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  1. My son is similar. He has broken an arm, a toe and a tooth along with other injuries. He breaks something in the house every day and scares the life out of me riding his bike, skateboard, etc... He's so reckless! I would say it has been his worst symptom for the past 6 months or so.
  2. Be on the lookout for serum sickness too. It can begin anywhere from a few hours to a couple of weeks after ABX. My son started with just some odd swelling and hives. Gave benadryl and nothing happened. Wound up at the ER a couple of days later. They said it was an allergic reaction and gave him steroids and epi. It went away. Next time we tried another ABX, it was the same but worse with painful joint swelling and he was unable to walk. Third time, he turned completely black and blue from vasculitis. SCARY!
  3. My son presented like this initially. His symptoms did not ALL come on overnight. The seperation anxiety did. Then a few days later, the OCD thoughts, then the tics. All within the course of a couple weeks, but it was one symptom at a time. I wouldn't automatically think PANDAS in a 6 year old with seperation anxiety only. Something could have happened at school, something he saw in the news, etc...
  4. I found the info on the CHOP doctor - Jennifer McGuire. But apparently she is no longer there.
  5. My son cannot take ANY antibiotics, which is the problem. He escalated with each episode of serum sickness to swelling and vasculitis. They say the next response could be anaphalaxis and they gave us an epi pen. Just out of curiosity, what IS the reasoning behind antifungals? Wondering bc he happened to get severe foot fungus and was put on the oral antifungal for that. Imentioned to the doctor that I had heard they are used but neither of us knew the reasoning. Wonder if that is actually helping him too?
  6. Oh Okay - I'm sorry! Like I said I haven't been here in a while and am out of the loop Good point because if I were non verbal, I would be freaking out in pain too! I misunderstood and thought it was for behavior, which seemed odd. Naproxin is not likely to help a migraine. Only triptans will truly help. I hope it works well!
  7. I have chronic migraines from Chiari Malformation myself. In fact, just took imitrex an hour ago. That said, it worries me that the doc prescribed it off label. Did you ask why? It can be a very dangerous drug with nasty side effects. It also will lose effectiveness if used more than a few times a month and cause rebound issues (with headaches anyway). My son has started to have some migraines and I would be terrified to give him imitrex. Luckily, motrin works for him.
  8. Hi all, I haven't been here in quite a while. I'm just finding my way back. Hope everyone is finding some success with their children! After getting excluded from the IVIG study and trying every route I can think of to get it, we have hit the wall. Our insurance actually has PANDAS as a clear exclusion for IVIG. We just went to a developmental pediatrician who was probably the 8th doctor to insist he needs it, but not be able to get it. She did recommend a doctor at CHOP who is now doing IVIG for PANDAS with success. I did get Medicaid for my son so am trying now to see if they will approv
  9. My son was on steroids and that was not a problem. He made it all the way through the preliminary and his info with Yale and his info was sent to NIH and I was told he was in. Then he was excluded as we were researching places to stay down there! He was ultimately excluded because he has serum sickness now to every single class of antibiotics and they didn't feel safe trying any more abx with him Best of luck to anyone that DOES get in!!!
  10. It was hard for me to choose between constantly sick with infections and normal childhood illnesses. My son is now 8 and has had PANDAS for exactly two years. He didn't have infections except for two ear infections, yet he developed "glue ear" at 3 and had to have his adnoids out and tubes put in. He had strep twice and we only discovered it by chance. He had chronic chronic croup though... OMG I swear he was on steroids more than he was off of them for the first 6 years of his life. He was DX with croup 10 times in one year and lived with "that cough" for probably 90% of the year. Anytim
  11. Don't feel bad! I did that too initially but have realized he can't help it and now we grind our teeth and bear it. I barely notice it now unless it's interfering with something I'm trying to hear. I do notice though, if I turn the TV up louder, he gets louder too. But I can tell it's not intentional.
  12. I just got home from work - late night. And surprise!!! He didn't bring home this mystery reading assignment! He also told me he can't have recess because he isn't bringing it in. If she took the time to email me and ask me to do it, y ou'd think she'd have the common sense to make sure he put it in his book bag! UGH! Need to chill out before I answer her. I am going to CC the counselor and also ask for the meeting.
