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  1. Millet flake biscuits I often find that to avoid sugar, it's useful to have a stock of non-sweet things that fit the kind of occasions when you'd previously have had something sweet. If I've been baking these biscuits and feel in need of something specially nice to nibble on to cheer me up (frequent occurrence with OCD in the house...), I don't have to either cave in and eat sugar or go without. They're lovely and crumbly despite having less fat than usual, I think it's the millet flakes that do it. Ingredients 6 oz (175 g) wholewheat flour 4 oz (50 g) millet flakes. (The original recipe that this was heavily modified from says medium oatmeal. Never tried that with this version as my mum's allergic to oats, would probably work fine for all I know.) 2 oz (50 g) butter 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbsp or so of milk. Pre-heat oven to Mark 4. Grease a baking tray. Mix everything but the milk together in a bowl. Rub in the butter, then add enough milk to make a rather wetter dough than usual for, say, pastry, as it tends to crumble. Roll out thin, about 1/8 of an inch, and cut into 7 cm (3") biscuits. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until firm and lightly browned. Leave to cool, then store in an airtight tin. They keep for about a week, but if they do start to lose their crispiness then heating them up in the oven will revive them.
  2. Millet porridge Per person: 2 tbsp millet flakes (not millet grain). 200 ml (a little under half a pint) water. Mix together in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer for another 2-3 minutes, stirring all the time. Turn off the heat and leave to stand for another few minutes. Add whatever bits and pieces you like, either before or after cooking - I like to put raisins in mine. Millet flakes are very handy things. They make a nice muesli base as well as porridge; you can coat burgers with them instead of breadcrumbs; and they'll work in baking recipes wherever it says oatmeal (I've posted a great "oatmeal" biscuit recipe in the sugar-free recipe thread which we always do with millet flakes).
  3. Clomipramine: good suggestion, but might be awkward at the moment. You see, here the rule is that they'd usually only try clomipramine after SSRIs had been tried and failed (it's considered less safe), and I've just been put on sertraline, and bailed out after 2 days because I was getting so much worse. I don't know whether it was physical or whether it was the psychological strain because I was freaking out so much about it; but with no way of knowing that it wasn't physical, I didn't dare carry on any longer, and anyway the result's the same. And my doctor doesn't even know I've bailed out yet. Steroids: well, as I say, I think doctors in this country would only prescribe such a (in their eyes) dangerous treatment if you had a serious illness. But then, I have to keep reminding myself, I HAVE got a serious illness! Also the NHS website suggests that serious side-effects are mainly a concern only if you're taking them for three weeks or more, which this wouldn't quite be. I'll ask. Meditation: no, you're not annoying me. I've tried any amount of that, but never got that far. What kind of meditation exactly was your daughter doing? There seem to be any number of possibilities! And thank you so much for all this advice! Apart from anything else, it keeps me from panicking whenever I'm left to work it out on my own...
  4. So I've been corresponding with a private lab that might run PANS-related tests and so on, but they're quoting astronomical prices. This would all be out of pocket - we don't have insurance and the National Health Service wouldn't cover it as PANS isn't widely recognised yet and anyway a doctor hasn't ordered the tests. So, if you were only doing one of these tests, which one? If you were doing two or three, which two or three? If a test actually enables us to do something that'll help to fix the problem, then it's worth every penny. But we haven't the money to try things at random without knowing which are the most important. (Do any of them cover several things, for instance is there any test that would be positive if I had either strep OR mycoplasma? That might narrow things down a bit - if I had that positive test, you see, my doctor might then feel she had a respectable excuse for sending me to an NHS specialist and for further testing.) Remember please, I don't know what a lot of these things even ARE, I've only seen the names given as tests useful for certain things. Sorry to keep asking for more help. My OCD's beating me down and I'm just not in much of a condition to make anything of all the jigsaw puzzle of information by myself. By the way thank you all for giving me the information that allowed me to put together this list of possible tests in the first place! Here's the list of possible tests I sent the lab, with the prices they gave - I've left in the things the lab said they didn't have, so you can see why I seem to be leaving out some obvious things:
