The Drs: Tic Patient Alycia Nicholson Mystery Diagnosis Results


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Alycia Nicholson and her father have shared their story about her struggle as one of the victims of a strange disease affecting students in a small New York town. The Doctors brought Alycia and her father to Los Angeles, where Alycia met with neurologist Dr. Neil Martin, who evaluated her condition.

The Drs: Mystery Diagnosis

Neurologist Dr. Neil Martin shared insights about Alycia Nicholson's mystery tic disorder.


The Doctors: Tic Sufferer Alycia Nicholson

The show followed Dr. Neil Martin in his examination of Alycia. He performed tests on her motor skills in her hands and arms. He also performed multiple MRI tests to get additional information about her brain structure.

Finally, he gave her a throat swab to check for Strep Throat, since that is a possible theoretical cause. Dr. Martin wanted to investigate every possibility to help Alycia find the treatment that will get her life back to normal.

MRI Test For Mystery Disease

Alycia and her father Randy joined Dr. Martin and Dr. Travis Stork on the set to get the results of her testing. Alycia said she has had symptoms since May 2011. Dr. Martin explained that the brain MRIs helped him rule out structural abnormalities in the brain, which he found to be completely normal.


Dr. Martin was also concerned about an immune reaction to a Strep infection, as mentioned in the theories about what’s causing this tic outbreak. He said her throat culture was negative for Strep Throat, so that is not an underlying cause in this case.

Alycia Nicholson MRI Test Results

Dr. Martin showed Alycia’s MRI images and explained that the cortex and anatomy of her brain looked completely normal. Her brain’s language centers for speaking and writing looked normal. Her listening and reading centers are also functioning normally.

Dr. Travis asked about the 3D map of Alycia’s brain. This is a scan that is also used to evaluate brain tumors. Dr. Martin explained that he wanted to assess her in every way possible, because she has been exhibiting both verbal and motor tics.

Dr Neil Martin: Tic Diagnosis

Dr. Martin said her brain looks completely normal, which is good news generally. Alycia said she was happy to have some of these serious causes ruled out, but I would be pissed off that there is still no medical explanation for what is wrong with her. That has got to be frustrating.

Dr. Travis said researchers are still awaiting the results of some testing related to the environmental toxins near her high school. Dr. Martin said parents shouldn’t panic if their children display some tics, because this could be a normal part of development. He said Alycia’s long term outlook is positive.



  1. says

    Just like to say, that even though Alycia did not have strep at the time of the show, she has had it several times in the past. She even had her tonsils out back in December of 2011. She has and is going through HELL everyday of her life.

  2. a says

    I an a 100% sure Alycia Nicholson is suffering from the same situation as me. I started having tics and jerks 3 months ago. Alycia has ATTACHMENTS. People without a body, NOT GHOSTS, they are aware they are dead and are on our earth plain. They all have their own separate agenda and will not likely leave you easily. I never believed in God or anything supernatural until 3 months ago. I thought concrete facts in life could explain everything but then this started happening to me and continues to. I wish I didn’t know these things.

  3. a says

    All of us on this planet is going through a shift in consciousness (universal wholeness). Everybodies emotional state is so fargile (we were once a calm sea that turned into tsunamies inside)that it makes for the most perfect opportunity for these people to enter us. Keep in mind for a person to wan’t to attach themselves to you, their intention is probably NOT positive.

  4. a says

    My case was a little bit different because is it almost ended me when it first started happening. In a matter of 24 hours I had uncontrolable jerks and twitches but the worst part was I had serious sensitivity to sound, light, my sight would go bad and become good in seconds, and my attention would drift off (which I can promise you is not like me at all). I had trouble eating, I couldn’t match up my hand (holding fork) with my mouth (which I know, makes my sound like I’m handicapped). I couldn’t sleep at all because they wouldn’t let me (nonstop twitching). I could literal taste the end was near, so what do you so when you have no hope left and there is nothing left to save you. I prayed to God…a lot, for hours and hours and hours. I went from having dozens of attachments to now having a somewhat manageable three. Still annoying having them with me where ever I go, but I can sleep and eat again thank God.

  5. Sparkylou says

    Just like to point out that Dr. Martin obviously didn’t know what he was talking about. Alycia has a lot of infections in her body. She is still going through hell, and we can’t seem to fix it. She is strong, and determined, and she will get through this.

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