I'm just wondering if someone can help? I'll give you a bit of history. My six year old son, who has Crohn's Disease started having multiple tics and odd obsessive behaviours last year. After witnessing a very traumatic event they got REALLY bad. At this time he had a major flare of what we now know is Crohn's. He was so sick with CD (Crohn's) that the tics and weird behaviours were sort of put on the back burner. After a few months the started to subside and mostly went away. (The blinking continued but it was quite mild).
Last week he changed. His daycare, and myself started noticing a change in his behaviour and his tics came back again. He had a major emotional breakdown last week and with that, the tics got worse. He seems to blend them in pretty well with his normal movements, but they are as plain as day to me. Below I will put a list of some of the things we're dealing with and I was hoping someone could tell me if it sounds like it could be TS.
List of some of his tics:
head jerking (or chin to shoulder)
finger tapping - two times left, then two times right...often repeated)
touching left hand to jaw, then right hand to jaw - repeated
tapping feet - usually two times left, two times right - repeated, or sometimes, when walking it is tap tap - walk a couple steps - tap tap
flapping arms like chicken (one side at a time) - or if sitting at table, taps each elbow two times on table - repeated
tapping hip/groin area each hand twice -repeated often
head banging (only on soft things like the couch cusions)
face grimice with sucking noise (one side of mouth strached out to the side)
touching everything - mostly noticed in the stores. He has to touch everything we walk by. No matter how many times I tell him to stop, it's like he can't stop
List of some of his odd behaviours:
- everything has to be "just so" for example his back-pack HAS to face left in his cubby
gets VERY upset if routine is disrupted
has explained why his tics happen in two's - he said that it HAS to be done twice, but sometimes it happens three times so he has to do it once more to make it two's again.
can't handle people not doing things the way they are "supposed" to be done. (ie. kids making up their own way of playing chess gets him really upset because it's not right)
teachers say he can't sit still unless he is absorbed in something like a puzzle (and then when he sits still he tics), he interupts all the time, seems to have no control over his volume, always has to be in control of everyone and everything.
Am I off my rocker or does this sound like I should be worried? Our doc is sending us to see someone soon, but I thought someone here might be able to offer some insight. Also, I've heard that there might be a link between auto-immune diseases and TS -anyone else heard this? (CD is an auto-immune disease)