  5. B12 is a bit of a funny business. When I was having blood tests done recently, my doctor said to me that "I could do our standard B12 test if you like, but it's only about 50% accurate" - though I've no way of knowing whether that's the same type of test that your doctor did. Also, there are conditions where the same amount of B12 doesn't go as far - either it's not used efficiently, or something is going on that uses up extra B12 - so you might have a normal blood level and it still not be enough. The bottom line is, if your B12 is the same as your daughter's and taking sublingual methylB12 improved your health, then the same could happen with her. Looking at Wikipedia, there doesn't seem to be really such a thing as an overdose of B12 (unless you hit one of those weird PANDAS reactions that Emst mentioned, and from what I've heard those go away quickly if you stop taking it), so there's no harm in trying it. I'd say the first thing is probably to try that, as you are doing, and see how far that gets you, before starting on anything else. I hope it does help your daughter feel a bit better. Let us know what the result is, please! Oh, by the way, just a suggestion about the stomach aches - taking a peppermint oil capsule often works like magic for me when I have a stomach ache or feel sick (doesn't work every time, but often), so you might give that a try and see if it helps with that. I mean, it presumably won't fix whatever's causing it, but it might help her feel a bit better in the meantime!
  6. B12 is a bit of a funny business. When I was having blood tests done recently, my doctor said to me that "I could do our standard B12 test if you like, but it's only about 50% accurate" - though I've no way of knowing whether that's the same type of test that your doctor did. Also, there are conditions where the same amount of B12 doesn't go as far - either it's not used efficiently, or something is going on that uses up extra B12 - so you might have a normal blood level and it still not be enough. The bottom line is, if your B12 is the same as your daughter's and taking sublingual methylB12 improved your health, then the same could happen with her. Looking at Wikipedia, there doesn't seem to be really such a thing as an overdose of B12 (unless you hit one of those weird PANDAS reactions that Emst mentioned, and from what I've heard those go away quickly if you stop taking it), so there's no harm in trying it. I'd say the first thing is probably to try that, as you are doing, and see how far that gets you, before starting on anything else. I hope it does help your daughter feel a bit better. Let us know what the result is, please! Oh, by the way, just a suggestion - taking a peppermint oil capsule often works like magic for me when I have a stomach ache or feel sick (doesn't work every time, but often), so you might give that a try and see if it helps with that. I mean, it presumably won't fix whatever's causing it, but it might help her feel a bit better!
  7. No, I haven't. I've had one course of 5mg/day for a week or possibly two weeks (can't remember) from the one PANDAS doctor I did see (who's no longer practising). That didn't seem to do anything, but I'm told that's a minute dose in PANS terms. I get the impression that the kind of dose normally used for "steroid bursts" for PANS (1-2mg/kg?) would be considered huge and highly risky over here, you'd need to be very ill to have that. I might check my facts on that with my family doctor though. Thank you so much for that article, I didn't know about those people! I think I'll write to them and ask if they could advise or else if they know anyone who could. (I seem to remember that last time I was writing to possible people, half of them didn't reply... but I'll give it a try!) Thanks very much for having obviously read my sig in detail, your reply told me much more that might bear on the situation than most of the ones I've had recently! also it's just nice to have somebody listen at times like this...
  8. No, I haven't. I've had one course of 5mg/day for a week or possibly two weeks (can't remember) from the one PANDAS doctor I did see (who's no longer practising). That didn't seem to do anything, but I'm told that's a minute dose in PANS terms. I get the impression that the kind of dose normally used for "steroid bursts" for PANS (1-2mg/kg?) would be considered huge and highly risky over here, you'd need to be very ill to have that. I might check my facts on that with my family doctor though. Thank you so much for that article, I didn't know about those people! I think I'll write to them and ask if they could advise or else if they know anyone who could. (I seem to remember that last time I was writing to possible people, half of them didn't reply... but I'll give it a try!) Thanks very much for having obviously read my sig in detail, your reply told me much more that might bear on the situation than most of the ones I've had recently! also it's just nice to have somebody listen at times like this...
  9. I'm not my kid, I'm me. Can't find PANDAS specialist in this country (UK). Also would a PANDAS specialist be any help anyway if it's in fact Lyme disease or relatives, or vice versa, would a doctor who knows something about Lyme disease be any help with PANDAS? edit: edited, sorry, lost temper a bit, not personal, sick of being sick and sick of explaining everything over and over again to different people... there's so much stuff I can't put it ALL in my sig and if I did nobody'd have time to read it. Thanks for trying to help.
  10. Wombat140

