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Tics

Postby Spoon » Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:57 pm

I'm not entirely sure when they started (at least a year ago) but my tics have gotten worse in the last few months. They are generally big jerky head/shoulder movements and most often happen without my control although sometimes I know one is coming and can concentrate on stopping it. Occassionally I will have outbursts where my whole body gets taken over for a few seconds/minutes. It's only at this point that I anything vocal happens.

There are several things in my past that may well have been 'tics' though at the time I associated them just with panic attacks or compulsive behaviour/mannerisms.

Does anyone else experience anything similar? My only concern is that they will become worse and/or harder to control in public situations.

From wikipedia:
A tic is a sudden, repetitive, nonrhythmic, stereotyped motor movement or vocalization involving discrete muscle groups.[1][2] Tics can be invisible to the observer, such as abdominal tensing or toe crunching.
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Re: Tics

Postby Thirteen-thirty-seven » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:37 pm

I twitch and writhe my hands, sometimes without knowing, but I don't think it's a tic because I can stop it. This usually happens when:
1. I'm anxious
2. I'm angry
3. I'm struggling to concentrate
4. I'm really excited
5. I'm cold

It sounds like you might have Tourrette's. Or maybe they are stims, not tics. Have you talked top a doctor about it?
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Re: Tics

Postby mattlovesjess » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:35 am

i get that sometimes. do you get wired urges to do stuff such as punching things for no apparent reason? i posted a topic about this a while back now. i havnt been formally assessed yet but i described some of the thisngs you described and the doctor said it saids like i probably do have tourettes. my advice would be just to see the doctor about it :-)
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Re: Tics

Postby Alice » Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:11 pm

The muscles in my fingers twitch constantly when inactive, getting worse and spreading up my arms when stressed and becoming painful and uncontrolable when I have to overide it for to long. I whent to see a neurologist about it, and after an MRI and a blood test it turned out not to be anything to wory about.

Your tics sound quite different though. You should probably talk to your GP.
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Re: Tics

Postby Spoon » Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:21 pm

I've always considered myself to 'stim' but currently I'm questioning whether many of my stims are in actual fact tics. I also realised that I do a lot of things like scrunching my toes and clicking with my tongue and often make random noises which I thought was just me being quirky as I just seem to find myself doing it (I thought I had no vocal tics but maybe I do...). I do get urges to do odd things. When I was younger I used to have sudden thoughts about running up to people and hugging them (often teachers) but because this was weird I'd suppress the thought by squeezing my hands in to fists by my sides or scrunching my face up in order to stop my body from doing something else more obvious...I thought that was me having control over it but actually that could just be me substituting for a less obvious tic. It's all really confusing. I really don't know whether I want to go to the doctor about it as it would be making a fuss out of something that could be nothing. Also, the more I've thought about all this the more I've found myself tic-ing anyway so giving it a name could actually make it worse!
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Re: Tics

Postby Sarah L » Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:12 pm

I started having tics as well last year in November when I was 16 and a half. When I first started it was just a "huh" sound and the occasional head/arm twitch.
Now its words such as "rabbit," rocket fire", "fireball" "rapidfire" "offensive words" , arm /hand flapping, hand clapping , head twitching and occasionally the hands will go in front of my face involuntary.

Also I now get really strange phrases such as "Why are rabbits flying?" and why insert name here is flying? :shock:


Also I have another problem which I have since I was 8 or 9 which is flashing lights such as coloured blobs(normally bright red,blue etc) or coloured flashes which mainly appear when it is an hot sunny day or when I get emotional when this happens my eyes flicker uncontrollably.

The tics I have tend to also get worse when I see these flashing lights.An example would be when I was in devon on a sunny day and my eyes started flickering and my twitches started which was mainly hand clapping and words coming out. It finished when it got less sunny.

Anyone having anything similar?
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Re: Tics

Postby Steph » Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:33 pm

Sarah L wrote:I started having tics as well last year in November when I was 16 and a half. When I first started it was just a "huh" sound and the occasional head/arm twitch.
Now its words such as "rabbit," rocket fire", "fireball" "rapidfire" "offensive words" , arm /hand flapping, hand clapping , head twitching and occasionally the hands will go in front of my face involuntary.

