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  1. Hi Coco Im not sure what I would do with the antibiotics so hopefully others will chime in but I think it's a good idea to start on the weekend and give lots of charcoal or bentonite several hours after the diflucan. At one point I was giving my daughter up to 15 charcoal pills a night when starting Lyme treatment. I'm not sure I ever really saw a difference with the herx but I would think it would be very helpful with yeast die off.
  2. Dr. Corson touches on PANDAS at a recent conference for anyone interested. http://betterhealthguy.com/joomla/blog/257-bioresource-2012-conference
  3. Can you tell us with what lab your son was most recently tested for lyme? Were there any indeterminant bands in addition to the positive 66? My daughter was a patient of Dr. B's some time ago. She was negative on the Quest western blot and positive via Igenex. We ended us moving on to a lyme doctor as Dr. B was and is still very inexperienced with tick born disease. I am not trying to ruffle feathers as I know he has been so helpful to many kids but this stuff is way out of his area of expertise. The lab report indicated babesia? I would be very concerned about this and it is a little s
  4. Michael/Julia I've read just a little about the GcMAF shots being used to boost the immune system but am wondering what their effect on autoimmunity might be. Do either of you have the additional information on how it would work for a PANDAS patient?
  5. Susan, Your comments on puberty made me laugh, so sad the things we find funny in our dark, weird world. Can I ask what you are doing for the heavy metal detox? Is she on antibiotics? I have a mom theory but have no idea if it is even possible. With all the talk about metals, detox, KPU, and biofilm treatment I am wondering if it is possible that when one is treated for metals...if the metals are part of the biofilm matrix and are pulled out, wouldn't bugs like bartonella or lyme or whatever else is hiding within the biofilm come out too? Hence a herx rash like you are seeing? Could you be
  6. Its not hard for me to believe that 12 girls in one high school all may have contracted lyme. While we all have had different triggers prior to "sudden onset", many of us found that our children had lyme underneath. So for us it appeared to be a strep induced illness but at the end of the day, there turned out to be much more going on prior to the final blow to the immune system. I am not suggesting that each of these girls just picked up lyme disease this year, but it is very possible the've had it for a while and all were recently exposed to the same trigger (vaccine, strep, or whatever)
  7. Oh Ellen, I am so sorry to hear what you guys are going through. I can't imagine how you are coping but hope you find answers for your son. I want to share a story of a teenage boy I lived next door to in Connecticut. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 10 or 11 I think and was hospitalized several times. Ultimately he was diagnosed with Lyme, bartonella, babesia, mycoplasma, and more. He has been undergoing treatment for his infections for over a year now ( he is now 15 I think). I no longer live in Connecticut but I continue to speak with his mother and gets updates on his progress
  8. Lisa I find it hard to believe that your son is the first of his patients to not respond to ivig. Actually my daughter may have been only his 3rd pandas case 2 years ago. She did not do well with ivig and Lyme treatment has turned her around. I feel like I remember your son's Lyme results and they were technically negative but he was positive or at least indeterminate for some pretty specific bands. I don't think Dr B is really all that well versed in Lyme. He is trying and learning but it's a complicated field even for those that have been treating for years. For what it's worth, I think see
  9. Im glad you are going to see Dr. B. He will help run all the tests but I want to tell you that what a lot of us have discovered is that this disease...(call it what you want, PANDAS, PITANDS, PANS)can be triggered by many different or multiple infections. For some it can be strep but for others there have been layers of infection that triggered the illness. I just want to encourage you to rule out all chronic infections including strep, mycoplasma, lyme, bartonella, and babesia. Lyme, bartonella, and babesia are all tick born infections that need to be treated with a combination of antibio
  10. Just wanted to add my thoughts to your questionable lyme results. I'm not sure when you tested in relation to the IVIG's but its my understanding that the high dose is very immuno suppressive. If you have tested for Lyme after doing a course of steroids or ivig the results could be falsely negative. The western blot is testing for antibodies to Lyme and if the immune system has been suppressed by ivig or steroids, there may not be a lot of antibodies being generated even if one is infected with lyme or co-infections. If you are not seeing benefit from the ivig then I would consider stopping a
  11. Ok So this thread inspired me to clean out my washing machine at 9 pm tonight! Armed with bleach and gloves I started scrubbing like a total OCD mom. After about an hour of scrubbing and rinsing I felt wetness through my slippers. i broke it. Water all over my floor. Big mess. Husband thought I was nuts before, he's really going to love me now. Thought you all would appreciate my mania. This illness is making me crazy.
