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Deanna S

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  1. My 6yr old daughter, Lauren, had a very mild case of chicken pox (CP) about 17-22 May. (She had the first vaccine, but not the second). Sometime during the week of 16 Jun, Lauren asked us if we'd ever experienced "the bends"/tics in our fingers. To our knowledge, nobody in our family has TS, but I believe her 1/2 brother used to do some vocal tics which he outgrew. Incidentally, we also bought a trampoline the weekend before 16 Jun. I wonder if this could have triggered the tics to start? A few days after "the bends" began, we noticed movements with Lauren's shoulder and arm. We took her to her primary care Dr. who referred us to a pediatric neurologist in Little Rock. Her primary Dr explained some things about tics and said they might move to other parts of her body. The doc was right on when she said they might move around. I've noticed stomach and slight head bobbing--mostly towards evening. Lauren also started having stomach pain/acid reflux type symptoms after her CP. The doctor put her on Zantac which seems to help, but I also started giving her a probiotic yesterday after I read that Candida bacteria can increase after a virus. So far, her stomach hasn't hurt since she's taken the probiotic. Here are my questions: Do tics usually come on this quickly? Does anyone believe the chicken pox virus or trampoline triggered their tics to begin? Is it "normal" for tics to happen about every minute? Any insight you can provide will be appreciated. Our appointment with the neuro isn't until 1 Aug and I'm getting a little anxious.
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