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Abbreviations and Acronyms

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#1 Sheila Rogers

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 10:03 AM

We hope this list helps you navigate our forum. Terms you may come across in posts are in ABC order, grouped by Family, Internet Terms, and Other.

If you're new here, don’t worry—it won’t take you long to catch on. We promise. (And don’t feel you have to use them yourself! <_< )

General note—it doesn’t matter if abbreviations are lower case or capitals, so they're shown as a mix here.

A number may be added for age, such as: dd8
bil - brother in law
dd - dear daughter
dh - dear husband
ds - dear son
dw - dear wife
fil - father in law
mil - mother in law
sil - sister in law (or son in law)
SO - significant other

Internet terms
BTW - by the way
IM - instant message
IMHO - in my humble opinion
IMO - in my opinion
LMK - let me know
ITM - in the meantime
LOL - laugh out loud
LYK - let you know
PM – a private message sent on forum

abx - antibiotics
ad - antidepressant
AED - anti epileptic drug
amox - amoxiccillin
AN - Anorexia Nervosa
AS - Aspergers syndrome
ASO - antistreptolysin O
BID - 2 times a day
BP - bipolar (can also mean blood pressure)
CaMK or CaM - CaM Kinase II
CFS - chronic fatigue syndrome
CR - controlled release medication
DAN - Defeat Autism Now! movement
DAN doctor - practitioner using protocols from the DAN movement
Dr B - Dr Bouboulis
Dr K - Dr. Kovacevic
Dr L - Dr Latimer
Dr T - Dr Triffileti
dx - diagnosis
EBV - Epstein Barr virus
ER - extended release medication
fibro - fibromyalgia
FMS - fibromyalgia
GABHS - Group A Beta-Hemolytic Streptococci throat culture
GAS - group A streptococcus bacterium
gp - general practitioner
GS - gluten sensitivity
h/o - history of
hx - history
IBS - irritable bowel syndrome
IR - immediate release medication
IVIG - intravenous immunoglobulin therapy
MS - multiple sclerosis
Neuro - neurologist
NP - naturopath
OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder
ODD - oppositional defiance disorder
OTC - available over the counter (no prescription needed)
PANDAS - Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections
PCP - primary care physician
PDD NOS - Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified
pen - penicillin
pen VK - penicillin VK
PEX - plasma exchange therapy
PITAND - Pediatric Infection-triggered Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Pm - pain management (or pain monster, or private message)
PN - peripheral neuropathy
PRN - taken as needed, for medication
pt - patient
PT - physical therapy
q4h - medication to be taken every 4 hours; adjusted for 6, 8, 12 hours etc.
QID - 4 times a day
RF - rheumatic fever
rx prescription
SC - Sydenham chorea; also called St Vitus Dance
SID - sensory integration dysfunction
SR - sustained release
SSRI - selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitor; type of antidepressant drug
TID - 3 times a day
TS - Tourette syndrome
tx - treatment
ULN – upper limits of normal
URI - upper respiratory infection
UTI - urinary tract infection
zith - zithromax antibiotic
Sheila Rogers DeMare, Director
Association for Comprehensive NeuroTherapy

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 03:08 AM

I've seen "sx" for "symptoms" a few times, took me a while to catch on. (I do think these "-x" things are getting a bit silly! :) )

Born 1990. Always had slight Asperger's traits but got along fine. Severe OCD struck almost overnight in 2003. Varied randomly from month to month since then, almost gone once or twice, but never completely. Very bad indeed since spring 2012 and shows no signs of improving.

Symptoms: all sorts of things (written words, smells, things people say) mysteriously "will not do" and require a compulsion to be done before I can go on. No obsessions - in that way, and in physical nature, the rituals are almost like tics except that they're always a response to something particular. Extreme sensitivity to particular sounds, although that comes and goes over months.

Wondered if it might be PANDAS - in August 2012 I finally managed to locate a doctor who knows about it. Tried Azithromycin, co-amoxiclav (Augmentin) and tinidazole, but to no clear effect. No test results as yet - fluffed three attempts to get blood sample taken.


Have now been seeing homoeopath since summer 2013.  Results have been mixed, there have been definite improvements at times but they haven't lasted.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:27 AM

What is LLMD??

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:48 PM

What is LLMD??

Lyme Literate MD (Doctor)

Mom of PANDAS DS16, Awesome - The Healing Continues!

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:35 PM

What is MTHFR? (Sounds rather objectionable!)

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 08:49 AM

I've seen "sx" for "symptoms" a few times, took me a while to catch on. (I do think these "-x" things are getting a bit silly! smile.gif )

Sx for symptoms, Hx for history, abx for antibioitics and many other acronyms ending in "x" have been used in the medical world for decades in charting. Loong before it became fashionable for town names, texting, advertising etc. Think folks have 'stolen' from the medical world of approved abbreviations used in charting.


Coming from OBX (NC, Outer Banks:)  Agree, it does seem to be overkill in many instances.

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 04:56 PM

This was helpful to know.


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