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  1. Hi NurseMom21   I hear your major concerns about your daughter and realize it must be very hard to deal with. You have my sympathies. 

    Meanwhile, I would not focus on the 12 months for TS, or various tic criteria in general. Even researchers admit that the delineation between different categories of tics is pretty arbitrary, and there is ongoing discussion to change that approach.

    I saw your recent post that said you are seeing a PANDAS neuropsychiatrist this coming week. That should be very helpful.  As I mentioned on that thread, please do let us know what you learn.  All the best, Sheila 



  2. Hi OutoftheFryingPan -- First, my sympathies for the major symptoms you have been dealing with. But also a big pat on the back for your dedicated efforts that have revealed some key food reactions in your son. As you say, it's not easy to track details but it can be very valuable. (Loved the comment on neat handwriting!)

    It's also great that your son admitted to the toffee and gummy bears! Otherwise, the mystery can make us moms and dads so disheartened and worried. I used to feel sick to my stomach when I couldn't figure out what was going on, and so relieved when the answer was revealed. It's also a chance for children to learn from their experience, though no one would wish those severe reactions on anyone.  Your milk observation is excellent also. 

    One note-- in addition to the sugar connection you saw with his "sneak" foods, please also keep an eye on the colourings and preservatives as mentioned with the the gummy bears. It sounds like you are already doing an amazing job with monitoring and preparing food, so he may not encounter them often. But a little food coloring or preservative in even non-sugary snacks like in chips/crisps can cause similar extreme behavior in hyper-sensitive kids.  It would seem your son falls into the category of "exquisitely sensitive." That does not preclude his healing. 

    I just looked the black pudding up on the computer. As a vegetarian I was not familiar with it. (No comment! Ha. I know it is popular in the UK and many other areas). 

    I hope your session with the homeopath goes well. One area to target is the health of the gut in general, to hopefully reduce food reactions. 

    We will watch for more news when you get a chance.  Thank you again for your posting --   and for your love, which we return to you! 💗 

  3. Hi Ourofthefryingpan--Welcome to the forums. I'm sorry to read about the very difficult time you are having with your son. I can only imagine how distressing this major increase in tic severity has been. Is your current doctor going to consider PANS soon? That is something that is best caught as soon as possible, if it is the case. 

    Has your son had an infection of any kind that you are aware of?

    In addition to whatever underlying imbalances may be occurring that the doctor could uncover, it might be useful to think through what else might be going on. Please drop me a note through our contact page if you would like to brainstorm.  https://latitudes.org/contact-us/

    Wishing you all the best! Sheila 


  4. Hi to NurseMom21, I'm so sorry to read all that you and your family are going through. Yes, others have experienced rapid development of tics, and there can be different causes.  What you have described does not sound like a typical transient tic. 

    When major tics (and/or behavioral or emotional change) start up quickly, it it can often be due to an infection or a significant environmental exposure that is causing inflammation in the brain.

    When you mention testing that was done, did they indicate if results ruled out PANDAS or another type of infection?

    I would suggest looking further for the cause(s) as soon as possible. I would like you to please contact me through the Latitudes.org website which is https://latitudes.org/contact-us/  so I can learn more and we can discuss options. (I'm not a doctor, just to brainstorm with you for next steps.)

    Wishing you all the very best, Sheila 

  5. Hi -- we really appreciate this detailed report and it's heartening to know that you've found some answers for your daughter. I especially appreciated knowing what Environmental Health Center of Dallas. I wasn't sure how things were proceeding after their founder. Dr. Rea (who was on our advisory board) passed away. They were always excellent for mold issues plus so many other environmental issues. I applaud you on moving out of your home to get here way from mold, and you've seen an improvement. I can imagine a rotation diet would be too much to try in someone else's home without a functioning kitchen! 

    I imagine your doctor would have warned you about renovations where you are staying  -- hopefully they will be nontoxic, with non-VOC finishes etc. :)  

    Please do keep in touch. We can all learn from your experience, in addition to being able to celebrate any successes. 

  6. Hi Always Worried Mom --  I hope you have a response soon. You have a complex post (as many PANS ones are!) and we know a lot of parents are maxed out trying to deal with virtual learning.

