Re: my 7 yr old son recently started facial twitching
Please don't tell him to stop. He can't help it. He needs your support. He needs to be able to release his tics around you.
My son is now 20 and was diagnosed at 9 years old with Tourettes. I first noticed around 8yo his arm would stretch in front of him and shake while he was playing cars. Then he started repeating himself (mumbling quietly under his breath). These were tics. They move. He couldn'tcontrol them. He would go through periods of clearing his throat constantly. That stopped after a couple of months. The tics were in his stomach muscles even his eyeballs. They rolled in the back of his head continually for a couple of weeks. That to me was the worst. There was a period that he couldn't hold a styrofoam cup without crushing the drink in his hands because of his tics. Your son can't stop. Please don't tell him to. My son tried to control his tics in school as best as he could. When he got home around us he could "let it out" so to speak. He had to. He described it like a cough. He said it's there, trying to suppress it but he couldn't wait to release it. His friends and teachers got used to the tics as we did and overlooked them. He's in college now and still has tics. They still move around his body. Even his ear canal. We never chose meds. He was diagnosed at an early age w/ ADHD and we stopped those meds around 10 after we figured out they were making the tics worse (this was 2000-2002). He still doesn't want the meds for his tics. His shoulder and hands hurt from the constant contractions. The meds had more side effects than the Tourettes. Drs tell us the symptoms will fade in early adulthood. Please let your son release around you. He needs to.
Last edited by WarEagle34; 05-13-2011 at 05:14 PM.