    Allergies/Tics

    Are the steroids supposed to bring down the allergic reaction generally, i.e. throughout her body, or just to treat the hypothetical problem with her nose? (If you know?) It being a nasal spray makes me wonder whether it's only meant to have a local effect, which if so would only work if the problem is indeed just that her nose is irritated rather than that her brain is irritated. I know antihistamines are supposed to cancel out an allergic reaction generally, or some kinds of allergic reaction at least. I don't know about a steroid spray, off-hand. NB don't take this as meaning that it WOULDN'T have a general effect, I just don't know whether it would or not and am curious!
  11. Wombat140

    Allergies/Tics

    Do you mean he thinks that they are in fact allergies RATHER than tics, i.e. she blinks all the time because the allergies irritate her eyes? If so that does sound as if it doesn't entirely account for all the things you're reporting in other postings (the shoulder rolling, especially, unless it's just a response to being generally annoyed by it all). But allergies can also CAUSE, or exacerbate, actual tics as Chemar says, and that might be what he meant, I don't know. That would make sense. Anyway, in either case if there are allergies then sorting them out should help. Good luck!
  12. Hello, just to let people know that I've started threads in the "Diet and GI" forum for "favourite GF/CF recipes" and "favourite sugar-free recipes". Thought I'd post because I know not everyone looks at that forum, and nobody seems to have noticed it so far. Do have a look and add your favourite meals and tricks-of-the-trade! So far there's "pizzas" and a quick banana bread-and-butter pudding.
  13. Wombat140

    Appointment help?

    Thanks!
  14. Been on 'em, Augmentin and (separately) azithromycin, see my sig. No good. Does that rule out all possibilities of it being an infection, or are there things that don't necessarily respond to that? Anyway, thanks for letting me know that things like strep titers are still applicable, that's useful to know. (Also, you buy antibiotics online?? I've always heard that you have to be crazy to buy any kind of prescription medicine off the Internet. Or have you found a legal supplier? I don't know what the rules are in America so I don't know whether it's possible to legally sell prescription-only medicine without a prescription there. ...Written like that, that doesn't make any sense, but whatever.) I like your avatar.
  15. Wombat140

    Repreeve Patch

    Actually, the Repreeve FAQ doesn't explain anything at all about how they are supposed to work, only that it's not medication! Neither does the rest of the website. Very odd. I don't know why they did that. Mayzoo reports ( latitudes.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=23955 ) that she e-mailed them and the answer is it actually works by a form of acupressure, so all it really consists of is patches with tiny bumps on them and instructions on exactly where to place them. It seems to have worked for several people on here.
  16. Wombat140

    Appointment help?

