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Tourette's Syndrome
Posted 11/9/11 , edited 11/9/11
I've had Tourette's ever since I was born, so it's a natural thing to me. I never really understood what was wrong with me, so I just went with my life obliviously. When I was 9, my "Tics"* started getting worse and worse. I started getting depressed and sick, and stopped going to school. I refused any help people sought to give me, preferring to hide in my room all day. I still suffer from TS even now, albeit not as bad as it used to be.

Types of tics I've had/have:

Shaking head
Sniffing
Coughing
Snapping fingers
Grunting (Guttural animal sounds.)
Punching (Yes, seriously. I punched anything...Walls, people, toys...)
Stretching
Flicking toes
Holding breath
Popping fingers (When you pop the joints off, and then back in again.)
Nodding
Touching corners (Of anything. Walls, books, it doesn't matter. If there was a corner, I had to touch it.)
Shouting words (Sometimes vulgar ones.)

There's a lot of others, but that's off the top of my head. If I get an "Attack" (Which I do every few seconds to half a minute), I generally have to do one (Or more) of the things listed. If I didn't, the...Er, symptoms would start. First my chest would tighten, kind of like when you hold your breath for a long time. Then my muscles (Arms, legs, chest, wherever) start getting hot and burning. Next (I rarely get to this stage), I stop breathing. I've probably only fallen unconscious 4-5 times due to this, but it's happened.

I suffer from this...Disorder every second of my life. I've never had a break, never had any relief. Any (And every) action would incite a tick. There's no cure, and no medication that actually works. Does anybody else suffer from TS, and how bad is it for you?

Sorry for the long, boring, whiny post. I just feel alone, like I'm some kind of alien. From the second I wake up to the second afore I fall asleep...It's not pleasant.

*Not a tic(k) as in the bug, but a "Tic" as in a small fidget, like sniffing or snapping your fingers.

Quick edit:
Sorry if this post sounds depressing! I didn't really think it through when I started typing, so everything kind of, uh...Poured out. Which sounds really lame. I'm actually in high spirits, sitting here with a mug of hot cocoa and a fresh Gintama episode in the background, and of course, Crunchyroll.
Posted 11/9/11
Have you ever heard of a guy called Tim Howard? He plays soccer for Everton, and the US national team, and suffers from Tourette's as well. That's about the only consolation I can give you, sorry.
Posted 11/9/11 , edited 11/9/11
Don't worry, your not alone on this kind of thing.
Their is always someone out there who have such Syndrome.
Posted 11/9/11

Cod-of-War wrote:

Have you ever heard of a guy called Tim Howard? He plays soccer for Everton, and the US national team, and suffers from Tourette's as well. That's about the only consolation I can give you, sorry.


Huh, I'll look him up! Thanks for that. I'm not really looking for consolation...Maybe my post was too depressing. I appreciate the sentiments although! I didn't mean to look like a whiny kid (Which I actually am...)




Moeberry wrote:

Don't worry, your not alone on this kind of thing.
Their is always someone out there who have such Syndrome.


Thanks! I guess I should be happy that TS isn't life threatening. There's people out there with far worse problems than I have!

Posted 11/9/11
Happy to help.
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I would abuse your situation if I were you, I would swear my teachers and whoever pisses me off and blame it on the Tourette
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Stef wrote:

I would abuse your situation if I were you, I would swear my teachers and whoever pisses me off and blame it on the Tourette


The problem is, if you do that, you'll get the flying snot kicked out of you. I know, because I've accidentally swore before, and made people mad. I'm the weak nerdy type, so I generally can't stand up to someone with sixty pounds on me. Or even someone with twenty.
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Stef wrote:

I would abuse your situation if I were you, I would swear my teachers and whoever pisses me off and blame it on the Tourette


The problem is, if you do that, you'll get the flying snot kicked out of you. I know, because I've accidentally swore before, and made people mad. I'm the weak nerdy type, so I generally can't stand up to someone with sixty pounds on me. Or even someone with twenty.


Go to the gym or play some sports, it will give you amazing confidence then you can curse all you want and beat them up. Remember no matter how big they are the balls are always between their legs. Good luck dude!
Posted 11/10/11

Stef wrote:


Dave1004 wrote:


Stef wrote:

I would abuse your situation if I were you, I would swear my teachers and whoever pisses me off and blame it on the Tourette


The problem is, if you do that, you'll get the flying snot kicked out of you. I know, because I've accidentally swore before, and made people mad. I'm the weak nerdy type, so I generally can't stand up to someone with sixty pounds on me. Or even someone with twenty.


Go to the gym or play some sports, it will give you amazing confidence then you can curse all you want and beat them up. Remember no matter how big they are the balls are always between their legs. Good luck dude!


I, uh, thanks...I do play sports, but only lame ones like basketball and golf. (Yes, golf...) I don't think I can build confidence, not being who I am. And...What if I do? What then? If I just act like a dick to them, aren't I doing what they did to me? So...Who's doing the right thing here?

Ugh, it's 2:40 AM...I have to get up at 7:30... I'm going to bed. Also: Yes, I tend to hit cheap shots. I prefer an elbow to the kidney rather than a kick to the balls, mostly because I can't kick that good.

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Aaaw. You're still cute.
Isn't there a treatment for this?


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I, uh, thanks...I do play sports, but only lame ones like basketball and golf.


Basketball isn't lame
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I just finished studying this in psychology.. but i think it makes more sense hearing about it from someone who's experienced it... You're not alone and we're here for you
Posted 11/10/11
You could try becoming a monk.
Posted 11/10/11
"Touching corners."

I used to do it when I was still a kid so I guess I did have that syndrome(?)
Posted 11/10/11

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Aaaw. You're still cute.
Isn't there a treatment for this?




Nope. The best there is would be some therapy, but otherwise there's not really anything that can be done. And I'm sad to say, I'm most definitely not cute. I'd prefer divine and regal, but it's more on the side of nerdy and boring.




rubedo23 wrote:


I, uh, thanks...I do play sports, but only lame ones like basketball and golf.


Basketball isn't lame


Sorry, didn't exactly mean to word it that way. I love basketball, it's easier for me to concentrate on a sport that requires less...Full-body tackling. Eeeurgh.




alanaunicorn wrote:

I just finished studying this in psychology.. but i think it makes more sense hearing about it from someone who's experienced it... You're not alone and we're here for you


Thanks! I would never be able to understand anything about psychology, so that's cool to hear. Never expected that there would be courses or whatnot on remote syndromes like TS.




AdamIdris101 wrote:

You could try becoming a monk.


I could, but what then? Monks can't wield weapons, they can only use their fists! Plus, what kind of guy wants to punch a zombie?...Right, this isn't Diablo 2. Uh...I don't think I could live as a monk. I tend to get bored quick and easily...



The_Faint_Smile wrote:

"Touching corners."

I used to do it when I was still a kid so I guess I did have that syndrome(?)


Hmm, most likely not. Sometimes people just have odd quirks or habits, but TS is just...Well, it's a plethora of bad quicks and habits.

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