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Questions about Tourette Syndrome

What is tourette syndrome

Tourette syndrome is known as a nervous system disorder that often begins during an individual’s childhood. However, tourette syndrome may include abnormal repetitive movements or sounds that may not be able to be controlled. These unwanted movements and sounds are referred to as tics. However, when an individual constantly blinks their eyes, move their shoulders or head, or even yell out offensive words, this may be known as tourette syndrome. When an individual experiences unwanted movements or tics, many individuals may wonder if this is tourette syndrome. Read below to find many commonly asked questions regarding tourette syndrome that has been answered by Experts.

What are tourette syndrome symptoms?

Often the common symptoms of tourette syndrome may be referred to as sudden or fast movements and sounds. Often, these symptoms may vary from person to person and may become mild or severe. Severe symptoms of tourette syndrome may often affect a person’s ability to communicate and live a normal life. These symptoms may be referred to as tics, and tics may come in two different classifications; simple tics and complex tics. Simple tics may often just include fast and sudden movements and sound that limit the amount of muscle groups where as complex tics are different, synchronized patters of movements and sounds that include many muscle groups.

What are the tourette syndrome causes?

In some cases the exact reason for tourette syndrome may still be unknown, and many individuals are not aware on how to prevent this syndrome. However there are some theories about this syndrome, these include:

• Genetic this may be where the individual has inherited this syndrome from a family member.
• Brain abnormalities which may be were certain chemicals that are located in the brain send out nerve impulses known as neurotransmitters as well as dopamine and serotonin.

Is there a connection between tourette syndrome and schizophrenia, and can an individual be at risk of schizophrenia if a relative has it?

In some situations tourettes syndrome may often be connected with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as some believe tourette syndrome is connected with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) as well. However, genetics may often be common in both diseases, however when an individual has tourettes syndrome this does not always mean that the individual will develop schizophrenia.

Where can an individual get deep stem brain stimulation and how much would this cost for an individual with severe tourette syndrome?

In some situations, deep brain stimulation is known as a surgical procedure that is done in order to help control symptoms of tremors, and slow movements as well as currently approved by the FDA (food and drug administration) for some diseases such as Parkinson’s, Essential tremor and Dystonia. However there have been some cases where deep brain stimulation has helped control some symptoms of tourette syndrome, however this treatment is still experimental.

Tourette syndrome may be a scary and very frustrating condition for many individuals. The symptoms, tics, and even stares may become overwhelming. However, there are some treatments and medications that may help an individual to control their symptoms and tics. For more information about the treatments, side effects, and symptoms of tourettes syndrome, individuals may contact an Expert.

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Recent Tourette Questions

  • I have a kind of bothersome issue that has plagued me since

    I have a kind of bothersome issue that has plagued me since i was a child but has just recently gotten worse. I shiver and twitch for no reason. It kind of goes in streaks where I will not do it for a long time and then I will do it several times in a day. Sometimes it is precipitated by someone touching my head. It has actually messed up haircuts. It is not mild but it is short and can be relatively violent. I have practically thrown myself out of a chair. It is mostly in my head shoulders neck area. Maybe it happens to everyone I don't know. I'm concerned because it seems to be getting worse.
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    Dear Dr, Male age 60, suffering head jerks, tics, but doesnt take meds. high stress. Works 6 days wk/very physical/great physical shape, no alcohol or drugs, prostrate surgery 8 yrs ago, bypassing semen into urethral void with prostrate mesh screen. Suffered urine incontinence once, over weekend, wet the bed, has suffered what seems a nervous breakdown, psychotic break with memory loss of friends and family. The head jerks which seems like tics, are more prevalent upon waking and speaking.
  • We are quite sure that my son is developing Tourettes Syndrome.

    We are quite sure that my son is developing Tourette's Syndrome. The tics have steadily increased over the last 2 months and we have ruled out seizures and brain tumors, etc. We are learning to work with the tics. We are scheduled to leave to visit family on a whirlwind trip in two weeks and would be gone for one month visiting different places every five days or so. We are considering canceling the whole trip which would be a huge disappointment to each family member. We know such a trip would likely exacerbate the tics because of the stress. What we want to know is if such an experience will mean that after the trip he would actually be worse off with many more problems of tics of if he could return to a peaceful environment without long-term effects from the trip.

    Thank you!
    Scott
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