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  1. What's ready-made apple sauce like, I mean, how thick is it? They don't sell it in this country. I've got a recipe for sugar-free chocolate brownies that calls for two-thirds of a cup of ready-made apple sauce, and I'm wondering how many mashed-up apples I need to allow instead. (Or possibly bananas, that being easier to mash.)
  2. Thanks TG21. My mum's going to ring her up and see if there's any answer. Wish us luck! Yes, I was just puzzled when you said that it might make it more difficult to get non-standard providers - sounded as if you thought you couldn't still go to a private provider the same as in America. Most of that long explanation was more ranting than anything, anyway; I've been very exasperated with the way they are messing us about! I feel disloyal saying all this in front of Americans, I feel you'll all be saying "thank heavens we haven't got a state health service"! I should say that getting treatment on the NHS is NOT usually like this. But it's mental health, anything to do with mental health is hopelessly underfunded and understaffed and, as I say, it's notoriously got much worse under the new government. And of course PANS is a thing that nobody below the most specialised levels has even heard of anyway, so the local doctors don't know who to refer you to. I have in fact just found an Institute for Functional Medicine or some such name, which seems as if it runs Functional Medicine, and they list a dozen or so members in the UK - but most of them seem to be nutritional therapists and such, people who mainly treat people who aren't ill, and nobody mentions any knowledge of PANS, Lyme disease or anything like that. Glad I checked, anyway.
  3. Will any of them treat people in other countries long-distance?
  4. I'm assuming that this is only useful if you know you do have an allergy and what it is? And what do you mean by your son "coming up with" food coloring sensitivities? That's great news though and I'm really pleased for you. Rather remarkable if it works, I'm enjoying reading this just out of interest!
  5. While you're about it, I need telemedicine visits too - I'm in the UK, can't travel and can't find anyone who does PANS, or if I do I can't get hold of them. So if anyone can tell me anyone who does long distance (and treats adults) it would be very much appreciated.
  6. What's "x.0"? Don't think I've come across that before. (I mistook it for some kind of smiley the first time you did it!) One of those "If you want to speak to so-and-so, press SQUIGGLE" systems? Well, I'm not exactly sure what "single-payer" means, but essentially, in this country you have two choices. The National Health Service, the free state-funded service, employs its own doctors directly. If they do provide for the particular condition/treatment you're looking for (bit like the question of whether your insurance company will accept that PANDAS is a real thing), you're sitting pretty, except that the waiting times have been getting worse and worse ever since the Conservatives got into power 8 years ago. If not, or the waiting time is just too long, then you're still free to go to any doctor you like and pay for it yourself - either from your medical insurance if you have it (most people don't since the NHS covers so much) or else out of pocket. That's what we'd almost certainly be doing, and we're quite resigned to doing that, but we can't FIND anyone. It's a case of "Shut up and take my money!" There actually is an NHS option that MIGHT deal with PANS in adults - that is, it's a specialist NHS-run OCD service, which is intended for patients whose local mental health services haven't been able to do anything for them. They seem to have a free rein to try whatever treatments they think best and I've been told that they do have "someone who's done research on PANS". But you first have to be referred to them by your local mental health team - and they have to pay for it, essentially the local team are contracting the job out to the specialist team, so a load of committees and people have to be convinced first that this is really justified - and then after that they have a waiting list 3-4 months long themselves. I am going through that process, but I've still only got as far as being assessed by the local psychologist, which is taking an incredible number of appointments - she's coming for the third time today, wish me luck and that that's the last one!! - before they even start discussing whether I should be referred or not. So... that's why I'm trying every which way I can to get treatment privately.
  7. tj21: If I knew of a Functional Medicine doctor in this country, I'd have contacted them. I've been at this for a LONG time. I don't even know what it would be called in this country - I've certainly never heard of it here under that name; this forum is the only place I've ever encountered the phrase. Is it the same thing as Environmental Medicine? There is a professional association for that in this country, and I did e-mail them a while ago, but seem to have lost the reply - I assume it can't have been helpful, or I'd have done something about it. SSS: There isn't a phone number above. Could you PM it to me? Or do you mean the same one that's on her website? I'm glad if you think it's worth trying again, I was starting to think she must be missing without trace. I THINK I have a doctor who can take her recommendations. My family doctor is very much on side, thank heaven, and has said she'll be happy to make out prescriptions for anything she CAN prescribe; however, she did say she doesn't have the authority to prescribe some things, not being a specialist, and I don't know how likely it is that some of the things Amy Smith might recommend might be among them. I was going to ask Amy (or Mike), if I can only get in touch with them! Thank you very much for the good wishes, both of you - it's great to have company!
  8. She is still around, then, at least? Glad to hear that. You reckon there would be a long waiting list, then? Does anyone, by any chance, know of anyone ELSE that will do long-distance consultations for PANS, or indeed anyone in the UK who does PANS? (would probably still have to be a long-distance one, given the difficulty of transporting me anywhere.) I really am desperate to get some treatment SOON - I don't know if I can wait months. Not as in I'm not prepared to (though that too, of course), but as in I'm not sure whether I'll still be here then. On top of everything else, I've developed a weird kind of random-adrenaline-overload thing in the last few days and worry that whatever is wrong with me is slowly poisoning me.
  9. Hi Rachel, I just wanted to say welcome to the forum and that your story has given me hope which was sorely needed at the time. I'm 25 and have been having trouble since I was 13, and though I know you're far from having got there yourself, you say some things you've tried have made a big difference to your symptoms which is really important for me to know - I didn't believe anything could after so long a time, I'd been despairing that perhaps it would be all permanent by now. I don't know why exactly I thought that - I've hardly tried any serious treatments yet! I suppose I get that impression from having been pursuing treatment for so long and not got anything out of it - but most of that time has been spent trying to get treatment or a PANS-literate doctor and failing! I think - don't want to tempt fate, but I THINK - that I'm definitely on the trail of somebody now, so wish me luck.
  10. Wombat140

