating great, not sleeping great etc. BUT, I am happy so all of the other things will get sorted out.

Funny how both of the males suggested sex. Ha! I know Gypsy would agree with you.

Gregory A. Becerra said...

Regarding males and sex: that's because men have an advantage once they are having sex, the end is a given. Now I can't speak first hand, but I hear that some women leave sex unsatisfied, therefore they might not value it as highly as men do.

The tension doesn't have to come from bad tension. You could be so excited about what is coming that it has you in knots internally. For example, over-planning could give you a twitch.

Buttercup said...

Gregory, I don't think women value sex less than men. I would agree that sometimes women leave sex unsatisfied (although men do to). Even if women did leave sex unsatisfied on a more regular basis than men, it would not follow that they would value sex less. Maybe they would value it more (getting back to the debate about supple and demand).

Luckily sex for one is a given, so I'll do my best to have a few to see if they take care of this tick.

Gregory A. Becerra said...

I also forgot that since you are in New York, you can probably find a good Shiatsu masseur. That could fix you right up.

Gregory A. Becerra said...

I do mean to suggest that women don't enjoy or appreciate sex as much as men. But I believe the average man could have sex constantly or at least to the limit of his physical condition, whereas a woman tends to look for other variations of intimacy to supplement sex.

Much of a Western male's identity is tied into sex. We are very simple creatures. A woman on the other hand is much more versatile and complex. Of course there are the exceptions, but I believe this is true on average.

Buttercup said...

If men are not looking for other variations of intimacy other than sex, they are missing quite a bit.

The bit about men being "simple" creatures and women being so complex... Of xourse I've heard that many times before, but I don't know if I buy it. I think the argument - though it sounds complimentary on the surface to women - unfairly sells men short and gives other men an excuse for bad behavior, which ultimately ends up hurting women and maintaining traditional gender ideology.

On the other hand, i certainly have encountered many men who just want sex and seemingly nothing else, are not that emotionally deep, and do in fact appear to be quite simple.

But not all of them, and hopefully not most of them.

Gregory A. Becerra said...

The simple/complex argument can probably be argued to both positive and negative ends for both sexes, as you suggest. I don't mean it from either aspect, neither a compliment nor insult to either sex.

Biologically women are more complex. They have to be in order to bake one in the oven. Women have much more chemical variance than men. This alone cannot be used to create a valid argument for anything positive or negative.

What I can say, especially from my own experience as a man, is that sex fulfills more intimacy needs for a man than it does for a woman. This is a major cause of difficulties in communication between men and women.

When a woman tells a man she needs more intimacy, the first thought for a man is sex. Many men use it to say that they love you, they are sorry, or they are happy to be near you. For the average man, sex is sufficient to cover quite a large range of intimacy issues. He isn't missing out on anything because his need is being filled.

The average woman is quite different. She needs non-sexual contact. This does not mean she enjoys sex any less. And it does not mean she is more intelligent or less intelligent. All it means is that she has different requirements.

This difference may be an important factor in keeping us attracted to each other.

The simplest way to describe this difference is that for a man, sex is an acceptable birthday present. For a woman, you better have at least chocolates, flowers, or diamonds.

Sparky Duck said...

im just glad I am not the only one with sex on the brain. Though, its always my remedy for everything. Sore throat=sex, measles=sex, poison ivy= stay the hell away from me