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  1. Hello PANDAS family! Just a quick update to let you know I am still doing well, though still experiencing PANDAS symptoms with immune system stimulation, as I did just recently following a very bad upper respiratory that went into bronchitis and gastritis. That said, PANDAS symptoms came and went. Joint pain arrived on a Wednesday. OCD arrived on a Sunday. Tics arrived the following Wednesday. All were gone by the second Saturday. No med intervention besides using a little extra Xanax. I took a couple days off from school, got some TLC from family, and was back to it. Finishing my thir
  2. Just wanted to put in my experience: I had the meningitis vaccine when first going off to college, just a few months before knowing that I had PANDAS. We knew something was up with my body, obviously, and debated the vaccine but decided to go for it. I didn't experience a reaction for that. I was happy to have it this past year when there was a small outbreak of meningitis at one of the colleges in my city; I felt protected. For me, based on my symptoms, a PANDAS exacerbation is better than Meningitis and I would probably risk it again if I was ever living back in a dorm situation. Now wit
  3. Hives are always a signal for me that some PANDAS-y stuff is about to hit. I seem to get them when my immune system is stimulated, ESPECIALLY at this time of year with seasonal allergies starting. I just start taking an anti-histamine daily until the pollen calms down, and the hives seem to reduce.
  4. Thanks LLM...this just sucks so much right now but I'm making a plan and I think I'll be back out of the hole by my first school break which is in three weeks. Thanks for believing in me! Will def consider 23andme...would make sense to have some more info about my body going in. emmalily
  5. Ok, I'm finally taking the leap. After being in a low-grade exacerbation that was held at bay with antibiotics since October, it exploded this week following my first use of hormonal birth control (I know, I know, should have known better from the anecdotes on here that the hormones would be a bad idea...), a death in the family, and the stress of starting at a new school. Tics, OCD, and panic galore. That said, I am in a bad place and as I'm only in the third week of the first semester at my new 4 year school (terrible beginning to what was supposed to be an exciting transfer) I am truly
  6. Hi, I don't know why my messages won't come through. I'll trying sending you one...thanks!
  7. Hi all, The conference was great this weekend! I found the talk on intranasal strep very interesting. I am doing very well, in college & working & writing professionally, but I still had a few flares within the last 18 months. Each seemed to be kicked off by a sinus infection. So I thought I'd have my sinuses checked out, just to see if anything funky is going on in there. Does anyone have the name of a New England-based ENT who is PANDAS friendly? emmalily
  8. Hi Nancy! Once again totally feeling like peas in a pod with your son. Gotta say I experience this badly when in exacerbation, but it backs off when I am well. As a reader/writer, I am usually able to tear through written material and i know how annoying it to not be able to do that. I just wanted to say, that while I absolutely think it is so great you have college in mind and want him to be completely independent so that homework etc. is not hard in the transition, there are actually *tons* of opportunity for accommodation and adjustment in college. I don't use many, but as I am establishe
  9. Hey all. I'm doing well! Still in college, working, getting some of my writing published. Been feeling pretty good. School is starting in a month and last year I had to go back on antibiotics twice during the school year. I go to a school where there is a large day care/early childhood education program and it seems strep is rampant even in the adult student population. I really don't want to go back on them again this year if I don't have to, so I thought I'd try Olive Leaf Extract. I had taken it before in high school before I knew I even had PANDAS...the naturopath I was seeing at the t
  10. May I suggest, as a person with PANDAS who will have to bear the stigma of whatever thist story turns out to be, that we possibly close this discussion/carry it on in private until we know the details of what was really going on in this young man's life? We are jumping to conclusions and it will not help him, or any of us who are non-violent PANDAS-sufferers, to draw too many connections to a dangerous and violent person (mentally ill or not) before we know if they really exist. Please think about those of us who have to live with this disorder. I have already had to ask all of my fr
  11. Yes! I went undiagnosed for most of my life--didn't know what wrong until I was 19 and I personally feel I was a pretty bad case. But I just finished my first semester of college with a 3.7, Dean's List. First semester was rough about halfway through when strep went around the college and I had a small exacerbation but Augementin 1000 XR twice daily pulled me out once again. I've also got an entry level job in my intended field and a decent social life. So yes, I feel like I'm thriving, PANDAS or no. Not gunna lie, it's a chronic illness and it is very hard to live with sometimes, but I think
  12. You know, the funny thing with intrusive thoughts is that they're not always bad...I think we tend to talk about the bad ones because they're scary, but when in exacerbation I have different types of thoughts pinging into my brain all the time. So I think you could use some negative ones but also some positive ones...anything that would be distracting and random. And make them try do a math quiz while they listen They're always worse in the math test, aren't they ? Also, just thinking about how to express anxiety--perhaps you could have them run in place for a minute or two and then have
  13. This might be a little technology heavy but could you make an audio recording of intrusive thoughts, put it on a cd player or mp3 player for the teachers and have them listen to it for five minutes while they try do a particular activity? I think that's one of the hardest things for non-OCD sufferers to grasp, how completely out of control thoughts can get, just popping in out of the blue. This is great--so glad you're getting a chance to do this! emmalily
  14. **I'm going to use this doctor's full name so that I am absolutely clear. Chemar, Sheila, feel free to take it down if you're uncomfortable about it, but I felt I needed to use the full name. With all due respect to everyone in this conversation, I need to correct a few things. Possibly you are thinking of the wrong doctor, because Dr. Leckman is in fact a psychiatrist and is very well-versed in childhood OCD. In fact, he is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Yale. He is absolutely not a neurologist. How do I know this? Because he has been the man who has successfully treated me f
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