I'm in my early 40s and have had Tourette's since I was a child. Diagnosis was not until my early 20s, and attempts at medications were usually more problematic than the symptoms, which have always been relatively mild except during periods of stress. Most of my life I have had a series a shoulder movements, head nods, some vocal grunting, leg twitching, occasional eye rolling and for a few years was plagued by staring (fixation on certain body parts or specific people when in a crowd). Also experience mild OCD but nothing that interferes with daily life. Have generally managed my symptoms with diet and exercise, and when periods of severe movement occur I usually take sedatives for a few days up until a week until the symptoms recede.
Eight months ago I was hit by a car on my bicycle and suffered some soft tissue injury and low-level shock. Although I did not suffer any head trauma, there is an indication that my head hit the road. Details are kind of blurry but there was a contusion on the side of my head that bled for a short time. Spent a couple of months recovering, and trying to carry on with school and work, but starting experiencing a sort of grimacing and stretching of my upper lip that eventually worsened and has become one of the more pervasive twitches I've had. My stress level has also been pretty high since the bike accident.
What I?m trying to find out is if anyone has experience with the onset of a completely new aspect of TS after suffering an accident or a traumatic event, or major periods of TS that were previously controllable to a degree but became unmanageable for long periods of time. I recently retained a lawyer to recover costs due to the accident and have been advised to consider the increase in TS as a symptom of the bike accident. I live in Vancouver and my GP is not able to provide me with much information in regards to this or any specialists living here.
Any help on this is really appreciated. For the first time in my life I miss the subtleties of my old symptoms as I struggle with the severity of this entirely new one.