  13. So I took the passive, do nothing approach for a couple of days. We didn't do any of the sent home work yet because it's been hard enough to get homework done. I think they are trying to make up for all the snow days because there has generally been more than usual. I just got an email from the teacher asking me to please do some timed reading thing with him - that he hasn't been bringing it back and forth and hasn't had it in three days. I have NEVER seen this and have no idea what she is talking about. I went through his assignment book again last night to double check things and ther
  14. That is our one consistent tic. The volume and frequency can change, but it's been constant for probably 6-7 months now. That is the only one the doctors see, but it's obvious enough that they notice now. It can be so bad, if I'm sitting next to him trying to watch TV (which I usually am bc he has to be physically touching me most of the time), I can't even hear the TV
  15. All I've heard since I can remember in the media is the overuse of antibiotics harming our children. So what are we to think? Although the idea of NOT getting an antibiotic for an ear infection makes me shudder! Luckily I never had a doctor that wouldn't prescribe them. I deal day to day with parent guilt and what if's (social worker for developmental disabilities). It won't do any good except cause you MORE stress. You did the best you could with what you knew. We all made real bona fide mistakes with our kids and nothing I see you writing there even sounds concerning to me (and I USED to
  16. You REALLY cracked me up! LOVE IT! I have all the respect in the world for his school and teachers. I reckognize the good points this teacher has. She's doing something right if he loves going to school. And honestly, I don't know how any of you do homeschooling! Hats off to every one of you who do! Just the 8 snow days we have had so far have had me pulling my hair out! I think I will wait until late tonight or even tomorrow before I even email. If I'd emailed her a couple hours ago, while doing the homework battle, it wouldn't have come out nicely. I am a social worker by trade and t
  17. They're just inflammed right, not destroyed. So then the inflammation could go down and everything could go back to normal. OK that would actually make sense. It's hard when I've been swinging at this HARD for a year and getting nowhere but deeper into it all
  18. You said it better than me. That's the point I was trying to make about "learned behavior" But I honestly also do not see why if left untreated, autoimmune illness wouldn't lead to perm brain damage if it is severe enough. I'd LIKE to be wrong here! Especially since my son is unable to take any antibiotics!
  19. My friend who will be our wrap around worker said she will go to the meeting with me. Obviously if we are getting 20 hours a week wrap around services in home, I can't be a nutjob making this all up about a perfectly angelic child Here's the funny thing, the counselor had wanted a meeting to amend the 504 because of his new epi pen. Seriously? We have to meet to discuss the epi pen but not any other issues. UGH!!! I miss the way they all worked with me last year. Hopefully with a different teacher next year will be better. Oh and if we get into the IVIG study, a WHOLE LOT of school is
  20. Oh believe me, there are nights when the homework stops. ONly problem with that is, he now ASKS me to let him stop and send a note in to the teacher. I have told her that once he gets too far over the edge, there is simply no point in continuing. Her response is "I only assign 20 minutes of HW a night". Yes, to an average child and maybe even mine on a very good day. On a bad day, it could take us 20 minutes to do three spelling words! I will look up that OCD book. I am honestly starting to think the teacher just feels it will make her look bad if she shows she is having problems with
  21. You know, it's funny. I would NEVER be satisfied with DH taking DS to a doctors appt without me there so I am with you on that one. I do appreciate it when he (rarely) offers to go with me. Usually, I get "do I have to go" to which I answer "no YOU don't have to. I HAVE to" bc I get PO'd at the question. I will say this though, he went once when DS was about 1 and had cellulitis in his eyeball. We got to the doctor with a screaming infant with a 105 fever. Everyone was panicked, they gave him an ABX injection and DS screamed bloody murder. DH almost passed out and said he was never going to th
  22. OK - NOW I'm annoyed! We are sitting here into our second hour of homework, which is only 3 sheets mind you (and why I have issue with doing that makeup work). DS tells me why can't he do it tomorrow since he isn't allowed to have recess anyway? WHAAAHHAAAT?? He of course doesn't know why. He doesn't remember. Well I can't imagine it's bc of that work since she sent it all home. I'm NOT opposed to him being kept from recess to do work he didn't complete properly. This worked well with him in the past. But should'nt I be told about it? And if he is so perfect for her, why would he need
  23. dcmom - I think the point is that I don't believe the teacher when she says he is an absolute angel for her. Especially when I see piles of unfinished work come home. I don't know if she just isn't watching him or if she wants to deny any problem as it would reflect on her. I'm certainly NOT a parent who feels my child can do no wrong and wouldn't blame the teacher for anything - I just want to work together on the real issues and make things as good as possible. Honestly, when his homework goes in a mess, with spelling errors and unfinished, I hear her in my mind saying he "respects" her
  24. No - the pen isn't in the 504. It just came up. But the 504 has a lot of info about PANDAS and the psych had educated all of the teachers involved. She was a wonderful advocate! Very knowledgeable and understanding of the situation. Obviously this teacher just doesn't get it. Last year - he would alternate between being good at school and good at home and she and I would actually say "tag you're it!" in the communication book. Good point that it may not have been done because of the pen! But, he did the same thing last year and she would make him do it during recess, which worked very wel
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