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  1. Rogers Memorial Hospital

    Would you (both) mind sharing what meds or supplements your child is on? We are considering the Roger's program, but timing is tough--thanks
  2. Hi--First, I am sorry you are going through this--and second, I have not been on this forum for some time now, but just revisiting tonight and saw your post. Bottom line: Read everything on the www.pandasnetwork.org website. Second, if you have a doc who thinks Ps may be the issue...TRY a month of full strength Augmentin to just see if there is any change...benign enough, I think, and worth a try....make sure it is a 30 day trial though, and forget about the titres, just about everyone agrees it is tough to "catch" them at the right time to see an increase or rise, so forget those as indicators-- Good luck.
  3. Good to hear the positive update LLM !! and to see you are doing well MomWithOCDSon ! Yes, having an older teen -- senior in HS and heading to college makes me hopeful. I am sorry your youngest is still wrestling with issues though LLM, and I understand the age related fatigue!!! Home schooling in middle and high school is more than admirable -- good for you !!!! Thanks again for sharing the article-- our youngest was switched to it today.
  4. llm--Our eldest, is great, headed to college next year, and academically strong. (We are so thankful.) I think it was having pheresis followed by IVIG a few months later.) She has been clear for 3 years, and weaned herself off of abx. (she told me last week.) For the younger, struggling continues. Less volatility, but OCD is crippling, and academic failure. Able to only do 4 of 8 classes this year and last. Still struggling. IVIG 8 weeks ago, saw good improvement, and then she started declining at 4 weeks post-IVIG, tried IV steroids at 6 weeks post-IVIG, helped a bit, and now two weeks later continuing to decline. Hard times.
  5. THANK YOU for posting this LLM!!! Great article...and makes me want to run there tomorrow to see what they think. wow!
  6. Hi Susieq22, We see Dr L and she indicated no need to stay out of school post IVIG. May I ask who you see and did your doctor indicate when a second IVIG would be done if needed ? Thanks//
  7. Hey Surfmom, so great to read your post tonight--you have captured my own feelings in numerous points. Isn't it amazing how similar our experiences are, this never ceases to amaze me...as it is all too bizaare to make up! Thanks for your reflections--well said!
  8. Slightly off topic, but thought maybe someone here might have an insight on this??? I just watched a clip on new discovery re: synapse connections and autism, and the VP of A-Speaks discussed a research study using one of these two antibiotics which appeared to rid the mice of "symptoms of autism"...and they used an ANTIBIOTIC!!! (I can't hear the video clearly enough to hear if it is Rifampcin or Rapamycin... Has anyone used either of these with PANS? Results? Just wondering...thanks. http://blog.theautismsite.com/SynapsePruning/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=autaware&utm_campaign=SynapsePruning&utm_term=20141106#swtWvwaVrEJ2PU1i.03 (here is the clip)
  9. Fatigue

    Check iron level -- both of our daughters have low levels, also might try B-12
  10. A very pro-active site!!! Way to go to "whomever" is the "muscle-guy" heavy-lifter behind this effort!!! THANK YOU! (again no doubt !)
  11. Pros and cons of steroids?

    Excellent responses in the comments above--Our experience has been over 6 years with two kids, and both have been treated with strong steroid bursts, at times for a month at a time. No big deal. One d diagnosed with lyme, both with PANS. Both benefited from the treatment -- it diminished inflammation--worked well. I was afraid to try it at first, but our PANS doctor recommended, in fact, it was recommended the first time with my first-flairing daughter by a non-PANS doc! He was a savvy neurologist. When he said he would do it if it was HIS child...we knew it was worth a try, and we were desperate. (My d presented with severe sudden-onset OCD and ticcing, age regression, etc.) We have used Dr K's protocol and numerous times Dr L's (which is typically a few weeks)-- It is well worth a try. Expect that you will see some activation, as Dedee said so well above, this is a normal reaction to the medication. Give it 3 weeks minimum and then if the activation is too severe you can back it off, 3 weeks can help. IF your PANS doc is recommending it is most likely worth a try.
  12. personality changes?

