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Old 11-21-08, 02:40 PM   #1
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Do we all have Tourette's Syndrome?

How many of the following "tics" do you exhibit riding or in the prescence of a bicycle?
Be honest with yourself:

simple motor tics involving a single muscle (quads?)

eye blinking,

shoulder rotation or elevation,

head jerking,

lip contractions,

closing of the eyes,

eyes rolling in the orbits,

torticollis (turning the neck to one side),

opening and closing of the mouth,

abdominal contractions, and/or

stretching of arms and legs.



touching objects,


trunk bending or rotation,


socially inappropriate movements,

obscene gestures, or

imitation of other peoples' gestures.


clearing throat,


meaningless sounds or utterances.

complex and loud sounds,

phrases out of context,

phrases with obscenities,


repetition of other person's phrases.
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Old 11-21-08, 02:43 PM   #2
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Haven't had any cycling-related retching that I can recall.
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Old 11-21-08, 03:02 PM   #3
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My hand closes on the brake when I sense an need to stop...
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Old 11-21-08, 03:06 PM   #4
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All of the above.

At the same time.

I've yet to get past the end of my driveway.
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Old 11-21-08, 03:26 PM   #5
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I'd never heard of it, so I did a Google search . . . Yikes!

In its most severe forms, patients may have uncountable motor and vocal tics during all their waking hours with outburst of full body movements, shouting or self-mutilation. At times the tics seem organized in orchestrated patterns that are characteristic of that individual. Despite this, many patients with severe tics manage to achieve adequate social adjustment in adult life, although usually with considerable emotional pain. More than the severity of motor and vocal tics, the factors that appear to be of importance with regard to social adaptation include the seriousness of attention problems, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, the degree of family acceptance and support, intelligence and ego strength.

Going by that, I hope I never get it!

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Old 11-23-08, 07:41 PM   #6
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I have what Florence King has described as Tourette's Misanthropy - "idealism with a short fuse." I call BS when I read it. Which explains why all the moderators on Bike Forums know me.
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