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    Hello
    Ive had Ts since I was 10. When I was a baby I had an allergy with cow milk. I guess my parents gave me dairy at some time as a child and saw that the symptoms from the allergy had disappeared and started to give me milk again...daily. Well a couple yrs ago I had some allergy testing done and found out that I'm allergic to eggs, wheat, sugar and dairy. I'm also sensitive to a few things like oranges and corn. I can say that eliminating these foods for me seems to make me calmer and a little less reactive but I still have all the TS symptoms and I dont always stay away from these foods. I was tested by a ND but forget the name of the allergy test.

    I was wondering 3 things:1 what allergies does you or your child with ts have? 2 what kind of allergy testing did you go through and 3 what differences has eliminating the allergen made?

    Thanks for your responses

  • #2
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    Scott,

    Sorry, I cant help you here, I have no allergies. I do have some food thats make my tics worse, but its not really allergies. Its when I consume either caffine or high sugar amounts that make me active and than make my tics worse.
    The other day at a local grocery store, I saw a rack with books on it and one of them said, "pregancy for dummies"............

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    • #3
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      Hi Scott!

      Thanks for posting a very interesting topic!

      Though I don't have allergic reactions, I do get migraines from many of the common triggers for migraine like changes in barometric pressure, caffeine and food preservatives like nitrites or flavor enhancers like MSG or dehydrated onion, garlic etc.

      Looking forward to hearing about the experience of others in connection with allergies.
      Steve

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      • #4
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        Any stressors on the body will cause an increase in tics. Allergies definitely cause a stress on the body.

        My son has environmental allergies. In addition to the usual response of having a runny nose, etc. from the allergies, his tics also increase when he is fighting the allergies. Behaviours from the associated disorders can also deteriorate.

        Most of his allergies are seasonal -- grass, etc. however, he also has dust allergies. We did alot of work to decrease the dust mites in his bedroom (no carpet, allergy covering on the mattress & pillow. etc.) and that got the allergy under control. The work to reduce this allergen were worth it for the change in his allergy symptoms. It had only a mild impact on his tics.

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        cotw

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        • #5
          allergy testing

          Adam and Steve have either of u been tested for allergies?

          cotw what testing did u use or how did u find out your son has environmental allergies? My son is eight and always seems stuffed up. I read somewhere on the net awhile back a research report linking ts and environmental allergies. I'd like to get my son and I tested.

          Thanks

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          • #6
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            The allergy testing was done with skin testing -- the tests where they introduce the various possible allergens on your skin and then prick the skin and watch for a reaction.

            The testing was done about 10 years ago. I don't know if they have come up with some other ways of testing.

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            cotw

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            • #7
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              Scott,

              I have not undergone allergy testing because the reactions I experience that trigger migraine are clearly not allergic reactions, as diagnosed by my doctor.

              However as COTW has said, allergy testing is very specific and is performed by an Allergy Specialist.

              Discuss your concern with your Family Physician and ask for a referral to have your son seen by an Allergist.

              If your son qualifies, check out the Allergy Clinics at the Montreal Childrens' Hospital or Ste. Justine. Otherwise most of the general hospitals have allergy clinics where you son can be seen in Montreal.

              Do you have an established connection to any of the hospitals in Montreal?
              Steve

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              • #8
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                Scott,

                I have not been tested for allergies. My dad and some of my friends have allergies but I dont see any similarities with what they experience to what I experience. I have had a lot of people ask though cause I tend to get mild colds 6 or 7 times a year but my doctor said that even a healthy adult should get 5-6 colds a year. But even when I get these colds, I see nothing that shows a specific thing is triggering them.
                The other day at a local grocery store, I saw a rack with books on it and one of them said, "pregancy for dummies"............

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                • #9
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                  Scott,

                  I don't believe colds are "triggered" in the same sense as allergies that are the result to exposure to a specific allergen, or as in the case of migraine where there are specific and identifiable triggers.

                  The common cold is contracted through the transmission of airborne viruses and enter your body through one of the mucous membranes such as your eyes, nose or mouth.

                  So if someone sneezes in a room and you are in that room, the virus might get into your nose or eyes.

                  Similarly if someone sneezes, covers their face with their hand, then without washing their hand touches a door knob, that you touch soon after, then when your hand comes in contact with your eyes, mouth or nose...you got it.

                  It's why we are advised to wash our hands often when in public places, to avoid transmitting or receiving viruses.

                  Hospitals now make hand sanitizers available at all entrances and throughout the facility to aid in controlling transmission of sickness.

                  I cannot see why one should expect to get 5 or 6 colds a year, and with proper precautions one can avoid catching colds most of the time.

                  Agreed there are circumstances that make it more difficult, especially around children who are at greater risk because of their contact with other young people, but if a child is properly instructed in sound hygiene practices, even this can be kept to a minimum.

