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    Pilbara got a reaction from teacherkse in Help ...... New to tics and we are at breaking point?   
    The arrival of tics is the most difficult time and everything you read is likely to lead you to worse case scenario. I have a 9 year old who has had TS since he was 7, and just recently his 8 year old brother has developed a vocal tic.
     
    Make sure you grab a copy of Sheila Rogers book, I think everyone should start there. From my experience, my son's tics are caused from environmental factors. Heavy metal toxicity was definitely a factor and once the aluminium was completely removed from his system he has improved significantly. We made sure his nutrients were balanced and then started investigating further. For us chemical sensitivity is the key for him. We cleaned up his diet, removed all chemicals from the house (definitely research toxicity in your home), bought a high quality air filters for his room and one for the main living areas. My son still tics, but they are so minor no one even knows he has TS and we have longer periods of no tics at all.

    Now I'm starting again with my second son because every child is different and their triggers can be completely different. Learn as much as you can and read all that is available. ACN are amazing in what information they provide, so your in the right place and on the right path.
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    Pilbara reacted to jennwl in 2 1/2 year old girl, Vocal Tic   
    Thank you to you both!
    I have an appointment with her pediatrician next week and in the meantime have been doing tons of research, ordered Sheila's book and am trying to stay as calm as possible. It's the unknown that's so scary. PANS/PANDAS is an interesting thought. She has never had a diagnosed strep infection but did have several ear infections this past year and when she started school she was sick a lot. I am not finding a lot of information on kids as little as 2 with tics. It seems like most get it older. It makes me concerned that she will have them worse/longer, etc...but again, I just don't know. I am hoping, just maybe, that this will be a one time thing? Is that even possible? I wish I had a glimmer of hope that this was going to get better. But at this point I can't even understand why it began to begin with.
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    Pilbara got a reaction from jennwl in 2 1/2 year old girl, Vocal Tic   
    I'm so feeling for you right now.
     
    Try not to think about worse case scenarios right now, and your in the right place to get the best knowledge. ACN was life changing for me and I strongly believe my son's improvement was because of what I've learnt in here and through reading Sheila's book. Your right, your Pediatrician is unlikely to be of any help, but its great that your seeing a naturopath and allergist, they are more than likely to be the game changers. PANS/PANDAs may definitely be possibility so learn all you can to rule it in or out.
     
    I didn't think we had a genetic link to TS because there is no history in our family. But I think it comes from my fathers side as I can find OCD and undiagnosed ADD. Not a bad thing because my father is a highly successful man who I think is absolutely amazing. But now I have a second son who has developed a vocal tic, so no doubt it's genetics for us.
     
    But that' ok because worse things can happen, so I feel very blessed that it's only tics. If it wasn't for the tics I would never have made lifestyle changes, I'm far better informed about toxicity in our environment and in our food supply. My oldest son's tics are very minimal no one picks up on them, except me of course. We now go longer periods with no tics at all, so the TS is having no impact on his life. But it has enhanced it as he has absolutely excelled in his sports.
     
    I also should mention that my son's tics were at their worse in the beginning and now I'd say there is a 95% improvement. Good luck, happy to answer any questions, but make sure you get Sheila's book, it will give you a lot of hope and lead you through investigating triggers.


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    Pilbara reacted to crazy in Accupuncture   
    My son has been receiving acupuncture once a week for the past 4 weeks. I am pleasantly surprised with the improvement. The tics are still present but with a lot less intensity. We will continue to go and I hope to continue to see positive results.
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    Pilbara reacted to ilovedogs in Hello Everyone!   
    Hi to all who are here and struggling with their kids and tics/TS. My son is a 15 year old (almost 16 now, wow) who has had tics since his 9th birthday. We've had all kinds of tics and I've done all kinds of worrying. I never did full blown diet changes nor did we ever really stick to major supplements for extended periods of time. My son still tics, every day, all day, and mostly they're mild tics with a lot of OCD Tourettic components.
     
    Anyway, I know there are avenues that we haven't tried but I sometimes ran out of resources or just got worn out trying to figure it all out. Despite the discouragement I've felt, I can say with certainty that we've survived it and that my son is a very confident child and is growing into a wonderful young man. He plays competitive tennis and competes nationally and all his tennis friends know about the tics and accept him. He loves photography and has a desire to learn more about design and architecture. He has had awful days where the tics hurt and we had to take him to get massages and he's had great days where we hardly notice them.
     
