Tyler, 25, was diagnosed with an extreme form of Tourette syndrome when he was 10 years old. His severe, uncontrollable tics were so violent that he would injure himself. After undergoing deep brain stimulation, Tyler joins The Doctors to share hi...
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Tyler's Treatment for Tourette Syndrome Follow Up Dr. Travis Stork: Well, one year after under going a risky brain surgery and the hopes of easing his tremors, Tyler is here today to share his story, so everyone please give a warm welcome to Tyler. Looking good! Tyler: Thanks. Dr. Travis Stork: How are you feeling? Tyler: Good, pretty good. Yeah. Dr. Travis Stork: So I have to tell you, there’s not a person on this audience who hasn’t been moved by your story. I mean, absolutely moved by the courage that you’ve shown. So it’s been about a year since you had the surgery? And things better? Tyler: Things are much better and I want to emphasize this procedure is ground breaking, it’s life changing but it’s not a cure, it didn’t take my condition away completely. It gave me a much higher quality of life, I mean almost a complete flip, but I still have bad days, I still have hard times and my tics still kick up a lot, but this procedures made it so much more manageable, enjoyable and I mean, I’m able to enjoy being with my family now and my friends and the activities, it’s great. Dr. Travis Stork: And so you have an electrode place inside your brain, you want to show one of your scar too, don’t you? Tyler: Sure. You kind to see in my hair, I mean, there’s more lumps but the gaps in my hair is more -- Dr. Travis Stork: And then this is the device, right? Tyler: Yes. Dr. Travis Stork: And show to them where that is. Tyler: That is right in my abdomen, kind of -- breaks the -- Dr. Travis Stork: And then the wire courses up. Tyler: Yes, it comes up, right up in my front and then over to my collarbone and then back around my ear, and then kind of straight up to my head. Dr. Travis Stork: So you’re talking about being better, but if you just think back we have a home video and so I want you to watch this because Tyler used to have trouble pouring a glass of milk. So Tyler when you’re watching that now -- Dr. Jim Sears: He could hardly even watch it. Tyler: I don’t -- I can’t watch it. It brings back to many horrible memories and it takes my mind to a place that I don’t I like to be. I’m much happier here in the present. I mean -- Dr. Travis Stork: We are happy for you. Dr. Jim Sears: So actually I have a question for Dr. de Lotbiniere what do you think of Tyler’s progress? Dr. de Lotbiniere: Well, the last time we saw each other, hi Tyler, was when he left the hospital, that was a year ago, and watching him now, it’s like night and day. there’s no question. Which is not to say, as you pointed out that it’s cured because it’s not cured, this is simply just turning down those tics and turning down the urges that precede the tic, but I think you would I agree the overall picture looks dramatically better. Tyler: I think I do. Dr. Travis Stork: And you said you want to focus on the positive, tell us about an exciting new development in your life. Tyler: My wife and I just had a baby boy.

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