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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

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Is carbamazepine used to treat tourette syndrome ? And why ?!

Is carbamazepine used to treat tourette syndrome  ? And why  ?!

Sometimes: This is a sodium channel blocker that is an anti-seizure but has an effect on other brain receptors. It can also increase amounts of serotonin, Dopamine and other neurotransmitters which may be why it is effective for the movements, mood and behavior disturbances associated with tourette. It is not the first choice however, and may even cause increase in tics. ...Read more

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How do I know if my son has tourette syndrome?

How do I know if my son has tourette syndrome?

Motor Movements: First are involuntary motor movements. If there are complex symphonies of movements (arms, head & shoulders moving in stylized fashion) then mm is more serious. If complex movements are above & below waist, it is more severe. Finally if vocalizations are included in the tic complex, you've reached maximum complexity. If these tics disrupt behavior it's more worrisome. See competent expert for dx. ...Read more

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Really scared of developing tourette syndrome, how do I get tested?

Tourette syndrome: Tourette syndrome, a condition of multiple tics changing in form and frequency, waxing and waning over time. The diagnosis is a clinical one. Consult a neurologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could educate people about tourette syndrome?

Compare to Seizures: One way to explain tourette's to folks you are around and interact with is to "compare" it to another neurologic disorder like seizure disorder. Make the analogy that you have movements that are beyond your control, they are involuntary, "like a seizure" Here is a good web link to share... http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tourette/detail_tourette.htm ...Read more

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Neurologists! ocd, tourette syndrome, migraines, what can I do?

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Neurologists! ocd, tourette syndrome, migraines, what can I do?

OCD, tourette: Find good psychiatrist, the one that devotes a lot of times for each visit and doe not hurry you out, one that consciously follow up with response to therapy-medications and adjust meds gradually compared to ones that keep your meds from month to month. Migraine can be consequence from the pain of OCD (which is part of bigger entity of anxiety disorder). Need be very very very patient. Add yoga ++. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a minor case of tourette syndrome?

D/w your doctor: This is best discussed with your doctor. The guidelines for Tourettes recently changed. A summary is here: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/tourette/diagnosis.html ...Read more

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How would I know if I have tourette syndrome tic?

Severe worsening: Tic disorders are usually benign. In rare cases they can accumulate, involve vocalizations, disrupt social settings and worsen over more than a year. They are then referred to as tourette syndrome. This is named after gilles de la tourette who was a character in a french novel with similar features. This is rare and hard to manage. Tic disorders can respond to distraction and calming. ...Read more

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How could I tell my parents that I have tourette syndrome?

Honestly & Directly: Teh best way to tell your parents if thy have not seen it already is to be honest with them and tell them based on what you are experiencing that you believe that you have Tourette's. Togethr the family can handle the additonal assessment of this problem and posible treametn if tics are hurtfuly or severe. Simple motor tics, for example, happen suddenly and separately from other tics and involve just a few muscles. Some examples are eye blinking and grimacing. In contrast, complex motor tics usually involve more muscle groups. For example, someone might touch a body part or another person repeatedly. In rare cases, people with TS might have a tic that makes them harm themselves, such as head banging. ...Read more

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What is tourette syndrome?

Brain disease: Ts is a neurobiologic condition involving the thalamus in the brain, caused by inheritance, but occasionally by panda's. It's main symptoms are complex(several muscle groups moving involuntarily to appease a sensory compulsion) tics or motor movements involving various body areas, including vocalizations (complex vocal motor tics).Occasionally ts is debilitating, but most often it's treatable. ...Read more

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What causes tourette syndrome?

Gene mapping in : families with multi-generational GTS shows many mutant genes, alone or in combination, cause GTS. The complex patterns of inheritance & associated neuropsychiatric & neurodevelopmental disorders are on omim.org/entry/137580?search=tourette%20gene&highlight=tourette%20gene.Until whole genome testing is affordable,a Chromosomal Microarray is the blood test most likely to detect GTS mutations. ...Read more

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How does Tourette syndrome work?

Tourette Syndrome: is an inheritable Neurodevelopmental Disorder, caused by gene mutations yet to be defined. Diagnostic criteria = multiple motor tics & at least 1 vocal tic for at least a year, with no tic-free period > 2 mos. It is often associated with ADHD, OCD & other anxiety disorders. It begins in childhood. See www.tourettesyndrome.net for complete information & tsa-usa.org for resources & support. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tourette syndrome?

Severe tic syndrome: Multiple tics associated with snorting, sniffing, involuntary vocalizations, and troublesome compulsive and aggressive impulses constitute the major features of gilles de la tourette syndrome. It is the rarest and most severe of the tic disorders that begins in childhood, usually as a simple tic. Hyperactivity and disorders of attention and perception are frequent. Intelligence does not decline. ...Read more

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Why doesn't medicine help my tourette syndrome?

Do you mean your : chronic motor &/or vocal tics have not responded to any medication prescribed by your neurologist or psychiatrist? Contact the Tourette Syndrome Association: tsa-usa.org/aabout_tsa/aContactTSA.htm. Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai & Weill Cornell SOM in NYC have TS centers of excellence. See http://www.tsa-usa.org/Medical/medical_main.html for information on valid treatments vs. chicanery. ...Read more

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Can you get Tourette Syndrome after the age of 7?

Yes: If you are concerned about Tourette's, see your doctor. There are other types of tic disorders which may be very common, and may resolve on their own. Tourette's is a particular type of tic disorder which also involves involuntary vocalizations. ...Read more

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What kinds of meds are used for tourette syndrome?

What kinds of meds are used for tourette syndrome?

Tourette: Typical & atypical antipsychotics, such as orap, haldol, risperdal, geodon (ziprasidone). Also, Clonidine & Tenex can be tried since they have fewer side-effects. ...Read more

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What are the different signs of tourette syndrome?

Tics: Multiple motor tics & at least one vocal tic that have lasted for at least a year. If there were tic-free periods, they lasted no longer than two months. A triad of tics, adhd & obsessive-compulsive disorders is usually seen. Language-based learning disabilities, habit disorders & mood disorders are common. Autistic disorder can co-occur. ...Read more

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Does tourette syndrome worsen at the age of eighteen?

Usually, no.: Tourette's syndrome usually peaks in mid-adolescence and improves in the late teens and adulthood. 10-15% of affected individuals will continue to have symptoms into adulthood. ...Read more

Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Tourette Syndrome (Definition)

A nervous system disorder involving repetitive ...Read more