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  1. I am unable to open the links! I remember reading somewhere that the amount of mercury in the vaccine was much higher when I got it, back in the early 90's. Does anyone know more about this? Also, when I received my first Rhogam shot, I spoke with a hospital employee who mentioned she had got the shot as well. Many years later, I heard her son had committed suicide, and this was right around the time my dd started having major issues. The shot connection has always been in the back of my mind... More research needs to be done. Thanks so much to whoever worked on this. We need to find answers.
  2. Getting frustrated. Got a bill from GPL for OAT test. When we had it done through previous doc, it costs $300. (Still does, I called.) We have a new doc, and now GPL is charging over $600. GPL claims it's the doctor's office that sets the price, but the doctor's office says that GPL sets the price! (Which makes sense, as the money will go to GPL...) I contacted GPL via e-mail and they want to know who the prescribing doc is ??? I'm getting very frustrated and won't pay this bill until I can find out what's going on! It seems to me that it wouldn't be very ethical or make any sense for doctor's offices to charge what they want, and the check end up with GPL anyway. Anyone else run into this problem? I feel like I'm missing something.
  3. PANS FLARE After a surgery or with a menstral cycle

    If nitrous oxide was used during her dental work, that could be the problem. For anyone with low B12 levels, it's downright dangerous. I think (but don't have time to look much up right now), that those with MTHFR mutations don't tolerate the nitrous oxide well either, and many ASD and Pandas people have the snp. If your doc is unaware of the B12 and nitrous oxide issue, there are plenty of reliable resources that show this. Also, low B12 causes psychological as well as physiological problems. http://www.b12-vitamin.com/anesthesia/ Personally, after reading some of the links, I think it's downright criminal to give anasthesia without checking B12 levels first! I hope this helps in some way. MethylB12 infections are easy to give, and you can get them from some compounding pharmacies. Please keep us updated.
  4. H. Pylori-Psych Symptoms?

    Hope these are helpful: Mood disorder with mixed, psychotic features due to vitamin b12 deficiency in an adolescent: case reporthttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3404901/ Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Brain Healthhttp://kellybroganmd.com/b12-deficiency-brain-health/
  5. How many of the moms have lyme?

    I have tested positive for Lyme. A doc thought I had Bartonella a few months before I became pregnant with dd (the one with PANS). I had gotten a cat scratch and my lymph node in that arm was enlarged. Due to dd's anxiety and Pandas/PANS issues, I had wondered if it could have been transmitted to her at birth, and about a year ago (but she's now 23) she broke out in the straie Bartonella rash - looked like dark reddish purple streaks on her, and they would last a few days and appear in another part of her body. Regular docs had no clue (and didn't seem to care), but after I suggested it might be Bart they looked it up and agreed. Her holistic nurse practitioner thought it was Bartonella, and she has had some Lyme and coinfection training. Sooo, I (mom) did test positive for Lyme, but had Bartonella also before dd was born. I really don't know if I had Lyme then or not - we hike a lot and have deer in our yard, so the Lyme itself could have been a later thing.
  6. New Here - Seeking Support and Guidance

    You mentioned an air filter in his room possibly helping. Any chance at all there might be mold in your house? Or at his school? We, and others on here, have had our kids react to mold. My daughter (dd) and I have the HLA genes where we don't detox molds and it makes us sick. I get more of the regular symptoms, but dd gets more of the psychiatric - more anxiety, OCD, etc. We react differently to different kinds of mold. Mold is tricky because it can be in your walls from a leak and not always visibly seen. (Our worst place is behind a shower that leaked - I discovered black growth in the closet wall directly behind that shower. Ugh... it's awful. But yes, Lyme, coinfections, strep, mycoplasma and on and on can affect our kids. Even food allergies and nutrient deficiencies, yeast in the gut. I'm sorry, because I know how overwhelming this can be and how our medical community isn't very helpful. Our dd had LOTS of strep as a kid, has probable Lyme and definitely Bartonella. We know her gut is a mess from all the antibiotics (abx) she had as a kid. Personally, I'm thinking all the antibiotics (destroys good gut bacteria) and Tylenol (wipes out your major antioxidant, glutathione), she had as a kid weakened her immune system (gut), and also Bartonella suppresses the immune system, plus throw in all her nasty gene snps that keep her from ridding her body of toxins from things like Lyme, mold, environmental toxins, etc, and you end up with this storm, this awful storm. Our dd does not have tics, but it seems to me that many do well to get rid of gluten. (I'm sure others will chime in here.) I'd also look into treating yeast overgrowth in the gut. Also, it would save you time and years of if you just break down and find a PANDAS friendly doctor, even if it means driving a long way. Seriously, unless you're very lucky, you'll get no where with a regular doc and it's just not worth it. Our dd has lost over 10 years of her childhood to this horrible disorder, and she is now 23 and we are STILL not through it. But we spent years trying to find local docs to test and help us. They would send us to specialists that were no help. If there isn't a pill or procedure for it, they seem clueless. Hopefully you will get some opinions from others. I know some of the top PANDAS docs want to go straight to IVIG or PEX. It's good to find someone who is willing to look for what exactly is going on, as the IVIG and PEX don't always work or last. I'm not saying not to do them if you have insurance coverage, but just be aware that if it is something else, you need to have a doc willing to look into it. I prefer a functional medicine doc, but that is my preference. Once again, the air filter makes me think mold might be a contributing issue... Good luck, I feel for your situation and hope you find help for you child soon. And major hugs to all the moms going through this.
  7. I think our insurance covered most of those tests. You'll have to check and see. I don't really know if I'm explaining things correctly and am hoping someone else will chime in, but the C3/C4 test I referred to is a "complement" test. Here is some basic info I copied: "The complement system is a part of the immune system that enhances (complements) the ability of antibodies and phagocytic cells to clear pathogens from an organism." (Our dd's C3 was low, C4 high.) "Complement tests, most commonly C3 and C4, are used to determine whether deficiencies or abnormalities in the complement system are causing, or contributing to, a person's disease or condition." "It is thought that the complement system might play a role in many diseases with an immune component, as well as diseases of the central nervous system." You could always print out the page from the link below from Shoemaker's site (surviving mold) and take it to your doctor to see what she thinks. It describes the tests he looks at. We had some done through Labcorp and some through Quest. If your doc is interested there is more info on his site. Here is a brief description of each test: https://www.survivingmold.com/diagnosis/lab-tests He isn't saying that all these test indicate mold - there are other issues that can cause these tests to be out-of-range. I hope this is helpful. I know how frustrating and time-consuming all this can be!
  8. My dd was diagnosed PANDAS/PANS by 2 top docs. Her CRP is always low, as well as ANA and other tests. That always confused me, and I couldn't figure out why all of those inflammatory marker tests were normal or low. Now her doc has been doing other testing for biotoxin illness (mold, staph, Lyme, etc.) such as TGF-b1, VEGF, MSH, CD-57, C3/C4, and dd's test results are very indicative of that being the issue. (We know she has Bartonella, probable Lyme, and has the HLA "dreaded" gene...) My husband tried to explain this to me, but the testing is showing inflammation in a different part of our system. (Sorry, maybe someone else will jump on and explain.) Regular docs don't seem to be up on this, and are very limited in understanding what tests should be run.
  9. L-carnitine

