Tic disorder, motor tics in children, and twitches are frustrating. If you or your child has a chronic tic disorder there are many natural treatments you can use to help alleviate ticcing symptoms. Have you already been to your doctor about your tic disorder? If you are like me, your doctor has told you that there is not much you can do to treat a motor tics. After your consultation, you may have been given a tic disorder diagnosis and possibly been disappointed too when you discovered that there is no known medical cure for motor tics.
Conventional Treatments for Motor tics and Twitches Use Drugs
If you are like us, and have a child diagnosed with a chronic multifocal tic disorder (motor tics in different locations on the body), you could have also been told by your doctor that medication for ticcing, while available, does not come without side effects. Your doctor may have said the best treatment is to ignore the tics and carry on with your life, business as usual. Doctors believe that in some cases they can fade over time. But you can help alleviate symptoms of chronic ticcing by changing your diet and environment.
This is basically what happened to us two years ago when we took our then almost 4-year-old son to a neurologist after he began to exhibit noticeable ticcing behaviors during the Christmas holidays. This is our story, and I attempt to tell it in hopes that other folks who find themselves suffering from a tic disorder may find a bit of hope.
How Common are Motor Tics in Children?
About 20 percent of children may develop a tic disorder at some point during their prepubescent years. Usually mild cases of motor tics in children involve eye blinking or nose scrunching and are pretty benign in nature. I was never aware of them, quite honestly, until my oldest son developed tics about two years ago after we took him for his preschool vaccines.
Since the fall and winter of 2006, I’ve noticed that mild motor tics are fairly common in the public. Most kids who develop a tic disorder are pretty good at creatively making them a discrete part of their lives. Most folks who have kids with motor tics notice that they wax and wane in unpredictable cyclic fashion, often times correlating with allergy seasons or viral and bacterial outbreaks. Some see waxing and waning of motor tics correlate with diet. For others there is no known correlation between a tic disorder and environmental or dietary influence. Others claim that stress is a major factor in the development of a tic disorder. If you pay attention to folks while at the airport or a crowded shopping mall you may find one or two twitchy ones passing you by.
How does a Tic Disorder Develop and Change Over Time?
In our case what we saw was an increase in ticcing that seemed to pick up speed and intensity, like a snowball rolling down hill, over the course of three months. What started with a chronic sniffing that we originally missed as a tic, was soon combined with a mild, benign eye blinking tic. When the sniffing and eye blinking was accompanied by a slow exaggerated blink and shoulder shrug we knew we had something serious we were dealing with. This is common for many families that see motor tics in children. More movements and sounds followed: teeth grinding, lip smacking, sleeve pushing, grimacing and neck twitching. Now our son had whole host of dysfunctional movements and sounds that began to impede on his daily activities. He began to develop very real fears, anxieties, and routines that seemed uncharacteristic of his little developing personality.
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