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    Question Is this Tourette?

    Hello and excuse me if my english is bad.

    I have some "bad habits or tics" not sure how to name it, from 12 years old, I am 22 years old now and this persist.

    Cracking joints of all my body, like back, neck, dolls, ankles, clenching teeths, stretch or crack jaw, biting nails and lips (I don't have any vocal tics)

    When socializing, I use to do only tics that nobody can perceive like cracking my back or clenching teeths, so nobody knows I have this problem.

    Like it happens is strange: I start feeling something from my bones, irresistible to crack it, when I do this give me like power and security to keep doing what I am doing, It is like a temptation of my mind to me. I can resist it for a while, but that temptation comes over and over.

    I am scared of hurt my teeths for cleching it all the time, I have several headaches for it. Also it gives me anxiety because I am always trying to hide it from other people, It is mental exhaustion.

    Is this Tourette? How should I solve it?

    Thanks
    Last edited by Don Jon; February 6, 2014 at 10:50 PM.

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    Default Re: Is this Tourette?

    Hi Don Jon!

    Welcome to the forum!

    Most of the symptoms you describe sound like tics, so you may have a tic disorder. I believe that Tourette Syndrome is not diagnosed without some type of vocal tic, though. Some of the most common vocal tics include sniffing, throat clearing and grunting. Have you ever had any symptoms of that sort? If not, then you might have Chronic Tic Disorder.

    Considering that your symptoms are giving you a lot of trouble, you should probably try to see a doctor that diagnoses tic disorders like Tourette. Have you ever talked to a doctor about your symptoms? There are lots of different things your doctor might want you to try, and you'll find tons of information on this forum that can help you. I've had my share of biting, cracking and clenching and I know it's not fun. Also not great for your joints.

    I'm interested in what you said about your symptoms giving you "power and security" to keep doing what you're doing. I think I know what you mean, but would appreciate it if you could elaborate on it. Glad you made it here; a forum administrator or moderator will reply soon. Just wanted to post this in case you check back tonight.

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    Default Re: Is this Tourette?

    Hello twidget, thank for post.

    I never had any symptom of that sort. Maybe a little bit of throat clearing before a work presentation when child, but I think was only jitters more than a tic, never remember it as a problem.

    I did never go to a doctor for this problem.

    I have periods where I control the tics (Ussually when socializing) But for example before talking to a nice girl, I "fix" my joints back and go with more security. But not only in situation of pressure, when I am doing nothing happens the same, I have to be fixing constantly to "feel good" and keep going, if dont so I feel strange and insecure. (A curious thing is when playing poker online on multiple tables I forgot about tics, I use to stop doing it. But when I read a book or play soccer tics still...)

    Another thing is that I suspect to have TOC, when child had a lot questions about my sexuality (Now I am sure of my heterosexuality), hypochondria and thinking about the same tics (long periods of thinking about this things, in any where) But that is another topic, does not bother me more because it stoped or I learned to control it.

    I will checking the forum, regards
    Last edited by Don Jon; February 7, 2014 at 08:53 AM.

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    Default Re: Is this Tourette?

    I'd second Twidget's recommendation - if you're concerned that these behaviours could injure you, then you should see a doctor about getting an official diagnosis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GardenerMatt View Post
    I'd second Twidget's recommendation - if you're concerned that these behaviours could injure you, then you should see a doctor about getting an official diagnosis.
    I would do it for sure, need to find a good doctor first.

    Not just to avoid some injure, If my diagnosis is Tourette or Chronical motor tic it has a low intensity, so I would be ready to take some medicine to calm it down and be less stressed when socializing.

    I will be posting here if I have some progress.

    Thanks for the support

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    Here's a link to a relatively new therapy called CBIT - Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics. Long name, but the idea is easy to understand. If you scroll down to where you see "Part 1" and "Part 2", you can watch videos of how the therapy works.

    Some people have found this therapy helpful for tics. And there are other therapies some have tried with success, such as accupunture. If you have more questions, feel free to ask!

    2012 TSA National Conference Videos









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    Quote Originally Posted by Twidget View Post
    Here's a link to a relatively new therapy called CBIT - Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics. Long name, but the idea is easy to understand. If you scroll down to where you see "Part 1" and "Part 2", you can watch videos of how the therapy works.

