Transient tics... anyone else relate?

Rebekah - posted on 03/14/2016 ( no moms have responded yet )




My 10 year old son just started exhibiting tics in the last 3 weeks; it was all of a sudden and has been a daily occurrence for the last 3 weeks or so. It fluctuates in frequency... I thought it was going away, then it was more often this weekend. His tic started as a vocal tic, just a brief, one syllable/note. This week, I notice his facial muscles twitch as well when its occurring. He had a well visit with the pediatrician about a week into this, so the Dr is aware. He suggested it was likely transient tics, and I did all the online reading about it, so I think I generally know what I should know... no treatment needed at this point unless it lasts a long time or becomes very disruptive, good chance it will resolve on its own, don't draw unnecessary attention to it as he can't help it... so I know this, but its still so hard for me to watch. I know it can be exacerbated by stress, so I worry that it might be a manifestation of that. (there is legitimate stress around, though nothing particularly new)

Of course I read too much on the internet, and started worrying that his sore throat that occurred the week prior to the tic starting might have been undiagnosed strep and this might be from PANDAS.

I'm trying to find the balance between being responsible about it and not obsessing about it (which would make it worse for both of us). Of course the tic drives my husband up the wall, which doesn't help. What I'm reading is that although these tics are fairly common and often resolved themselves, it can take months, which feels very long. Plus, I'm worried that it might affect him socially, or how he views himself. Yes, I'm a worrier. I guess I'm looking for reassurance... any other parents dealing with this?

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