Also I now get really strange phrases such as "Why are rabbits flying?" and why insert name here is flying? :shock:


Also I have another problem which I have since I was 8 or 9 which is flashing lights such as coloured blobs(normally bright red,blue etc) or coloured flashes which mainly appear when it is an hot sunny day or when I get emotional when this happens my eyes flicker uncontrollably.

The tics I have tend to also get worse when I see these flashing lights.An example would be when I was in devon on a sunny day and my eyes started flickering and my twitches started which was mainly hand clapping and words coming out. It finished when it got less sunny.

Anyone having anything similar?


Have you seen a doctor about this, Sarah? I'm no expert but it sounds like Tourettes Syndrome to me. As for the tics and eyeball flickering getting worse when it's sunny or you are around bright lights, the only thing I can say is that maybe you are sensitive to light and this aggravates the tics. Again, though, I'm not a doctor so I can't say anything for sure.
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Re: Tics

Postby Sarah L » Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:52 pm

Thank you. Yes I have seen a neurologist who also believes it to be Tourettes Syndrome and next Monday I will be seeing a Tourettes expert.
When I had this eye flickering in primary school I think some of teachers thought I was faking it to get out of the lesson and go home which it was not all.. We had no Idea at the time it could have been light sensetivity back then it was simply stated in my statement as "involuntary eye movements" and went no further.
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Re: Tics

Postby Steph » Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:08 pm

I think it is likely to be light sensitivity. The only other thing I can think of that causes involuntary eye flickering is a certain type of minor epileptic seizure. Some of the students where I work (an epilepsy specific special school) have these sorts of bouts of eye flickering that come and go. My friend also has this type of seizure but it is HIGHLY, HIGHLY unlikely that this is the case with you (I'm emphasising it because I know that people can get scared when you talk to them about epilepsy and it's not my intention to scare you in any way). For one thing, all of the people I have mentioned above have other, more major types of seizures and, if this was the case with you, it would have been picked up by now. I hope your appointment with the Tourettes specialist goes well and, once again, I hope I didn't scare you-it was more me thinking aloud really.
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Re: Tics

Postby Steph » Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:09 pm

Or even typing aloud.
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Re: Tics

Postby Spoon » Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:12 pm

I have a docs app tomorrow and could mention it then...but maybe I should sit this out and see how long it lasts this bad...
but maybe I should be listening to my body.
I mean, If I wasn't already dyspraxic would I be taking this more seriously and be straight to the doctors?
This is muddling me quite a lot.
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Re: Tics

Postby Alice » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:11 am

Spoon wrote:I have a docs app tomorrow and could mention it then...but maybe I should sit this out and see how long it lasts this bad...

BAD attitude to take. In a worst case scenario, that way of thinking can be fatal. I'm not sugesting for a minute you have something that dangerous, but it'll be very inconvenient for you if things get worse. Also, the sooner you find out what's wrong, the easier any treatment is likely to be.
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Re: Tics

Postby Creative » Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:22 pm

Spoon I think that if you were not dyspraxic then you would have gone to the doctor sooner because you wouln't have thought that it could be part of your dyspraxia. I don't think your symtoms are part of dyspraxia so I think you should tell your doctor about them.
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Re: Tics

Postby Thirteen-thirty-seven » Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:50 pm

Listening to your body is usually a good idea.

Going to the doctor won't make things worse. Even if s/he can't do anything about it, at least s/he can tell you what it is and give you peace of mind. Doctors can be scary, but I think you'll do more harm by NOT going.
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Re: Tics

Postby Spoon » Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:05 pm

I saw the doctor earlier but didn't mention it. I've had an awful few weeks and this is likely to have made it significantly worse. I'm moving out today so once I've moved out and life is a little calmer I'll go to the doctors with a better picture of the issue rather than going in and declaring that 'omg the situation is awful!1'. Have been watching my caffeine intake and might start keeping a diary of these sorts of things for the next week or so. Thanks for replying guys.
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