    I don't know if this will be encouraging or not, as I sadly know that IVIG and pheresis are not always readily available to everyone, but I want to share our experience, and encourage you to have hope that WITH TREATMENT he will be back. Yes, this can happen, and it can happen more than once. Our d's symptoms literally morphed from severe OCD to ODD with seemingly little we could do to recover her--she was in 5th grade the first episode this happened, it was unbelieveable--She became someone else and was uncontrollable. I have an advanced degree in special ed...every behavioral intervention fell short...She put holes in the walls, etc. We had IVIG and it completely restored her, sweet personality, OCD and ALL ODD literally "faded" away week to week, it took about 3 months to get to 100% -- that first severe episode. Recovery started and was evident within 48 hours, literally. For 18 months she was 100%. School, friends, all was good. Second severe episode and the same happened, OCD into ODD, again, raging--swearing, couldn 't say a kind word, --attacking us physically. (calls to police type of rage, breaking windows, cutting my clothes, etc.) We did IVIG and it did not help this time, seemed to make her worse(?).... We did plasmapheresis a year ago and slowly...slowly she has come back, with OBVIOUS improvements week to week as the raging slowed, swearing, attacks became less and less frequent. She had been out of school for 7 months, and after pheresis was able to return 2 months post pheresis. We also went to Rothman Clinic for 3 intense weeks with Dr. Marni Jacob, wonderful amazing insightful--I can't say enough about her...but it was ONLY once pheresis was done that my daughter was "available" and able to be "there" for it--she could not have benefited from the Rothman Clinic if the physical treatments of IVIG and pheresis had not been done.
  13. Hi _anna, how is your sone doing? Do you think the cellcept is helping? hope things are better--
  14. The effects may take awhile to be evident -- and it may be a week to week progression...two steps forward, one step back....Ask him in 3 to 4 weeks if there is an improvement, and have some way to quantify the symptoms, a checklist, a tally--something that is objective. His own "feeling" may be affected, but slowly...six months from now, that is when you will have a better picture of the outcome/results from IVIG...just our experience, hope that helps.
  15. Hi, we went to the Rothman Clinic last summer for the 3 week (once a day for an hour only) intensive CBT program for OCD. My daughter's have both had severe anorexia issues in the past, and fairly straight forward PANS issues, (ie. textbook). The time at Rothman was amazing. Therapist was very, very skilled. However, my daughter DID NOT have eating issues at that time..and she had just had plasma pheresis a few weeks earlier..she was doing better post-pheresis (she had severe OCD and raging issues) and was "available" to the intensive CBT thanks to the pheresis...it was still a very rough go doing the therapy, intense but helpful. They are as skilled in CBT as there is, a remarkable CBT program. From the description, your daughter is so far down in her BMI that she is in a critical state, and has been for sometime. (Thus, the tube feeding is being recommended by your doctor to establish a normal balance in her body--this is critical.) This must be dealt and I know you want to take steps to get her weight restored to a safe level. The longer this goes on there is an increase in possible heart, organs, etc. being damaged -- please do not wait to get the eating disorder issue under control. We saw the E.D. team at The Children's Hosptial in DC (both daughters, for months)... ....When I felt like we could not handle the situation, and the doctors were recommending tube feeding on an inpatient ward we considered going to the Kartini Clinic in Portland, Oregon. It is designed for children, and the expert doctor (Dr Silber) at Children's ED Clinic thought VERY highly of this program. You may want to look into that if you can. They will make her follow a prescribed routine -- inpatient or outpatient. You can stay nearby. It is very highly thought of and works with children. We almost went, but that time my daughter started to eat again after pheresis (both daughters have had it.) The Kartini Clinic would re-establish her eating before she goes home. They may be worth a phone call or email to describe your critical situation. They have a waiting list often, but take critical cases -- have a doctor call. I truly believe that the brain needs to be re-nourished before you can start thinking about places like the Rothman. When a child is so far down -- PANDAS/PANS or not, the immediate need is nourishment before they can deal with the OCD issues. Please pursue this. I am happy to talk with you again if you want to pm me.