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  1. Hi Ryan, Welcome to the Forums, and I'm glad you wrote. It is clear you have been though such a tough time with your Tourette's. I'm sorry to learn of it, and all the meds you have tried unfortunately haven't been enough help. What area of the country do you live in now? I'm gong to send a private message to you--please watch for it, OK? Sheila
  2. Hi Ashly -- I apologize for the delay in getting a response to you! I am sending you a private message tonight. Please check. All the best, Sheila
  3. HI Joy -- There are a number of reasons that people can have short term memory problems, and different approaches can possibly improve it. Since you have seen that there is a diet connection to his tics I would continue to pursue that approach. Also two additional ideas to consider are that amino acid imbalances or a lack of certain nutrients (i.e., B vitamins) can affect focus and memory. For this effort I would see a nutritionist who is skilled in working with youngsters and natural approaches (versus a conventional nutritionist at a hospital setting, for example) or an integrative practitioner who can test for deficiencies or make recommendations based on a clinical evaluation. And along the lines of the probiotic that you mentioned, a common cause of memory problems is "brain fog" caused by a candida overload in the gut. You can see this article for an explanation. Someone does not need to have all the symptoms for a connection with candida--but you will see memory in the list. Since you are not sure how much cooperation you will get from your son with diet change you might need a practitioner to explain it to him (if indeed it seems this is an issue) rather than you trying to control his diet especially since it usually means reducing intake of some favorite things like breads and sugars. There are other causes and approaches, but starting here could make sense for you. (With the B vitamins be sure to get one that doesn't upset the stomach. ) Also our book Stop Your Tics by Learning What Triggers Them gives a lot of ideas of things that could be playing a role. It is user friendly. I hope that gives you some direction. I know it is a challenge, but you seem to be on the right track! Sheila
  4. Hi samz-- it is impossible to suggest a perfect match (just like trying to find a dentist everyone would like). But this doctor seems relatively close and has the type of approach that has been helpful for some with the issues you are facing. You can check out the website and see what you think. I hope you will keep us posted. Sheila http://www.francisholisticmedicalcenter.com/
  5. Thank you for sharing your experience with acupuncture for your facial tic, Jay. So glad you found relief. Do you have to maintain this on a regular basis?
  6. Hi samz, I've read your report and really sympathize. You've undertaken a number of sensible approaches. I'm glad you all experienced several months without symptoms, but I know how upsetting it is when tics resurface. As I'm sure you have read, sertraline is a strong medication with a significant number or potential side effects. As a policy, we never advise someone on whether to start or stop a prescribed medication, but it is always good to be informed when you make your decisions. I would suggest that your description "crawling out of his skin" can be a classic allergic response. Also the sensory sensitivities your child experiences can have a biological basis that could possibly be treated. He might benefit from a comprehensive approach with the help of a physician who could evaluate and treat nutritional imbalances, chemical and food sensitivities, and allergic responses. Please let me know if you would like help in locating a doctor like this in MA, OK? Hang in there, I'm sure you can find some relief for your little boy.
  7. Sorry for the delay Sutjipto. Have you by any chance been able to have him evaluated by a movement specialist?
  8. Hi Sutjipto, I will see if I can get in touch with the other parent to ask her. Question-- what about when your son is sitting down? And has your son (or you) ever noticed anything that makes his tics worse besides standing or walking? Sheila
  9. Hi -- I sent a private message to you just now. Let me know if you can't locate it. (In case you aren't familiar, look for the little envelope at the very top right side of page in the blue bar)
  10. Hi Chanis, I'm sorry you are dealing with tics in your teenager and also have concerns with your little girl. I know someone in London who may be available to connect with you, let me see and get back to you, OK?
  11. Hi mlee, Assuming there are no serious health issues (heart disease, irregular heart beat, colitis or other digestive disorders) there should be no problem with short nightly Epsom salt baths as you describe. A side effect such as dehydration would typically only occur with hot, long baths. You can also watch for any laxative effect. Usually 1 to 2 cups of salts are used for a standard tub. Is that what you are doing? It's nice to read that it seems to be helpful.
  12. OK, thanks for the response. We would love to hear what you think, if you do try it.
  13. You might want to look into Kirkman nutrients. This is an FAQ on their products. HERE You are right that the nutrients mentioned could help but probably won't be enough alone. Do you think he would be willing to monitor his diet and see if he finds anything that makes tics worse? It's good you are looking for answers and help.
  14. Hi lulu648 -- I know this is a late response but it in some ways the fact that no one responded reflects that we have not heard any reports, positive or negative, about the tichelper.com online program. It is set up to be entirely self-directed. The site offers this video: https://www.tichelper.com/demo/video/ Note: when they talk about tic triggers, it is not in the same way that we do with Latitudes (foods, chemicals, etc) it is more situational based. One of the questions is whether there would be any interaction with a therapist, and this is the answer, below. No, the TicHelper.com was built to interact with you based on your input into the program. In other words, the program is tailored to assist your child with the specific tics that are problematic to him or her. Each person working TicHelper.com will experience a unique and individualized program that will adjust to his or her specific needs.
  15. Matt, I sympathize with your concerns and know this must all be very distressing. I would focus first on why your son has not been feeling well--the stomach aches and headaches. The underlying problem could be connected to the tics, since you have already seen a neurologist for an evaluation and results were negative. You could see a pediatrician to rule out infection, and also look for a well trained naturopath or functional medicine practitioner to explore laboratory tests for food sensitivities. A candida overgrowth or other intestinal imbalance is often found with kids who have tics and digestive complaints. Reduce sugars dramatically and be sure to avoid any artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Consider taking him off dairy for a 2 week trial. Is there any chance you have a mold issue at home? I'm dropping you a message. Let us know how your son is doing please.
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