    Some people have found this therapy helpful for tics. And there are other therapies some have tried with success, such as accupunture. If you have more questions, feel free to ask!

    2012 TSA National Conference Videos








    Thanks for the info! I did read some manuals about this but there are only a few in spanish sadly, I will see what more can I find.

    This therapy could be learned and applied by myself correctly?

    I am really concerned about finding a good specialist of this therapy and this syndrome in my country (Venezuela)

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    DonJon,

    At present there are a limited number of therapists trained in teaching CBIT as it is shown in the videos you watched. However using CBIT is a powerful tool in helping to manage tics and in the coming years it is hoped that availability of the training will become easier and even available from a distance by using the internet, connected to accresited therapists.

    In the meantime, we might be able to provide you with some insights into CBIT to acquaint you with how it works.

    Our Forum has an entire section devoted to CBIT .

    Your first priority would be to locate a medical professional such as neurologist, psychiatrist or psychologist who is known to treat Tourette Syndrome. It may require some research on your part, perhaps calling some teaching hospitals in your Country to make your inquiries.

    Not all doctors or medical professionals have a good enough understanding of Tourette Syndrome to help you, so you need to do some homework and find the person who has the training and the clinical interest in the disorder.

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    You can redirect some of the oral stuff by eating lots of crunchy stuff like raw carrots, or by using a frozen teething ring from the baby aisle of the grocery store.

    I don't think it matters a whole lot at this point whether your precise label is "Tourette's" or something else. Your movement tics are causing you discomfort, so you have some room to make some improvements in how you cope. You did the right thing by posting on this forum. You are correct that people who are experienced with Tourette Syndrome will be able to relate to what you're going through, and perhaps share some relevant experiences.

    If you can't find a doctor who is an expert on movement disorders, you can try to work with an open-minded doctor who is willing to learn more about your and your neurological condition as you go. Such a doctor can try giving you some medications by doing some reading and consulting with other doctors.

    Aside from medications, what you can do is to pick one small tic that feels self-destructive to you, such as, perhaps, biting your lips, and choose a substitute tic that you would like to do instead, every time you feel like biting your lip.

    What have you observed regarding exercise? Is there a pattern to how exercising affects your tics and how comfortable you feel with your body?

    I can write all this in Spanish if you like. No estás solo, compañero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aparente001 View Post
    You can redirect some of the oral stuff by eating lots of crunchy stuff like raw carrots, or by using a frozen teething ring from the baby aisle of the grocery store.

    I don't think it matters a whole lot at this point whether your precise label is "Tourette's" or something else. Your movement tics are causing you discomfort, so you have some room to make some improvements in how you cope. You did the right thing by posting on this forum. You are correct that people who are experienced with Tourette Syndrome will be able to relate to what you're going through, and perhaps share some relevant experiences.

    If you can't find a doctor who is an expert on movement disorders, you can try to work with an open-minded doctor who is willing to learn more about your and your neurological condition as you go. Such a doctor can try giving you some medications by doing some reading and consulting with other doctors.

    Aside from medications, what you can do is to pick one small tic that feels self-destructive to you, such as, perhaps, biting your lips, and choose a substitute tic that you would like to do instead, every time you feel like biting your lip.

    What have you observed regarding exercise? Is there a pattern to how exercising affects your tics and how comfortable you feel with your body?

    I can write all this in Spanish if you like. No estás solo, compañero.
    Hello buddy, I did understand you very good thanks, I thought about a dental protection like people with bruxism uses to sleep, similar to the frozen teething ring, I think its a good idea.

    About doing the substitute tics to avoid hurts, I did it already to "hide" more obvius tics like cracking joints, so one of my principal tic now when I am socializing is clenching teeths.

    Something interesting is that my tics go away or greatly reduced when I am drunk, I really forget about it, and I know that alcohol is ****, but I get drunk almost always when go to partys because of this.

    I read too about marijuana has same effects with less harm, but it is ilegal and I dont want problems. If this popular drugs have this really good effects on tics, should be already a good medication for it. (Hope so when see a doctor)

    My tics uses to get worse when I am facing a challenge situation, so when I play soccer for example tics appears with strenght harming my focus, when I am reading a book happens the same, my focus goes away constantly for my tics

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