    Could I have adult PANDAs?

    There have been a couple of threads recently with several adults with definite or suspected PANS or PANDAS - so you might want to have a look at those. (I'm one of them!)
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    No idea what to do with my tics

    Gluten-free diet: if you want to give it a try, I've tried it myself and it's not actually as hard as it looks once you understand a few of the tricks. Bread and pasta are the main things you definitely have to find replacements for. If it's only for 10 days to start with, maybe you could just do without those for the 10 days, until you see whether it's helping or not? One thing to remember is that rice doesn't have gluten and neither do potatoes, and you can buy rice cakes (useful instead of bread, as they're easier to get than proper gluten-free bread) and rice noodles, though check the ingredients list on the label to make sure they don't have wheat in them as well as rice. And of course, foods that don't involve any grain won't have gluten, so vegetables, fruit, eggs, milk and cheese, meat etc. are all safe (that is, if you buy them plain and uncooked. If they're processed in some way, e.g. pre-cooked or with a sauce, you need to check the ingredients, but you'll often find it's OK.) It's not true that it's in "everything". It might seem like it at first, but check ingredients lists and you'll be surprised. Hope this is useful. By the way, there's a section in this forum for discussion of special diets ("Diet and Gastrointestinal Issues"), you might find some useful previous postings there if you decide to try the gluten-free diet - look further down the main index page and you'll find it.
  13. Any biscuits made with rice flour tend to come out as shortbread, even if they aren't. Pretty good shortbread too. I've noticed rice flour among the ingredients of some ordinary (wheat-based) commercial shortbread, in fact, so evidently this has been discovered by other people too!
  14. I thought it might be good to start a recipe thread. What are your favourite GF/CF recipes you've discovered over the years, the ones you use all the time? Or any other handy ways of doing things you've discovered, that aren't actually recipes? We can pass them all on here. The person who posts the best recipe... er, is a clever cook. :-) Also, you could post your requests for things you haven't found a good recipe for yet, and see if anyone can step forward with one. Detailed measurements and all that are optional, unless of course it's something like baking where it actually won't work unless the amounts and timing are right. If other people on here cook anything like the way my family do, this thread will probably end up like Jane Austen's spoof History of England which began: "There will be very few Dates in this History". Well, there may be very few measurements in these recipes. I'll start:
  15. Chocolate muesli - I've just invented this. Add about one heaped teaspoonful of cocoa powder to a bowlful of unsweetened muesli and stir it in as thoroughly as you can before adding the milk. (As usual, make sure to get "cocoa powder" rather than "drinking chocolate" which has sugar.) I wasn't sure if it'd really work without any sweetening at all, but it really does. It doesn't even need to have raisins if even those are too much sugar for your kids - I know this because we've got a particularly miserly brand of muesli at the moment, and the day I tried this I got literally only two raisins in my bowl :-D
  16. Hi Tiger, welcome to the forum. I'm in the UK too and struggling to get access to PANS treatment (or even testing). I've seen a few UK people on here recently, all puzzled, maybe we should start a UK Information thread and swap what we can find! It may be too late for this now, as it says you should do it within 8 hours (though it's not clear whether that means for the test to be valid, or just to have the best chance of avoiding infection), but for future reference, here's this testing kit that I happen to have seen in a catalogue we get: http://www.qwerkity.com/tick-test-prod17361/ It looks as if you don't even have to post it to anyone - it's a kit you use at home and see the results. Glad to hear your GP gave you the antibiotics, anyway - that makes life easier! Most likely the tick wasn't carrying Lyme disease anyway, or if it was it wouldn't necessarily have infected your daughter - I read that the tick usually has to be in place for 48-72 hours to transmit the disease. Those were American ticks (deer ticks, Ixodes scapularis, which aren't found here) so I don't know whether the same is true of the ones we get here (mainly Ixodes ricinus), but it seems a reasonable guess that it would be.
  17. Wombat140

    How low is "low dose" of an ssri?