    If you would like to explore approaches that we often recommend for tics, please drop me a note through our contact page on the website  https://latitudes.org/contact-us/     Let's hope you find some good answers soon, Sheila 




  7. Hi usernamecat, I know it's so hard to limit screen time these days! Schooling often revolves around it.  

    I'm sorry,  I hadn't noticed your question about the environmental allergens. So much depends on the situation. Some sensitivities can improve with time and avoidance. And some allergies may improve with age especially if the immune system is strengthened.  Of course, treatments can also reduce the response. But if someone has a mold allergy, for example, and they continue to live in a moldy home, their symptoms can be expected to be aggravated. The classic approach is "avoidance, avoidance, avoidance."   

    By limiting exposures to some allergens and aggravating agents (like scented products), you can often lessen the reaction to those you can't avoid. 

    I'm wondering -- what did the pediatric chiropractor find or suggest? Hope you can find time to reply.



  8. Hi -- How did your follow up session go? I had never heard that a deviation in uvula is connected to neurological issues. This could be a clinical finding that your chiropractor has noticed or something more widespread. I saw a bit online about a possible connection to the vagus nerve. It would be interesting to learn more. Maybe you could ask him for more details on this, if there are any case reports he could share.

    Did you do the allergy test? Please give us an update and let us know how things are going if you get a chance.

  9. Hi SharingSheryl--I loved that: I am totally freaked out by it and my husband is totally not!   Hah. That's not unusual, though sometimes the roles are reversed. It must have been a serious bout if you took her to the ER. 

    I sympathize with all the family stress over work and am glad it sounds like you were able to stabilize things. Meanwhile, so many parents are frustrated with the reliance on screens these days. Great that you have reduced computer and phone time.

    Please let us know if you have seen any change with the allergy-free diet you started a few days ago.

    When you say  you relaxed the diet this last year, was that specifically for gluten  --  or for gluten and other foods and maybe additives that you had been avoiding?

    We have definitely heard from people who had a child with tics that included breathing issues, and the ones who contacted us were able to resolve the issue. There's not a single approach that worked for everyone. But you seem to already have some food-related clues from when she was an infant--and your daughter says she does not have trouble actually breathing.

    You've been to the ER and had her checked out, and the chiropractor suggested a gluten reaction. Unless things worsen, it seems it would make sense to focus on foods (keep a log and you probably know that something like gluten can take time to clear the system). Can you go back to what you were doing a year ago? 

    Also reduce the allergic load in the home. Has anything changed in the home environment in the last year?

    And please make sure that you do not have scented products in the house, from cleansers to deodorizers and personal products. Go natural. Does she have exposure to pesticides or chlorine in swimming pools these days?

    To answer your question, all doctors can be expensive if you don't have good insurance, and that includes environmental physicians. Why not do what you can on your own as soon as possible, and watch to see if there is improvement. Then take the next step if needed. We will look forward to hearing back.  Good luck with your efforts! 









  10. Hi usernamecat, welcome to the forums. I read your account and really sympathize with what you are going through.

    Many of us on this site also had the tears and emotional response you are having. The good news is that many of us also found answers. I can't make any promises but the fact that you have allergies in your family is actually encouraging. Both physicians and patients/families have reported that tics can often be more like an allergy of the nervous system than what we would think of as a neurological "disorder."

    We have an article that will give you an overview of the new thinking for tic conditions (not necessarily shared by mainstream medicine- --  though it is good you are seeing a neurologist :)  )   https://latitudes.org/conditions/what-is-tourette-syndrome/    Don't be concerned that the title is Tourette syndrome, you have said your daughter may have a different diagnosis. The article addresses tic disorders in general. 

    Please read it through and see if any of it "clicks"" for you, OK? Also, at the bottom of the article there are several links to reader-friendly articles that you might like. I thnk they would be helpful. 

    Try not to despair, there is often help for these cases. The goal is to discover any underlying the imbalances, and to learn what may be triggering the symptoms that your young daughter is experiencing.  Hang in there--all the best, Sheila 

  11. Hi MLee, So sorry to read about your setback. You should be able to get back to where you were soon. I understand food reactions can sometimes take 4 weeks to clear, but no doubt there's no hard and fast rules, so hang in there.

    Have you tried giving your son an antihistamine to see if it helps? If you do, please let us know.

    Also, some doctors recommend drinking baking soda (or trisalts) in water to help food reactions. Trisalts are on amazon--not expensive. Now that the initial period has passed I'm not sure how much effect it would have, but it is worth a try.

