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  1. Thank you all so much for the responses. We are scheduling with Dr. Infante ASAP and I got an email back from Dr. Cunningham office and they concurred that even if they appear to be healed things can trigger relapses even years apart. We had no idea! My son is 12 and is in the beginnings of puberty so that was something I did not think about either as possibly impacting things.
  2. After 2 years of fighting pediatricians and neurologists, both my boys with the help of Dr. Rao and Dr. Infante were eventually confirmed in high PANDAS range on Cunningham test over 6 years ago. Both had tonsilectomy's, IVIG's and 1 year of antibiotics and healed! They recovered - it was truly a miracle and we were so thankful!!! Very concerned though now. My youngest son has been experiencing some unfounded fears/rage behavior (reminding us of many years of scary and heartbreaking behaviors) and now his OCD and tics are flaring. What's happening?!?! We sooo thought we were done with this. Poor little guy has anyone else experienced this? Recommendations?? I guess it's back to Dr. Infante - I hope he is still treating for this?! I just can't imagine that OCD and tics can completely go away for many years and then come back and not be related to something triggering it. There is no history in our family of OCD or tic disorders. Only Rheumatic a fever!
  3. We've been through 3 different pediatricians in the last three years. We really need some consistency here but we need someone who BELIEVES and is willing to work with specialists too. Has anyone on the board seen anybody or are currently seeing anybody in San Antonio or Austin who you would recommend? Any input appreciated! Thanks, Cindy
  4. thank you so much for sharing Nancy!
  5. so much information...thank you all so much. hoping to talk with Dr. T soon. we are looking for a new pediatrician in the san antonio/austin area if anyone has any good advice...
  6. We did one high dose IVIG and then three (what my Immunologist called booster IVIG's) and then another high dose. This was through Dr. I in San Antonio. Last IVIG was in December, 2011. Our sons Cunningham was done about 2.5 years ago. We have also done the Western Blot for Lyme through LabCorp and although technically they were negative for all four of us, there was 1 lyme specific band found in DS9 and myself and 2 lyme specific bands found in DH. Just sent an email to Dr. T's office. Guess we need to really consider finding someone who is treating a lot of PANDAS kids. Dr. I was really trying and he did talk with Dr. C and even Dr. S with NIMH, but our boys were his first PANDAS patients.
  7. Thank you both for the quick response. I will look into the Clinical Trial for Zithro...is that with Tanya Murphy in Florida? As for the information on the methylation, this is very, very interesting! DS had very elevated neurotransmitters on both urinalysis that we did in the past two years. Dopamine was like 4 times the normal. Also, his D2 receptors done by the Cunningham tests were 16000 which Dr. C said was extremely elevated and not seen in normal kids (his camKinase was 164). She also indicated the connection with elevated dopamine and tics. Thank you so much. I will look into both of these and have emailed Dr. T on other occasions. Maybe we just need to bite the bullet and have a phone consult with him...
  8. Hello, It's been a while (a long while since I posted last). I have had some tremendous personal family issues in the past year that have almost pushed my marriage to the brink. The stress of the health of both my boys over the last three years has taken a tremendous toll on my marriage and me physically and mentally. I am sure you all can relate. DH and I have been seeing a therapist since January and thankfully we are reconnecting, but I myself am on three medications for depression (my god what has happened?!) I guess we get desperate to keep our sanity and lord knows I have to keep it together for my kids. Currently, my DS9 is experiencing a resurgence of tics including a horrible head shaking tic that is causing him a lot of pain and distraction in school. Dr. I in San Antonio is no longer treating PANDAS kids (I know he would see him but he is no longer doing any aggressive treatment) as there were so many insurance denials so here we are at a crossroads. I could not get him in to Dr. A (Pedi Neurologist in San Antonio who has seen him) until January 23rd!!!!! He is currently on Omega 2's, Vit D3 suppl, 250mg daily of Penicillin, Probiotic, and 25mg of Zoloft for OCD (which is very much under control). If you were looking to do a phone consult or even travel to see a PANDAS EXPERT, whom would you call?? We have seen Dr. R in Dallas and we are just not going to be going back there. My son has had 5 IVIG's and he is simply not healed. We would see tremendous improvements in between but we are just not getting this right?! ANY advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Cindy PS..we phone consulted with Dr. K before treatment in San Antonio back in 2010.
