Hi all. My first post here as a new member!
A little about me, I'm 43, male, I've had tics / ts since I was young 7 ish. It's generally been pretty mild and not really caused me any issues throughout my life, I've been able to control my tics to a large extent when needed. However just this past week my tics have totally changed for the worse. I've suddenly got what feels to be almost constant facial tics, blinking, screwing eyes and face up tight, jaw tensing. It's never really been something that I've done, What's bothering me is how suddenly this has appeared and that fact that I really can't control or stop them. I've always been able to suppress them to a low level in situations that I need to, such as social situations or at work, but I can't anymore and it's really worrying me.
I have 2 great kids and a very supportive wife so I'm really lucky that way, but this recent change in my tics is really affecting my quality of life and I'm reluctant to be out in public like this, my eyes and jaw are constantly sore and tired from the tensing..
I have had a couple of virus / infections recently (who doesn't when they have a 3 year old!) and I know this is supposedly something that can alter things, however I've been ill before and sometimes my tics can get worse but never to this level.
I guess I just wanted to share any similar experiences or advice from others who may empathise with this, I hope this stage doesn't last too long as I'd like to get back to how things were pretty soon!
Anyway thanks for reading, and any advice or opinions are appreciated