strange morning symptom

This may sound totally barmy, but i am having this very weird sympton that only occurs when i wake up. It feels like the muscles in my eyelids have lost their strength, and i have great difficulty in opening my eyes.

This has been happening for the last 3 weeks or so, very odd does any one else have this symptom.

Any info much appreciated

Dotti x

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You may need a slight increase in medication. I still get it but it's definitely improved.

I have it intermittently in my left eye. I call it 'eye lag'. Its taken 5-10 minutes to open the eye at times. I have constant pain in the eye socket when I blink and along top of cheekbone and jaw hinge into temple.

Dental causation has been ruled out. GP doesn't note any swelling or visible cause and suggests its a tension pain resulting from eye strain and has recommended an eye check up, which is, indeed, very overdue. I'm not convinced 'eye lag' is related to eye strain though.


Iv had this from time to time, sometimes if i wake up during the night or in the morning i cant open my eyes, their not sticky just no strength in the lids.

Some time ago i got tested for mysthenia gravis before this symptom occured, i know from research that this can be a symptom of MG as well.

Thanks everyone for your replies i am also very overdue on eye test, so will get one booked.

Dotti x

Droopy lids are often flagged up in pictures of Hypothyroid people. Hypo people often tilt their heads back when talking because of the half closed eyes in some cases - or heavy lids. You will see that from time to time with characters on TV ! T3 needed in the muscles - there are muscles involved in the eyelid function.....sorry no scientific evidence to support my observations - but have read something - somewhere ....

Thanks Marz for the info

Dotti x

I have exactly the same symptoms. It is really hard to open my eyes in the morning but no crustiness. It got better when I first went on Levothyroxine but has returned now after about 10 years, even though I have increased T 4 from 75 to 100, the eyes still won't open in the mornings.

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