    He's had braces for over 2 years now and I can say that the braces made no difference one way or the other with his tics. We also have been doing acupuncture for the past 10 months and, honestly, I haven't seen it helping his tics but he says it helps his tennis game so we continue to go.
     
    He struggles with school stuff and has been diagnosed with ADHD and a cognitive memory function problem so he's behind in some school stuff. He wants to go to college but I just am not sure that it will be in the cards for him based on how I see him functioning today. You know what: that's OK. Really, it's OK. Maybe community college will be a good fit?
     
    With all the diagnoses we've received and all the money I've spent, I know that, in the end, it's all going to be OK and that my son will succeed. The plan may not look like everyone else, like mainstream kids, but that's because it's his path and not someone else's. I had to find acceptance in ALL of it and I had to face my fears and I had to make sure that my son didn't see those fears and that all he got from me was support and love.
     
    So, with all that said, I can tell you all that there are things that my son has found helpful in managing life with tics. Honesty with his friends, epsom salts baths when things are tight or sore or he just needs to relax, a gluten free diet(didn't help the tics but has helped his digestion and his athletic performance), LOW to almost NO sugar, no caffeine, no artificial colors or flavors, no nitrates, learning how to breathe and calm himself mentally, and a good massage therapist who understands how to work out the kinks from the shoulder tics.
     
    I hope that everyone is enjoying their summers!! HUGS!
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    Pilbara got a reaction from hkginger in I am new here. 5 1/2 year old with motor tics since last week   
    It's funny reading your story, because something can be so similar. My TS son started with the hard blinking tic way before the more sever tics arrived, just as you described. He was also the reflux baby that almost drove me to breaking point because he would not sleep. The advice above is awesome and we know about the brain/gut connection. I'm sure based on what you've written, you are going to see some great results. Also think about chiropractic care. I definitely think it makes a difference to my son. So to give you some encouragement, I also followed the advice in Sheila's book and I'm happy to say my son's tics have reduced in severity and were at their worse when they seemed to first explode for him and when we started looking for answers. I strongly believe the changes we have put in place with his exposure to chemicals in his environment as well as food, has made a significant improvement for him. Best of luck and keep us updated.
    Lyn
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    Pilbara got a reaction from TEAMYOUNG in Neurotransmitter testing   
    Teamyoung, I think it is great that your Naturopath is looking into this. I believe this is an evolving area of practice that is very exciting. Neurotransmitters do evolve with the renewing of synapsis (might have spelt that incorrectly). Google the Walsh Institute, Bill Walsh's book on Biochemistry and Nutrient Therapy is very exciting, but a very difficult book to read. Although not purely focused on TS, the comorbid conditions are definitely included and it all occurs in the same part of the brain, so I found it very insightful. It also gave me great hope about the evolution of medicine and I hope many more practitioners start to see nutrients as an essential part of treatment for any disorder.
     
    Hopefully you will keep us updated on your results and the recommended plan of action, I'll be very interested for sure.
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    Pilbara reacted to Hope2 in New and looking for help   
    This shows my ignorance, but I had not even thought about the Epsom salt bath as a detox, I was just thinking "more magnesium"! You have shared such wisdom here, my eyes honestly have teared up...I think the focus on detoxing his system is great advice. In some ways I have tried to ignore what all he was exposed to in utero-the drugs, alcohol, a terrible lifestyle and no prenatal care...it used to make me so angry. But your words help me see this information can be used as a tool to help me help him--this was very insightful for me Chemar, thank you.
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    Pilbara reacted to SafePlate in Help please   
    Please visit my informational website, www.SafePlate.net. Too much information to put here. My daughter, Jessica, suffered for 5 years from a movement disorder with ever changing and sometimes disabling tics, OCD behaviors, comorbid ADHD, trouble sleeping, etc. We tried supplements, diets and other therapies. After research and experimentation, we found the least invasive, easiest and cheapest solution to be the most effective with a 95% improvement in symptoms. With some effort and the guidance in the website, you may see positive effects within a month. Please spread the web address to others. It's a safe website with nothing for sale. My hope is that if we are able to help another family, it will give meaning to the years Jessica suffered.
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    Pilbara reacted to searching_for_help in psychology beliefs real or not   
    I agree so much with you all! This topic frustrates me so much. I actually call it "pseudo-psychiatry". There is plenty of research and info out there to show that infection/inflammation and nutrient deficiencies can cause mental problems, and other chronic conditions that they throw labels at. I can find all this info EASILY, but for some reason the "professionals" have no clue. Makes me wonder if they are really interested in helping people, or if there is some kind of financial incentive from the pharmaceutical companies for them NOT to consider other options.
     
