We are new to this forum and are desperately looking for any suggestions or guidance to help our son.
Our son has always had sensory sensitiities, specifically to clothing. He's a great eater and has alsways been sweet, easy going with a great attention span. He is an angel at school and gets god grades. He has social and separation anxiety.
One year ago, last December, he had a significant choking incident, that caused him to significantly restrict his diet to soft, safe foods. Shortly after this, he began having motor tics and then minor vocal tics. We saw the pediatrician and a pediatric neurologist in Boston, received a psych eval, saw a therapist who specialized in CBT, cognitive behavior therapy (who was so wonderful!). He was given a strep test after we repeatedly expressed concerns about PANDAS, which came back negative. He was put on sertraline. I noticed my son was fidgety, restless, and then complained about itchy skin. His teacher called me and we agreed that it was like he was crawling out of his skin. We cut out milk products and reduced sugar once his eating improved. We did not see tics over the spring, summer and fall. I was relieved to see that I got my son back to his old self.
My son was weaned off the sertraline in October and finished the med in November. The tics came back in December again, just about the same time as last year. His pediatrician stated it is normal for tics to come back around the holidays and that we could try a placebo effect or some natural remedies (pediatrician and neurologist had no recommendations on anything natural that helps with tics). We started NAC supplement and magnesium but have not seen results yet. He was also placed back on sertraline. He is beginning to become restless and fidgety again.
We are completely devastated to see these tics back and how it can bother him at times. We feel like we do not know where to turn and are tired of hearing that tics are common and often wax and wane. We feel that even though there probably is a genetic component that there is a definitely an environmental connection. I have purchased the Feingold diet today and am waiting for the foods list. Could anyone who has been through this offer some next steps for us?
It is so helpful to have this forum! I purchased and read Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourettes, which is extremely helpful. Wondering how to go about food/allergy testing and who to see next? I feel like I am falling apart and struggling to keep it together.