    Might be an idea to let the doctor see her for a few minutes, so he can see for himself and she can tell him all she wants to tell him, then let her wait in the waiting room or wherever (with the movie!) while you tell him what you have to tell him. That's how my parents and me usually managed appointments (my OCD goes ballistic if anyone tries to discuss what I do or don't have OCD problems about in front of me). Of course I was 13 when my OCD started so could be left by myself, I think you said your daughter's only 5. Could her dad sit with her while you talk to the doctor, or vice versa? Hope this helps Wombat140
  17. Gpookie - thanks very much, I'll go by that, assuming that I can get it done at all on the day! (I'd been thinking the IgG etc. panel sounded like a thing that would cover a lot, but didn't know, was only guessing.) 4nikki - ah, I see, thanks. Your first post had a link to one of the "cheap blood test" websites by mistake, rather than the flowchart one. I'm not sure how relevant that chart is to a case that's been going on for years, rather than one that's only just started - I mean, are strep culture tests valid when this has been going on for years? Not that I've ever actually had one done so far. Or a steroid burst, either - I don't think that's likely to happen, the dose Dr Goyal once gave me was 14 days' worth (I think) of only 5 mg of prednisone a day, and he was a bit wary about that. (Didn't do anything, unsurprisingly if the correct dose for a "burst" is supposed to be 1-2 mg/kg.) Round here the attitude is that you don't muck about with steroids. Admittedly, the state I'm in now is pretty much a life or death situation... but the weird double standard, you know; being unable to do anything at all for a mental patient is the expected standard, so if you can't do any better than that, it's OK! (Sorry, rant over!)
  18. Wombat140

    New Here - Seeking Support and Guidance

    Nicklemama - tested for them how, please? I'm wondering about this myself and know testing for Lyme and related diseases is a tricky one. If some test worked for you, I want to know! Sorry to interrupt your thread, Browneyedgirl, but I suppose it's relevant information for you just as much as me. Good luck to you and your son.
  19. I can't see the flow chart, where is it? Also, all the five providers I can see mentioned on that site seem to charge amounts similar to that. I suppose you have a point, I only chose this lab because Dr Goyal recommended them so I felt I knew they were reliable. But I think he used that particular lab only because they were just down the road from his clinic. Searching for "cheap blood tests UK" is not as easy as it sounds! About half the results I got were in America, the first one was a crank site that did tests by "bioresonance" (even if it works, it wouldn't cut much ice with a doctor), and again, none seemed to be much cheaper than what I listed above. (If you actually found something different, I'd be very grateful if you'd tell me what and where!) So again: given that we can't afford to do all of these, which ones are the priority?
  20. Wombat140

    i have TS since when i was 9 years old.