                  Is it possible the frequent colds you experience may be misinterpreted as allergies, Scott?
                  Steve

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                  • #10
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                    I am allergic to dust, dust mites, moulds, tobacco smoke, maple pollen, birch pollen, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs (all cause asthma and stuffed up sinuses, itchy and swollen eyes etc.), some weeds, bananas, cantaloupe and who knows what else (allergy testing done a few years ago). Especially the mould allergy triggers tics (in humid weather I feel terrible, due to mould in the air). Mould also triggers migraines.

                    I am also intolerant (not the same as allergies) to several foods. The known ones (tested by a naturopath and confirmed by experience) are the whole nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant), lactose, coffee, chocolate, msg and the combination of fruit and grain (no blueberry muffins for me , or a glass of juice with a sandwich, or I break out in itchy hives all over, which last two days ). I can eat fruits and grains three hours apart from each other. Potatoes will cause gastrointestinal distress, and tomatoes and peppers will trigger terrible migraines as well as stomach and bowel problems.

                    I have not really paid much attention to whether any of the above trigger tics or make them worse.
                    German citizen, married to a Canadian for 28 years, four daughters, one son, eight grandchildren (and one on the way).

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                    • #11
                      colds?

                      Steve
                      Youre right, I usually get 2 to 3 bad colds per year but dont think that they are related to anything except what u described. Although Adam was saying he gets several colds a year, he also doesnt think that they are related to anything he can see. Often allergy symptoms can mimic flu or cold like syptoms. I can sometimes start to sneeze and get a runny nose when I'm around someone wearing perfum.

                      Unfortunately I'm no longer living with my son and not speaking french makes it hard for me to be as involved as I'd like to be in his health care. It is also nearly impossible to get a family doc here in Montreal. My son's mother has made appointments to see a specialist but the appointments were 4 to 6 months away and both got forgotten :?. This specialist wasnt for allergy testing as the wait to see an allergy specialist I think is even longer. Having him tested for allergies among other things is still a work in progress. We do know that he is allergic to cats.

                      The allergy test I had cost 90 at a ND's office. Removing the allergens has made me feel more balanced but the ts is still there.

                      I've read that there seems to be a link between allergies and ts or that ts patients just tend to have more allergies so I'd really like to hear if anyone with ts has been tested but showed no allergies. Either way I'd still like to hear from anyone else who has allergies and ts, even if you havent been tested and you suspect or have discovered something that u think may be triggering or upsetting your ts.

                      Thanks

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                      • #12
                        Allergy survey

                        Allergy is a misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system. The most common allergic conditions include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma, allergic eyes (allergic conjunctivitis), allergic eczema, hives (urticaria), and allergic shock (also called anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock). Source:MedicineNet

                        To read more about allergies please visit MedicineNet

                        MedicineNet is not endorsed by the TS Forum, but is offered as an additional resource.
                        Steve

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                        • #13
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                          My worst allergy is to grass, which I find to be a rather sick joke, since much of the habitable World is covered in it. Obviously, eliminating the allergen is difficult.

                          I'm allergic also to dogs and cats, though not severely. I grew up with dogs, and now I have a cat. Allergies are the least difficult part of that transition.
                          Colin

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                          • #14
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                            Some people diagnosed with TS claim that they do not actually have Tourette syndrome, but a collection of allergies which mimic the symptoms of TS.

                            Many people who have identified particular allergens that trigger their tics claim that contact with the substance explains the ?mysterious waxing and waning? of the symptoms which many conventional doctors accept as part of the nature of the condition.

                            Allergens may be natural like the grass around us as Cailean reports, or artificial chemicals in food or in the environment. They may be identified by means of blood tests, or by eliminating them and observing any changes.

                            Physicians report people can react in very different ways to certain substances ? two individuals who are allergic to the same substance may express this allergy in quite different ways; it's been suggested that some people have ?target organs? that are affected by environmental exposure: this could be the lungs (asthma), the skin or the joints for example while those with neurological allergies may develop ticcing.

                            If you can direct us to any scientific research that has been done on the relationship of TS and allergens, please let us know.
                            Steve

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                            • #15
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                              Steve,

                              I was also shocked when my doctor said it was normal to get so many colds in a year. But I also should note that my colds are mild at worst. Rarely do I need to stay home(although I should just so I dont infect other people) due to being sick. But I have noticed that they dont "flare" up when around something. My colds always hit their worst around the 3rd day of it and than begin to go away. But it doesnt matter if I saty in all day or out all day, or if Im by dust or pollen or whatever so thats why I think they are just colds.
                              The other day at a local grocery store, I saw a rack with books on it and one of them said, "pregancy for dummies"............

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