Compulsive tics - Tourette's/OCD

  • Karnage

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    Nov 02, 2010 2:13 PM GMT
    So I started having tics and compulsions just over a year ago. They manifest themselves in many ways, whether it's jerking my shoulder up, joints freezing up, or tapping my fingers (usually lasting for a specific number of times). Sometimes they just happen before I can do anything, sometimes I can feel them coming and can stop or redirect them, and sometimes they're more like intense urges that I consciously act out.

    I went to the doctor once about a year ago, who called it 'complex tic disorder' (well no shit). I haven't gone since then, because I can usually manage the tics pretty well, and I can't really afford to be seeing a specialist. Just recently I watched a lot of a youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/Tictionary) where a young woman describes her tics and how they feel, and a lot of it made perfect sense to me. So though I'm undiagnosed officially, I feel like I have some form of Tourette's, maybe with some OCD tendencies thrown in too.

    So I guess I just wanted to see if there were any other RJers out there who have Tourette's or another tic disorder. What kinds of tics do you have? How do you deal with them?
  • Karnage

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    Nov 03, 2010 7:06 PM GMT
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    Nov 04, 2010 2:33 PM GMT
    I've had facial tics ever since I was a kid. In fact, as a kid it was more than just facial tics; there were also involuntary squeaking noises and sometimes a sort of stuttering. I'm also ADD and mildly dyslexic, which caused a certain amount of learning disability in a school environment. Now, there's only the facial tic, and I find what really sets it off is carbohydrates and blood sugar swings. The facial tic is always there, but it's much reduced when I eat a high fat, low-ish carb, very low starch, paleo diet (20-25% carbs.)
  • Karnage

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    Nov 04, 2010 2:38 PM GMT
    paradox saidI've had facial tics ever since I was a kid. In fact, as a kid it was more than just facial tics; there were also involuntary squeaking noises and sometimes a sort of stuttering. I'm also ADD and mildly dyslexic, which caused a certain amount of learning disability in a school environment. Now, there's only the facial tic, and I find what really sets it off is carbohydrates and blood sugar swings. The facial tic is always there, but it's much reduced when I eat a high fat, low-ish carb, very low starch, paleo diet (20-25% carbs.)


    Interesting, I've never looked at how my diet affects my tics, though I definitely have days where I tic more than others. I know that thinking about it more or seeing other people has a tendency to set it off as well.