Why Do I Have a "Vibrating" Eyeball?


Asked by kittenmitton

"Vibrating" Eyeball??!?!!? Anyone? I Know This Sounds Odd, But It's The Best Way I Can Describe The Sensation...

...(I wasn't in front of a mirror, so I can't verify that it's my eyeball and not my lids, but I've had twitchy lids and it didn't feel like that). Wednesday night I had a migraine: nausea, felt hot & cold, head ached in that tell-tale way. Took a maxalt and felt great soon after and then the whole next day. At Thanksgiving dinner (about 24 hours later), I noticed my right eye "vibrate" for no more than 3-5 seconds - very brief and just that once. My vision really wasn't distorted much, but I may not have noticed because I was hoping the other guests didn't see it! Last night I couldn't sleep; felt extremely anxious (one of my migraine symptoms), hot and cold, and tossed and turned. Then with my eyes closed my right eyeball vibrated/spasmed exactly as it did Thursday. Very brief, and I could just see squiggles behind my lids. My head started to hurt very mildly behind my eye, mildly enough that OTC meds seemed to really help, and my sinuses started to drain a little. I got no sleep, so now I'm a zombie at work, and I've got that migraine hangover feeling.... I have an appointment with my ophthalmologist on Tuesday morning, just to make sure it's nothing, but I'm wondering if others have had this experience? I've had migraines of all sorts (including hemiplegic) since I was about 12, so variations are not unheard of for me. Thanks!



Some of the symptoms you describe can certainly be part of a Migraine attack. A runny nose, watery eyes, visual aura plus more can all be part of a Migraine with aura. However, the only person who can safely tell you what is going on is a doctor. He/she can review your and your family's medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and conduct a complete examination. Nobody can diagnose via the Internet. How did the appointment with your eye doctor go? Will you let us know?

You mentioned Hemiplegic Migraine (HM) which is a rare from of Migraine disease. We have some information on HM you may find helpful in this article: Hemiplegic Migraine - The Basics. Sometimes it is a good idea to have a Migraine specialist work with us when we have more complicated or rare cases like HM. Have you seen a Migraine specialist? Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

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You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.