    My husband and I were just discussing this. I was talking about how much of the research I'm reading about mental illness points directly to infection, and asked why there isn't more research into creating new and better antibiotics. My husband commented that there is a lot more money for the companies if they can treat lifelong for symptoms - if they actually HEAL people there is not as much money for them! They do the same thing with other illnesses... treat the symptoms with a drug that causes deficiencies so you have MORE symptoms that they can treat with a drug that causes more side affects... (like statins.) "America's Favorite Pharmacist" Suzy Cohen has a book out on how many pharmaceutical drugs "mug" or rob you of essential vitamins and nutrients, causing a host of other problems. (She's not anti-med - she's a pharmacist, but wants people to be aware of the problems that can arise from them.)
     
    My hubby compared the pharmaceutical companies to the tobacco companies - the marketing strategy is to create lifelong customers. Sadly, they are the ones with the billions and billions for research, and they don't seem to be interested in healing anyone.
     
    A good book written by a doctor about this problem is "Overdosed America" by John Abramson, M.D. We have to somehow DEMAND change, but I'm not sure how to go about doing that!
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    Pilbara got a reaction from NvrSlowPly in Do all tics ever go away completely   
    My son has been having multiple vocal and motor tics for the last 9 months, started when he was 7 years of age. He has had so many - hard eye blinking, eyebrow dance, face grimace, shoulder shrug, head whip (up and down), rapid head turn to the right, jutting the chin out, hand clapping - vocals he has had a high pitched yelping (his most consistent tic), stuttering, word repeat (says though, the, oh cool). They have all come and gone.

    Right now his tics are very minor, we have just had a period of 2 weeks with no tics at all. But in the last few days a fast head shake appeared, but it is so minor. I'm thinking it is the candy canes kids have been giving him at school (corn syrup appears to be one of his triggers). With the course of tics they tend to start mild, increase in severity and then reduce or disappear. Some tics will last longer than others. The journey that every child takes cannot be compared to another, nor can any doctor predict the outcome for your son. It may get worse, but it may not as well, there is just no way of telling. One day it could just stop as well.
     
    Tourette's is just a label attached to tics that go over 12 months. I don't worry about the name, I just worry about finding and reducing triggers. The information in this forum is awesome and I highly recommend Sheila Rogers book "Natural Alternatives to Tics and Tourette's". For us we have worked with a Naturopath to get this body as healthy as possible. We discovered he is extremely high in Aluminium (you will find a lot of kids with tics may have high levels of heavy metals in their system), low in zinc. Also looking at gut issues (google brain/gut connection), which I think it really helping. Since working with the Naturopath, I think it is why he is now in such a good place with his tics.

    Other things I have done is gone chemical free in the home, moved to more organic meat and vegetables/fruit, bought air purifiers and made some diet changes based on observable triggers, for us artificial flavouring and corn syrup are the major ones, so I read lots of labels. You have to play detective, but it is so well worth it. I know you can feel helpless as there is no magic cure for tics. But looking for trigger will give you something to focus on and I can at least say they have made a difference for my son.

    I found this site helpful just to provide some positive information from people who have gone through Tourette's. You can so easily get caught up in the worse case scenario and it may never happen. After being in the place of panic and tears, I'm now very accepting of what may happen for my son. I'm thankful that it is only tics, when I think about some mothers who are going through far harder things with their children, we are very lucky. It will be a struggle at times, even emotional, but I hold onto the statistics that the long term outcome is certainly in their favour. I can also say that I am thankful for my son's tics. Never would I have learnt so much about our food and our environment and be willing to make changes. It has been an eye opener that has certainly changed my life for the better and my whole family has benefitted.

    Hope this gives you some hope that it is possible for tics to improve. Feel free to PM me and ask any questions, it was not so long ago that I was where you are now.
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    Pilbara got a reaction from searching_for_help in psychology beliefs real or not   
    At a recent doctors visit I was given a prescript for pain. I gave it back and said, perhaps it is better to wait for test results so we are not guessing. I think I have lost faith in what doctors actually do. No longer do they explore the cause of illness, but just hand out prescripts without any consequence or consideration for the drugs they are prescribing.

