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Wilma Jenks

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  1. I do not remember clearly everyone on here, but my memory of you is that there were strong indications of likely lyme (at least in my opinion). What other testing have you done besides CamK and the recent bartonella test? Any other key symptoms to mention?


    You can have bartonella by itself, but when bartonella is there and there is a real problem, I think more frequently lyme will also be there (as lismom said above).


    The CamK can be from lyme rather than PANDAS. Of course, there can be lyme and PANDAS together. Don't know if it can be just from bartonella.


    I have done the Lyme test, and then the "31" test, I think it's called. Then co-infections test. I did the Cam Kinase and tons of blood work. Lots of urine and blood tests. Are there any specifically that you think she should have?

  2. Half a walnut sized lump under her ear at ten days old.

    Sinus infection on MRI.

    Restless Leg Syndrome.

    SEVERE insomnia laden with OCD (Do Lyme people get OCD, or is the PANDAS part?)

    High clostridia

    Cam Kinase of 166.

    Not only OCD, but very odd psychotic behavour. Very distorted thinking.


    Lyme doc. has her on steroid taper with bactrim at the moment. He wants to add in something called biacin (spelling?)

    The bactrim makes insomnia much worse. Goes to sleep at 6am. Sleep deprivation does not help.


    I made an appointment with Dr. Jones.

    Dr. Beal in Maryland said the tests are not accurate and even if she tests possitive for bartonella, there is no way to know.

    She is super super sick.

  3. It was Igenix but she was agitated and sick from day one in the hospital. What, were there tics in my bed or something???? I don't get this.... So should I trash the PANDAS diagnosis? and IVIG? I heard IVIG is dangerous if you have Lyme.


    Now did the sinus infection on the MRI mean nothing and the swollen gland under her ear at ten days old mean nothing???

  4. My child is psychotic. She is being treated for PANDAS. We just found she was positive for bartonella. Her PANDA specialist said the bartonella is what is causing the psychotic symptoms. Is bartonella considered Lyme disease. She was never near a tick, and she had these psychotic symptoms since birth. Does this mean the the Cam Kinase of 166 means it is not PANDAS and perhaps its just Bartonella now???

  5. I saw the steroids start to make her aggressive, which is normal, I hear.

    I saw very very small improvement.


    She was able to get herself dressed for bed before 2am , which she usually can't do...because there are so many rituals. I see the constant repeating of the same sentence over and over calm down. She was able to take a shower a couple of times. She NEVER showers because of intrusive thoughts "constantly pulling her away." She still flops around in bed all night and does some rituals throughout the night, but perhaps the steroids are getting in the way of sleep too. She sleeps very late in the day because she is up all night. Sleep deprivation has never worked for her. You can keep her in gymnastics all day long for weeks, and she still does not get tired. I gave up trying to wake her at the crack of dawn to see if I could tire her out. She just yells that her brain is on fire. :0(


    Do you think even this small improvement is a good sign????

  6. Dr. B. had me increase the steroids to 50mg. for 3 days. At the end of 3 days he has me update him, typically he says stick w/ 50mg. for 3 more days... (total of 6 days on steroids (50mg)... and a total of 14 days on steroid all together.) ]She was on Bactrim for 4 days, but she was pulling all nighters. I am suppose to drop steroids to 40mg. today, but he wants me to talk to him first. There is a good chance he may want her to stay on the 50mg, but it is too activating to give it late in the day. It would be helpful to get an answer in the morning if possible. If I don't get an answer, can I just give the 50mg. again today?


    I definitely see small improvements but she is getting a TEENY bit aggressive but. She is not on any antibiotics at the moment.

    Azith. made her really wild

    Bactrim kept her up until 6am. Pulling all nighters.

    Augmentin gave her rashes.


    She does not get hungry on steroids either, which I feel is strange. Aren't they suppose to make everyone hungry?

  7. We have done EEG's and MRI'S

    What do the other brain tests show??? Would they be helpful??? for a kid that sits in front of a TV all day long with severe OCD. She is not looking 2 good on the steroid. Doc. took her off Abx. cause it kept her up til 6am.

    Man, I am not sure what else to try. We are scheduled 4 IVIG, but if the steroids didn't work....not sure that will have any effect.

  8. Does that pyroluria have anything 2 do with amonia levels? would scott smith or dr. trifeletti have checked for that when they did all of the blood work. it sounds famiiarl. Two pdocs. for sure not bipolar.

    she also never had any good moments. she was always festering. that is the only word that describes her. she looks better these days though. steroids are the only drug we have tried so far that did not make her worse. i see some improvement but i see her getting very tired and grumpy during the day. nights are slightly better. we tried all of the bipolar drugs too though.

  9. Is there a really simple book that would help my child understand what is happening to her? She has a really hard time reading. She is 12 but needs simple simple. Even a picture book with few sentences. She is so confused and agitated that she never even really asks about her OCD, but perhaps I could have the book lying around in the event she ever wonders....

    For me, I was gong to buy "Saving Sammy" and "Freeing my child from obsessive compulsive disorder". Any others that you could recommend?

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