    Because he had avoided eggs for so long and then had a significant repeated exposure, the reaction is not unexpected --  though I know it's super discouraging.  That said, I don't blame you for trying!! Scrambled eggs are so convenient--plus now you know what the limits are for sure.

    Please let us know how you make out. Will be thinking about you both!

  12. Hi Katielyashenko, Welcome to the Forums. I'm sorry you having to deal with the emotional response of watching Max have tics. Most of us have been there, tears and all. But on top of that you've dealt with his multiple open heart surgeries--that experience is hard to imagine. 

    There's good news on the tics, which is that there are often answers to what is causing them. It could be a reaction to something environmental, (allergens, chemicals) a nutritional imbalance, a yeast overgrowth, an infection, food reaction. . . or a combination. That's why the right supplements for his body could help but are probably not going to give you the full answer. The possibilities may seem overwhelming but they are not meant to be--they are meant to be hopeful options that can be eliminated one by one until the culprits are found. 🙂  

    I would recommend our book Stop Your Tics by Learning What Triggers Them because it is an easy read and can give you good ideas on things to look for and resources to help you.  Amazon    

    Where do you live? You might want to consult with an allergist to see if sensitivities can be identified. 

    Here's a summary on tics and Tourette's followed by some sample parent success stories on our site with advice. I hope this helps!  Please keep in touch and try not to despair. There are lots of reasons to be hopeful and encouraged.  We are glad you wrote. Sheila 




  13. Hi Vvny, I'm so sorry to read that he is having such major vocal tics.  We can see if anyone answers about guanfacine.

    I'm wondering how is your son is when he wakes up in the morning compared to when he goes to bed at night?

    And when do they get the worst during the day?  

    How were things before the lockdown?

    Hoping to hear back, Sheila 




  14. I wouldn't lose sleep over this, though I understand your anxiety over it. Hopefully having his dad around will help keep things under control (great he is going)! Maybe Dad can privately help  give some guidance on the food choices. 

    If he had severe allergies it would be one thing--then strict adherence would be critical--but that doesn't seem to be the case, right? You know best what it takes in the way of certain foods to tip the scales and increase tics. If if he does go off script and has an increase in blinking it could be a learning experience and he can get back on track once home. It's always a balancing act between issues like this and self esteem/having fun. With my son, he learned that if he was at a party he could take something like a soda,  which he knew increased tics, and only have a sip or two, then ditch the rest. When is the camp?  

  15. Hi -- I'm glad you could see some connections with your daughter and some of the symptoms/conditions from the book. I hope the reference below can be helpful to your family. As in any situation, medical needs are unique to the individual and I can't predict if this will be a match for you. Wishing you the best! Sheila 

    This doctor is active in the field of environmental medicine. (They are few and far between). I believe he is near Flint. i did not see a website for him. 

    Gerald D. Natzke, D.O., FAAEM, DABEM

    9475 Holly Rd Ste 205
    Grand Blanc , MI 48439
    Tel: (810) 344.4567

  16. Thank you for adding your feedback, ahmoy44. And it's good to know you had positive results with adjusting diet related to gluten, eggs and refined sugar.

    It's always helpful for members to receive encouragement on how lifestyle changes can help some people so they can try for themselves.  

    How are things going, Sunflower78?  Please let us know if there is any specific info we can provide that might be useful.  

  17. Hello Lenny and welcome to the Forums.  I'm really sorry for the delay in responding, this totally slipped through! 

    As Ahmoy44 said, you seem to be in the US. What area of the country are you in? I'm asking in case you would benefit from seeing an environmental physician. Allergy testing is a controversial field, with people--even on this forum-- turning to a range of techniques for allergy testing.  Part of the issue is cost and whether insurance coverage is an issue. In general, I would not recommend the mail-in testing.  A number of lab tests can be completed depending on the situation; it is best to have a practitioner overseeing those.  Please write back and let me know where you live and tell us a little more, OK?

    Do you think anything changed in your son's environment around the time when the vocal tics started up? How long has he had those? I'm glad you have seen some improvement with the diet changes you've tried.  Sheila 










  18. Hi Ahmoy, welcome to the Forums. It is good to see that you have already made some helpful observations to help get you started in the right direction. 

    Please check your email, I have sent a note to you there and we will look to provide more info here in the forum.  Hopefully there will be more answers for you and your daughter soon.  Sheila 

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