  9. I was sick when I got the letter and I know the case worker at the Hospital is going to help us fight this but BCBS of Texas has denied covering our DS8's fifth IVIG. They covered the first four but denied this one saying "the proposed services are unproven in available peer-reviewed scientific literature to be safe, effective and durable." Well I can tell them I don't need any peer-reviewed scientific literature to know these have helped my son tremendously. He is off the zoloft completely and the OCD is all but gone! We see tremendous improvements in his secondary condition of ADD/ADHD and the improvements in his fine motor skills are remarkable. The tics seem to be the hardest to get rid of and exposure to strep certainly doesn't help, but the IVIG's have been a lifesaver for him. Any advice on how to fight this? And on a crazy other note, the approval process for my DS6's first IVIG went extremely smoothly because he has United Healthcare and they state that they cover IVIG specifically for PANDAS. How messed up is our healthcare system and insurance? Thanks for reading and offering any advice if you have had to fight insurance.
  10. Been a while since I last posted. With the holidays and going from PT to FT at work life is crazy as I am sure you all know. Both boys had IVIG on December 22nd and 23rd. This was DS8's fifth IVIG and DS6's first. Before the IVIG's we increased boys to daily Azith, moving the oldest from daily Penicillin to the Azith and starting the youngest on the daily Azith. DS8 was really struggling in school with focus, attention, concentration, handwriting and math. His tics were minimal to nothing and severe bathroom OCD was pretty much gone (yeah!!!) Once school started back up a few weeks ago, he was behaving better in class, his attention span was much better and the improvement in his handwriting was remarkable...wish I could post before and after pics! Then a week and a half ago, his facial tics started up and we knew something was going on. Of course a boy in his class had strep wouldn't you know it! Now we are seeing a return of a lot of his tics that we have not seen in a long time! Damn this strep! Any thoughts on what we should do? Change antibiotics? We are truly at a loss right now. DS6 seems to be improving. His PANDAS symptoms were mild ticcing (a lot worse when frustrated or angry) and some OCD but he had the severe raging and emotional lability, ease of frustration and extremely poor impulse control. I think he is slowly improving so we are going to just continue to see how it goes with him. We were hoping for an overnight miracle but we will be patient and not change anything just yet. Any advice is appreciated! p.s. We are still thinking we need to test for Lyme at some point but know we need to wait a while due to IVIG. This is based on the positive Lyme only bands my husband and I both had on our Western Blot through LabCorp. Is it possible the boys could have Lyme? Is it possible the boys could have congenital Lyme? So many questions remain yet to be answered....
  11. We are embarking on another chapter. December 21st and 22nd both my boys will receive IVIG high dose together. With the tremendous results seen in DS8 after his first high dose in August 2010, and the change from Penicillin to Azith we are hoping for long term remission of symptoms. And I am very, very hopeful that this first immunotherapy on our younger son will offer him a chance for improvement as well. We r still going to follow up with Lyme testing through Igenex for both the boys and DH and myself, although DH and I are convinced based on our Western Blots through Labcorp that we do indeed have the Lyme bacteria swimming around inside us. Still very questionable to me about the boys though. Only time will tell.
  12. My family very likely needs to do further testing to help in our determination of a Lyme dx for DH, myself and our two sons. Is Igenex the best way to go? Can you ever get reimbursement from Insurance? Thank you for any information!
  13. Hi Holly! Thanks for checking in on us. We are doing OK. We see Dr. Infante the following week. We are just trying to decide is there something else lying beneath...after 1 high dose IVIG and 3 additional lower dose ones and 1.5 years of penicillin, the OCD and tics are still rearing their ugly heads and the worst for him is the cognitive dysfunction. He is such a smart young man but he can't concentrate for nothing and it is very hard to watch him struggle with that and his handwriting. Dr. Infante said he would be willing to do another IVIG pending insurance approval and Dr. C resuming her testing (he is relying very heavily on it). For now, we are ruling out other issues and we did change antibiotics so we will see how that goes. It was difficult for him to justify some of the tests we wanted to do (OATS, Neurotransmitters, etc) so we went to see Dr. Rao and he was very helpful and agreed it is good to look at the whole child and not just fixate on strep alone. I think of you too Holly and am sorry we never were able to really get together! Keep up the good fight and stay in touch! Best, Cindy
  14. fyi...Our "possible" symptoms....dh, joint issues and arthritis type issues in hands and occasionally asking me about blurred vision. Me, chronic diahrea for three years...two colonoscopies and dx went from IBS to colitis and possibly early Chrohns. As for two kids...both are very much strep triggered with very classic PANDAS symptoms.
  15. I knew I might be stirring a little bit of the pot over here but I truly don't mean to. I am simply seeking honest and thoughtful opinions from anyone who might be able to provide some insight. Thank you for yours This is exactly why I mentioned that I posted this as well on the Lyme board...