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Tic is a neurological disorder characterized by unwanted, rapid, repetitive movements occurring in any part of the body. Tics can be of different types, like motor tics and vocal tics.

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How can I get rid of head tics and severe pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have head tics, and for the past week, I have been waking up with a pounding forehead headache, and pain all day every time I get a tic. What to do? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from head tics for the past week. Such types of head tics that are pounding in nature may result from various reasons like migraine, cluster headaches, s...  Read Full »

Till what age will vocal and motor tics usually continue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have vocal and motor tics. Is it Tourette's and if yes, till what age does it usually continue? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shobhit Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Unfortunately, there is no cure for it, but treatment can relieve symptoms. Tics can persist for years or lifetime, although their severity reduces. Most of the tics are mild and do not require any treatment. Stress relieving therapies like yoga and meditation woul...  Read Full »

Can a medication cause jaw tics, breathing issues, and collapse?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old girl weighing 140 lb. I have been taking 30 mg of Vyvanse for ADHD for a year or two, and it has worked well. It also helps my mood and general outlook on life. However, sometimes, when I do not eat enough during the day, I develop tics in my jaw and face. My jaw get...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is a probability that the symptoms you are experiencing are due to your medicine. Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) is a very good medicine, but many other drugs are also effective for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), like Atomoxetine, Methylphenidate, e...  Read Full »

I have low vitamin and iron levels. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female with a height of 5 feet 7 inches and weigh around 210 pounds. I have suffered from vocal and motor tics for the past three years. The first week was just motor tics; they were almost constant and consisted of head jerks, left eye blinking, and shoulder jerks. Then, before I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. As you rightly said, if both the motor and vocal tics are persistent for more than a year, then it is termed Chronic tic disorder (Tourette's syndrome). Usually, tics are present from an early age, and from your ...  Read Full »

I have OCD and suffer from tics. Please suggest how to cure my tics?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from OCD and a few weird tics. If I try to control my tics, I start feeling uncomfortable. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mascarenhas Lisa Barros

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Has the OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) reduced? If not, it must be dealt with as it will reduce stress and tics. I suggest you do de-stressing techniques like deep breathing, listening to music, write down you...  Read Full »

My tic disorder got worse after taking Haloperidol. What is the alternative option?

Query: Hi doctor,I suffer from a Tic disorder since childhood with eye blinking and shoulder movement. It was not a big problem for me in my childhood. After marriage, it became worse with continued coughing. So I decided to take medicines by consulting a psychiatrist. The doctor prescribed me Risperidone ...  Read Full »

Dr. Siva Anoop Yella

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are having minor anxiety symptoms with tics. Sometimes, tics get flare up due to anxiety, and hence it is important to cure anxiety as well. The medications prescribed for you are the right ones. But Haloperidol 0.75 mg works well for anxiety also. Dosulepin can be ...  Read Full »

Is it possible for me to develop Tourette's syndrome without having any tics?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female who is turning 20 years old in two months. I was recently diagnosed with high functioning autism after suspecting for two years that I could have that condition. I have never had any kind of ticks or repetitive and involuntary movements or sounds. When I was 15, I start...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tics are quite common and experienced by many people. Tics happen more prominently when you are worried and stressed. You have been reporting anxiety and particularly worried about Tourettes syndrome. Tourettes syndrome is a severe form of tic disorder where a perso...  Read Full »

I have had eye tics for the last two years and ophthalmic test results are normal. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I developed an eye tic two years back, where I was forcefully blinking my right eye. I did this for around five months which affected my daily life. Then, with the practice of meditation and breathing exercise, the tic reduced drastically. But I think it altered the movements of my rig...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and recommend starting Gabapentin or low-dose Clonazepam to help release muscle tension. Another possible treatment option is Fluvoxamine, which can help treat OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and psychogenic tics like in your case. I ho...  Read Full »

How to differentiate a tic disorder from an absence seizure?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is sometimes over-energetic and suddenly stares randomly with slight stiffness of the arms for maybe two to three seconds. It happens few times a day. We consulted a neurologist, but nothing was found to be abnormal. Doctors ruled it out as a slight tic disorder. However, I h...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw the pictures that you have uploaded (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), and by the images, we cannot determine if the blank stare is a tic or absence seizures. In fact, in children, it is challenging to distinguish this clinical situation. But...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have too many tics developed in a short time as a teenager?

Query: Hi doctor, My 13-year-old daughter developed a tic for about a month. And it started with a shoulder shrug (one side, left shoulder) and has progressed to several upper body tics. About six tics (head jerking, shoulder shrug, arm jerk or extending, hand hitting thigh, hand hitting chest, and hand f...  Read Full »

Dr. Gursimran Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand the situation, and I am sorry for her to face this situation. Yes, the prime age of a child developing tic disorder is 11 to 13 years. Usually, tic disorder has comorbid conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity d...  Read Full »

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