    I have acetyl l-carnitine here. Does the "acetyl" kind work the same way?
  10. symptoms after starting mold/biotoxin binder

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Our doc wanted the pure form of cholestyramine, without all the food dyes and additives. She said that had to be compounded, but something about they have to order in such a large amount that it makes the price terrible. My husband is in the basement cleaning as I type. As soon as I came home my nose and head started hurting - I need to be the one going through junk down there, but I have 2 of the HLA genes for mold myself, but dd has the "dreaded" multisusceptible one, and rotten methylation snps. I'm not positive it is mold affecting her - her urine mold test was negative, but her other tests indicate some kind of biotoxin issue. Everything down there has whitish spots...mildew or mold? I have know idea how to deal with this. Just curious, did the symptoms start after a couple of days of starting it? She is VERY moody, on top of the throwing up. Her eating disordered thinking is definitely back, and I wish I had someone to take over while I run off for a while... Twelve years of this is enough for all of us...
  11. OK, dd's doc suggested Cholestyramine in pure form, but due to the difficulties of getting that (has to be compounded and can be very expensive), we settled on a product called BIND by Systemic Formulas. She is supposed to take 2 pills at night. Soooo, she took 2 pills Saturday night and again Sunday night, and today she spent all day throwing up. Her whole body aches and she is miserable. For those who know our case, she has an eating disorder, so the LAST thing we need is a day throwing up. It also ramps the "eating disordered thoughts", which makes it hard to get her to eat again. My question is, for those who have done the binding agents for mold/biotoxins - is it normal to have flu-like symptoms like a herx a day or 2 after starting, or does she actually have the flu? I'm not sure what to think, but I'm NOT giving her another dose until things calm down.
  12. I think those mentioning nitrous oxide and the affects after for some is the right direction to look. I think that is the MTHFR c677t. I believe it can now be tested for by itself without having to do the 23andme. I'm pretty sure my gynecologist had just that snp run to see if I might be susceptible to high histamine. Regular docs aren't up on much of this, and B12 tests are very unreliable. MTHFR and nitrous oxide can also cause low folate levels - but don't add more "folic acid". It's not found in nature and you would need "methylfolate". I've read that MMA tests are better for B12 testing, but the results are different in that if the MMA results are high, the B12 is actually low. I remember posting a case where a teenager began to have all kinds of psych symptoms (OCD, anxiety, etc.) and even problems with his gait, and it was all due to B12 deficiency caused by an H. pylori infection in his gut. Sadly, most of these people just end up with prescriptions for psych meds that will NEVER treat their underlying illness. BTW, this boy was completely cured after H. pylori treatment and I think they gave him B12 infections, also. (Point being, low B12 and other nutrients can cause all sorts of behavioral changes...) PUBMED has lots of articles for Nitrous Oxide and MTHFR. You could print one out and take it to your doctor. If he/she doesn't look into it, I'd look into getting another doctor. This is a good link about MTHFR: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-integrationist/201409/genetic-mutation-can-affect-mental-physical-health
  13. Ditto - I went ahead and bought it. Excellent speakers, although I wish they had been a bit more careful with the video - One of the docs mentioned PANDAS and then the video/audio went blank... Ugh! But there is certainly a lot of good info. Dr. Thomas gave some really good info on vaccines - which ones he thinks are safe and which ones to avoid. His website is wonderful.
  14. C4a results, questions

    sf_mom - wow, you wouldn't normally consider a tree falling on your house "good luck"! So happy your health and that of your family is improving. Dd's mold urine test was normal, and C4a high. It's strange that your C4a levels weren't high. I just wish testing was more accurate. It's frustrating not to know what we are dealing with, and dd is 23 years old and getting very tired of having her life put on hold due to all the psych manifestations of this. She's the one that got the great scholarship she can't use, while her friends have all graduated and moved on with their lives.
  15. C4a results, questions

    Thanks, llm. DD has been worried about the nasal swab, although we're not sure she'll be having it done. BTW - they just e-mailed me the actual test result for C4a. It's high, 4041, ref. range 0-2830 So has anyone done the RealTime urine test for mold?
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