    Hello Bassem, welcome to the forum. I hope you find some help here. It's been very useful for me in getting information on different treatments. If you can spare $20, I'd very much recommend buying the book "Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourette's" put together by the people who run this site. There's a link near the top of this page where you can order the book. It's a really good reference book on natural treatments for tics and which ones have been found to be the most effective ones (at least, in Latitudes members' experience). It holds a vast amount of information but at the same time is very clear and easy to use - the most straightforward and commonly useful things, the ones you should try first, are all at the beginning, for instance, with more obscure things discussed later for those who found that those didn't help or not enough. I hate combing the Internet for single bits of information and trying to piece them all together, so having a single reference book was a Godsend for me! Meanwhile, a couple of the things that people usually mention first are: 1: Have you tried taking a magnesium supplement? A lot of tics are caused or at least exacerbated by not having quite enough magnesium. It may take some time to get results so you should take it for at least a few weeks before deciding that it's not helping, though if lucky it may work a lot sooner than that. Preferably get one with a form of magnesium that isn't magnesium oxide or magnesium carbonate, as those two aren't absorbed anything like as well by the body, so you won't get as much benefit. (Also they're the most liable to upset your stomach, though some people handle them fine.) Magnesium citrate, magnesium gluconate and magnesium ascorbate are among the other forms - generally, anything that isn't carbonate or oxide is good. Some people on here use magnesium taurate because taurine (an amino acid) also helps some cases of tics in itself. But if you can't get anything but oxide or carbonate then use that. 2: Do you think you have any allergies? Have you any allergies that you know of; do your tics seem to get worse (or do you feel bad in other ways e.g. headaches) after eating particular foods or being exposed to particular chemicals (e.g. highly scented cleaning products); or are you prone to getting unexplained rashes/eczema/runny nose or eyes for no obvious reason? If so look into that, it's surprising how many cases of tics are linked to an allergy. (That may not be a complete list of the possible signs that an allergy might be involved - I don't have that myself and it's a while since I've read about it. If I've forgotten any I hope someone else will chip in.) It's not possible to recommend any natural treatment that will ALWAYS help, because different cases of tics are caused by different things or combinations of things and natural treatments generally relate to those specific things, so if yours doesn't involve a magnesium deficiency, for instance, magnesium won't help. That's why I said get the book - it advises you what you can try, and why, and in what order. However, the above are two things that very commonly do help - a lot of the population DO have a magnesium deficiency!
  21. There's this rash I get from time to time; it started years ago, and was quite noticeable for maybe a year or two, and then it seemed to sort of fade out, but I still notice tiny bits of it every now and again. It's only just occurred to me to ask about it on here. It appears as small circles of dark red speckles, about an inch or two across, nearly always on my arms or legs; I can't remember whether they were rings or solid circles, though I rather think they were rings. Not raised or bumpy at all, just speckled. I can't remember whether it was itchy or not when it was at its height. That's what it was like at the time when it was most noticeable, now when it appears it's only much smaller patches of no particular shape. I would attach a photo, but unfortunately the patch I noticed the other day has gone again! My mum tried putting tea tree oil on it, which seemed to work to some extent but it kept coming back, so she took me to the doctor about it and the doctor said it might be ringworm and gave me some cream called Daktacort, which didn't have any effect at all. (After that we kind of forgot about it.) Having seen photos of actual ringworm since then, I don't think it was, ringworm is far more lumpy. I honestly can't remember whether this was before my OCD symptoms started, after, or at the same time; if it turned out to be relevant, I could probably find out by asking my doctor to look up when that cream was prescribed. Do you happen to know anything that causes a rash like that? I'm just asking on here because you seem to know just about every infection there is, between you! There's a possibility of getting my blood tested for infections (this Wednesday, February 3rd), and I thought if there is any infection of that nature that looks like this, it would be as well to know so I can make sure to ask them to check that one. Of course, it may be some perfectly ordinary non-PANS-related fungal infection or something that my doctor didn't happen to know of, in which case it'd still be useful to know. All the best, Wombat140