    It is through my son's tics, which lead me to this forum and other sites, that has opened my eyes to alternative view points. I now always search for causes, not look to supress symptoms.

    What I'm also seeing is a mental shift. No longer do we accept what we are told, but we are open to exploring other explanations. Not only do I see this in this forum but through a wide range of other diseases/disorders. I've moved to a Paleo lifestyle through choice after much research into the effect of foods, and I've come across many who suffer a wide range of health/neurological disorders who are challenging traditional medical practice and finding relief through their own choices.
     
    After reading Dr Bill Walsh's book on Biochemistry and the brain, it's encouraging to see practitioners throughout the world now training in his approach to balancing neurological disorders through nutrition and minimal drugs. I am hopeful that the medical/psychiatric professional will change.
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    Pilbara reacted to 3bmom in Working in the Dark   
    I am so sorry for what you are going thru. We all know what it is like to have your child's brain kidnapped. Would your son read "Saving Sammy", watch the episode of "Mystery Diagnose", or clips of Beth's interviews? She has a new book out which is a guide for parents that may help you.
     
    Unfortunately your pediatrician doesn't have a grasp on our kids. A lot of them are asymptomatic due to the dysfunction of the immune system. I would find a Dr. who is well educated in this area.
     
    Our son too spun out of control with his last flare and wouldn't go to a Dr. etc. We used a teenage transport service to get him to the hospital safely only to have them put him on a psych ward where nothing was done and he was released to us with parenting lessons. Needless to say he wasn't a happy camper.
     
    Our Dr. immediately put him on a diet that eliminated Dairy, Wheat and ALL Grains since corn is genetically modified and our immune system doesn't recognize it along with soy unless organic. Again it is genetically modified, GMO. Dairy has been shown to cross the brain barrier. If you google it you can read scientific studies from major universities. Any little bit will help with inflammation. It takes over a week for allergens to clear the body.
     
    It took 5 of us to get the blood work but I think him seeing in black and white that he had 3 infections along with life threatening allergies (no symptoms), opened a crack in the door for him to realized he wasn't crazy just very sick. Antivirals and antibiotics gave him back to us.
     
    Hang in there. You are not alone. Hugs! 3bmom
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    Pilbara reacted to pr40 in Headache   
    did you do basic analysis of vitamins and minerals? how about amino acids? then also, do you know what mutations you have on the methylation pathway?
    what is your diet? is it healthy? etc.
    There are few relatively simple and inexpensive things you can do and see if they help with your headacke.
    good luck
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    Pilbara reacted to logismum in Gluten Free and Tics   
    I'm agreeing with what the other ladies have said re gut health etc at least this was really important for my son. we did a anti candida diet and anti fungal and now do a daily probiotic. It's good to look into every area of health that you possibly can. My son also has issues with having heavy metals present so we are currently slowly removing them.
     
    so i'd say def investigate
     
    - Allergies and not just food ones
    - Intolerances
    - Gut health
    - heavy metals
    - Any other possible health issues ie pandas/lyme (for my son we found out he has Pyroluria)
     
    My son is also colour/additive, gluten, Cows milk/butter, egg and corn free as well as some other things.
     
    His tics are also 95% improved since they came full on in January this year. His sister just said to me yesterday "Remember when Logi had tics?" I thought that was a good indicator into how much things have improved. Really only i notice the ones he does have as i'm looking/documenting.
     
    I highly recommend getting Sheila's book if you haven't already read it. Amazing info on getting the investigating happening and some really inspirational stories!
     
