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  1. Parents of children with PANDAS/PANS/LYME will meet Sat, Feb 21, 2015 from 4pm-9pm in Livonia, Michigan. All are welcome! Please PM for specific location.
  2. Bump--this event will take place tomorrow..all are welcome...PM me for details
  3. Great Lakes Area Families to gather in Livonia, Michigan Sunday July 13 at 3:00 PM PM me for details All are welcome-PANDAS/PANS/Lyme/Coinfections Mary from Michigan
  4. Dd has been debilitated for many months. She stopped taking augmentin and all supplements Dec 17, 2013 as per her "they were not working". Had IVIg #3 Aug 8/9, never improved, only got worse. Has a dental cleaning appt scheduled for Tuesday so started on Clindamycin 3 days ago and I am seeing definite positive changes in function. Vocal tics are non existent, they were continuous, even during sleep. She was able to do school work on Friday. Engaged in social interaction with family and friends Friday night and Saturday night. Has anyone used clindamycin long term? Our ped was concerned about using it for the dental cleaning but the pediatric dentist suggested it. So I am wondering....do we risk C. diff for function? Mary from Michigan
  5. May I just thank you all of your amazing, intelligent, insightful responses! So much more thoughtful than those we saw in Urgent Care. Our local integrative physician has ordered multiple blood tests (immunologic for the most part). He is also retesting her Nutri-Eval. This particular dd is very food conscious...organic, low or no sugar, gluten free, dairy free...she really works at being healthy....not your typical college student. I never had headaches until the past couple of years and now they are defined as migraines. With proper endocrine support my headaches are now mild. I will honestly study all you have provided and I will let you know if the blood work identifies anything. Mary from Michigan
  6. I do have the writing samples. She takes copious notes and the difference is noticeable, as is the point at which she re-gained function. I thought mycoplasma pneumonia, too. She had myco-p when she was 6 years old. She was treated with abx at that time. I provided that info to Urgent Care in the H&P. They seemed nonplussed with that information. Urgent care did a rapid (negative) and was sending it in for a culture so I will have pre-abx lab results. At least they listened when I explained PANDAS. They had never heard of PANDAS before. In 2010, Dr T ordered everything he orders for PANDAS patients for all 3 of my children. This particular daughter had no history of anything that would be billable to insurance sp we paid cash for her lab work. The other 2 daughters had "billable reasons" to do the labs. So I have good baseline data-including strep titers (ASO, antiDNAse . Still no other symptoms...
  7. Cognitively understood how to write...could not physically make her hand and arm create the act of writing. What she wrote during this hour is decidedly different in spacing, letter size, and legibility. Fully aware of her inability while it was occurring. She was concerned and made several attempts to augment the process...trying to write faster, slower, rubbed her arm, rotated her wrist, moved the pencil into other possible grips in attempts to better control the movements. Seems like some function of dysgraphia.
  8. My oldest dd, NONPANDAS,19 years of age, has had a cough for two weeks. All of a sudden in her college class on Thursday she finds she can not write for one hour. She told me this morning. No doctors available so I took her to urgent care. They said she has allergies....and prescribed cough medicine. UGH! I'm dosing antibiotics since we returned from the urgent care, at least until I can talk with a PANDAS specialist. I see no other symptoms...anyone? Mary from Michigan
  9. I had a PANDAS parent report to me that her teen dd appeared in remission from PANDAS until each menstrual cycle...an integrative MD evaluated the teen's hormone status and discovered her hormone levels to be "menopausal". Appropriate supplementation has improved her function significantly.
  10. We have not ever been prescribed clinda but did have a negative response when a cephalosporin was added to replace augmentin (local Dr thought it would be good to vary the abx to "see if another abx could kill any rouge infectious agents). It was a disaster, setting us back weeks... I will also add that we have had 2 IVIgs (1.5 g/kg) and both had a "worse before better" effect. Additionally, every time a flare erupts ANY decrease in abx yields an increase in symptoms/dysfunction.
  11. I have two children currently in college and neither required proof of vaccination...however, neither elected to live on campus in a dorm so that may be an important consideration.
  12. This was very much our experience. It can be painful to relive the symptoms...however, it is reassuring to know that the IVIg is working.
  13. Your PM box was unable to accept more messages so I will post this here: I am currently a volunteer data collector for a study that states "the purpose of the study is to understand the meaning of the PANDAS experience through a study of the language and metaphors used to describe the lived experience". Should you require further information you may contact me at mmcrombez@gmail.com Mary Crombez
  14. Thanks to everyone who has been interviewed thus far...and, to those who do not have an appointment yet, thank you for waiting patiently. As you know, the more data we have, the better the research so we are grateful to everyone participating and will try to get each and every one who has responded into the calendar. Mary Crombez
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