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  1. Hi, My brief story is: I have an 8 year old stepdaughter who I have been raising since she was 5. She has shown ADD symptoms since she started kindergarten but we knew that because of her difficult childhood that some of her "issues" could be due to her past and not necessarily ADD. Well, she has come a long way but is still struggling with focusing and paying attention in school. She is extremely bright, kind and really an easy child. She just cant focus and the teacher (and also myself) is getting pretty annoyed with redirecting her constantly. Also, because when she is corrected o
  2. C.P. It's funny you bring this up about the growth spurts and tics. Dan will be 12 in July and I was just talking to my husband about how he really has not grow much this year. I have noticed his friends are all starting to hit these growth spurts. Dan is on the younger side of his peers so I am assuming he should be hitting a growth spurt real soon. I strongly believe that growing just like losing teeth, going through puberty, stress, illness and anything else that puts the body in some sort of tailspin always brings on some type of ticcing issues. At least thats what I have noticed
  3. Hi Faith Thanks for asking about my son, things are still the same he is ticcing like crazy.... But its only been a week that I have him back on his B's and his Mag-Taurate so I will give it at least another week before I make any changes. Also with this being our week of spring break we havent exactly been eating smart or having things in the normal routine. (lots of late nights) But tomorrow its back to normal. I will keep you posted on his progress Thanks, Gina
  4. Just a quick question, All those that are using the Natural Calm are you still giving cal/mag supplements in addition or are you just giving the Natural Calm. I am giving Mag. with Taurine to my son right now. Thanks Gina
  5. BIG Thanks to you all, I have some great info here to work with. This is why I always end up back to this board. Great People and Great Information I realized that before I had started Dan's heavy metal detox and all of his supplements changed he was taking more B1 and B6 which I did not put back into his daily routine. I guess I forgot???? So I will start those again and get him into the Epsom Salt baths to help him relax. We will see how that goes and take it from there. Regarding the Juice Plus, Dan takes the capsules they were recommended by his Dr. My daughter takes the g
  6. Chemar - I kind of thought it might have to do with the whole hormone/puberty thing but I wasn't sure. Just what we all need another reason to hate puberty...... What exactly is an epson salt bath and how and why does it help? Also I will try the Bachs Remedy, I suppose I can get it at a health store. Anything to help ease the stress for him certainly can not hurt. What I have Dan on now as far as supplements are Multi Vitamin Childrens DHA (arctic Cod Lover Oil) Juice Plus Garden Blend (veggie) Juice Plus Orchard Blend (fruit) Mag. Taurate Calcium Chews He just finished a
  7. Hello All, It's been a very very long time since I have been on the site. Mostly because we have had things under control but for the past 6 months or so things are a bit crazy. My son in 11 (12 in Aug) and in 6th grade. He was diagnosed with TS at age 7. He has had some major tics on and off in the past 4+ years. He has only motor tics and an ocassional vocal tic of throat clearing. He has no learning disabilities or OCD, ADD, etc.. He is actualy a very smart kid has a 4.0 GPA, is Student Body President, has lots of friends, loves to argue with his sister and his parents. A very "
  8. Thanks for all the information ladies.... I will try the flaxseed oil when we get back from Disneyworld. Unfortunatly Dan will not go to a chiropractor. I took him about a year ago and they cracked his neck and he didn't like it one bit. He was so mad at me and the chiropractor that I don't think he will ever go back. When we were visiting my Mom a few months ago Dan did go to a chiropractor that dosent crack and he loved it but there are none by where we live. I can't even get him to go for a neck massage. Can you imagine turning down a massage.......... Thanks again for the in
  9. Hello All, It's been a long time since I have posted here. To recap, I have an 11 year old son (Daniel) with tourettes. He was diagnosed at age 6. We have had things pretty much under control until the past few months. He has a really bad neck tic where he thrusts his neck foward and to the side. It's been really hard for him because he hasn't had real noticable tics in a while and on top of it looking strange and people asking him why he's doing that it has also become painful for him. I had to pick him up last week from school because he had a migrain for the first time. I think i
  10. Hello it has been a very long time since I have posted. I get on once in an while to read and get info but havent posted. Up until a few weeks ago things have been pretty good. My son is 10 yrs old and was diagnosed with Tourettes at age 6. We had some bad times and good times as you all know with TS thats how it is. Recently my son has started a tic that is really painful for him. He is thrusting his head forward several times a day. We havent seen a big one like this for some time. I had to take him home from school today because it was so bad. He is in actual pain. As this t
  11. Hi Everyone, Just checking in to see if anyone saw the HBO special on Tourettes this weekend? I just went on the TSA website and ordered a DVD ($9.99 plus shipping). For those that have seen it, would it be something you would sit and watch with your kids? Maybe even show it in the classroom to better explain it to schoolmates? My son (10 yrs old) is having some major ticcing going on right now and it might help to have his classmates understand whats going on. Just a thought and curious to hear what you all thought. Thanks Gina
  12. Thanks everyone for your replys. Sometimes its nice to hear a reminder that it really isn't the end of the world. Even though at times it does feel that way. I think things have been a bit laid back with our food restrictions and also I think this past week with Halloween the candy has been everywhere even though its not in our home. Unfortunatly at 10 yrs old I need to allow him a bit of space to make his own choices instead of me doing it for him, even if that means watching him fall on his face (or skip around the playground) Maybe this is what he needed to get that reality check.....
  13. Hi All, Glad to see the forum up and running again. I dont post much but I try to read a couple of times each week here. I have a few issues I could use some advice on. Well my son who is in the 5th grade this year has had a tough year so far with his ticcing. I think it might have a little to do with his age and hormones but its been really crazy. He has now started a tic which is kind of like a hop and skipping. I know that dosen't sound to bad but when your a 10 1/2 year old boy its not to cool to be skipping around the playground..... he also has a head/neck tic but that one
  14. Decorah, I think we can all relate to your pain. We have all been there and ocassionally revisit those feeling as TS has such ups and downs. I understand not wanting to give your child things that you don't fully understand (ie herbal remidies/vitamins etc) I was there not long ago and I sat and read posts on this site and took notes and cried and laughed all to myself for months before I ever posted a word. I too was very weary about using vitamins and herbal remedies. What I did do that was very helpful was diet changes. So out came the artificial colors/flavors, corn syrup, caffie
  15. Thanks Chemar, I was thinking the same thing about the smelling "tic" being more of an OCD thing but we have never had an actual OCD issue before. Which are the best supplements for OCD? I have had Dan on Omega Fatty Acids befor and it didn't seem to make any changes with his TS so we stopped them. Do you thing it would be helpful with OCD? I also give him the L-carnitine when he has any type of eye tics but stop it when the tics have passed. Unfortunatly we have no NUCCA chiropractors here by us but My Mom goes to one and when we visit her (about 2 1/2 hours away) Dan likes to go t
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