    Best of luck
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    Pilbara reacted to JulesLR in VOCAL TICS - HOW TO HANDLE THEM   
    My Son had this exactly when he was little, he had been seeing a speech therapist and went through a few different stages..the therapist said this was called blocking..sometimes my boys would stamp his feet because he got so frustrated, sometimes he would sort of reach into his mouth as if to pull the words out! it was very sad to watch...he doesn't do this anymore at all, he did start other tics like eye blinking and a few others but we mainly only get the eye blinking and even that isn't too bad at the moment at all..i am not 100% sure what really helped with the blocking, whether it was the speech therapist or just time, but we had to be very patient with him try not show any frustration for him...they said we had to wait until he got the word out and then get him to say it again if he said he without blocking we had to praise him big time and if he blocked again we just left it until the next word...we had to do this for like 15 mins a day not all day!! hope some of that helps XX
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    Pilbara reacted to my2sons in Gluten Free and Tics   
    We have done gluten and dairy free, also no preservatives or artificial ingredients. It has been 4 months and we have seen 95% improvement in tics.
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    Pilbara reacted to Pilbara in NEW AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE TICS   
    Ozimum, do you have any more contact details for Dr C in Perth, Anything that would help me search him out would be great.
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    Pilbara reacted to Ozimum in NEW AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE TICS   
    Hi Pilbara,
    Welcome! I'm also in Australia. Hopefully your appointment with the integrated doctor is helpful, but just in case... I just wanted to suggest you check out the websites for the following Aussie Biomed organisations: MINDD Foundation and Biobalance. Both have practitioner lists. These Biomed drs and allied practitioners work with a range of conditions, not only Autism. I'm told that there is a good Biomed dr in Perth - Dr C. (Given your name I am assuming you are in WA!) We see a Biomed dr in Vic who has been wonderful - my DS is happy and functional now after his run in with PANDAS. Feel free to PM me (see the top right hand corner of this page.) Good luck!
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    Pilbara got a reaction from logismum in NEW AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE TICS   
    At the beginning of this year (which when I think about it was when the tics started) he use to run out of class every morning, had really bad anxiety, kept calling himself stupid. It brought me to tear he was so distressed. We investigation and he was diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome, which is a visual perception problem. Simply the white of paper dominates so the words move on the page. It's a correctable problem with the use of tinted glasses. He is now building confidence, is enjoying school, is catching up with his peers. Most importantly the anxiety
    is gone. Also most likely as he develops he won't need the tinted glasses anymore because we identified the problem so early.
     
    I'm a Social Worker by profession so really aware of behavioural changes. I've been looking for comorbid conditions but can't really say there is anything outside normal development for his age. Definitely can rule out ADD/ADHA. No other signs of OCD other than repeat of words and sounds. But even though repeated, there is no pattern to the number of times its repeated so I'm not seeing the consistency I would expect that comes with OCD. Definitely no other OCD behaviour or thoughts behind an action that I have witnessed.
     
    I would describe him as a child that is nervous, but I don't think he meets the criteria for an anxiety disorder. He just holds back, thinks about things, but quite often will have a go after watching someone else. I'm also finding that he is growing out of this nervousness. At 7 years he is involved in more high risk sports like BMX racing and Go-Kart racing. He has a buggy that he drives flat chat around the block. This is more than a lot of 7 year olds will partake in. Confidence is really starting to build. He is a very happy and active sports mad kid, good hand eye co-ordination as well.
     
    Occasional bedwetting, but again also within the realms of normal as bedwetting can occur up until 9 years of age. But very infrequent these days.
     
    NOW FOR THE BIG THING THAT I JUST CLICKED ONTO YESTERDAY. We live on a rural block, he is always outside in the dirt playing with his construction toys. This property has a history of being used for various industrial uses, ie. a pig farm, industrial spray painting, truck yard, etc. There may be contamination in the soil, but most importantly he may be subjected to toxicity from the Industrial spray painting. Although paints don't contain led now, there is a high chance that when they blast the old paint off the equipment, depending on its age it could contain rust and lead if over 40 years old. Once it becomes airborne the wind could carry it towards us.
     
    Thanks to the amazing women on this site and the incredible knowledge you have, I've located an Integrated Doctor (albeit a 2 hour flight away), that will see him in a couple of weeks time, but before then, he is posting the test through to get a hair sample so we can test for heavy metal poisoning immediately.
     
    I am so thankful that I have found this site. To find people that are actively trying to make life better for their children has been so helpful. I really appreciate it.
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    Pilbara got a reaction from Chemar in NEW AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE TICS   
    At the beginning of this year (which when I think about it was when the tics started) he use to run out of class every morning, had really bad anxiety, kept calling himself stupid. It brought me to tear he was so distressed. We investigation and he was diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome, which is a visual perception problem. Simply the white of paper dominates so the words move on the page. It's a correctable problem with the use of tinted glasses. He is now building confidence, is enjoying school, is catching up with his peers. Most importantly the anxiety
    is gone. Also most likely as he develops he won't need the tinted glasses anymore because we identified the problem so early.
     