  22. That's fine. You weren't causing a problem, you were just standing in the way of a problem that is yelling wildly all over the place Overwhelmed is the word, I know exactly how you feel, hope you're getting on OK yourself and not currently needing to boggle yourself with too much research stuff! Horrid, isn't it? I suppose the situation with our doctor is more embarrassing than it needs to be, because she thinks I should do SSRIs and CBT (the standard treatments for OCD, at least in this country), so I feel awkward about trying to get her to help with anything else when I haven't tried those yet. Her position is that she hates to see me wasting my time and energy on all this stuff when SSRIs and CBT are much more likely to help. My position is that I'm terrified to the ends of my toes of SSRIs because I have bad reactions to everything I take and SSRIs have a particular reputation for often making things worse instead of better if you're unlucky, and for a particularly long time (sometimes permanently), and especially for PANDAS cases. I've heard from some people on here that if you start very small and stop immediately if things seem worse (rather than persisting for weeks as you're supposed to) it does go away again quickly, but then it often takes days with my OCD to be sure whether it's worse or not as it's variable anyway. Some days I think I could bring myself to take the risk, others I can't. And I can't see that CBT will get anywhere right now, because in the current state of my symptoms trying to go against my OCD in any way or to discuss it will just result in screaming ab-dabs and beating myself over the head, I know that, and I can't bear the thought of putting my parents through that just to prove a point. (Besides, my doctor seems to have been trying to find an OCD specialist in the area and she can't get hold of one anyway.) That doesn't require an answer, I'm just thinking aloud really, trying to work out what the situation actually is.
  23. Thanks very much for the links, msimon3. I'm aware of PubMed (I'm a recent science graduate, anyway, you can't help falling over it), but like I say, I'm just so tired... it's not that I don't know how to hunt for odds and ends of information, I just can't remember any of them or synthesise them into any kind of picture, they just dance around my head. I can't concentrate on all this stuff on a screen for any length of time, I never could anyway. I'm just so tired. I'm going to print out the Jemsek one, and the Latitudes "Your Child has Changed: Could it be PANDAS?" one which I've just downloaded, and read them that way. Thank you all so much for trying to help me. I can't include tiredness in the list of symptoms, I'm afraid; what I said was that I'm tired out by all the violent compulsions I have to constantly do - so I can't tell whether or not I'd have been tired otherwise! So I'm down to occasional appetite loss and this insignificantly tiny rash. Oh, and I do overheat ridiculously easily with the least exercise; again, that may be because I'm doing compulsions all the time, or it may be my brain making a fuss about nothing (which it undoubtedly does), but I'm not sure that entirely accounts for it all. If nothing else, even if the physical symptoms don't prove anything in themselves, keeping note of when they appear or disappear would be useful as a clue to whether things are getting better or worse internally, I suppose. Albymom, interesting but surely I'd first need to have some kind of symptom or evidence of an infection to get referred to a rheumatologist? The rashes are less than half an inch across, cause no problem in themselves, and only appear from time to time; unless petechial rashes are considered much more alarming than I knew, I very much doubt if I'd get a referral to a specialist just for that! As for MRIs, useful to know that they're relevant in such a case, thanks, but I happen to know there's a 6-month waiting list for that on the NHS, or was a few years ago; it'll be worse now, all waiting lists have got much worse since the right-wing government got in. We've once gone private (my dad, he was in agony with what turned out to be a slipped disc and the doctor wanted an MRI straight away in case they damaged things further by doing the wrong thing), but that cost several hundred pounds, so again, at the extreme limit of what we can afford. (I should say that the whole of the UK isn't like this for medical treatment! The trouble is I live in Rochdale which is almost the Detroit of the UK. Our NHS district never, ever has any spare money.) Sorry, I'm making unnecessary protests there - it just never ceases to amaze me how airily you lot say things like "Go to a rheumatologist straight away", as if that was easy! Is it so easy, where you live?
  24. I don't think it's true that early language rules out Asperger's syndrome. I have a diagnosis of AS (albeit fairly high-functioning) and I wasn't late learning to talk, in fact rather early, forming sentences and everything. (High IQ also). Anyway, I hope the antibiotics do do the trick for your daughter, it sounds like it's well worth trying, especially since PANDAS is apparently much easier to treat if you catch it (if it is it) this early.
  25. Beerae, do you not think that that occurred to me? I've spent weeks on end trying to find a doctor with any knowledge of PANS, believe me. The only one I ever found in the UK was Dr Goyal, who now seems to be no longer practising. (I did go to see him a few years ago, but at that time my needle phobia was so bad that I never managed to get any tests done at all so there was a limit to what he could do!) Sorry, didn't mean to be rude, I'm just really cross at the moment. (Heard this morning that my appointment's been postponed for a week - although that may be a blessing in disguise as I haven't heard back from the private lab yet so if the sample had been taken today I wouldn't have been able to get those tests done anyway.) I've been chasing shadows around the Internet until I want to cry and I really don't think I can stand any more. I need help but there isn't anybody. By the way this thread may explain what my actual situation is, if you need it. Is there any point investigating PANS w/o specialist doctor? If you or anyone else DO know of anyone, or can suggest any way of finding anyone, PLEASE could you let me know? I am just SO SICK of chasing around the Internet day after day after day... I suppose I could consult an American doctor over Skype, but then would a prescription from them be any good in this country? Or could they send out the medicine? Besides, wouldn't an American doctor be incredibly expensive? We're not that rich. (We don't have medical insurance.) (I've just been through the doctor thread, can't find anyone, unless I've missed someone.)
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