    Late reply, but I looked all this up a while ago, so I know the figures. Apparently the dosages for SSRIs fall into two groups - the standard dose range for Prozac, Paxil and Celexa (in America, at least) is 20-60 mg, whereas for Zoloft and Luvox it's 50-200 mg (well, actually 50-300 mg for Luvox). The consensus in older postings on here seems to be that for PANDAS kids a cautious level to start at is 2 or even 1 mg for Prozac etc., and 25 or even 12.5 mg for Zoloft etc., depending on the child's weight and whether they have a history of reacting dramatically to things. Do a bit of searching on here and you might find more. Edit: Having checked the case history I had in mind, I actually meant 2 to 1 mg of Prozac, not 5 to 2.5.
  18. After e-mailing all sorts of people, I've found what I think may be a possibility for PANS treatment for adults. I'm still in the process of trying to arrange a referral to them, but since that looks like taking at least a few weeks yet, I thought I'd post this here for other people to look into for themselves. It's called the National Severe OCD/BDD Service, it's a specialist NHS service that deals with particularly severe or complicated cases of OCD or body dysmorphic disorder that other professionals have been unable to sort out. Their web page is http://www.swlstg-tr.nhs.uk/our-services/ocd-bdd-service-bcpu-national/ They're based in London, but they're set up with the purpose of providing long-distance treatment all over the country, by working with patients' local doctors. Dr Isobel Heyman at Great Ormond Street Hospital suggested them to me (in an e-mail) as the best bet she could think of (she seems to be a PANS expert herself but she only treats children), and when I contacted them they said they had done research on PANS and would be willing to discuss this if I was referred to them. They'll only accept people who score 30 or more out of 40 on the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms scale, and who have already been through two trials of SSRIs or clomipramine (for at least 3 months) and two trials of CBT, though exceptions may be made where special circumstances make that impossible, e.g. "Patient refuses medication due to OCD beliefs; Patient is unable to take medication due to side effects; Patient has not fulfilled the criteria for previous CBT treatment due to mental or physical illness". You can't self-refer, they require a written referral from a consultant psychiatrist, there is (from my experience) no room for negotiation on this - annoying, but I suppose they'd be overrun if their criteria weren't strict, they're probably understaffed like all the other mental health services. More details are on the webpage. They only treat adults. If you're looking for treatment for a child, it might be worth contacting Dr Heyman herself, who is an OCD specialist who, I found out in the course of my researches, definitely does seem to know something about PANS and has written at least one paper on it (and not from the debunking side of the argument). Her details here: http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-information/staff-z/isobel-heyman
  19. How long is it likely to take before you can get to see Dr T in person? If it's only a week or two, then I'd say wait; I've never actually tried buying prescription medication online myself, mind, but people here (police and so on) are always saying that it's not at all safe. (Though I suppose it changes things somewhat if you actually have the name of a site that another patient has tried and has been OK; but even then, remember they could just have been lucky). Also, as DCMom says, going behind your doctor's back like that isn't the done thing so probably not good for diplomatic relations. I have to say I can't understand why, if Dr T's already decided to try minocycline, he won't actually give the prescription until you've seen him in person! If it's likely to be a while before you can see him, then maybe ring back and try and reason with them again and see if they can make an exception, given that doing it this way really doesn't appear to make any sense in the circumstances. Especially if it's due to him, not you, that it'll take a long time, i.e. because he's fully booked - it's not fair to insist on you seeing him and then say you'll have to wait because he can't fit you in!
  20. I don't understand - what do you mean by "psychiatric issues"? As opposed to what? I suppose tics are counted as "neurological" rather than "psychiatric", but "psychiatric" just means mental problems, so OCD is "psychiatric". Did you mean things like OCD, or did you mean something else?
  21. Wombat140

    Could this be PANDAS?

    Hi Skylar, glad to hear things went better on Thursday, how are things going now? Did she have high streptococcus results? And is she getting better (in sync with the antibiotics, or anyway)?
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    Hmm, I've heard that the digital ones are actually less accurate than the old mercury ones. (Although they do have the advantage that you don't have to wait 4 minutes to get a reading.) As for those liquid crystal strip things, the ones you're supposed to hold to your forehead to see if you have a temperature, don't bother, I can never get the same reading from those twice running, or anywhere near the same reading! I managed to get one from a German brand called Geratherm (I got mine via Amazon, though obviously if you can find one from a source that aren't serial tax evaders then do); it works the same as a mercury thermometer but is filled with a non-poisonous alloy instead of mercury. The alloy is called Galinstan (gallium, indium and tin) and is very strange stuff when you think about it, because none of those metals individually are liquid at room temperature, but in combination they are! Works for me although, as I said, it does take 4 minutes to do which is tiresome, but at least I feel happier that it's the right answer.
  23. Hi - I don't see why it should be a problem to post the list, after all they have a "Find a Practitioner" section on their website where you can find contact details of all their members so it's not like you're giving away any secrets. I haven't had a response to my e-mail asking them about PANS yet, I wonder why they replied to yours and not mine which was actually earlier? But after a long series of e-mails I've got a possible lead on that from somewhere else, so please pray for it to come to something (and actually help).
  24. Gpookie, what was the other infection that the Augmentin wasn't dealing with? I know there are various things that don't respond to Augmentin, but still it would be interesting to know.