The symptoms of the tic disorder lead me to believe that I have Tourette's Syndrome, but the episodes began to occur mildly around the age of 18. As of this writing, I am 33. The conditions have waxed and waned in their severity over the years with seemingly no trigger for their worsening or lessening over time.
Symptoms include general overall discomfort prior to a tic (not pain), muscular tics around the top right corner of the mouth and lower outer right corner of the eyebrow as if I'm squinting from the right side of the face (From my best estimate, the Zygomaticus and the levator labii superioris alaeqe nasi appear to be activating). Head quickly twitches to the right; sometimes it's a rotation (as if I were turning my head), sometimes it's a tilting motion (as if I was bringing my ear to my shoulder).
There's also a shuddering sensation throughout my body. Less often are vocal tics, normally shouting. Occasionally, but also worth mentioning, I also tend to have shaking of the hands and a very unsteady grip, and makes anything requiring the utilization of precision/fine motor movements daunting at best, and nearly impossible at other times.
If the episodes continue for an extended period of time, it affects speech to a point of where the cadence is slow (about 1 syllable every 1-2 seconds) and I find it very laborious to speak, or it also comes to a point where I lose the ability to speak for a short period of time. Also, I deal with some sort of pseudoseizures, during which I remain conscious. I am certain that they are non-epileptic as evidenced by unremarkable brainwave activity during an episode occurring at the time of a brainwave activity scan. I'm unsure of this; however, I cannot help but suspect that these may possibly be somehow related.
Both Tourette's and Conversion Disorder have been brought up as possibilities, but conversion disorder can be ruled out as Stress seems to be as much of a trigger as being in a non-stressed environment.
Symptom relief through the use of traditional pharmaceutical therapy tend to yield an effective window of between 2 weeks to a month with increasing of medication dosage proving non-effective.
On account of this, I have tended to opt for staying at home rather than being out in public.
So far, the only things that I have found that have proven useful in the long term have been either manual stimulation of the back of the head with light pressure, or vaporizing CBD oil in an e-cigarette at a concentration of 16 mg/ml (equivalence: 1000 mg/60 ml), and dosing at 1-3 ml, depending on severity.