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  1. Phone consult with Dr. Jones...

    Sounds like Dr. J might feel like he is not a lyme kid...just pandas? He is supposed to be the best pediatric lyme doctor, so I would think that if he isn't thinking it's lyme, then it's probably not???
  2. Strep again after 10 days?!

    T.Anna- I am sorry for your frustration...I totally get it! I am wondering if you would mind sharing with me what brand home strep kit you ordered?? I have one that has never shown positive, yet kids have been positive at doctor. Also, it will go to positive if it sits too long......anyhow, I really need to order a new kit, as our insurance deductible is $6000 and I am paying over $100 each time I take one of my 4 kids in for strep tests!! Sorry to jump in on this post......I really do "get it" as we have had VERY similar situations. Thanks!
  3. Advice, please

    I was told by 2 neurologists (Pandas-knowledgeable), and a doc at NIH, that tics are tics. They are caused by dopamine issues. What causes the dopamine signaling to be a mess is the issue....be it autoimmune/inflammation/neuro-imbalance due to "tourette's"---Cunningham test looks at anti-dopamine 1 and 2....Steroids have potential to makes tics worse be it pandas OR tourette's. Whether it will or not seems to be up to chance.
  4. Advice, please

    My dd is a ticcer....we have not tried steroids due to the fact that they can make tics worse. This was told to us by 2 neurologists. I hear numerous reports here of them making tics BETTER, so hopefully you will seem them lesson as you taper. We were just to afraid to do anything to make them worse.
  5. I know they thought it was bacterial. I asked how she knew just by listening to lungs...she said viral is usually both lungs, while bacterial is usually one. She heard crackling in her left lung...loud and clear. But my pandas dd is the one with strep Hoping the biaxin works.
  6. Yah....she rx'd once per day ped today (different one) switched her to biaxin....thoughts????
  7. Thanks Karen! That makes me feel better. But she took 1 1/2 tsp. of Keflex....now is about on same dose of Omnicef....one time a day as well??? Maybe it's stronger so don't need a higher dose??? Oh jeeze...now I'm worrying:( So afraid she will tank again... I am opposed to Clindamycin. I know I see a lot of docs using it here, but I took it one time years ago and by the second day, my diarrhea was so bad I said I'd rather stay sick than stay on it. Also, my mom took it for a dental issue, and fought c-difficile for over a year from it!!! My oldest had c-diff as a 2 year old...not something I EVER want to deal with again.
  8. Hi everyone- I have not posted in quite a while, but do read posts and pray for you guys and your kids. My dd8 has Pandas (Pitand) and has for a few years. She is never 100%....always some variant of tics, but not always flare-like (not aways frequent and as numerous, OCD, sep anxiety, night terrors, adhd, etc..) So we have just kept her on a prophylactic antibiotic (Keflex) for the past year and a half. Last night she said her throat hurt a little, and she had a little fever (like 100-101). Not acting sick (which I notice she always seems more "normal" and pleasant WHILE she is sick with a fever.....it's the aftermath). One of her sisters has had croup for a few days, and spiked a fever last night. I don't take them in often, but did today. Older sister has pneumonia!!! DD8 has strep. Even while on Keflex. The doctor (didn't see our regular ped....this one didn't know much about treating...) said she wanted us to stop the Keflex for 10 days and do ammoxicillan. I said I thought amox wasn't great for strep, and she said we could try Omnicef (which is what she put my older dd on for the pnuemonia). I asked about Zithromax, but she said it's her "third line" treatment. Our regular doc (and Dr. L) don't like Zithromax at all for strep (we live in Virginia.....maybe resistant strep??). Just wondering if Omnicef is likely to work? It's a cephalosporin, just like Keflex, which she was on prophylactically, and still got strep. I sure hope so. Thanks
  9. antibiotic allergy

    My son is allergic to amoxicillin too and ALWAYS is prescribed Keflex (cephalexin) or Omnicef for antibiotics. He has done fine on it each time.
  10. Just saw this quoted in another thread I think by fightingmom, and she mentioned that it had been discussed. It was sort of a holy $h1t moment for me in some way, even knowing that there are plenty of PANS kids without titers being high. I can't find where this was discussed, but am curious if there is scientific literature or anything (even someone who talked to a pandas doctor...) that explains this theory. Makes me wonder if dd really DOES have subacute strep hiding in her tonsils, and has for so long (causing chronic symptoms) but no longer gets high titers??? Thanks.
  11. In need of reassurance

    thanks peglem for the explanation. i almost feel defeated sometimes, especially when hearing Swedo say it can become permanent. I don't care if it's tissue death or permanent pathways, permanent symptoms means permanent symptoms. P.Mom---I hope I didn't offend you. I appreciate the success stories too. I just keep looking to find one with a kid with tics, ocd, adhd, who went undiagnosed for a few years, and who is triggered by viruses too, who has become chronic...and who got 100% remission for a substantial period of time. There really is nothing prophylactic to do for Pitand (viral triggered), although we still are on Keflex once a day just in case strep is an issue, as it was one time with no symptoms other than increased tics and night terrors added to the already chronic state.
  12. Sorry to hear of another child possibly with pandas, but glad your ped. is willing. Where in Virginia are you? We are in Warrenton. Keep us posted!
  13. In need of reassurance

    Not to sound trite here, but P.Mom, can you explain the difference between "permanent damage" and "pathways can be permanently altered?" I'm not seeing any difference in the two statements. If the brain isn't damaged, per se, but the pathways are permanently altered.....and the symptoms/outcome is the same, what's really the difference? Don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, but can't quite wrap my head around this. Also, it's so wonderful that your boys are doing so great. Some of us, however, do not have classic strep pandas, and it makes our journeys much more challenging. Not from the perspective of being gut-wrenching for US parents to deal with, but from a treatment perspective.
  14. In need of reassurance

    Shannon aka Mommy----I would like to hear how your visit went with Dr. M and what her treatment plan is. I have to say that I can relate to this post completely. I also am still not convinced that the changes won't be permanent. Dr. Swedo says after 3 episodes it can become irreversible. I live in constant fear of this, now after being chronic for a few years, yet not "severe enough" to treat with IVIG.
  15. Test Results

    Lynn - I would like to chat....we are in the same boat! Only difference is that it appears you have some elevated strep titers. Keep in touch!