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Coco1991
06-19-06, 04:07 PM
Hi, I might be paranoid but I thought I'd check, just to be on the safe side...

I am 15 years old and for as long as I can remember I've had some of the characteristics of Tourettes Syndrome.

For years I have had trouble constantly tapping my hands and feet and not being able to control it, but I never thought much of it as it wasn't very frequent.

But recently things have started getting worse. I am beginning to make random noises and clear my throat a lot.

It's continuing to get worse, to the point where at least twice a day I am having huge outburts of uncontrolable noises and movements.

I don't have coprolalia but I've heard that it is quite rare in TS only.

I'm probably over-reacting but I just thought I'd check because it's starting to get quite bad.

Coco

boone1
06-19-06, 04:23 PM
I dont know much about tourettes but I'll try my best to help :)


For years I have had trouble constantly tapping my hands and feet and not being able to control it, but I never thought much of it as it wasn't very frequent.

I do this, but I have ADHD and I do it ALL the time, I was going to suggest that maybe you should research ADHD and see if any of it is like you, I think tourettes can be a co-morbid to ADHD but Im not sure.

I am beginning to make random noises and clear my throat a lot. Again, this happens to me, but I think for me its more of an 'inner' feeling of restlessness that I just sometimes need to 'Get out' when im in a situation where I really shouldnt get up and walk around to 'get it out'

It's continuing to get worse, to the point where at least twice a day I am having huge outburts of uncontrolable noises and movements.

I'm probably over-reacting but I just thought I'd check because it's starting to get quite bad.

Maybe you should consider talking to your doctor about it, I don't think you're over-reacting because if you really do have tourettes (or another disorder) then its really in your best interest to get diagnosed.

Scattered
06-19-06, 04:24 PM
Welcome to the forums, Coco!:)

Some of what you describe could be from Tourettes or another tic disorder. If it is getting to the place where it causes you problems or is an embarrassment, I encourage you to talk to the adults in your life and discuss seeing a specialist. I was just reading that 85% of folks with Tourettes outgrow it after 18, so this might just be a passing phase in your life. That isn't always the case of course, I have an adult brother who still deals with it. Reducing your stress and caffeine intake and getting more exercise may also help.


Take care,
Scattered

Naomi2
06-26-06, 06:55 AM
Hello there :)

I have chronic motor tic disorder (same as Tourette's syndrome without the vocal tics) and what you describe could be Tourette's syndrome (TS) or transient tic disorder.

As you have had these tics for some time, I suggest it isn't transient tic disorder. Have a look at the following diagnostic criteria for more information:



Transient Tic Disorder
A tic is a problem in which part of the body moves repeatedly, quickly, suddenly and uncontrollably. Tics can occur in any body part, such as the face, shoulders, hands or legs.

Sounds that are made involuntarily (such as throat clearing) are called vocal tics. Most tics are mild and hardly noticeable. However, in some cases they are frequent and can affect many areas of a person’s life.

· The patient has vocal or motor tics or both. They can be single or multiple.
· For at least 4 weeks but no longer than 12 consecutive months, these tics have occurred many times each day, nearly every day.
· These symptoms cause marked distress or materially impair work, social or personal functioning.*
· They began before age 18.
· The symptoms are not directly caused by a general medical condition (such as Huntington’s disease or a postviral encephalitis) or to substance use (such as a CNS stimulant).
· The patient has never fulfilled criteria for Tourette’s Disorder or Chronic Motor or Vocal Tic Disorder.

Transient Tic Disorder is common in children. Five to twenty four percent of all school age children have had tics at some stage during this period. The cause of transient tic disorder or short-lived, temporary tic, is either organic or psychogenic. The child may have facial tics or tics involving movement of the arms, legs, or other areas. Tics appear to get worse with emotional stress and are absent while sleeping.

Tourette’s Disorder
This is a rare disorder characterised by repetitive muscle movements and vocal outbursts. The main diagnostic criteria are as follows:

· At some time during the illness, though not necessarily at the same time, the patient has had both of:
At least one vocal tic (a tic is a motor movement or vocalisation that is nonrhythmic, rapid, repeated, stereotyped and sudden) and
Multiple motor tics:
For longer than 1 year, these tics have occurred many times each day, nearly every day or at intervals.
· During this time, the patient never goes longer than 3 months without the tics.
· These symptoms cause marked distress or materially impair work, social or personal functioning.*
· The symptoms begin before age 18.
· The symptoms are not directly caused by the effects of a general medical condition (such as Huntington’s disease or a postviral encephalitis) or substance use (such as a CNS stimulant).

There may be other symptoms, such a mental coprolalia, obsessions, and compulsions.

Approximately 1% of mainstream schoolchildren may be affected. Onset usually occurs with motor tics followed by vocal tics. The cause of Tourette’s Disorder is genetic in most cases. It occurs most often in boys, and may begin around age 7 or 8 but may not appear until the child is in his or her late teens or early twenties. It may run in families. The tics are worse during emotional stress and are absent during sleep.

You also mentionned that your symptoms had been worsening lately. This is common in adolescence and will probably (although not necessarily) calm down as you approach adulthood.

I also notice you are in the UK, in which case, have you just done/are you still doing your GCSEs at the moment? My tics increased a lot when I did mine. This could be due to the stress.

If you want, follow this link:
http://multiconnection.tripod.com/greenconnection/dxidtoolbetanochart.htm
Then answer questions 1-6 and 98, click on 'calculate' and see which of the four tic disorders it comes up with at the bottom.

Of course, it may not be a tic disorder, but if it is, the one with the highest probability will be the one with the highest percentage at the end (out of Tourette's syndrome, chronic motor tic disorder, chronic vocal tic disorder and transient tic disorder).

If you need further information, here is a page full of information on all four tic disorders:
http://multiconnection.tripod.com/greenconnection/tic_disorders.htm

I hope all that was useful to you :)

If you have any more questions at all, we're all here to help, so don't be afraid to ask :)

Scattered
06-26-06, 10:49 AM
Good information, Naomi! Thanks for sharing that!:)