  12. Wilma, I don't remember if you have already said but how old is your daughter? I just want to remind you that Sammy Maloney was I think 11 when diagnosed with PANDAS. He seems to be doing really great now. I don't think there is an easy fix to this illness and we can all make suggetions and talk about what has helped our children but I resist the idea that she is brain damaged and that these behaviors are permanent. None of us can say for sure of course, but I would not give up. You've seen glimpses of improvement. Hold on to that and keep researching. That is my only advice. For us t
  13. I second everything Michael Tampa said in his post. I wouldn't waste a lot of time with a neurologist who does not specialize in Lyme. You can contact ILADS.org for doctor referrals. Your daughter is young and this is very treatable but can be difficult. I would see a doctor that understands Lyme and all it's co-infections.ask lots of question on this forum. The parents here have done a lot of research. Kim
  14. We were told that Lyme can create an elevated ANA by two different Lyme doctors.
  15. I do not understand your logic....strep and Lyme are infections both of which could trigger tics and OCD by the same immune response. Many pandas kids are infected with Lyme and that is why we post on this board. To separate based on what our kids are infected is not efficient because the information impacts so many. The Lyme board was created because some parents felt the Lyme topics complicated the pandas board unnecessarily. Any of the posts where i have cautioned use of steroids and other more aggressive pandas treatment were directed to those that had not ruled out Lyme. I would never t
  16. Many of theses posts are absolutely ani-Lyme testing and anti -Lyme doctors. You can re-read them yourself. These posts continuously try to rip apart Lyme testing and the doctors that treat. Pandas is a clinical diagnosis given all the time and I respect the doctors treat for it but it has failed many of us. I have more evidence to treat for Lyme than strep and it has nothing to do with some cross-reactive antibody from strep to Lyme.
  17. Not what I said... I believe she would respond with tics and OCD if exposed to strep. Her cam k was low but within the pandas range and antineuronal titers were normal. She did not have elevated strep titers. We really had no idea what we were treating in the beginning. What I am suggesting is that without being treated for her Lyme she would not have improved with steroids and ivig as we tried.
  18. I have read countless times that negative strep titers do not necessarily rule out pandas. Many have posted that some kids don't make antibodies to strep but still may be infected. How is it any different when Lyme moms make similar statements about Lyme. These anti-lyme posts do a real disservice to parents on this board trying to figure out what is wrong with their child. Lyme may not be an issue for all of these kids but it seems more and more are finding out every week that it is. Many parents have posted great improvement once addressing Lyme and co-infections and some of you seem to con
  19. Your son is positive and indeterminate for some very key lyme bands and looks very lyme like to me. It is so sad that parents are still realizing this after having gone through multiple ivig's. I don't even think you need to waste the money on re-testing at this point and would go ahead and make the appointment with a lyme doctor. Maybe even ask Dr. B to start a trial of lyme treatment untill you can get in with a lyme doctor. Usually the combination of antibiotics used will treat lyme and bartonella but you may still need to rule out other co-infections like babesia. Good luck.
  20. This is my last post...for now. Don't want to beat a dead horse here but the case you are referring to in The Post is a classic Pandas case. I am suggesting that you may not be seeing the reprieve with a course of abx because there is another chronic infection preventing the recovery. If a child with Pitands gets the flu, they may flare. If they get bitten by a tick and develop chronic Lyme they will flare too and will continue to flare until they are treated for Lyme appropriately. Just something to think about.
  21. Of course it could be something the kids are passing around but don't you think you would have found more in the blood work already run? Your daughter has been on zyth a long time with no improvement. She got worse on augmentin. On the Lyme board we call that a herx. Didn't you say your kids have bitten by ticks maybe even multiple times? Her Lyme test results were very borderline. If you went to a Lyme doctor you could try a combination of antibiotics and watch for a herx then maybe even re-test to confirm. Maybe even go see Dr b as Philamom suggested. I'm sure based on your daughters sympt
  22. I think you are missing a very key point with your line of thinking as quoted above. Most parents on this forum, despite differential diagnosis of lyme, pandas, tourettes, OCD, and RF etc...would agree that each of the discussed illnesses have some sort of underlying immune disfunction triggered by infection. For some it's strep, some it's much more including lyme. You keep talking about your family history of tourettes and OCD versus pandas. It's the response that is genetic not the infection. So yes you could have Lyme disease causing your tourettes. Do you really think they are all so dif
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