    I'm a Social Worker by profession so really aware of behavioural changes. I've been looking for comorbid conditions but can't really say there is anything outside normal development for his age. Definitely can rule out ADD/ADHA. No other signs of OCD other than repeat of words and sounds. But even though repeated, there is no pattern to the number of times its repeated so I'm not seeing the consistency I would expect that comes with OCD. Definitely no other OCD behaviour or thoughts behind an action that I have witnessed.
     
    I would describe him as a child that is nervous, but I don't think he meets the criteria for an anxiety disorder. He just holds back, thinks about things, but quite often will have a go after watching someone else. I'm also finding that he is growing out of this nervousness. At 7 years he is involved in more high risk sports like BMX racing and Go-Kart racing. He has a buggy that he drives flat chat around the block. This is more than a lot of 7 year olds will partake in. Confidence is really starting to build. He is a very happy and active sports mad kid, good hand eye co-ordination as well.
     
    Occasional bedwetting, but again also within the realms of normal as bedwetting can occur up until 9 years of age. But very infrequent these days.
     
    NOW FOR THE BIG THING THAT I JUST CLICKED ONTO YESTERDAY. We live on a rural block, he is always outside in the dirt playing with his construction toys. This property has a history of being used for various industrial uses, ie. a pig farm, industrial spray painting, truck yard, etc. There may be contamination in the soil, but most importantly he may be subjected to toxicity from the Industrial spray painting. Although paints don't contain led now, there is a high chance that when they blast the old paint off the equipment, depending on its age it could contain rust and lead if over 40 years old. Once it becomes airborne the wind could carry it towards us.
     
    Thanks to the amazing women on this site and the incredible knowledge you have, I've located an Integrated Doctor (albeit a 2 hour flight away), that will see him in a couple of weeks time, but before then, he is posting the test through to get a hair sample so we can test for heavy metal poisoning immediately.
     
    I am so thankful that I have found this site. To find people that are actively trying to make life better for their children has been so helpful. I really appreciate it.
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    Pilbara reacted to Dedee in NEW AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE TICS   
    Your post says it's best to just start with your son's tics. Is there anything else going on? This is important. Are there other symptoms? Anxiety, Frequent urination, Seperation anxiety, unusually clingy, very irritable, moody, explosive, signs of OCD, any other behavior changes? If there is something else associated with the tics you can most likely rule out TS. That leads more in the direction of an infectious trigger. You would want to look into finding a doctor who has experience treating PANS. You may find that things would clear pretty rapidly with antibiotics. Many PANS kids will only experience tics and the behavior changes come later. It is absolutely worth looking into. JMHO.
     
    Dedee
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    Pilbara reacted to Chemar in NEW AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE TICS   
    Hi Dedee
    I just want to mention that many people with TS do in fact have co-morbid conditions like OCD, generalized anxiety, ADD, ADHD etc etc so just because there are other conditions associated with the tics most certainly does not "likely rule out TS".
     
    I agree, as I posted above, that investigating possible PANS is always a wise move, but we do need to be careful not to confuse people who may well be dealing with TS.
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    Pilbara reacted to logismum in NEW AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE TICS   
    Just popping in to say Hi
     
    I'm also from Australia and have found these forums so amazingly helpful in investigating my sons health. Feel free to PM me if you want.
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    Pilbara reacted to Missmom in NEW AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE TICS   
    My son started with just tics like that as well that would completely subside after a few weeks. Then I noticed it coincided with illness or allergy type symptoms. I also did research and noticed that he has OCD, it was manageable and not really affecting his life, but still there. OCD can take on many forms and is sometimes difficult to notice in children. We treat with antibiotics and most of his tics subside and his OCD is very manageable. By the time my son had his third major episode I had researched and done my homework. I knew which labs to request and was ready to battle with doctors. My sons third episode was the worst, started overnight about a week after an illness. He woke up one morning and could not stop nodding his head constantly. I immediately took him in and after labs it was determined he had pandas. Yes the pediatrician told me it was most likely transient tics, but that did not sit well and I knew there was more to it. I begged and pleaded for him to run the strep labs (bloodwork). The rapids came back negative. Four days later he called me back and confirmed pandas.
     
    I am not saying this applies to your son at all but if you notice the wax and wane type of symptoms you should just take note to see if it coincides with any sort of illness.
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